Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Prairie Awakening

The drums call back to an elder, who asks each drum group for a delivery of individual songs. Each has a significance of order to celebrate the power and spirit of the prairie and the world around it.
The presentation of flags 

A blanket is presented to Howard Croweagle, a longtime friend, for his participation in Native American issues and this yearly ceremony.
Each family was given a tagged butterfly to release all together.


There are usually 28 hoops used in the hoop dance, and they symbolize a prayer that the promised renewal of the collective human spirit will accelerate and that we will all find our place in one great hoop made up of many hoops.






A friend readies a Red-tailed Hawk for release after being rehabilitated from an injury. He walks around the circle and allows everyone to see  it.
We all dance a slow dance to share our thoughts and love for each other.
He always says," See you later," to each of his avian friends. 
The hawk soared into the air and landed into a nearby tree. He watched his new friends below before flying down into a valley near a river lowlands. Off he went, as if he had never been detained.
Irma is recognized as cooking for the dancers, storytellers and musicians for the last 23 years with a quilt and loving stories of knowing her. Everyone in the circle came by in a line and hugged her or shook her hand. They then joined into a new line and the entire circle reversed itself as each person continued down the line shaking ands and sharing hugs.
An Elder gathers the children and shares a few stories.

We finish with the flags being put away. All gather around a fire and remove any bad feelings and experiences within our lives with good thoughts in silence for 90 seconds. Four children volunteered to sit on buffalo robes and help lead us. They were told the story of the Lakota belief and power the buffalo meant to them. They were instructed to be all of our spiritual guides. We are renewed and restored to live in harmony with the land. A cool prairie breeze soars across the land, sharing love and happiness to all.

16 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful ceremony! Thank you for informing us about it.

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  2. A beautiful day. My sister-in-law was Lakota.

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  3. Hi Steve - so glad you've shown us some of the components of this amazing ceremony - it's so important we remember all our peoples ... looks an amazing event to be a part of - and the children obviously love the learning - cheers Hilary

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  4. family legends told us we had a native american forebear but DNA analysis put the lie to that. nevertheless, a great deal of my relationship to the earth is rooted in their beliefs.

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  5. What a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Living in Oklahoma, we have many tribes and in fact, Oklahoma means red man. I have seen those twig and leaf covers set up for gatherings. I knew a woman from church named Min, who was a Mohican. I was surprised when she told me, and I said I thought they were all gone. No, she said, she was raised in a school for indians somewhere in the northeast across the street from a Lutheran church. She is long gone now, but had such a happy personality after living the old days when the kids were put in schools to lose their ways.

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  7. Looks like a fun and enjoyable experience.

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  8. I went to something like this once. It was quite interesting

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  9. Truly inspiring. How wonderful to be able to take part in it.

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  10. Such a special event. Nice that you were able to photograph it.

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  11. I love the fact that so much of Native American's spirituality is focused on nature.
    Is the Lakota tribe Sioux or just Lakota?
    YOU, have a weekend filled with sunshine and soft breezes.

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  12. How fascinating & wonderful to see the butterflies fly off & the hawk.

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  13. This looks like a wonderful event. Thank you for sharing it here.

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  14. I love the colorful outfits. The hoops must have been fun to see.

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  15. Truly beautiful and inspiring!! Means a lot to me! Thanks for sharing! Big Hugs!

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