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Type: Close Encounter, Alien
Date: A Long, Long Time Ago
Location: Pre-Wisconsin Chippewa
Source: The W-Files
Book by Jay Rath, pages 43-44
The Indians' Alien
"I don't belong here, I dropped from above." Those are
the words spoken to Chippewa Indians by a strange visitor, according to
That's why some of the Indian legends collected in 1930 by the State
Historical Society of Wisconsin are of special interest to modern UFO
investigators. According to the stories, Wisconsin's Indians were
visited several times by "Sky-men," sometimes in strange craft.
Wisconsin historian Charles Brown, who recorded these stories, wrote
intriguingly of the beliefs of the Cherokee, another Indian tribe:
"There are different opinions as to the nature of the stars. Some
Indians say they are balls of light, others say they are human, but
most [Cherokee] people say they are living creatures covered with
luminous fur or feathers."
"Luminous fur" sounds like unlikely garb for space travelers, but Brown
also recorded a Chippewa tale that is surprisingly believable. Though
the historian-anthropologist recorded the story decades before NASA
provided us with images of real-life Sky-men and Sky-women -- and 17
years before the first modern UFO sighting in 1947 -- this legend
paints a reasonable portrait of a marooned astronaut:
"Some Indians were walking over the plains when they saw someone
sitting on the grass. It was a man. When they approached, he halted
them by raising his hand.
"He said, 'I don't belong here. I dropped from above.' They wished to
take him home with them. He told them to go home and clean the place
where he was to stay. Then he would return with them. After they had
done this, they came back for him. He was a nice-looking man, clean and
shining bright. He stayed with them.
"Every day at sundown, he watched the sky. In a clear voice he said,
'Something will come down, I will go up.' He said that he had been
running in the sky. There was an open place, he couldn't stop running,
so he dropped through.
"One day in the afternoon he said, 'Now it's coming.' Everyone looked
up but they could see nothing for a long time. The man who had kept
Sky-man at his home could see better than the others. He saw a
brilliant star shining way up in the sky. The other Indians didn't see
it until it came near the ground. They had never seen anything nicer in
"Two men got a hold of it and pulled it down. Sky-man got into it. Then
it rose and he was gone. They had tried to get him to stay but he said
that he must go.
"He is up there yet. You can see him on clear nights."
Was Sky-man "clean and shining" because he wore a silvery
pressure-suit? If the legend is true, it's possible that the visitor
insisted on clean quarters for fear of encountering human viruses
against which he had no resistance.
Did Sky-man ever come back to thank his Indian rescuers? Perhaps. If
so, he passed unrecognized, his Indian hosts displaced by a less
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