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ELIBLIND MAN WALKING
By RONALD LEE WEAGLEY
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HISTORY-Circa 12,000 BC
By the time speculation-dust settled from the creation designs: the big bang hypothesis, outer space alien suppositions, and divine intervention theories (possibly a compromise of all), the exposed sultry paradise issues involving Adam's tryst with (hypothetical) Lilith, his questionable first wife, and with Eve, his (assumed) second wife, some reality tracks lay exposed, accordingly.
The time passed allowing naturals (that did not cling to trees, swing from trees, or hide in trees) to cut diaspora trails. Forging into groups (best described as tribes) went nearly unrecorded save for remnants of pots, pans, trinkets, carvings, and tools. Communities innately facilitated the socializing, hunting, and killing of others and of one another, all for the common good.
The daily struggle for shade from the searing sun, shelter from the shivering cold, and food for the growling stomach remained as a real time need to be serviced, a condition best dished-up whenever manageable groupings of like-minded and physically-apt neutral nuclear families united with compatible extended groupings.
Tribes occasionally affiliated with one another in order to meet their fundamental needs. However, when their food supply diminished, most groups solved the riddle by moving. When a catastrophe stuck, they evacuated. When tribes needed to relieve an invading squatter, (all players believed that only winners of a fight should remain on-site) the loser moved to the other side of the hill, or over the mountain, or further up the valley.
Shifting, migrating, avoiding, and dreaming, spurred by individual or corporate charismatics, allowed group-tribes to travel, to occupy, and to survive. The life spark that may or may not have been related in the common beginning beyond that of matter allowing a select variety of forms to survive, (within limits), ended with naturals that stood erect, reproduced prolifically, and moved nomadically.
The ability to establish an organization with inspirational leaders that could protect the group from other entities (creep-and-crawl) while allowing full exercise of tasks addendum to survival within the security of success and compromise cooperation as needed, was an essential ingredient in the process of the social development of the species.
The sea nurtured the lands. Vast water areas and their products fed the natural inhabitants that occupied the waters contiguous shorelines.
For the Escampaba (naturals), the land fed them with unique nourishing products that were abundant in the pristine environments. Giant cypress trees pierced the limits of the sky reaching hundreds of feet into space as their touch caressed the magic of the clouds. Some seas sank hundreds of feet into the depths touching the land bottoms by way of the caves, grottos, and passageways into to the unknown, surrendering configurations, colors, and beauty that surpassed imagination.
Life—homosapien style that is—did not begin in Florida with the arrival of the Spanish conquistador. It certainly appeared frozen in time to their eyes upon their arrival into beautiful luxuriously constructed paradise; however, human life had occupied the land for undetermined generations. The nomadic shifting and moving of those who used the land was not limited to only the surface land areas. The naturals sailed their handcrafted canoes, their configured rafts, and their small but extended nautical vessels over both salt and sweet waters in their hunts for meat and fish as well as in their efforts to discover placid land with fruitful seas, abundant in wealth.
The insatiable recorded great ape turned the homo genus from homohabilis into homosapien (wise man) while nurturing a natural drive for an accumulation of more—whatever they determined more to be. Sapiens were non-restricted in condition. The quest encompassed the European conquistadors who sailed the giant seas seeking land, produce, and wealth that would expand their prowess with more control and more power, along with tools of communal survival revealed by other like-minded seekers.
LOCATION-Circa 1492 AD
The sheltered pristine waters of the west coast of Florida attracted those who followed Columbus as they also searched for personal gain and for benefits that might befall their Queen such as phantom hidden spoils that lay beyond the next wave of the great sea. The Queen of the European land area named Spain (among others such as Portugal, England, and France) wished to own more, to control more, and to flaunt their expanding powers, more. Each nation involved eventually pursued, purchased, and commandeered land as well as water rights, and tangible goods at the expense of the self-sufficient occupiers. At home in Europe, the interlopers were consuming and possessing themselves into territorial over-occupancy drawing them near an era of perpetual war and darkness.
The award to Columbus for his successful four voyages was the province of Jamaica, a focal site for his second voyage west in 1494. Jamaica was a territory befitting an accomplished explorer since it was the location of the great waterway (Gulf Stream) that ran north around and through the lands of the Caribbean once occupied by the Carib, the Arawak, and the Lucaya.
The local Tainos naturals in Jamaican fought boldly after Columbus disembarked and the invaders aggression dominated. The locals were summarily defeated and subjugated to Spanish authority. Subsequently, all Jamaican territory felt the sword and kneeled to the invading authority; thus allowing the slave trade to flourish for years from the New Spain Viceroyalty that touched the Pacific, encompassing North, South, and Central America. Under the leadership of Antonio de Mendoza, 1st Viceroy, the Viceroyalty headquarters resided in Mexico City, Mexico.
The Carib, the Maya, the Arawak, and the indigenous natural Tainos from Central and South America initiated occupancy of the area on their own long before the conquistadors from Europe arrived. The naturals squabbled and fought violently for the unspoiled green foliage, the warm blue and green waters, and the fertile soils that not only were sufficient to raise fine crops but also contoured to hide valuable minerals and cherished jewels of choice.
Important for our tale, were the Ais tribes to the northeast, the Tequesta tribes to the north, and the Escampaba to the west. Each tribe settled on the southern North American peninsula while continuing their claim of the area as their own, regardless of the positioning of the invading Europeans.
Lead explorer—Christopher Columbus—scoured the windward and wayward Caribbean islands, and touched the landmasses of Cuba, Haiti, Dominica, and Puerto Rica as well as the small islands off shore from South America while using Jamaica as his base, a hub for occupation and support.
Spanish and French forces explored the Bahamas, north along the Atlantic coast and south into the Caribbean. Subsequently they extended into the great western gulf water north into the bayous. What the explorers found on their first stop at the North American peninsula's west coast was a land of dark-skin giants that did not welcome them. Rather, the natives met the uninvited guests (ala interlopers that threatened, cajoled, and displayed vengeance with force, to an extreme unprecedented by naturals—omitting the flesh eating Caribs—with retaliation in disproportionate degrees: canoes versus galleon war ships, wooden spears versus forged firepower, and reserves immeasurable against limited quantities of hand-hewn equipments.
In 1513 AD, Juan Ponce de Leon was the main Spanish explorer. His warship galleon armada sat moored in the Estero Bay off the west coast of the North American continent in the great gulf. The armada aimed their canon at a shell mound village called NO, main home of Escampaba naturals.
What Juan Ponce de Leon encountered at first sight was a unique natural species of homosapiens that towered when standing erect to near seven feet tall. The giants soared over their five feet, five inch tall presumptuous interloping guests with canons. The Spanish soldiers wore armor of metal, all designed to protect as well as intimidate. The natural giants looked ominous as their shaded skin glistened in the sunlight, presenting bodies and presumed abilities without limit; but vulnerable.
The natural's diet had served the locals well as had their environment with its abundance that stretched beyond view into the thousands of small mangrove islands to the south and into the swamps and land areas to the north and east. The images were stunning to behold, strong giant naturals fighting with valor and vigor while moving with the cunning of a cat and striking readily with the rage of an alligator against canon, firepower and armor. It appeared as if it were a game, large giants being chased by thunder-sticks and steel-swords only to have those chased quickly turn and devour those chasing when the exhausting weight of the chasers inordinate equipments began to sink into the muck of the swamp mud. Medieval miracle play images fed fears that bled to temerity, a felonious comedy of errors.
GALLEONS-Circa 1513 AD
Explorers from the European continent routinely sailed the Caribbean seas in search of wealth, power, and providences with a license to conquer if necessary in order to achieve the control and power desired. It was little more than a repeat of what had become a precedent in the growth of the homosapiens: conquer, devour, and move. Streams of carnivorous conquistadors aboard armadas—galleons, frigates, schooners, and brigs, equipped with hundreds of cannons and many armed foot soldiers salivating with an apparent insatiable lush for victory—sailed the new world seas of adventure seeking prey.
Foreign nations also deposited cargos of desperate and frantic human migrants seeking fortunes in the new land. Multiple governments unloaded their human cargo over the pristine territories, fully equipped for permanent residence if conditions and circumstances merited and suited occupation.
Juan Ponce de Leon, in recognition of the Pascuas (festival) of the Christian resurrection, named the west coast peninsula, Florida (a feast of flowers). The Florida land mass sat in the path of his quest to locate a myth. While on that path, de Leon encountered a live network of fantasy giants that appeared to confirm his quest of the grand, the splendid, and the sublime.
Antonio de Mendoza worked his conquistador diligence over the land later named Mexico. It lay beyond the west shoreline of the great gulf off the peninsula of Florida. Mendoza fashioned a diligence that involved stealing gold, capturing and selling naturals as slaves, and indenturing all uninitiated inhabitants as had his counterpart to the east, Juan Ponce de Leon.
De Leon continued to move over the Florida coast peninsula of North America in search of the mythical fantasy fountain that could produce towering natural giants that seemed ageless. He sought a fountain he titled, Fountain of Youth, but battles with the giant Escampaba kingdom inhabitants resulted in injuries for conquistador, Juan Ponce de Leon.
In 1521, after engaging the Escampaba kingdom warriors and suffering fatal blows, Juan Ponce de Leon died in Havana, Cuba, from battle-inflicted wounds. The Escampaba paid a price for Juan Ponce de Leon's death; however, so did the interloping conquistadors.
Battles raged between the two forces for years. Regrettably, surprise massacres and mass captures of naturals for slavery brought about the most war damage, namely starvation and sickness. The Spanish forces applied surgical attacks over the course of their many engagements.
It was during the initial thunder of the rendezvous illusions and the prolonged and extrapolated years of stress for the Escampaba that a unique stand-alone event occurred. The event shaped the mythical image recall of the Escampaba natural as a potential reality existence, a reality that intertwined with the fountain pursuit as if being immersed in a baptism with rich clear sweet water.
BIRTH-Circa 1534 AD
At the most southern edge of the Escampaba territory that surrounded the Estero Bay, a shell mound village named NO stood in prominence. Chief Caalus (Carlos in Spanish) managed the Escampaba (Calusa in Spanish) Nation's main villages named Calos and NO. A male child was born during a campaign of interloping Spanish. The birth scream cut the silent tranquility paradigm of time and thought with rapier precision, allowing his mother to caress and care for him with dutiful affection assuming grandeur for her son.
With little regard for potential or propriety, the new parents named the child after the community into which he was born (Nu from the village of NO) which ultimately contracted into a Spanish gurgle grunt retrenchment, NufumNO, a rather knee jerk expression that caused Nu serious mixed grief later in life, albeit the foible was a twirl of fate.
Common blood line Calusa (Escampaba) parents within the social structure level of warrior—as opposed to either the class level of chief, elder, or medicine man—were Nu's claim to notoriety and fame. Generally, the warriors ask for nothing, took nothing, and pursed nothing beyond the margin of survival contributions needed for the common cause of war.
Nu's father (Shell) was a normal seven-foot tall giant Calusa warrior whose physical prowess far exceeded his skill achievements with weapons. Whenever cut, Shell healed quickly. Whenever Shell ran in the swamp or on the flatlands, he ran long distances before falling in exhaustion. Shell was within the acceptable range for a combatant warrior; but beyond his limited prowess attributes, he offered nothing exceptional.
Nu's mother (Flower) was a beautiful, albeit average female Calusa whose beauty in appearance veiled her intellectual depth and her physical gift of hand-to-eye coordination skills. Her lineage was acceptable but not elevated beyond the labor of a female Calusa in support of a mate and family.
Still, she could spear fish from great distances beyond which most male Calusa could cast a spear at maximum. She exercised her hand-eye gift in private for fear of repudiation and subsequent renunciation by the ruling elder males. She could leap to amazing heights to snatch fruit from trees. She could soar over barriers if needed or climb obstacles if necessary. However, her most prized gift of fate allowed her to blanket privately her love for Nu without restriction. Nu's mother was extraordinarily intelligent and shielded her acumen within the cover of a discernment talent that lay unrevealed to the world. She possessed the gift of trance—a rare and sometimes inhibiting power to see the unseen, to feel the unfelt, and to know the unknown—as regarded current reality events, personalities, and the future!
She whispered to Nu of her powers, leaving her fortune in the hands of whispering winds and slapping tidal seas. Flower prayed that the wind God withhold the gift from Nu. Nevertheless, she knew that her son was destined for greatness in travail. Her soul spoke of his contributions for the good and skirted the confrontations as trite and petty. Her conscious soul shielded her guilt and she was perplexed to tears, fearing her son's providence.
Nu was a normal child at birth—long, thin, and delicate with gangling arms and legs that stretched as vines from which dangled a hide doll. Flower reasoned that he would no doubt reach an average height or more, and that one day his muscles would bulge and show power and force while towering over the foolish intruders who roamed the beaches of the Calusa kingdom in search of shinny metals and favored foods.
Interlopers crowded her trances with their displays of authority and unreserved expressions of expectations from the Calusa. In a shaded corner of a unique silent Flower trance, Nu hovered, elevated above the swamp water, arms extended, eyes closed, and smiling. At that moment, she captured movements from the shades of her mind that spoke of death and despair for the Calusa and for her son.
Flower shivered as she perspired from the stress of the trance, as if a cool north breeze were engulfing her wet body, causing her to revolt from the heating consequences of her trance.
CHILDHOOD-Circa 1544 AD
Nu was born in the midst of great tribal turmoil.
The conquistadors raged over the waters, their cannon barked death when the Calusa ignored their wishes and skirted their demands. The colonial advance soldiers tried to establish land based support buildings on sand and muck that the naturals knew would wash into the sea when storms blew the tides.
The Calusa feared frontal engagements with the conquistadors. They learned that such attacks against cannon and steel armor bore no victories and served only to notify the aggressors of the Calusa limitations.
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