Indalo-Nyako Nakar

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Idalo, gift of Spain

Idalo, gift of Spain

The Indalo Man is an ancient symbol found in the province of Almeria over 100 years ago. Also know to some as the “Indalo Puppet”, it was first found somewhere in the Las Velez mountain range of northern Almeria province in a caved known as La Cueva de los Letreros (Cave of the Signboards), near Velez Blanco by Antonio Gongónia y Martinez in 1868. The cave itself was made a National Historic Monument in 1924. The symbol is said to date back to Neolithic times and seems to depict a man holding a rainbow in his arms, over his head.

The original symbol was also placed along another of symbols, including horned men and animals. It is believed to date back some 4500 years. Some believe that the Indalo represents a prehistoric god holding the rainbow in his open arms in an apparent pact of protection with man. Others believe that the true meaning has been lost. The Indalo became a local “good charm” symbol and over time, it was used to ward away bad luck and even the “evil eye”.

The symbol’s rebirth in popularity coincided with the rebirth of the area. Mojacar’s fortunes began to change around the middle of the 19th century when its population began to decline. The reasons were numerous. The region (technically Europe’s only desert) began to suffer severely from droughts and many residents began to leave. Some went northward to seek employment in the factories of industrialising Catalunya while others immigrated to distant places like the Americas.

De-population had led to less than 300 inhabitants living in the Mojacar area during the mid-20th century. Running water, electricity, and telephone service all lagged other areas in Spain. Farms and homes were left abandoned to decay. The old town began to resemble more of a ghost town than the vibrant centre that it once was.

Then suddenly, Mojacar region began to see a rebirth. It first began with the influx of Almerian artists like Jesús de Perceval, a disciple of the Barcelonan philosopher, Eugenio d’Or. In the mid-1950s, de Perceval founded the Movimiento Indaliano, choosing the figure as its emblem. “Indalo” is derived from the Latin, “Indo Eccius”, which means “Messenger of the Gods” although once again, many believe that the original meaning of the symbol has been lost. The original group included musicians, artists, writers, poets but mostly painters. Mojacar was becoming a renowned artists’ colony and its symbol became more and more visible. This was also the beginning of the propagation of the Indalo as a local emblem.

The 1960s was also the time that the local government began to offer free land to anyone that would agree to construct a dwelling while adhering to certain conditions. This offer and the growing popularity of the region attracted not only international artists but also many counter-culturists who where looking for a special place in the sun. Mojacar was just the place and to many of these new mojaqueros (as residents of Mojacar call themselves), the symbol of the Indalo seemed the perfect mythical icon to represent their new-found home.

The construction of Mojacar Playa (beach) was also beginning at this time. Until now, the region was famous for the hillside town and its surrounding farms but now the natural beauty of the Mediterranean Sea and its beautiful sandy beaches was becoming the main attraction. Now the region was beginning to bustle with holiday-seekers, eager to enjoy their time playing in the sand and surf. The Indalo symbol became even more popular as it was incorporated into the ever-increasing number of businesses and consumer goods. Its use multiplied and the Indalo became more of a provincial emblem than just a local one. Over the next few years, the Indalo symbol saw a great increase in its popularity with it being painted on the front of houses and business as a good luck totem. It very much became the symbol of this region of Almeria and Mojacar in particular.

So the Indalo has taken on a new level of symbolism in its long existence. First known as a protector or good luck charm, its adoption by the intellectual/artistic community of the Mojacar area during the mid-20th century has also made it synonymous with rejuvenation, rebirth, and hope. The symbol has now been adapted as not only representative for the Mojacar region but also for the whole province of Almeria which embraces it widely. It now adorns everything from t-shirts to key-chains, from pottery to jewellery. The Indalo has come a far way from its ancient origins on a dark cave wall.

RAINBOW MAN

THE INDALO SYMBOL

A gift of Nyako Nakar, Spain

HISTORY of INDALO

SPAIN

The Indalo is a prehistoric symbol found in the “Cave of the Signboard” (La Cueva de Los Letreros) located in the northern province of Almeria, Spain.   The Cave of the Signboards is located in area known as Maimón, in the town of Vélez Blanco known for it’s picturesque cliffs and rock shelters.  The province of Almeria is known as the paradise of La Paz (Peace) and beauty. 

The Indalo pictograph shows a human with arms stretched above his head holding the arc of a rainbow.  Other pictures show men, women, goats, deer and  symbols covering the walls of this ancient cave.  The pictures show activities of the ancient people who occupied this area of southeastern coastal area of Spain around 4,500 B.C.

     

(source: University of Leuven, Belgium) 

The Cave of the Signboard was designated a National Historical Monument in 1924 and more recently nominated as Patrimonio de la Humanidad (Patrimonium of Humanity). 

Though the Indalo was first ‘officially’ discovered in Spain sometime before 1868 by Antonio Góngora y Martinez, the people of Mojácar have used the ancient Indalo symbol for hundreds of years.   Travelers through the area called the symbol  “Mojaquero Man”, because it was painted in white lime on houses of the town.  The people thought the Indalo symbol is a sign of good luck.

Some archaeologists say the Indalo symbol is a representation of a prehistoric God.   Others say the pictograph that holds the rainbow between open arms is representative of God’s promise to humans that the world would not be destroyed by water (Génesis 9-13).  We favor a third more plausible interpretation which says the symbol is a message of the star people and represents the Creator’s grace.   

The pictograph was named in memory San Indalecio, and means Indal eccius (Messenger of the Gods) in the Ibero language.   

In the present village of Mojácar, people paint the symbol with red ocher on houses and over doorways to protect them from storms, lightening and the ‘evil eye’, while spiritual workers, Los Taumaturgos (miracle-workers),  tell people the symbol has a good energy field surrounding the symbol and it will extend life.  

Other indigenous civilizations, such as Hawaiian Islanders and American Indians, assigned similar meanings to the same type of symbols as the Indalgo drawing. 

ANCIENT HAWAIIAN PETROGLYPHS

The “Anuenue Wahine” (Rainbow Woman) is found in several locations and many styles. The open torso suggests the womb and birth canal.  The arch over her head represents a rainbow which means she is an honored and respected woman. She is also known as the wise woman or the woman who sees all.  Even though the kapu system rigidly divided the roles of men and women, many women held active positions in the ali’i and many were highly respected kahuna.  

Rock carvings found throughout the Hawaiian Islands represent the lifestyles and belief systems of its ancient island occupants.

The “Anuenue Kane” (Rainbow Man) is one of the best known among the all the Hawaiian petroglyphs. The Rainbow Man has a closed waistline denoting a male figure. The Rainbow Man has the same significance of honored status as Rainbow Woman.  Most modern interpretations see him as a warrior.  The rainbow man has a closed waistline denoting a male figure. The rainbow has the same significance of honored status.  Most modern interpretations see him as a warrior.

Found at Nuuanu, Oahu, the “Rainbow Man” depicts a man with rainbow resting on his shoulders.   The symbol represents each person’s responsibility to ‘shoulder’ the task of protecting Mother Earth, the land “Ania.”

The arc of the rainbow also means the person is honorable and respected.

Today, Hawaiian craft people frequently use the symbol of the Rainbow Woman and Rainbow Man in their work found in market places throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

AMERICAN INDIAN ANCIENT PROPHESY

A day will come when the animals, winged ones and those who swim will begin to disappear.  The eagle, bear, wolf and buffalo will be scarce because people will become greedy and will not love each other.  The sky will become black and the trees and plants will die.  The beautiful rainbow will disappear because people will not remember to keep the Mother Earth sacred and will destroy its beauty. 

Children of the Rainbow Warriors will come before all destroyed and they will love the trees and the animals.  They will love and respect each other and they will help people to live in peace with all creation. The rainbow in the sky will return as a sign of the Creator’s grace. 

ZUNI LEGEND OF THE RAINBOW WARRIOR

This is a symbol known to the Zuni Indians as Rainbow Man.  It was found on a Zuni war shield, a symbol of protection.

This are many similarities in this version of the Rainbow Man.  The outstretched arms, stance of the legs, and the “Bow of Sky Rainbow above.

Our Promise

The Legend of the Rainbow Warriors

There was an old lady, from the “Cree” tribe, named “Eyes of Fire”, who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans’ or Yo-ne-gis’ greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.

There would come a time when the “keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs” would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankinds’ key to survival, they were the “Warriors of the Rainbow”. There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.Paired_Rainbow_Wings_by_Shadoweddancer

There would come a time when the “keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs” would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankinds’ key to survival, they were the “Warriors of the Rainbow”. There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.

The “Warriors of the Rainbow” would spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth or “Elohi”. They would teach them how to live the “Way of the Great Spirit”. They would tell them of how the world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and that is why our Earth is “Sick”.

The “Warriors of the Rainbow” would show the peoples that this “Ancient Being” (the Great Spirit), is full of love and understanding, and teach them how to make the “Earth or Elohi” beautiful again. These Warriors would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path right with the world. These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four comers of the Earth.

Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the peoples how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream, and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers, regardless of color, race or religion. They would feel happiness enter their hearts, and become as one with the entire human race. Their hearts would be pure and radiate warmth, understanding and respect for all mankind, Nature, and the Great Spirit. They would once again fill their minds, hearts, souls, and deeds with the purest of thoughts. They would seek the beauty of the Master of Life – the Great Spirit! They would find strength and beauty in prayer and the solitudes of life.

Their children would once again be able to run free and enjoy the treasures of Nature and Mother Earth. Free from the fears of toxins and destruction, wrought by the Yo-ne-gi and his practices of greed. The rivers would again run clear, the forests be abundant and beautiful, the animals and birds would be replenished. The powers of the plants and animals would again be respected and conservation of all that is beautiful would become a way of life.

The poor, sick and needy would be cared for by their brothers and sisters of the Earth. These practices would again become a part of their daily lives.

hqdefaultThe leaders of the people would be chosen in the old way – not by their political party, or who could speak the loudest, boast the most, or by name calling or mud slinging, but by those whose actions spoke the loudest. Those who demonstrated their love, wisdom, and courage and those who showed that they could and did work for the good of all, would be chosen as the leaders or Chiefs. They would be chosen by their “quality” and not the amount of money they had obtained. Like the thoughtful and devoted “Ancient Chiefs”, they would understand the people with love, and see that their young were educated with the love and wisdom of their surroundings. They would show them that miracles can be accomplished to heal this world of its ills, and restore it to health and beauty.

The tasks of these “Warriors of the Rainbow” are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning “Mother Earth” to beauty and plenty – once more.

The day will come, it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to “harmony” with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our “Key to our Survival”.

This is the story of the “Warriors of the Rainbow” and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day “Eyes of Fire” spoke of – will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task.The task of being one of the……..”Warriors of the Rainbow.

 

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