Falcon Flight History
The Conversation - Performed at the Poets for Peace Gathering 1997
El Waun Ktelo (I'll Be There) - Performed for Poets for Peace 1997
Little Tetoe - Winner of the 1996 Past Presidents Award.
My Name is Moonlight; (2001) Featured in "Wing Rhymes."
Novels and Stories
Eternity Girl - Novel, contemporary Native American fiction. (Current working project.)
Legends, Native American Stories - Soon to be featured in the "Falcon Library." (2001)
Hand of the Damned - Novella Science Fiction (1995)
Previously submitted for Consideration for the Ron L Hubard Award.
Future Writing Projects
Stradivarius - Fantasy Science Fiction.
Knight of the Goddess - Mythical Fantasy Fiction.
The Shadow Artist - Contemporary Fiction with a Native Twist.
2001 - Stealing Away; Student Indie, (Unreleased.) - Spiritual Guide, House Wife.
1999 - Anton Chekhov's The Bear (A Revised Latino Version) - Mrs. Popov, (or Mrs Prado.)
2000 - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Antonio and Valentine.
2001 - Legends - The Story Teller
Theater Direction and Tech
1999 Anton Chechov's The Bear (A Revised Latino Version); DIRECTOR
2000 Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; Action and fight choreographer, set tech.
2000 The Pajama Game; Tech Support.
The Lady Falcon; A Tribal History
Coming from an unique background, the world of the tribal unites with the realm of the Celtic, in the artist and writer Thunder Falcon. "I've got the Indians on one side and Tree Worshiping Pagans on the other."
One might be curious as to who contributed what. "My father is an Olmec, Tarahumara Indian, from Mexico. And my mother is a blondy girl of an Irish, Scottish and English background." Could this account for Falcon's weakness for Shakespeare. "Don't tell the other Indians. They'll get mad at me."
In an ironic twist, Falcon's mother provides her only American Indian bloodline. "That would be Apache.
To complicate matters, I have rather severe Lakota tendencies. But to tell you the truth, I tend to think more like a Lakota Indian. I write in the language and lean toward the understanding of Seven Rights. In fact my deeper sense of tribal-self comes from the Lakota."
Perhaps this is the case, `because another sense of tribal self was lost along the way; that of the Tarahumara. "Well, if people want to get finicky about tribal decent, and they do, I'm Tarahumara. But my Grandmother and Great Uncle were separated from the tribe when they were very young and sent to live with a religiously converted aunt. From that point on, it was only a matter of time before they lost all sense of what was tribal and what wasn't. Over the years a kind of cultural amnesia filtered down to us and we just became whatever people told us we were, or what we felt we should be."
But for Falcon's Father and Great Uncle, it wasn't such an easy sell. "I think, if you were to ask them, they'd tell you Mexicans are Indians with an identity crisis. But they're not here, so I'll tell you; Mexicans are Indians with an identity crisis." But Falcon doesn't mean to sound so glib. "Of course, I know it's a lot more complicated than that. History made certain of that." Still the rebellious streak seems to be a genetic characteristic, but Falcon's elders were in no position to act on this trait. "You have to understand, in their time, the balance of religion, politics and cultural identity, was a costly sort of game they had to play."
So costly, that eventually the family was forced to leave Mexico. Of course, they would soon find the game was still in play here in America. In many regions of the United States, it was perfectly legal to kill an Indian, well into the nineteen-fifties. "So, what do you do when you're an immigrant Indian arriving to a new country under such circumstances? You do the only smart thing and say you're Mexican. Being Mexican or Latino, wasn't much better, but it was a little safer. It's just after awhile, you begin to believe it. And in a certain way, it wasn't really a lie. Even if you're white and your born in Mexico, you're Mexican, right? I guess there were some cases, where the tactic of survival became the belief."
This wouldn't be such a major concern for Falcon's Father and over time, he found he could follow his tribal nature. "He'd hang out with the Lakota or Shoshone and drag us to powwows and say, this is what we are, Indians." It was no surprise that Falcon eventually came around to more of an American Indian sensibility. "I think he figured, it may have been the wrong area code, but it was definitely the right phone number. To him tribal affiliation didn't much matter. He just needed to be with people that had the same identity he did."
Besides, there's being Mexican and there's being Mexican and my father's really bad at both." Of course, now Mexican or Mestizo, are quickly becoming outdated terms for what now means Hispanic or Latino and no one ever asks Falcon if she is Hispanic or Latino. "I just don't look the type," she says, leaving a little room for mischief, "which I assume is Jennifer Lopez or Ricky Martain. But they must be from a different Mexican Indian Tribe; the really cute, perky one." So what does a Thunder Falcon look like? "Well, I'm most often asked if I'm Native American and what tribe I'm from. But then again, I'm occasionally mistaken for someone from the middle-east, which of course, I'm not. So I guess, I just look like whatever a Tarahumaran looks like."
Still the distance between blood and culture, may be too wide a rift to close. Though the Tarahumara currently maintain a separate tribal society from the rest of Mestizo culture and have deeper historical ties to certain American Indian Tribes such as the Navaho and Lipan Apache, they are a distinctly different people whose traditions and beliefs were denied to Falcon's family. "It's kind of sad really," Falcon reflects carefully. "We have a pretty deep bloodline, but most of my relatives, couldn't tell you what being Tarahumara really means. I barely know what it means." It's subject matter that Falcon tends to avoid. "Actually, I suspect most of my cousins don't even know what tribe they're from and I have no interest in subjecting them to emotional or cultural, electric shock."
And what about those tree worshiping pagans. "I know as much about my Celtic roots, as I do about being Tarahumaran." This would turn out to be more frustrating to Falcon in some ways. "The idea of being Tarahumaran was a far away thing, both mentally and geographically, so there's a reason as to why it stayed out of reach. But a greater understanding of my Celtic heritage was always right there next to me. It's just the faith in the Coven of The Goddess, is not a thing talked about openly. First of all, it's a very sacred ethic and in most cases, kept very private."
There were other reasons for secrecy. "I've never encountered a such a beautiful and kindly philosophy, that is also so prone to harsh misinterpretation and treatment, especially for those who practice it." And the distasteful and grossly inaccurate myths around the craft, continue to be fodder in every corner of the media. One of the most damaging notions, is that those of pagan or druid faith worship Satan. "And the next thing I know, I have to watch some of may favorite actors play warlocks in league with Lucifer, or see thirteen warriors run off to murder the Goddess. Even Indians, don't have to put up with this crap." But Falcon understands most of these stories don't intentionally mean any harm. "I know it's usually done under guise of supernatural adventure and even I have to confess to some flagrant use of artistic license in the realm of fantasy. But even with fantasy there has to be some sort of responsibility and care for people's feelings. Of course, it wouldn't be such a problem if there was more fact to counterbalance the fiction."
Mestizos, people of a mixture of Spanish and Native American decent, make up the majoriity of Mexico's population. However, pockets of solely native peoples still thrive in isolated regions of Mexico practicing the tradition and customs of their ancestors. The Tarahumara people have preserved the ways of their ancestors in their tiny village in a remote area of Chihuahua in northwestern Mexico.
Sergio Dorantes Passage provided by Encarta
Bio and Stats
Tribe and Ancestry; Tarahumara, Apache, European Celtic.
Tribal Name; Thunder Falcon
Father; Wallace Mother; Ricia Jo
Height; 5'4 Weight; Pixy size, 110
Eyes; Brown Hair; Dark Brown, Long.
Birthday; March the Fourth in the year of the horse.
Siblings; A younger sister, who wishes to remain nameless,
but who is a little cutie pie, all the same.
Born in Denver Colorado, Falcon and was later joined by a younger sister. Though her parents split when she was seven, they remained in close contact. Her mother also has an extensive arts and writing background, (and Thunder has decided she's mostly to blame for any thespian tendencies she's acquired.)
At different times, her family lived in various parts of the country, but resided primarily in Denver Colorado.
Falcon is currently working on the upcoming internet serial novel "Dreams Between Heaven and Earth," while exploring the realm of film and theater. She comes from a company, where she worked as a Security Officer for the past six years, and has recently returned to this profession to support her creative and theatrical efforts. Of late, she has made her artwork available to the public with the release of her limited edition Poster Print Collection.
With the enduring presence of such a fiction, it's no wonder Falcon's kindreds, chose to convey only the sentiments of Pagan belief. "But there exists an echo of things lost or not known," Falcon tries to examine the matter in a much wider sense. "This is not a new feeling to me, nor is it necessarily a bad one. With the way I was raised, I have a much larger perspective on things. And with it I've always had the sense of echos. Echos from all kinds different places and pasts. It's not really like having a memory of these things, but more of a basic understanding of what they were like. It's either that, or I have an overactive imagination. But then again, when you're dealing with The Great Mystery, it helps to have a good imagination." It also helps to have a very open sense of spirituality. "Though these mystical feelings can be explained through a number of Native American and Pagan beliefs, they aren't necessarily restricted by them and in my case, pass into an understanding that's more universal. On that level, I hope to be a more useful All Purpose Indian."
This more enlightened ideal, might go a long way to explain the new interest in the Native American and Pagan religions. "The Universe is a big place, with any number of untold worlds and realities and now people are becoming more keenly aware of this fact and looking for ways to chart their own path through it. The attraction of the Pagan and Tribal beliefs, aside from what they have in common, is that most of them teach, that you have the power to lay out your own path and you're responsible for where is goes." And within Falcon's path, there are number of tales to be told. "That's what my stories tend to be about; the larger shape of things. I don't know if my little wee-pea brain is big enough to tell of such things; that remains to be seen. But what little I do understand, won't fit into a box no matter what tribal name or faith, is painted on the outside of it. In any case, I'm thinking more along the lines of burning the box."
But many of Facon's stories are about something else; finding a place for the tribal identity, in this time and place and reconciling some peace with the past. "It's tricky subject matter. I've never had any real trouble with balancing my modern sensibilities with my tribal-self, but the day is still young and there are so many things I don't know." For most Indians it's a much harder equation to fathom. "We've been told there's no place for us in this new world, our own world. Though we walk around speaking and breathing, people talk of us, as if we're some extinct culture that can only be remembered in the playing of old movie westerns." With this underlying sentiment, even a full blood can be lead to question weather or not he's an Indian, if he ever was. "But I can tell you one thing. There's something we know that's been forgotten, or was never known by most, and that is a greater sense of the natural world and the power that exists within it. In most religions this power is called God. But I think the Lakota have the most respectful and insightful name for this musical force; Wakan Tanka, The Great Mystery. And that's what God is, isn't it; The Great Mystery."
Web article for Gallery of The Spirit, 2001
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