Christopher Smart, SLC Tribune, writes in touching detail of a prayer ceremony….
A golden eagle has 7,000 feathers, and Paiute lore has it the big bird can deliver a prayer to the Great Spirit with each one.
And so, 70 friends and relatives of the six men missing since the Aug. 6 catastrophe – and the three men who died attempting to rescue them – met where The Great Western Trail climbs to 9,800 feet to pray in the eagle ceremony. They laid their hands on the beautiful bird and sent him skyward with their message of love.
As for continuing the search, the spokesman for MSHA (Rich Kulczewski) said, “It’s out of the question for the foreseeable future. We wanted to rescue six miners. That’s what got us all here. We hope that the families can someday recover the bodies. . . . . At this point in time, we’ve run out of options. This was very difficult to tell the families.”
Each borehole revealed rubble, mud, water or some combination of all three but nothing indicating any sign of the six miners trapped 1800 feet within that mountain.
Hope’ is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops-at all –
«No representative from Murray Energy attended Friday’s meeting where the families were informed the search had ended. Calls to Murray Energy & UtahAmerican were not returned Friday.» (SLC Tribune)
1. Top Photo: Jerry Kent
2. Bottom Photo: Snake River Birds of Prey