I watched his face dance in the fire pit, and I felt humbled. After feeling the heat in Jamie’s hand I believed I was privileged to a meaningful sign issued by Fools Crow or whatever mystery was responsible. Before he came to do the first one, my daughters Janet and Margaret and I did a Blue Star meditation to prepare ourselves. What it was presenting to me was a totally dried up frog, its four legs making a square as they reached out to the four directions. Rainbows Finding Their Natural Names 254 / Rainbow Tribe and Wotai Stones 1. Russ backed off the edge of the hangar and fell about fifty feet to the ground. Creatively and professionally, I held myself back less. Tony said he would do the fifth lodge, so I was fire-tender and handled the stones. Dad followed my direction, guiding 218 / Rainbow Tribe the canoe so that from my seat in the bow, I could reach the “turtle.” But when the canoe slid within a father length (six feet) of my “turtle” my eyes distinguished, instead of a turtle head, the green feathery tip of a weed. I had floated flies, spun spinners, drifted worms, and even lowered myself to the banality of tossing salmon eggs, cheese balls, and kernels of corn. I don’t know what it means, but I know that it is part of the vision. Tribal wisdom from all parts of the globe is finally being recognized to help ward off the impending ecological and social disasters that all global citizens face.2 To achieve power to do ceremony you have to become familiar with the four directions and the six powers of the universe. Are we able to see and accept change in ourselves and others¿ Are we able to integrate new and different ways of viewing the world into our present thinking¿ Can we see how science serves us with what it knows, 196 / Rainbow Tribe and limits us with what it does not understand¿ Psychologist Gordon Alport once said that “what we know is but a drop, and our ignorance a sea!” For my son and me, on our island of “pure peace,” the healing was taking place. He had driven his pickup truck all the way from Alabama, and although Camp Ronora had adequate tools available, I was deeply impressed by how well equipped he was for building the lodge and obtaining firewood. I believe this high plane of living, which bore great gifts to the world, was a result of their deeply spiritual relationship with nature. They believed that to write anything down was to Ed McGaa / 53 lose memory (a correct assumption). Powers is one of the few who did not take this appeasing route. As the movement evolved, the importance of family, career, and even spirituality became recognized. They told us stories about each group coming separately and how they had been brought together through circumstances over a period of several years and that now they meet at Spirit Mountain each year at the same time to be together. I turned to Ed and said, “You know, this isn’t any ordinary group of people coming together for a sweat. The conductor lies face down within a rectangular area set off by 405 tobacco offerings strung together. The tears were dripping off my face and mixing with the raindrops that had been falling, unnoticed, for quite a while. The Harmonic Convergence date was only a month away when the Rainbows decided that a portion of Black Elk’s vision should be reenacted, using horses that were available at the stable to represent the horses of the four directions that Black Elk saw Ed McGaa / 39 when he went up into the rainbow-covered lodge of the six powers of the universe. Belief in our own ability came, in part, once again from the messages our spiritual life brought us through our experience in the natural world. 2008 90 min TVG Comedy Feature Film. It is a big world but we all have to live together. Yet, as Eagle Man and Thunder Owl stood on the bridge asking for my natural name, a beaver swam close to them, paused in front of the low bridge, then gave his sign by swimming in four circles, one for each direction, in front of Thunder Owl and Eagle Man. Have you ever wanted someone to do something with you or for you that he or she didn’t want to do¿ Regardless of the outcome, it is never satisfying. Standing Bear, Luther. With a full moon in force, it was a perfect time to set up the Sweat Lodge Ceremony from an astrological as well as a Native American perspective. A mist settled and when it lifted, he was nothing but bones covered with crawling worms. The tree of life appeared dead, and I thought of the JudeoChristian capitalism that prevails over this Turtle Island, drying up its natural roots. After Black Elk had his vision, he had to dance it for the people for it to take effect. I awoke around 4:00 A.M. and eagerly headed for Bear Butte. From this natural connection they convert knowledge to spiritual wisdom. They overlooked the fact that the medicine men were able to do marvelous things. My daughters Janet and Margaret helped. He is so experienced at lodge building that we even had towel and clothing racks to hang our clothes on before going into the ceremony. We looked like a space station built of people in a glowing white circle simply floating out in the arms of the Great Mystery, for what we were experiencing was the true mystery of Life. They are finding the courage to cast off age-old fears and are beginning to walk forth within their own individuality. Spirit-calling Ceremony 10. Joseph Campbell, Transformation of Myth Through Time (New York: Harper & Row, 1990), p. 46. Wee yohhh-peee-yahhh tahh hehhhhhh. He said he was Owl Feather Man, and I told him I was Stone Man. This Mdewakanton medicine man and I shared the same tribe, but in different lifetimes. The people I have been associated with in natural ceremony simply want to pray in such a way that they can draw from the power of created nature. The powerful vision was meant to be preserved in accord with the six powers because it reached us despite a seemingly insurmountable adversity from the dominant world. My feathered friends, teachers from the past, relatives giving their acknowledgment. A singer chorused an ancient fight song while the Sioux women tremoloed. Maybe this explains why the Sioux have preserved much of their nature-respecting culture, more so than many of the other tribes who have had to endure a much longer diluting contact with the dominant society. We cut a few hardwood poles but soon realized that they were too heavy, as well as somewhat crooked. The sky darkened as I drove in silence with Jamie. This person was reputed to be Aloysius Bosch, S.J., who was killed by being thrown off his horse. Drumming Little Crow has said that drumming is good for the blood. Possibly it is a force that is just allowing itself to be imaged upon the stone as a means of offering me the reassurance I need to undertake some of the tasks I have set for myself. The age of communication was not nearly as strong as it is now. On this night, he said that just before he fell asleep, or possibly as he fell asleep, the clear shaft of a rainbow appeared at the foot of his bed for a few moments. Their ceremonies did not exclude anyone because of gender, color, or bloodline. The spirit of Black Elk whispered in our ears during the Sun Dance. The cooking tasks kept us up late, and we sat in awe watching the northern sky show us millions of stars. I have rented several streaming videos both before and after trying Rainbow Tribe and only Rainbow tribe had audio issues. The west power, Wiyopeyata, gave him a bow and then spoke first. Kathleen drew from her work in Native American spirituality, alternative healing, metaphysics, and facilitating nature-based ceremony. The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk’s Account of the Seven Sacred Rites of the Oglala Sioux. With time and patience, I have learned obedience and chosen the way to travel. Besides the fierce drive for nationalism, they fought well because they experienced a higher degree of fairness than what they saw taking place in the ranks and the streets of their counterparts on the other side. Although I was among these warriors and fought within the fire and steel of these modern battles, I shall be of that white man’s steel, emotionless, while I do this ceremony.” I thought of the eagle who allows only one chick to live in times of overpopulation, the buffalo herd that turns out the aged leader, Ed McGaa / 187 the fox that casts out the deformed kit, and related harsh decisions made by the old two-leggeds who chose to walk into the blizzards or onto the ice floe rather than prolong their burden and loneliness. It totally felt like another universe. The Roman State was a monolithic structure spread over territories deliberately organized into a hierarchy. One woman even brought a peace pipe that she had purchased years before at the Pipestone quarries in southwestern Minnesota. Let all who are here today, let us honor these warriors who stand before us.” I placed my stone in my pocket and handed my peace pipe to one of the women before speaking to the figures in bronze. It was a moonlit night and the setting could have been termed “spooky” by those of that bent. If one is to fathom from the direct example of what the Ultimate has allowed us to discover, our memories, like information cast upon a computer, can and will be permanent. Eventually, I believe, both movements will join together in a recognition of balance and respect. A great deal of anguish and lament can be found at the Vietnam Memorial. Sahtouris, Elisabet. New York: Berkeley Books, 1982. The Lakota use the phrase mitak oyasin often. Fort Yates, ND: BEAR, 1989. Each person calls out his or her name and a respectful greeting. I looked up and absolutely no one was around. Years before this remembering, I met a woman from Pipestone, Minnesota. Father Stoltzman describes the beginning of a Yuwipi Spirit-calling Ceremony: Ed McGaa / 161 After the spirit-calling songs have been sung, the spirits come in, usually with a flurry of sounds, rattles, and sparks. Love God, Wakan Tanka. The day before the Harmonic Convergence began we gathered to cut down a tree, a “tree of life,” in keeping with Black Elk’s 40 / Rainbow Tribe vision. We all perish together if we lose this earth to overheating, pollution, greed, and overpopulation. On the way we visited the small cabin that Neihardt had used as his studio, and where Black Elk Speaks as well as his other work was written. Copyright Images not available for electronic edition. I am what I am. The Federal Bureau of Investigation hasn’t helped matters by keeping records on practically every Indian who has spoken up against bureaucratic corruption. The other two followed. 3 RAINBOW AND CELTIC RELATIONSHIP M ost archaeologists declare that men and women first crossed the land bridge from Asia to America via the Bering Strait during the Pleistocene or Ice Age. 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. “One more time! In fact, I tend to fret if the details aren’t ironed out. For me, the northeast has always been the magical position on the medicine wheel, that is, the place where seemingly impossible things are witnessed or experienced. The Europeans had allowed a class system to develop that had little regard for the democracy and equality found among the North American tribes. The messages are there, cloaked beautifully in metaphor. It traces Dunham's influence over the course of several decades from the New Negro Movement of the 1920s to the Black Power Movement of the late 1960s and beyond. Soon the grave was open before me. In my travels I have yet to lose my seabag that looks to the world as if it contains nothing worth taking and also diminishes my appearance—if I were to worry about impressions. Alan had settled down and become an unbelievably responsible father in a virtually single-parent household. I noticed that several men, obviously Vietnam veterans by their dress, were donating their time to the management of the booth. 9. Fools Crow has departed now. And so we have an adventure of a Rainbow man who simply wants to be close to the earth and find a harmony with brother and sister beings. In the speed of her movement, she looked like a circle of pink light. His voice strongly carried the Lakota words to the four winds, and we knew immediately why he had been given the name of Singing Eagle. As an added mystical ingredient—and a powerful sign in the eyes of a traditional Indian—a pair of white doves hovered above the crowd in the heavy wind as the roaring cloud came across. That statement is only partially true! The woman in white approached from the north to place healing sage within the hoop and fanned a white wing of peace and harmony across the objects Ed McGaa / 41 within the hoop. I have never known an alcoholic who was not jealous and demeaning in one way or another. Some Sioux tribes are already establishing leadership, and I am optimistic that more will be done because of this communicative age and the almost wholesale return of the young to traditional beliefs; these two incentives can move tribal people back to a renewed unity. Such an odd sight we must have appeared. The earliest Americans considered every day a spiritual association with nature. His preparation is also valuable knowledge for those who are considering such a venture. These alluring places uniquely capture the realities of our world, where the lines between public and private, labor and leisure, fortune and failure, desire and despair are regularly blurred. Become spirit guides and descend upon the shoulders of your comrades to guide them in the wisdom and knowledge that you have gleaned from your new realm.” I brought my wotai down and waved it over the assembled warriors, then walked among them touching the rainbow-rimmed agate to each man’s shoulder. Some interpret this phrase as “We are related to all things.” The following took place in the southwest near Sedona. Maybe the luxury of doing nothing could be indulged in if we lived on separate planets. A little later, he told all of us to place our wotai stones over one eye. A woman was the first to speak to the tree, a cottonwood tree. So, I had Lakota history, Black Elk’s vision, and Mother Earth, and my uncle had his interests too. His stone came to him in a special way and he had a particularly strong vision in one Sun Dance. There is also a difference between ceremony and ritual. Ontario’s provincial bird, the mosquito, usually drove us into our tent early in the evening, but one night we were up late panfrying filets of a magnificent great northern pike that had given itself to my son that day. Rather, we will gain strength by sharing, for the ugly prejudice we have all suffered from will be severely reduced by our new and appreciative friends. I will always make drums. For three days and nights the rocky northern point of a secluded island was our solitary home. The Spanish Inquisition never reached the northern land and at least Christianity was tempered with Protestantism in the northern hemisphere. Too many of the red-way people are standing idly by complaining and not realizing that they can be of tremendous assistance to many across this planet. We wanted to relocate where our dreams of an institute for human healing and earth healing could be realized. Upon the plains, the Sioux heeded the visible six powers of the universe and related to these entities in balance, acknowledgment, and kinship. His bridge touched back to his own people, although it took some time before his own people crossed over on his new bridge. It all blended together and I was feeling very happy. They were waiting for it to roll down the side of the mountain. Next, Sonny wrapped Fools Crow with a rawhide rope, beginning with a noose around his neck and then winding it six times around his body down to the ankles, representing the seven sacred 166 / Rainbow Tribe ceremonies. Crystals were also designed by the Great Spirit, the last I heard, although it seems that those who seek to detract from well-meaning New Age people do try to demean crystals. I beseeched the power of the west and the spirits of all the black, white, red, and yellow human beings to join our circle and bring their knowledge and wisdom into our thoughts. Most older Native Americans have been called Indians all their lives and have become accustomed to that term; therefore, interchange is preferred here. The Indian people were in their own lands, guaranteed to them by the white government. From the Deep Woods to Civilization. This is certainly not an example of the popular notion of reincarnation, but if this observation is explored in depth, a degree of similarity between the two subjects, spirit guides and reincarnation, may be discerned. Maybe I could forget this truth and push the river just a little, one more time. 23 24 / Rainbow Tribe Once while Eddie was at my house I received a phone call from a local college. I am often asked about reincarnation in my talks across the country, and my standard response is probably disappointing when I do not give the answer that most want to hear. Before getting down to work, he spent some time educating Ed McGaa / 71 the group of about twenty people on Native American spirituality. Sacred Path Cards. I wish I could teach this to some of my comrades. Several families became a tribe—a tuath—the basic political unit. As the dipper in the lodge held earth water, the star dipper holds spiritual water in its limitless space. You cannot foresee everything that you will need to know. We are all part of the living Mother Earth; all our cells are hers. Each stick with its cloth banner flying in the night wind marked a corner of the fourcornered square within which the vision quester was placed. New wisdom comes naturally in spiritual places. Although every member of the group had been a stranger when I arrived, I felt the warmth and comfort of being with old friends. It was almost like reaching back into the past and being with a group of Oglala Dog Soldiers or a Kit Fox Society. It looked a little like a big blue clam with an overbite. I heard about the poor little savage babies who had to be taken to Indian School so they could get something to eat. They are the Rainbow people, the Rainbow Tribe.” Since then, they themselves call themselves the Rainbows and the Rainbow Tribe. 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. When I returned to the Twin Cities I met Joe and we did some lodges for an Indian alcoholic rehabilitation center. “He’s telling you that what you’re doing is good,” Ed said. We had become a family. C, who was also very spiritual and fought to keep the area as a natural park, has just passed away. Or with a zealot who would do me harm, who speaks lies about those not in concert with his or her beliefs, who would put little children in boarding schools to convert them or millions of people into death camps because they did not follow the zealots’ religious concepts. As old friends we meet, spirit guide and voyageur. The annual Sun Dance thanksgiving was forbidden by government edict, while our peace pipes and medicine bundles were gathered up and destroyed. I am related to them all! Recent archaeological finds in New England indicate a European settlement as far back as 800 B.C.! Don’t Push the River The river had been rising all night. Powerful symbols, sculptured, shaped, and engineered for dramatic, breathtaking flight—all displaying their intricacy and inconceivable splendor that has emanated from this vast Power that can design so wondrously. Several black people, what looked like a Hmong couple, and whites from various walks of life gathered quietly. Among those sounds were the freight trains on both sides of the river that seemed to go by every twenty minutes or so during the evening hours. What I absorbed from the Dine culture, their morals and values, their way of walking, is with me to this day—and the reason for the creation of the hogan. She is within my age range and is without doubt the most fiercely loyal to, and the most respectful toward, Indian tradition and people, of any person I have met, red or white. You may also discover a whole new set of friends if you find that you need them. An explosion of positive world change has continued. This applies not just to Western materialists. These surviving warriors who stand here are not of Native American ways and were not honored when we returned from this war, and that absence has been a severe handicap and hurt for us who have lived. We held sweat lodges for urban Indians for quite a while until I moved away and eventually Eddie moved back to his reservation. I have fed you, clothed you, and housed you. 10. Fools Crow never worried about his exact age or his birthday, something maybe we can all learn from. It was the Year of 152 / Rainbow Tribe Reconciliation between the white man and the Mdewakanton Sioux. The spirit world seemed to manipulate my airplane ticket once. I find this concept much more sound and realistic than what I was told by missionaries when I was little. Their presence added to the event’s success. Here’s the physical exercise piece, here is the social piece, here is the career piece, here is the intimate-relationship piece, and over here, in its carefully defined corner, is the spiritual piece. The Druids followed a freely consented moral order with an entirely mythical central idea. Improving the health norms of one’s peers proved far more effective than scare tactics in modifying modern life-styles. We were driving west when we first saw the rainbow, and when we turned north it seemed that the rainbow stayed right over the area that we were heading for. Mother Earth herself is being explored in a new perspective, a living comprehension called Gaia. We all became brief statues of dismay looking toward the White House, then walked away. When Beaver looked me in the eye, he said, “Mother Nature put us here to hold back the water.” When Bruce brought me the maple drum Ed McGaa / 223 frame, Beaver was telling us to drum forever this message. When I refer to followers of the old ways, I mean people who used and followed the teachings of such great ones as Black Elk, Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph, Fools Crow, and Bill Eagle Feather. If the lodge participants are experienced, a more elaborate song might be sung. He said that since the crystal was clear colored, unlike the stones, it had a special power or characteristic. Details after that were still fuzzy. Sonny helped prepare for the tying ritual that would precede the Yuwipi, while Mildred unrolled a long string of tiny cloth tobacco offerings. He had even driven his pickup truck into the heart of our Sun Dance grounds to set up his altar, and our ceremony was limited to only three days. Eastman, Charles A. I thought that when day came, I’d probably be witness to a glorious sunrise that would burn off the fog and a new day would begin. 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. Truth cannot be forced. About halfway through the construction, Ed muttered, “Well, I’ve seen worse built,” and then he grinned. It was a very simple ceremony. My cousin Bob was here from California when I decided that I should try it, and Margaret drove Bob and me across town to Ed’s place. Some ceremonies may have to remain on the reservation or in the hands of capable Native Americans, however, and these ceremonies will be discussed later. I’ll be back at ten o’clock, the day after tomorrow morning.” I hoisted my seabag to set off for the nearest intersection to hail a cab. In those days, if anyone spoke Latin, it was a Druid or a person who had been taught by a Druid. Because sleep only seemed to happen in short doses, I crawled into my clam for a nap. I have also been asked to teach about drumming, to help people on their own paths to make drums for themselves. S titulkami alebo dabingom? Some historians and archaeologists like to associate North American culture with Aztec, Maya, and Inca influence and even origination. It is a special tea made from purple flowers. In good Indian fashion they let us know that we were now also part of that tiyospaye (extended family) and were welcome next year at the same time. A golden eagle!” We all looked up. 5. Right on their tails came three modernlooking Crow warriors bent low over their saddle horns. This was the conclusion drawn by Heritage Line Newsletter. Ritual is just as powerful as ceremony. Warpath: The True Story of the Fighting Sioux Told in a Biography of Chief White Bull. Joe said he was lucky to be an Indian and could recognize a natural sign when it was so obvious. Ed McGaa / 163 He pictured Fools Crow waiting at the horse gate when members of his family arrived for the Yuwipi. I am usually adverse to the making of predictions, even by a close friend. When the time arrived, Thunder Owl and I drove to the sweat lodge site. To Rosana Francescato, production editor, and Anne Collins, copyeditor. Celts had a high culture that was not recognized by most Romans. Don’t you know¿ When the water is held back, more of it evaporates into the sky and you get more rain!” Maybe the huge black machine in my vision is an earth-mover to fill back the drainage ditches. Be at my side often, old friend. The outcome of the ceremony was a definite change in my lack of belief. After all, the Ultimate that has created this worldly medium has, no doubt, created the spiritual medium (so-called heaven) as well, and there is probably a degree of pattern in that medium that may be reflective. During this sweat, the spirit of my old friend entered the sweat lodge and greeted us all with his humorous ways. For example, the Sweat Lodge, Medicine Wheel, and Pipe are all considered ceremony. Another teaching from the great Sioux camp would be carried with me—onward—for the people. Earth Day and events like the great 28 / Rainbow Tribe Harmonic Convergence should not be lost sight of. We were to assist the lodge leader in various ways throughout the ceremony. 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