The view of the valley below was captivating. Fools Crow and Bill Eagle Feather, I owe you for the absence of fear in combat. Traditional Indians believe that it is acting out a blessing sent by the Creator, or by the extensions of the Creator—the six powers. Share on: Share via Facebook; Share via Twitter; Share via Email; 2008 90 min TVG Comedy Feature Film. “I shall be you, Charging Shield. Ed McGaa / 95 She was my oldest teacher, and my bond with her is like the bond with a dear old friend. On the other hand, pondering the tragic history of abuses that Native Americans have suffered at the hands of the whites, it is understandable that many are being cautious about embracing extraneous elements into what they have fought hard to preserve from annihilation. It had rained all night. These powers are the four directions, Mother Earth, and Father Sky. A writer named E. S. Ricker who interviewed Horn Chips reported what Horn Chips told him about the great chief Crazy Horse, “Before going into battle [Crazy Horse] always threw a handful of dust over himself and his pony and never wore anything more than a breech cloth and leggings, a single hawk feather in his hair, his ever present small stone behind his ear, and another stone from Chips under his left arm.”2 In a later interview by Eleanor Hinman with an Oglala named Red Feather, Chips’s mentorship of Crazy Horse was corroborated. A good lesson in reserve and propriety comes forth from this observation. I asked for knowledge to be connected from the head to the heart so that I could understand what I needed to do and be open to receive the help I needed. Mitakuye oyasin. The Native American authors such as DeLoria, Momaday, Ross, Ohiyesa, Barbara Means, Sams, Sun Bear, and Standing Bear have also reached in deeply. Gently laying it into the grave, I stepped back and looked at my likeness lying there. I am not discounting what the white man has done to the Indian, but we are all new generations now. I felt responsible for the group, as I had agreed to teach a class and do ceremony for them. Waziyah hehhhhh. Shannon Louise 2019, About My Rainbow Tribe, Family Dynamics, lgbt parenting, Parental challenges, Same sex parenting August 2, 2019 August 1, 2019 5 Minutes. Dunham saw dance as a tool of liberation, as a way for people of African descent to reclaim their history and forge a new future. There were a couple of things I had to do. Many personal stones are found near the bed of a lake or stream. “Assure this spirit. Then I had a thought from my spiritual guide to take four stones to the top of the Bighorn Mountains and return them higher up in the river. That is Ed McGaa / 135 when I reached into the bottom box of three boxes of unpolished agates and found, under a bigger stone, my wotai (for which I paid twenty-five cents). The daybreak star rose and the voice said: “It shall be a relative to them; and who shall see it, shall see much more, for thence comes wisdom; and those who do not see it shall be dark.” A red stick was cast down to the earth by the powers, and where it landed a sacred tree bloomed and flourished. It must have looked pretty silly to him to see us struggling. This sign of revolt happened more than the U.S. armed forces will admit. Yet in a few seconds a copy of one’s complete work can be made on a computer. No such luck. Traditional Native Americans have their peace pipes and medicine bundles with them when they vision quest and usually set out an area marked by four colored cloths or flags. What or who was it¿ I did not know. He cried as he talked to Great Spirit and told him he really wanted it but he would be patient and wait, knowing someday he would have one. I do not want to be misinterpreted, however. We milled about for a few moments, and the other people on the walkway started to step back and stare at us. I’m sure that the healing process was starting from that time. I trudged back up the hill to my camper and peeled off the soaked clothing, dried with a towel, and dressed for the road. Four women dressed in solid colors walked up to the horses and took their places to represent the east, south, west, and north. RAINBOW TRIBE. Maybe I could forget this truth and push the river just a little, one more time. I turn on a light and thank Wiyo Ate, Father Sun, for the energy that makes our lives easier. I even had to go to the dean of the law school for his permission to be accepted for the following year so that I could do my combat tour. If we are getting outdoors as we exercise, we are regularly making contact with the natural world and valuing it more. How many times had I been here before¿ How many times had I needed that loving touch, a word of soothing empathy that was not forthcoming¿ Perhaps I needed to cast my efforts into a whole new stream. Gatherings 1. More prayers were said; steam was rolling, hot, but not burning. The rocky stream gave Alan the gift of his first rainbow in a small pool under a tree. Whenever she baked bread there was one Indian man who always sat on her doorstep until he got his loaf of bread and then went on his way. Waters, minerals, energy, I am. Natural people throughout the planet are exploring revelation from created nature, exploring that extension made directly by the Creator, the Higher Power, the Prime Mover, the Ultimate Force, or the Great Mystery. I believe a lot of the falseness spread about them is because most are women and they are following a simple nature-based beseechment and communication with a Higher Force, which in itself is nothing new—unless it happens to be women who have taken it upon themselves to provide their own religious leadership! Many reservation people have yet to demonstrate the Black Elk message or his colors, aspects of the vision that are readily appreciated by the Rainbow Tribe people. A concluding song was sung—the untying song. The string was also used to hang tobacco offerings to the spirit world during the conference. Workshops were led and courses taught, all aimed at helping people become more aware of the potential within them. Woodland Indians, who did not have a high peak Ed McGaa / 101 accessible, built vision quest platforms in tall trees. “If it is made by the Great Spirit, don’t criticize it” might be a good rule. Man-designed religious fears employed by the old eclipsing regimes have no hold over the Rain- Ec McGaa / vii bow Tribe. He, too, had seen Black Elk, and that was a first for him. CELTIC WISDOM When Rome spread its empire over the whole Mediterranean and into part of western Europe, it took care to eliminate anything that might harm its socio-political organization. An eagle feather hung from the top of the blanket that covered the holy man to his ankles. New York: Berkley, 1991. A heroine of the French Resistance in World War II, she entranced figures as diverse as de Gaulle, Tito, Castro, Princess Grace, two popes, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Women could own herds and were not excluded. I had taken a class with Eagle Man. For me, the prolonged waiting at the very edge of fire-strewn skies was more disturbing than the actuality of combat itself. Naturally they were going to be awfully “nice” until they got control of the business operation. Over a million readers have purchased Black Elk Speaks, and there are millions more who have viewed Moyers’s interview with Campbell. 8. Eventually, the rancher relents and is seen driving his grandchildren around in his pickup truck. I told the circle I had extra joy in my heart and that if they needed some joy in their lives, to take some out of the stone or put some in the stone as it was passed around the circle while we meditated to flute music by Nakai called “Shaman’s Call.” Then Red Dawn Wolf drummed for a while 140 / Rainbow Tribe before I started beseechment with my wotai stone. His bow changed to a spear and when he attacked, he killed the Blue Man. There are no accidents. To Rosana Francescato, production editor, and Anne Collins, copyeditor. I strained my ears trying to follow and envied my friend Sonny Larive, who was my age and held his own in the conversation. Each has been tested through the fires of transformation, and they’ve come out tempered and stronger, like fine steel. He told us we’d see something. They were waiting for it to roll down the side of the mountain. I now carried the pipe, and my uncle and I had planned another Montana vacation. Now, modern seekers (some of them call themselves the Rainbow Tribe) are beginning to recognize the visible powers of the universe. Even though he was not too encouraging he gave me a ray of hope. Fools Crow seemed to sense this salutation, and after staring hard at Jamie he took her hand and held it. Individual quests and group beseechments, blended with natural ceremonies held directly upon the soil and grasses of our planet, have deepened the spiritual quest of the Wigmunke oyate, the Rainbow Tribe people. They visited my parents often. Horse droppings were visible on the opposite side. As far as I was concerned, we’d gotten the blessings of the Great Spirit Ed McGaa / 89 that our heart, our intent, was good and true. I found myself sitting next to Robert Bly on a flight, and we had a pretty good conversation. When the time arrived, Thunder Owl and I drove to the sweat lodge site. This went out to those who need help, but I felt as if I didn’t know how to ask formally or in a precise manner for those who are in pain, and for those who cause pain. When I am with him it is a throwback to what seems to be many warrior pasts. New York: Ballantine, 1991. LITTLE CROW—OLD FRIEND Chetan Wahkamani, Hawk Who Hunts Walking In the spirit world, the world of the above-beings, two spirits stand together at the edge of the cliff of birth. My parents were equally appalled when at age twenty-six, after a severe spiritual struggle, I joined the Roman Catholic church. My spiritual belief is now along the line of the Indian Way. First, I strung a string around the area I would stay in for the next two nights. Many songs spring forth during or after a ritual, because you’ve opened yourself up to the possibility of becoming one with all. Have it in an envelope and give it in privacy. I was again unceremoniously named, although my naming did take place in the sweat lodge just before I was to take part in the Sun Dance. People like to collect things like that, and with all the ceremonies we were going to be doing, Joe and I knew we couldn’t be spending our time lugging a bunch of old glass around, so we had a lot of fun giving them away. I made preparations and hiked deep into the beech and maple forest near our Ohio home. “Look above you,” he said in a deep voice, “for you will see the galaxy of stars surrounding us. Spirit-calling Ceremony 10. Ed McGaa / 241 Fools Crow stared through me, but it was not unlike the stare I had seen in his powerful Yuwipi and during the piercing of the Sun Dance. The Mound Builders. A portion is withheld for newsletter costs. She was full; her luminous, iridescent white light touching us. I took some natural medicine recommended by a reservation holy man and I developed a different attitude toward life. He made some and we all had a cup. She had spent better than 80 percent of their marriage as a depressed and suicidal mental patient. An age-old adage found in many cultures that are free from sacrosanct, man-based definitions and rules is that nature flows in harmony and will continue to do so with or without humankind. Dave built me a hogan, an eight-sided Navaho structure, which I use as my medicine room and healing place, as well as for meditation. Then my thoughts turned to Wakan Tanka, the Great Mystery. My left foot began slipping to the left. We are all related, we are related to all things. I was taught that we’re all conduits, empty vessels through which the power of the Great Spirit can flow providing we step out of the way, remain humble, and always walk with our hearts. Our warrior spirit is our bond, and we realized that by being together in one place, it was going to create a focus of energies that would be akin to blending two powerful rivers into one. These men were never honored. One day in our spiritual history a very important event happened. It was in ancient times and we were traveling on this hot, dusty road. You shall see the enemy many times. PART TWO INTRINSIC POWERS OF CEREMONY Memorializes Hanged Sioux For a few hours the monument to 38 Sioux hanged in Mankato in 1862 bore a mark of respect. My present wotai stone flashed at me four times in a stream. I said, “Chuck, we have come here to respectfully pray and do ceremony, but if we are in any way disrupting or causing any difficulty for the Indian people who are here to pray on their sacred lands, we will leave and go to the campground down by the lake.” A warm smile held his face in silence for several moments before he gently but firmly replied, “You have traveled a long way and have come with respect for the sacredness of the mountain and the people. 2. Look at the way the far right is stacking the courts across the land. With multiple transitions occurring at the same time (work, summer camp, physical therapy, a survivorship program…oh and the regular scheduled programming of marriage, parenting, and adulthood), I imagine it will take some time. It was as if I had ridden into a piece of the past. 2. The beat of the drum danced in our hearts as we became one with the ancestors. Black Elk was told that he could have the power to make live and destroy. I didn’t think I had a reason to stay here. 110 / Rainbow Tribe The fog formed animal shapes circling the moon, and I clearly made out the horns, legs, and body of a ram in one of the shapes. We did share a camaraderie in our work. I wanted her with me, even though I had a wotai stone with me, too. During the smoking of the pipe after the sweat, we all stood motionless, passing the pipe between us, the crackle of the campfire awakening us to the evening’s stillness. Putting the past behind me and letting go of the “old me” was clearly the message. Thank you, Beaver, for carrying Great Spirit’s message. Finally, here was a Native American, like myself, who followed the old ways—a man who revered women as being equal, who didn’t place taboo upon taboo in ceremony, whose eaglelike sight was laser-focused on several primary objectives: women taking back their power, and using it for all our relatives, and the healing of Mother Earth, our caretaker. Non-Indian priests and ministers have a program for obtaining financial help to keep their churches operating and themselves as well. “The bullets will bounce from your airplane. These images were placed on that stone by a far higher power than whatever a detractor will ever possess. Somewhere, someone wrote that the way to approach a medicine person or a spiritual person is to offer him or her some tobacco. As long as I could remember, my dream was to be at this great battlefield. 2 THUNDER OWL AND THE RAINBOWS M y friend Thunder Owl is a Mdewakanton Dakota. I thought I saw a green flash of light pass before me, and a distortion in my perception of the bushes around me as if something had passed in front of them. Hilda Neihardt is her father’s literary executor and I needed to secure releases from her for quotes I had used from Black Elk Speaks. Joe and I concluded that the Rainbows had a lot more to add to our lives. The Europeans had allowed a class system to develop that had little regard for the democracy and equality found among the North American tribes. Stronger people were helping those who were less strong to bend branches and carry rocks. Leaving the museum we walked back to Hilda’s home and on the way Ed found two hawk feathers, which were saved. I asked the professor where the writers were from and explained back to Eddie that they were mostly foreign journalists and named off a bunch of countries that the professor had volunteered. (New York: Penguin, 1987), p. 107; Jose Arquelles, The Mayan Factor (Santa Fe, NM: Bear & Co., 1987), p. 204. As tradition dictates, I was given the name of my spirit guide, Little Crow, Chetan Wahkamani, Hawk Who Hunts Walking. New, yet reflective “talk making” was about to begin out of the bloodline of the people John Neihardt had so dutifully recorded. “These values start from the home. You who would never bend or cry,” I called out to the four winds. There is poignancy and loss when memory is taken from a people. I turn and look for the woman, expecting her to have vanished, but she is still there and intently reading the wall. When you visit a native spiritual person, then have the dignity and the foresight to support that person too. Thunder Owl opened the ceremony. “A little rain won’t stop me.” Ed McGaa / 127 He walked around the house and into a small barn. Five strips of rawhide hang from the drum, and each has two pony beads of the colors found on my Ed McGaa / 137 wotai stone: red, yellow, black, and white. I no longer have to fear that these nature-based ways will be relinquished. I just do not believe that medicine power can be passed on, or that you can pick it up by Ed McGaa / 245 having a spiritual elder’s pipe or objects. The boots! Improving human life-styles as they affect the environment is also a key to improving the health of the planet. 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