Who Was Pahokatawa?
When a star falls from the sky it leaves a fiery trail. It does not die. Its shade goes back to its own place to shine again. The Indians sometimes find the small stars where they have fallen in the grass. The Pawnee have a story about a person known as Pahokatawa , who was supposedly killed bu an enemy and eaten by animals, but then brought back to life by gods. He was said to have come to Earth as a meteor and told the people that when meteors were seen falling in great numbers it was not a sign that the world would end. When the Pawnee tribe witnessed the time” the stars fell upon the earth,” which was in 1833, there was a panic, but the leader of the tribe spoke up and said, “Remember the words of Pahokatawa” and the people were no longer afraid.