Returning to my position between the warriors and the statue, I continued: “Long ago, in the old days of leadership, and I believe a much more prudent leadership, the chiefs and their sons were the first in battle. He also said that he would be happy to conduct sweat lodge for us. That old, familiar, annoying feeling crept into me and then I knew, deep inside me, that this was the work of my trickster (heyoka) friend. I, Little Crow, have taken the form of a coyote. Those who received cattle contracted obligations to the whole. After much similar pushing and prodding by loving friends, I sought an answer to my questions. My companion was on his way east over the Alleghenies this morning, headed home. To All My Friends To All My Relatives Hetch etu aloh 112 / Rainbow Tribe There is strong symbolism associated with the participation of the eagles in this quest. I read in an Indian newspaper of the death of a vision quester. He can’t get up on a high mountain but he can go into a lodge and has discovered some newfound hope. He was welding down roof decking for new B-52 bomber hangars and his helper did not come to work that particular day. Before getting down to work, he spent some time educating Ed McGaa / 71 the group of about twenty people on Native American spirituality. On the east side of the ridge I found myself among fifty-plus markers of Custer’s I and L troops. A couple brought this little boy and we were casually visiting. However, you can never make everyone happy unless you lie to yourself or others. My cancer had destroyed my sense of smell. My fear that day was brought by the winged ones to be remembered by me in the future so that I could learn many times—about faith and about awachin (belief). We had a remarkably good dinner considering the size of the town, and the caliber of most small-town restaurants. I will find my balance with your words of counsel and with Mother Earth under my feet. It is not necessary to carry these stones on one’s person every day, but if one is about to embark upon some important mission, such as a trip off the reservation, or if one wishes to invoke the aid of the supernaturals, one carries the stone with him. To her, I had probably come across the flight jacket in a surplus store and had added some patches to complete the impersonation. I understand that people seldom recover from it. I call the new versions the seven Mother Earth ceremonies; they were developed after my ancestors were forced to give up their plains freedom and were herded to the desolate reservations in the Dakotas. Your fasting—going without eating, feeling the initial hunger pangs—is a giving up of something that you can offer in return. A rag-tag group of children at a sleep away camp help their counselor overcome a … Mitakuye oyasin. I knew that now I had done all the activity that I had to do for the rest of my stay. A friend wrote a letter of advice that addresses this dilemma of choices: Ah me. Libra is the act of balance, and is ruled by Venus, which has a direct bearing on our heart chakra. Leaving the museum we walked back to Hilda’s home and on the way Ed found two hawk feathers, which were saved. I lie waiting for my old friend in the dark shadows of a pine. It was kept for a long time in a dresser drawer, and, eventually, it found its way to a glass case that hung on the wall in my bedroom. We are all one. Going first to the south part of the medicine wheel, I beseeched with my wotai stone to the power of the yellow south, asking the spirit of healing to remove the sharp pain like a bee sting from my shoulder, where the muscles had been strained by heavy lifting at work before my journey. Fortunately, a lot of the choices we make to improve our health help the earth as well. I mean three different ones. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1957. Without another word, his mother turns away from him and walks into the living room. Wee yohhh-peee-yahhh tahh hehhhhhh. In the Lakota prayer meeting there are many spirits, taku wakan kin [the mysterious thing], but yet there is only one Great Spirit, Wakantanka. It was the way it should be: I was the scout, on my motorcycle—a free bird with my guitar, shield, and pipe. Unlike most religions, it is not confined by a specific building or ceremony. Many of the ironworkers knew my brother well. No doubt, to her, I was a fantasizing Walter Mitty, of whom there are many. It looked easy when my father did it. We fighter bomber pilots could go aloft unarmed to observe, but bombing of the mile-long convoys loaded with fresh ammunition was not allowed. They had opened to us when they could see our sincerity. Taller people were reaching up to get things that no one else could reach. Yes, you can certainly learn from them, and the best way to do that is to assist them in ceremonies and consequently spend time with them. We made our way across the open plains to the Little Big Horn monument and had our usual adventure there. On the day following an eight-day truce, the ninth day, we suffered heavy casualties. The warrior walked toward the tree and stood with a boy. I was running before I ended the phone call. The Yuwipi Ceremony speaks for itself. This I enjoy. One tribe, in particular, is only a century removed from their natural life-style. I had the whole place to myself, alone again. Gently laying it into the grave, I stepped back and looked at my likeness lying there. I watched his face dance in the fire pit, and I felt humbled. Jamie presented Fools Crow with 144 red tobacco ties, and he held them to his heart while she held his hand. He told us in words I understood as one understands an explanation of sex when one is too young to experience its beauty. Some Native Americans object to “outsiders” using the pipe. When their fingers touched, I watched in awe as the rainbow colors flowed from their collective hands down into the lodge where they began to circle and flow in a clockwise direction, bathing all of us in those beautiful, uplifting colors. Before Ed came to do the healing there was a tremendous buildup of tension as a storm was approaching. American Genesis argues for man being here at least 100,000 years ago,…so it is comforting to note that on April 22, 1981, the Associated Press (Toronto) reported on a new 150,000-year-old dating for mammoth hunting man in the Americas…. Ibid., p. 70. Take time out to observe even if your initial observation is but a tiny anthill that happens to be close by the spot you have chosen. Shortly before we left, a friend of hers stopped in, so she accompanied us. I was a chief of the Mdewakanton Sioux. Several other veterans stopped by. A ragtag band of veterans sprinkled with two women and led by a sweating Indian wearing a buckskin, beaded shirt underneath a pilot’s jacket and carrying a peace pipe. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Minorities get hired quickly! To me, Fools Crow had acknowledged what Jamie is doing: standing up for native spirituality and listening deeply in order to preserve the past. We got an okay for our project the next day from Spiritual Science Fellowship based in Montreal, and then got permission from Belwin Nature Center to use that beautiful facility. We are all mere beings here, and there are many mysteries. I’d never seen a sweat lodge before, but I knew what this was the moment I saw it—lelah wakan (very holy). One Saturday I went to a dozen or so garage sales and found nothing, but I went back about 4:00 P.M. to the first place I had stopped to buy a purple crystal rock for my wife. Her beautiful prayer for growth and healing for our Mother and all of her children continued, ending with “…Let light come into the darkness.” Immediately there was an answering shower of lights rising like sparklers from the rocks. It spoke in Sioux to Fools Crow and the holy man answered back. Ease that spinner in there. Recent presidential and vice presidential candidates either avoided the front lines or, if they did serve in World War II, had their offspring tucked away from active duty in later wars. We cannot be liars to ourselves and to those around us! At the wall, I looked for several warrior acquaintances of the past. But I am no medicine man and never will be. Joe and I are free now. When the dog held forth the dried-up frog in my vision, I was being told that we will be in for some dry times unless we take action now, and I must beat the drum to stir that action. The agenda for this Natural Way gathering was similar to the one in Cincinnati. He was wearing a leather jacket with a backpack strapped on containing a tape recorder and a metallurgy book. A herd of buffalo entered from the north. That evening we went to the site. I knew it was going to be a tremendously catalytic sweat for everyone who sat in the lodge that night. Let us look at a Rainbow encounter that turned into one of harmony and relationship. Leadership is desperately needed in this land because of all the past untruths. We can experience this Hand. The white missionaries tell us of a hell they have created. The Call to Lead Notes Suggested Readings About the Author Cover Copyright About the Publisher FOREWORD It did not take long for the red nations to express their desire for the dominant society to change its way of thinking, its values, its ignorance of a living Earth. I have danced my fingers on this keyboard and have told my story. John was driving his motorcycle on the freeway from the university to his mother’s home when he hit an oil slick while going around a curve. Besides the three Indian ceremonies and the dream, I had all kinds of prayers from different groups, including a Wiccan ceremony. That is when the burning started in my hand and when we made ready to leave. From a geographic and navigational perspective, it was certainly possible. Most were associated with burials and were conical in shape, but none were made of stone. The spirits are probably hoping that these new people can go forth and help change the values of that materialistic, polluting world that brought on the present environmental dilemma. All present gain strength and Ed McGaa / 83 knowledge from these very moving prayers. 130 / Rainbow Tribe Thunder Hawk is very serious about his spiritual obligations. While reaping a rich life-style, Native Americans preserved this portion of the planet for centuries upon centuries. I crouched down next to Marg and told him that we would certainly be glad to learn his way as we had come not only to pray and do ceremony but to learn whatever we could. Our Mission is to bring back the sacred, to remember our connection to nature and create harmony within. The Rainbows adapt what is best from the old ways. The Maya recognized the four cardinal directions and even chose the same colors as those revealed by Black Elk’s vision. Alcatraz! The Rainbows were quite impressed. The participants had all applied their hearts deeply to their earth journeys, and I believe that this was also a strong factor in explaining why such a dramatic event happened spatially for all of us. In the forward cockpit the pilot’s helmet was stenciled with a warbonnet of dull, camouflaged feathers. I am here with a group of young people who have come to pray and do ceremony at this sacred place.” He looked directly at me and said, “This is a sacred place and is for all who wish to pray.” Encouraged by his warmth I added, “We have come with respect and would like to do ceremony this evening. English kings, seeing the advantage, sided with the Roman Church. Cast & Crew. This dream seemed to be pressing for expression. MPAA Rating: NOTRATED But there is no better reason to believe this than there is to believe that living planets are as common in the universe as are the successful seedlings and hatchlings of Earth. Maybe traditional Indians doing their Sun Dances back on the reservation in restricted form is not such a bad idea if it will help the non-Indian spiritual seekers to concentrate more fully on events that they have held successfully and need to continue doing. I dream of bombs and battleships and sophisticated tanks being made into pipes—yes, simple circular pipes that will carry water. “Captain, we have another comrade who must be recognized.” The corpsman came forward and cried out the name of a companion. For the world has fallen into serious trouble from overheating, overpopulation, and pollution. Our memory 10 / Rainbow Tribe and the memories of those we have associated with will be our “hell” or our “heaven” in the spirit world. As an African American woman, she broke barriers of race and gender, most notably as the founder of an important dance company that toured the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia for several decades. (After I returned from war, my name was changed to Eagle Man.) John asked for safety and was spared what could have been fatal. Women had equal power in early Briton, and they fought beside or led men. I had brought in the first pipe ever bestowed upon me, a four winds and spider pipe. We will find a pair of Rainbow Tribe women purchasing some gifts that became very meaningful. We worked out a deal for the drum, and he left for Pine Ridge. I had the record player and he had the albums of Bob Dylan and Buffy Saint-Marie. In the thirteen colonies, where the beginning of modern-day democracy was borrowed from the Iroquois confederacy, there were no land effigies, not even of earth and wood. They just disappeared! Silverberg, Mound Builders, p. 11. I cut some sage as I walked along the fence toward Bear Butte. There are some who have childhood fears of the night. Many two-leggeds (human beings) share the belief that there is one beginning in this universe. Some of Bill Eagle Feather’s sweat lodges were equally credible when it came to prognostications. Like the native tribal ones of old, they too are sensing that we, and all the life forces that surround us, are extensions of that Great Mystery force itself and have a great purpose for being here—especially at this time. Do not just take them a little wad of tobacco. We were to assist the lodge leader in various ways throughout the ceremony. Ed McGaa / 95 She was my oldest teacher, and my bond with her is like the bond with a dear old friend. I prayed for peace, love, and waableza—clarity of understanding. For example, let us imagine that person A lived two hundred years ago in England, where he was very close to Celtic and Druidic beliefs. At the time we were not knowledgeable as to how nature works with Indian ceremony, so this was a natural reaction on our part that was Indian and we didn’t know it. Because the soul was immortal, they experienced no fear of death. If you lack courage or vision to do ceremony, then at least have the courage to take a stand for Mother Earth. 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