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Treaty 7

 

Kainaiwa - Blood Tribe
Kainaiwa

Piikani
Piikani

Siksika

Siksika Na.

 


Sacredness of Living

In the circle of life!

Blackfoot Holyman

Blackfoot Holyman

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Perhaps you think the Creator sent you to dispose of us as you see fit. If I thought you were sent by the Creator I might be induced to think you had a right to dispose of me. Do not misunderstand me, but understand me fully with reference to my affection for the land. I never said the land was mine to do with as I choose. The only one who has a right to dispose of it is the one who created it. I claim a right to live on my land and accord you the privilege to return to yours.

Brother we have listened to your talk coming from our father the great white Chief at Washington. And my people have called upon me to reply to you.

And in the winds which pass though these aged pines, we hear the moaning of their departed ghosts. And if the voice of our people could have been heard, that act never would have been done. but alas though they stood around they could neither be seen nor heard. Their tears fell like drops of rain.

I hear my voice in the depths of the forest but no answering voice comes back to me. All is silent around me, my words must therefore be few. I can now say no more.

He is silent for he has nothing to answer when the sun goes down.

Chief Joseph - Nez Perce

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Two Feathers - Blackfoot (Kainaiwa).

Presents a program designed to help us return to the true value of life. A focus on Natural Spirituality and a path of Right Action. Through Nature we can find answers to all questions. Through each other we can find connected reasons to realize and achieve our true purpose of living.

A Native Americans Tradition

Chanupa

Through Nature we find answers to all questions. Through each other we find connected reasons to realize and achieve our true purpose of living, by honoring ourselves and Turtle Island.

Two Feathers, Blackfoot Spiritual mentor, teaches through the process of Council, how to integrate the Native Americans process of healing and communication to enhance relationship to Mother Earth and all beings that walk this path with us.

The Purpose of Council  

A Native Americans Tradition

Oki Ni-Kso-Ko-Wa (Hello All my relatives) "“ This is the traditional greeting of all Blackfoot people. It can be used in a pluralistic sense or singular as the situation dictates. What this greeting implies is much more than what initially meets the eye. It is an acknowledgment that says that no matter who you are or where you are from, I recognize that you are my relative, a part of my DNA deserving of respect and kindness.

Oki Ni-Kso-Ko-Wa "“ is used in all areas of our lives. When we greet the Morning Star and acknowledge our eternal and life sustaining connection to our Father. When we greet Mother Earth and acknowledge that She is indeed our true mother and our initial responsibility is to her before all else. The greeting says that we KNOW that through all things of material and etheric substance there is a common thread of DNA, which originates in Mother Earth and then is disseminated throughout the genetic makeup of ALL things, from the Grandfather's we call the Stone People to the human physiology that we have presently incarnated in.

Oki Ni-Kso-Ko-Wa further implies that because we consider all things as part of us, that we have as great a responsibility to maintain balance, harmony and peacefulness in those whom we are greeting as we do to ourselves. It implies that we are willing to go to whatever lengths necessary to maintain balance and harmony in those who cannot on their own, follow the process of self-healing.

Calling the Council

Chanupa

Richard Hook-Na

Where I sit is holy
Holy is the Ground
Forest, mountains, rivers
Listen to the Sound
Great Spirit Circling
All around me

 

This brings us to the subject of the purpose of the Way of Council! We are here to fill a glaringly empty space of non-connection in our society, one in which in times past was used by all tribal people to learn to heal, to harmonize, and to communicate without fear. If one searches their own heritage, they inevitably will find that all people of all places of Earth have their roots deep in a tribal existence. If you will take time in the silence, and search back into your memory banks, you will perceive the truth in this statement, no matter how subtle it may appear to be. People of these tribes because of the necessity to maintain their survival, if for no other reason recognized that in order to thrive all people had to have common purpose. They knew that the only way to do this was to maintain their role in the universal thread of family, which made up the tribe. The way to do this was through the process of council, which was done on a daily basis at the end of the day.

 It was a time to "check "“in, show up and be present", in the process of the maintenance of life within the tribe. All things were discussed in a coming together of minds that agreed to the solution to all problems no matter how minuscule they may seem on the surface. No subject was out of bounds within the Circle, which could range from who would gather wood for the next day to how do we heal a member in need of intense care. We follow this ancient tradition of the "Talking Stick" or "Prayer Stick" and recognize that whoever is holding the sacred stick has the floor and has a sacred duty to tell the truth. We acknowledge our duty to this person, to listen without judgment or interruption as this person talks of whatever subject they wish to talk about which is representative of their spiritual path . If that person needs input, it is up to him or her to ask for that help and to respect in non-judgment the answer, which is given regardless of its validity.

Healing and how to integrate healing into our personal lives is the mainstream purpose of the Way of Council. We maintain the belief that as long as we are not provided a True method of learning to Self-Heal the whole body, we will continue to be trapped in a, less than empathetic society in which we have to live with no long term solution to our suffering. We further believe that all physical maladies are a direct result of our mental and spiritual imbalance, which is exacerbated by a society caught up in a robotic existence of maintaining an illusion that we are OK. In the process of Council, we attempt to show that there are real solutions to what seems to be overwhelming, unsolvable issues, which we perceive to have no real place to go to overcome.

In the process of Council, we provide the function that mainstream religion and government has failed to do. We go deeply into the process, by the creation of True family, which again this society has sadly missed the importance of in it's insane endeavor to produce more riches to buy more goods to produce more riches, etc. etc. etc. in maintaining an uncaring, ego driven, self asserting Government "Not by and of the people"! We realize the importance of regaining control of our lives from egocentric, unenlightened entities that go to great lengths to attempt to portray anything or anyone that is different from their narrow awareness as invalid. I further maintain that Creator in His eternal wisdom has provided in each of us the gift of teacher, and that when we get to a certain level of balance and harmony; we are expected to then share this knowledge with other people who need help to change perceptions.

Only when we as a society gain the ability to direct our independent spiritual path which we must realize as part of the lesson can we then expect to achieve a better life for ourselves and for the generations to come after us. This is our personal responsibility to achieve and further it is incumbent upon each of us to connect with all life in the same manner that a fully realized spiritual person would do.

When practiced devoutly, council is an accessible spiritual process that can be a catalyst for transformation. It may take a while, but I've seen the practice of council bring important changes to participants for more than 15 years that I have been a leader. The changes are subtle at first, but clearly detectable. When council takes hold, one could say that decision-making and other interactive processes become more democratic in a more spiritual way. From a purely spiritual aspect, we are more confident of our path and more likely to flourish in it when we learn to take control of our own spiritual life.

Air moves us
Fire transforms us
Water shapes us
Earth heals us
And the circle of the wheel goes round
and round
And the circle of the wheel goes round"

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The following books can be found on Amazon.com

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Red TailMother Earth Spirituality: Native Americans Paths to Healing
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Red TailNeither Wolf nor Dog: Kent Nerburn

Red TailRolling Thunder & Mad Bear: by Doug Boyd

Red TailWhere White Men Fear to Tread: Russell Means

Red TailSun Dancing: Mike Hull

Red TailMedicine of the Cherokee: JT Garrett & Michael Garrett

Red TailSacred FirePlace : Pete S. Catches

Red TailBeyond the Lodge of the Sun: Chokecherry Gall Eagle

Red TailBlackfeet and Buffalo : Jame W. Shultz

Red TailCrazy Horse: Mari Sandoz

Red TailBlackfoot Lodge Tales: George Bird Grinnell

Red TailThe Ways of my Grandmothers: Beverly Hungry Wolf

Red TailThe Sun Came Down: Percy Bullchild

Red TailOn the Rez : Ian Frazier

Red TailGod is Red : Vine Deloria

 

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