HUNTER GRAY (JOHN R SALTER JR) AT LARGE -- AFTER TOTAL VICTORY IN THE LUPUS WAR (2003-2011)
A small portion of the very long and very vast Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. This particular photo was taken partly down in the very deep canyon. Normally, Sycamore Creek cannot be viewed from the canyon rim.
GHOSTS [HUNTER GRAY / HUNTER BEAR DECEMBER 22 2003] UPDATE NOTES APRIL 24 2007
near-death experience by an authentic American hero--who was deeply
involved in the Mississippi civil rights movement among many other
principled stands--is so moving that I have to share it with you."
Steven F. McNichols [Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Attorney]
San Francisco, CA 94104-3503 12/21/03
great writing. xo Kass Fleisher Author of forthcoming THE BEAR RIVER MASSACRE [Spring 2004] 12/22/03
I HAVE FORWARDED THIS TO MY SONS, CALLING IT A WONDERFUL READ BY A WONDERFUL MAN WHO HAS LED A WONDERFUL LIFE. THE WHOLE THING BELONGS IN YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY, INCLUDING YOUR PRESENT ILLNESS, BECAUSE THAT WILL TELL READERS ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER. AND I URGE YOU ONCE AGAIN TO GET IT WRITTEN PRONTO, MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR WRITER AND EDITOR SONS AND WHOEVER ELSE TO FINISH THE JOB IF YOU DONT.
BILL [William Mandel] Activist and author of many books -- including SAYING NO TO POWER. 12/21/03
Oh, John! This is wonderful. Even with your terrible illness, your strength shines -- blazes, really. My warmest wishes and gratitude to you and Eldri. Paz. Clyde Clyde Appleton, Tucson, a close radical activist friend from the '50s. December 27, 2003
Having been a subscriber for less than a year, I have very much regretted not having the opportunity to meet this man. Knowing what I've learned of him through these pages inspires me to let him know that I very much appreciate his contributions and will miss him and his work when he is no longer with us. My wishes are for his impact to influence my thought world and that of others for many seasons and for his continued strength to continue to be with us for as long as he needs to be.
Marie Jackson SNCC discussion list January 6, 2004
ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING! Dale Jacobson Poet and scholar January 23 2004
AND SOME ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:Maybe the world is out of balance (Koyaanisqatsi?) and you're in balance. John Salter [Beba] 2/21/05
I sincerely wish you health and a
wealth of happiness.
John Grogan 2/22/05
Canadian Rockies bioregion
Thank you for all you have done and
will continue to do. The struggle continues for as long as injustice
does, and as long as human life prevails upon this planet and perhaps
some other planet in the future. Our spirits are with you.
Mario Marcel Salas 2/22/05
San Antonio, Texas SNCC
From Tiffany: 2/21/05
Wow! All that I can say is that I'm
amazed. i know you've probably heard
this so much that it's old, but your writing ability is incredible! I'm
totally blind, lost my sight at two months old, have never been to Arizona,
and yet I saw the places to which you were referring. I felt that I was
with you as you made that journey. Then again, what else should i expect
from such an admirable figure as your self?
Hearing of your illness, but more importantly, of the way in which you fight
it every day is truly an inspiration. As for mind versus body, I too would
choose mind, because without it, I'd consider myself as being nothing.
I'm also very impressed at your Native American heritage, and the way in
which you embrace it. As a future anthropologist, and even long before
that, I've always loved Native American culture and wanted to learn more
I also see that your faith and beliefs are strong, and that your memories
are many and your wisdom is much... As for near-death experiences and
spirits, I believe in both passionately, but not in the neopagan/new age
sense. I'm what's known as a Hellenic Polytheist, following the religion of
ancient Greece. After believing in nothing except a higher power until
three years ago, I can honestly say that I understand the meaning and
relevance of faith in one's life, and that I'd never go back. The gods and
goddesses have brought me closer to humanity, and I have formed a strong and
lasting bond with many of my fellow-Hellenes. (Oddly enough, I, and most of
us for that matter, are not Greek by birth.)
Anyway, I digress. I wish you well, and pray that your at peace, living and
enjoying the best that life has to offer you, for as you know, even in the
face of tragedy, life is still a blessing. Let me also say before signing
that I feel greatly honoured to be speaking to someone who has influenced
the world as you have done. As a lover of history and those who fight
oppression, I find all too often that my heroes are no longer on this Earth
in the physical sense, so it feels good to finally communicate with one who
Blessings and take care,
Dear Hunter Bear
Greetings from Adelaide, South Australia. I lurk on Marxmail and try and make
sense of the world and I just wanted to write and say how much, once again, I
enjoyed reading your piece. I hope you aren't suffering too much. I am sure you
are very loved and valued by your family and in your community. You are a very
special, insightful person, and I am very thankful to have your online
acquaintance. You enrich my life in untold ways.
GHOSTS [THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 20, 2003] HUNTER GRAY/HUNTER BEAR
__________________________________________________I was suddenly but gently aware that I was standing at the edge of a large
And then soon, deep down within me, I sensed a kind of stirring, a Change. I grew stronger, much more optimistic, began to do some walking in the high hills and ridges that immediately overlook our 'way far up home and sprawl ever-upward into mountains. There are still many challenges with this deadly and mysterious malady -- this predator that has such a strong preference for Natives and certain other groups. But I look up at the Sun and Sky and Listen to the Wind.
For most of my life, the long and gigantic canyon has always been in my mind and inner being. I realized, while still very young that when I even briefly and segmentally dreamed of it, important and significant things invariably happened with me soon thereafter. But now since the Experience, every facet of the Canyon Journey -- every detail I saw of that vasty full and wonderfully intricate and complex corner of the great Creation -- can immediately and vividly be recalled full flow and in total at any point I so wish.
And that is very often.I have never been afraid of death. I plan to do much more in my life -- much more indeed -- before the eventual trip into the Fog and Deep Canyon, up over the High Mountains, and Far Beyond to the Shining Sun in the Turquoise Sky that glows forever down on the Headwaters of Life. And when that Journey finally comes the great Bear will accompany me.
And so I keep going, keep fighting.
(And here is the Link to a
closely related Victory piece of 2011-2012 -- Shooting and Killing