Manitou Dawn and her husband Manitou Raven hail from the Obsidian Age of Atlantis, circa 1000 BCE. They were born in North America, from a tribe which would one day become the Apache Tribe. Few details are known about Dawn's early life. It is also unclear whether her command of mystical forces was learned or innate.
Raven once told the story of when she was thirteen; she was nicknamed "the goat," because unlike other girls of the tribe, she fought back when pushed. As she grew up she drew the attention of the chief of the tribe known as Big Father. Her family sold her to him but things ended badly. She later met Raven who she recognized as a kindred spirit. The two later fell in love and the pair burned the chief's house to the ground.
Afterwards, Raven and Dawn chose to accompany the Justice League and the returning Atlanteans into the future. Following this, Jason Blood left the Justice League and suggested Manitou Raven as his replacement. Superman formally admitted him soon thereafter.
Dawn took quickly into 20th century culture and lifestyle. In her first meeting with the Justice league, she offered herself sexually to Superman. Dawn later started to learn English, with the help of Firestorm. Manitou Raven immersed himself in his work and grew more distant from his wife.
Justice League Elite
Both herself and Raven were eventually recruited into the Justice League Elite by Vera Black, who approached the Justice League with a proposition. It seemed that a powerful chaos was emanating from the Earth's very being. The mother goddess, Gaea, was awakening and in her anger she threatened to destroy humanity. Though Superman was understandably hesitant to ally with Vera's new Elite, Raven confirmed Vera's prophesies. The Justice League and the Elite subsequently staged an elaborate battle and convinced Gaea that humans were worthy of inheriting the planet.
After this, Vera boldly proposed the formation of the Justice League Elite: a black ops team organized to fight extranormal threats before they reach the public. Superman and Batman denied Vera membership in the League, which angered several of their teammates, including Raven, the Flash and Major Disaster, who all believed that Black had proved herself worthy. These members left the main Justice League and allied with her in this new venture. Thus the Justice League Elite became a sort of "not-exactly-sanctioned don't-ask-don't-tell" covert operations unit. Their mission was to hunt and eliminate extranormal threats to the Earth before they went public.
This new undercover branch of the League moved to a secret base in New Jersey called The Factory. In their first mission, they infiltrated an organization of assassins that led to the takedown of the despotic dictator, Hi-Shan Bhat. Once Bhat was in custody he was mysteriously killed by a member of the Elite. Vera knew this bode poorly for their future; upon their return, she charged Raven with divining the identity of the team's traitor/Bhat's killer. During this time, Dawn became distanced from her husband. His constant attention to work and the trials of the "Stony Path" kept him from satisfying her needs. Dawn became friendly with Green Arrow, who had vowed to quit the team because of Bhat's death. Soon the two engaged in a sexual relationship—not unbeknownst to Raven. her husband was angered of course, but he was consumed by his work. He acquired the "Eye of 18 Pupils" in order to divine the truth behind Bhat's death.
But before Raven could reveal the team's killer, he followed the them in pursuit of the villain Aftermath. There Raven invoked his magic one last time and died taking the brunt of a bomb. This would not be the last heard from such a powerful magician. Just after his death, Raven appeared to several members of the Elite. His spirit convinced Major Disaster (who felt responsible for Raven's death) to seek treatment for alcoholism. Dawn entrusted Raven's hatchet to the Elite's coordinator, Naif al-Sheikh. Then in grief and anger, she too summoned Raven's spirit via the staff and uttered his magic phrase, "Inukchuk!".
It was Raven who implored the Elite to regroup when all seemed lost. Dawn then assumed Manitou Raven's mantle of power (now Manitou Dawn), and she was permanently marked on the face by his spectral touch. During the Elite's final battle, Manitou Raven appeared in both the form of a Raven and as a phantom version of his former self. So far, Raven has remained close to Dawn, in a spiritual form, acting as an unpredictable adviser.
- Native American Occultism: Manitou Dawn is a master of tribal rituals which help her see the future and access the spirit place, but they often keep her isolated.
- Mystic Hatchet
- 25 Appearances of Manitou Dawn (New Earth)
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- Character Gallery: Manitou Dawn (New Earth)
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