Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Geronimo Mysticism And The Island War"

Last night while I was watching the PBS series "We Shall Remain" about native American history, this was said, "...Geronimo had the ability to suspend time and space..." This of course made me immediately think of "Geronimo Jackson", DHARMA's favorite hippie band. Lost is partially about time and space, so I wondered if TPTB intended any connection.

Geronimo was not a tribal chief, but"...he was a military leader. As a Chiricahua Apache, this meant he was one of many people with special spiritual insights and abilities known to Apache people as "Power". Among these were the ability to walk without leaving tracks; the abilities now known as telekinesis and telepathy; and the ability to survive gunshot.." (Wiki) So Geronimo was considered a leader and medicine man to his people. Crazy thought: is Jacob Geronimo? :-)

The band "Geronimo Jackson" has the combined names of a mystical Native American leader, and president Andrew Jackson, who was a "... leading advocate of a policy known as Indian removal, which involved the ethnic cleansing of several Indian tribes." (Wiki). When Jackson had the choice to overrule the Supreme Court action to evict the Cherokees' promised place on their lands, he refused to intervene on their behalf, resulting in the infamous Trail Of Tears journey. Was the name of the Lost band originally a clue to the long struggle between the fight for the use of the island's mystical properties for commercial purposes? The band's only album is of course titled after the Magna Carta, "...arguably the most significant early influence on the extensive historical process that led to the rule of constitutional law today..." (Wiki). We know now that the island is the epicenter of a similar extended war -- a fight between the indigenous and the infiltrating peoples. The U.S. Cavalry pursued Geronimo relentlessly until he finally gave in. Maybe this is a clue as to how the island war will fare.