Ancient Aliens' Native American Contributor Objects to Using the Word "Aliens" to Describe Visitors from the Stars
I’ve often complained that alternative history tends to overemphasize white, male views while ignoring or minimizing the views of the native peoples whose history they appropriate. When it comes to Ancient Aliens, I’ve often noted that they at least seek out opinions from women, African Americans, and Native Americans—even if they are all equally delusional believers in demonstrably untrue ideas. The program’s most frequent black contributor is a creationist, and its most prominent Native American voice—well, he apparently doesn’t believe in aliens per se.
At least that’s what he told someone filming him for the Star Knowledge Conference shortly after taping a segment for Ancient Aliens. In a clip released to promote the upcoming conference, Chief Golden Light Eagle, who also goes by the name Standing Elk and his legal name of Loren Zephier, explained that he was upset that the Prometheus Entertainment production crew wanted him to talk about “aliens” when he does not believe in flesh-and-blood beings from another planet but rather spirit beings from the stars:
Now, I was having a little bit of a problem with the term “alien,” and especially with EBEs, ETs—extraterrestrials, extraterrestrial biological entities—because they’re a form of negativity, a sound (?), and our brothers and sisters of the stars, they work with light. They work with a very high vibration. So these terms, alien and all that, sets up a negative vibration within you that’s not very good because of the laws of attraction. The Star People will not hang around you very long. They’re very sacred people, very enlightened people; they’re beings and people of light.
So that must be why so many visitors to this website complain about my negative vibrations: I am scaring away the aliens!
Zephier is not a “chief” of his enrolled Native tribe (variously reported as the Yankton or the Dakota) but rather is a “chief” of the “Galactic Federation of Light,” a New Age group. He came to UFO believers’ attention when he claimed that symbols allegedly found on the control panel of the Roswell UFO (but of course) were the same symbols he received telepathically from metallic beings from Orion. He also claims that his book, Maka Wicahpi Wicohan, described as a Star Law Manual of the Galactic Federation, was “inducted” in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. I have been unable to find any record of the book in the Smithsonian collections, much less an “induction” ceremony. If this website is to be believed, the actual event was very much the other way round, with Golden Light Eagle presenting a copy of his book to the Cultural Resource Center of the National Museum of the American Indian in Maryland, which houses the museum library and would therefore have accepted the gift as part of its mission to collect Native American literature. That said, I can find neither the book nor Golden Light Eagle in a search of the museum archives.
Golden Light Eagle apparently has earned the enmity of many Native Americans for his jumbling and repurposing of elements of traditional Native beliefs in service of New Age mystical mumbo-jumbo tied to conferences and appearances that net big bucks. (He apparently mixes Apache words with Lakota dances and shout-outs to Jesus.) The Star Knowledge Conference does not, as of this writing, list prices, but people who have called to get the price say it runs about $400 per person, with $20 surcharges for particular “workshops.” Worst of all, they are encouraging children to come and be exposed to lies about how multicolored energy bubbles can protect them from harm, at $11 per child. (Click here only if you want to be depressed by what people want their children to learn.)
The whole thing makes me sad, both because of the numbers of New Agers who make a fetish of the indigenous in a bastardized form, and because people like Zephier/Standing Elk/Golden Light Eagle who are happy to cater to this fetish with fabricated fictions about UFOs and Native spirituality. But I guess it’s slightly better that Zephier wants to differentiate his Star People from Giorgio Tsoukalos’ extraterrestrials, though given David Childress’s claims that the “aliens” are really trans-dimensional time travelers, I think we’re talking a difference of degree, not kind.
6/3/2013 08:25:59 am
About the link:
6/3/2013 06:53:24 pm
“It's an odd thing but when you tell someone the true facts of a mythical tale they are indignant not with the teller but with you. They don't want to have their ideas upset. It rouses some vague uneasiness in them, I think, and they resent it. So they reject it and refuse to think about it. If they were merely indifferent it would be natural and understandable. But it is much stronger than that, much more positive.They are annoyed."
6/4/2013 02:47:30 am
That is a nice quote from a mystery author, but this guy doesn't tell anyone "true facts" about any "mythical tales". I looked Josephine Tey up (she was born in 1896), and 'In 2012, Peter Hitchens wrote that, 'Josephine Tey’s clarity of mind, and her loathing of fakes and of propaganda, are like pure, cold spring water in a weary land.' " according to wikipedia.
6/3/2013 07:01:57 pm
After reading this blog for a few weeks I'm learning that the alternative spirituality industry must be a multi billion dollar per year enterprise.
Erich Von Blavatsky
6/4/2013 06:49:16 am
ah the old fake native con a la Robert Ghostwolf (aka Robert Franzone, Robert Parry, Robert Wolf, Robert Wolfe). The more things change...
9/11/2015 04:19:21 pm
Wow ... I am so fed up with people who down their life trying to discredit other people on the internet ... Even me typing this , is hurting my heart ... But your slander even hurts worse ... I'm sure all of you who commented try hard everyday to make the world a better place ... When you're not playing video games, watching TiVo or writing blogs .... May Life have Mercy on your Soul and let you finally feel what it is to surrender to Love
6/17/2016 09:19:26 pm
I watched a few of his videos, then watched one where he introduced himself and then stated he was chief of noone. I had to play it back to double check; I guess the truth always comes out somehow.
8/5/2016 07:38:34 pm
So tired of listening to people speak about something they know nothing about. Loren Zephier (I prefer to call him Chief because he deserves that respect) is a good person who has helped many people. He helped me for free and has many free videos where he can explain what he talks about and is a very honest person. He IS real and does know what he is talking about. He probably saved my life and many others as well because he knows what we are going through. Ignorant people such as the author of this article would rather throw us in a mental home like they did to medicine men. One day you idiots who bash these Native Americans for what they believe in will be begging them for help. Why dont you learn about the subject before you speak about it. Ignorance is bliss..
2/4/2018 09:26:02 am
As a child. My mother always tried to stop me from hanging with my favorite aunt in the world, Merle Bigmedicine.. bc she was "Christian".. im glad i finally hung with my lil aunty merle, I took all my kids to Sundance, boy it was hot!! SEILING, OKLAHOMA, we picked wild sage in the heat, made traditional lodge, fetched water to cook, ran food to the those going thru the Sundance and other things "aunty" told us to do willingly and with a quickness!! It's always last weekend of June-first weekend of every July.. Never fails to fall like that! My kids learned how to The Cheyenne people that we WERE SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE FIRST PLACE! We don't try to sell you JESUS!! Lol.. how weird! How I fall is your business.. how I fall is my business.. and that's something everyone needs to understand and respect.. bc none of us INDIANS EVER & I MEAN EVER thought you foreigners would end up staying THIS LONG!!! Then call our place, your home!!!! Really??? Theres a triple double confused world out there.. That share is same ideology that I'm talking about. Let people be what they want.. if God wants your attention.. believe me!!! He will let you know!!! Til then, let's all try to get along.. and accept each other with wholeness.. please!!!! From A Northern & Southern full blooded 4/4 Cheyenne, Standing Woman - Lisa Bigmedicine
11/21/2016 07:39:08 pm
I had the honor of hosting "Chief Golden Light Eagle" and his family, at my home for 5 days, in august 2015. I had never heard of him, or his mission before that time. I had NO preexisting ideas whatsoever. we shared coffee early mornings on the deck, talked of many things. I found him to be an amazing, wonderful, wise, saddened man, who loves mother earth and all upon her very deeply. I do testify that he has knowledge and wisdom that he perhaps, is not given enough credit for. "Eagle" is a special gift to all who wish to receive it. ah ho
2/5/2017 10:54:42 pm
Chief Golden Light Eagle is a Nakota Sioux Chief and so was his father and great grandfather who signed a famous 1851 treaty. He was named chief from his tribe. Thats how it works. He is a man of prayer, love, ceremony, spirit and service.
7/4/2017 12:08:19 pm
His grandfather, David Zephier, was half French. David's father was Antoine Rencounter, French man. David changed his name to Zephier because he was a minister and did not like his brother's drinking alcohol. Loren's dad, Adelbert Zephier was a WEII veteran. Loren collected feather's from various people, some were veterans. He put together a bonnet with eagle feathers. He created an honoring at the Marty Indian school gym. The first veteran to wear this made-up bonnet was Adelbert. The bonnet did not belong to him he was honored by it. It was something that Loren made up. Adelbert kept the bonnet, he called it his, "lucky bonnet." When I asked him why he called it that he replied, "because it gets me money." He also said it got him women. The Yankton Sioux tribe did not put a bonnet on Loren's grandfather's head. David was an interpreter for the 1868 treaty. Loren's great grandfather was a Frenchman. It is so sad to see so many fall in love and admiration for someone as loathsome as this piece of shit. You have no idea of who Loren, Many Faces, Chief of many Lies and Manipulations. If you need to believe that Loren is a chief of something, go right ahead.
8/7/2021 06:18:11 pm
I happened to run across Loren Zephier when we were both students a Todd County High School at Mission SD, 1967-1971. I think he stayed in the dormitories there. I personally witnessed him beat the shit out of another student in an empty classroom and he at one time on another occasion threatened me as well. Needless to say I never considered him to be a very decent person. It saddens me to see he ended up being a sort of con man. He appeared to have a real talent for drawing pencil sketches of people, he could have made honest money doing that.
11/20/2017 11:36:04 pm
Loren is nothing but an old rez con man fooling nonindians hurt and looking for Native AMerican Spirituality/ He ripped off the term 11:11 from Solara, then he ripped off the fake Greek Symbols from the ALien Autopsy Video and said he seen it in a "vision" and then later says he was taken into their ships. He changes according to how gullible people are...the people who brought in the messages other than a young medicine man were NOT trained mediums, channelers or Medicine people. They were sitting around smoking pot in Rapid City bringing in messages from the "beyond" making it up as they went along. It's a ll a hoax and based on a The Alien Autopsy video-- research the authors of they video they admit they created the symbols. FInally the manual that he takes credit for (he didn't write it, he just did some editing) was NEVER placed in the Smithsonian and he merely submitted a copy of his manual to Edgar Cayce Library which anyone can do! He takes a tiny bit of truth and turns things into egregious lies used to manipulate people. If Ancient ALiens spoke to his past wives, they would have NEVER broadcasted his bullshit. CHIEF OF NOTHING is NOT humble it's the truth. CHIEF OF BULLSHIT! The Tribe did NOT make him a chief I was there I know! Wake up people find YOUR OWN SPIRITUAL PATH!
8/15/2018 11:16:31 pm
I was invited to see this man, thanks for the heads up. There seems to be no end to new age con people.
8/24/2018 01:34:04 am
So glad to hear that Ms. Lundstrom is open to listening to truth.
10/3/2020 07:19:13 am
I knew this dude was a liar right off the bat...the bar he said was given to him had originally come up in earlier ufo stories from roswell....i couldn't believe ancient aliens would put this crackpot on their show...if you have ever been as deeply interested in ufo stuff as i am you would be just as appalled as i was to watch him build and elaborate on something that was already in the ufo history books...the hieroglyphic bar was supposedly part of the roswell crash...he is such a fake
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