Native Bulletin Board
From the cover of the 2015 Native American
Rights Fund Annual Report:
Veteran honoring painting, "Merlin Eagle,
A Short Biography of Merlin Eagle
We know that Merlin was born on the Rez in Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona, and went
to live with a shaman, Nochalo, around the age of 6. There, he learned to talk
to "the thin people" or those on the other side.
Merlin Eagle enlisted in the US Navy in 1962 at the age of 17. He was on the
first Seal Team that went to Vietnam. He finally got back, with two Purple
Hearts (crossbow bolts to the back and hip). He did remote-viewing and also
taught edged weapons techniques to US Navy personnel. He served in the
military again 20 years later, in SOG. Merlin provided body guard services for
17 years in Los Angeles, California as well as teaching tactics to select
members of the Torrance Police Department.
He moved to Hamilton Montana and opened an elite combat martial arts school
right in town, the "Washido Studio". Washido is Japanese for "Way of the Eagle”.
He had a 1st degree Black Belt in Japanese JuJitsu, 1st degree Black Belt in
Aikido, Red Sash of Kung Fu (equivalent to 1st degree black belt), 6th degree
Black Belt in TaeKwonDo, Master Kenjitsu (Samurai sword fighting - equivalent to
1st degree black belt), Master Iaido (Quick Draw of Samurai - Equivalent to 1st
degree Black Belt) and 2nd degree Black Belt in Hapkido. He had studied overseas
in Japan and England. He had approximately 48 years of training and experience
at the time of his passing.
The late Mr. Eagle held a B.A. and M.A. from California State University at Long
Beach in addition to a PHD from the New York Academy of Sciences.
He was a gifted craftsman, writer, poet, and now, spirit warrior.
Special Exhibits: Equine Art Series
"Horse Catcher with Comet" embossed-acrylic on
canvas, 15" x 30", artist-wrapped edges.
"Sky Catcher with Comet" embossed-acrylic on
canvas, 14" x 18", custom-framed.
"Sky Catcher" embossed-acrylic on canvas, 15"
x 30", custom-framed.
Click on image to go to mask gallery
Bernie's masks are currently on display at the...
Store at the Autry Museum of the American West.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Artist, with
renowned artist Michael Horse, at the
Gathering Tribes Gallery,
in Albany, California.
They carry an
assortment of my fine art and masks.
The Artist, at the
Hart of the West
Come and visit the showroom!
See a continuing exhibit of my latest works at
Custom Framing Shop 418 North Glendale Ave. Glendale, Calif.
Barbara Arvi, long-time Southwest
Museum director of education, and current director of the American Indian
Families Partnership, and Bernie in the new California Hall on the
day of the dedication. They are the co-founders of
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