He held it up to the sky and back to his heart, then he grabbed my left hand with as much force as a twenty-year-old and slapped the claw into my palm holding my hand tight over it and winked at me. But, as the dog held the frog out to me, its changes were stopped in all four directions—it was totally stiff, certainly not a power for watery cleansing. Thick, that is, where it had not been cleared—cut by loggers. We wanted to relocate where our dreams of an institute for human healing and earth healing could be realized. Reprint. I didn’t know how to answer because at that time I had even objected to a white woman being allowed to dance briefly for one day in the Sun Dance back on the reservation. The white people in this church seemed genuinely interested in our Indian culture and especially our native spirituality. What can most effectively curtail the past practices of human and environmental destruction It is simple: the conveyance of knowledge about the best spiritual and cultural qualities of the Natural Way. Fortunately for this era of two-leggeds, Black Elk’s story was preserved through Neihardt’s book Black Elk Speaks. 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. Take the path of your own heart only, Live in mystery, rejoice! The Indian repeatedly states to those who inquire about our spiritual concepts, “We base our spiritual beliefs on what we see and experience while we are on our earth journey.” Memory, we experience. Many other people had chosen to vision quest this particular weekend and, consequently, the parking lot had only one space left when we arrived. Fortunately, I am one of those who returned to a tribe that honored its own. Unlike the ceremonies of the dominant society, Sioux ceremonies are very balanced. Gallenkamp, Maya, p. 105. This is not the mark of a true tribal leader. I spent an hour looking for stones in the Tongue River, which flows out of the Bighorn Mountains. Some historians and archaeologists like to associate North American culture with Aztec, Maya, and Inca influence and even origination. Others disappeared on long, dark nights. Conflicts relating to non-Indian use of the pipe have come forth in modern times and this is a means to avoid such conflict. Consequently, you can lose your flow with the universe when you allow yourself to be distracted away from your natural path through the various selfish roads of life. They talked of the world heating up, and since we were in the midst of a drought, what they said seemed quite plausible. With regard to spirituality or religion, there is ample divergence of theology, organization, and ceremony between the northeastern tribes and the Central American tribes to indicate little similarity or relationship. Creatively and professionally, I held myself back less. After taking a sharp focus on my jacket’s 100-missions patch, one of them asked where I had been stationed in Vietnam. I went outside the other night and beseeched on a lonely bluff right beside some ancient mounds that no doubt contain the remains of two-leggeds from a longgone era. I looked over at him and grinned back. I am what I am. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE & Other Road Warriors The degree of unity was such that the Sioux nation was the last to come in of all the major tribes. One should not be surprised or afraid. Everything was sprinkled with a white, silvery sheen. Ed McGaa / 95 She was my oldest teacher, and my bond with her is like the bond with a dear old friend. You may also discover a whole new set of friends if you find that you need them. Carr-Gomm, Philip. 5. I’m sure I heard that drum at least twenty times, only to have no one come over the crest of my hill. The next week I asked Buffalo Spirit Woman if I could lead ceremony and beseech with my wotai stone. I was outside the lodge serving as fire-tender and did not experience this phenomenon, so I was temporarily spared being called crazy. Truly the Celts had a partnership culture; their organization was the family, consisting of relatives as far as the ninth removed. As we approached the tree I realized his mission. 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. CHAPTER TWO. A good leader is a catalyst who creates situations not only for her/himself but for others. 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. The next day we built a sweat lodge, and while we were below the hill at the river cutting our willow saplings, two golden eagles circled over the lodge site and remained there until we returned. It is such signs that make our way clear and let us know that we are working in harmony with the spirits and with each other. 2. Further, we were close to having a Yuwipi Ceremony occur, and Ed decided to back off from it, because he was concerned that some of the things that might take place would upset or scare some of the people. It, the Creator, has made nothing bad or nondynamic for the good. I can still see the light in their eyes. Once in my car I fell into a very deep sleep only to be awakened by a light shining in my face through the window. It may also explain why these tribes are different in appearance from the southwestern tribes such as the Navaho and Pueblo and from the west coast tribes as well. If I had been in the saddle I surely would have fallen off, for I almost jumped through the car ceiling when we rounded the corner and the monument came into view. This knowledge and wisdom do not belong to the red people alone. A traditional Indian is not awed by a computer but rather can understand it in a philosophical perspective unrelated to a white man’s evaluation. Christopher R. Watson Director . Further, Ed was a former Marine, and I had been in the Navy for three years. Ohiyesa (Wahpeton Sioux), The Soul of the Indian (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1980), p. 113. I told the excited crowd that it was an honor to return to a land of tribal people who appreciated the sacrifice of their warriors. McNamara, who used to be called the Whiz Kid, actually had a so-called electronic fence built on the DMZ (demilitarized zone) that was to somehow smugly eavesdrop on North Vietnamese troop movements. As I walked away from the monument I suddenly stopped. After a good talk with my new friend, Thunderbird, I headed east to the Black Hills. The Rainbow Tribe (2008) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Rainbow Tribe people do not believe they should have to change their identification, however, just as I would not be expected to change my identity as a traditional Native American simply because a minority of Native Americans use peyote in their ceremonies. Itokaga hehhhhh. RED GHOSTS OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN Thunder Hawk This is the story of how one white man became red from within. An equal number of women attended this men’s conference. Later we found out that this interrupter also had a serious drug problem and obviously was not walking his talk. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen. The ceremony is finished,” was spoken and we began to crawl out of the lodge. Rainbows use their minds to find their spirituality! The buffalo grasses were alive in the winds and the rainbow covering made the scene unforgettable. There can be no personal wellness without earth wellness. “Got much experience ridin’¿” he asked with a grin as he handed me the reins. The view of the valley below was captivating. This forgiveness concept pertaining to the afterlife that the dominant society has spawned contributes considerably to the lack Ed McGaa / 11 of conscience that so many practice and display. Now, modern seekers (some of them call themselves the Rainbow Tribe) are beginning to recognize the visible powers of the universe. “This is a unique opportunity for all of us. Snowbirds hopped about during the very moving ceremony. A man jumped out with a fire extin- Ed McGaa / 151 guisher and put the fire out. I would do all that later, but not at that particular moment. Trust from within. In the next few months I read Black Elk Speaks and Rolling Thunder. First I was to learn about fear. Indian humor is sometimes hard to take, although the red people do have a wonderful method of teaching: If it’s supposed to happen, it will. Rainbows have stepped back into nature, and this has become a glorious spiritual leap for them. Mother Earth herself is being explored in a new perspective, a living comprehension called Gaia. I never left my plane. I stood on the stream bank and considered the cold, brown surge before me. Great Spirit, thank you and thank you, Kathleen.” The group began to go off to their tents for the night. I feel the most comfortable with these colors for myself but certainly do not object when I conduct a ceremony in a lodge that displays other colors. The pipe is such a strong symbol of that link between the natural and the spiritual. They all volunteered for the military in time of war and were not about to turn down the chance to serve in the frontline outfits. I am not a full-blood, nor do I claim a famous chief as an ancestor. The string was also used to hang tobacco offerings to the spirit world during the conference. The fourth sign, the final image I was given, was of a wide straight asphalt road leading away in front of me. I mistakenly believed that it would take at least a decade for such to happen. If the Great Spirit has blessed you with plenty, then also offer your host a cash contribution. We can experience this Hand. The afternoon of our naming, before Tayja and I arrived, the tightly furred one came to them while they stood on the wooden bridge to the island of our Inipi Ceremony. I ate in it while it was being refueled and reloaded with weapons. I became a pipe carrier and I pray regularly with my pipe. Le le le le lah,” came from the women to honor a warrior who would go off to battle. A good firm basis of understanding within the visible extensions of creation would seem to be more fruitful for those who are just crossing over into the Natural Way. Nature always seems to replicate itself, doesn’t it¿ Dr. Sahtouris states: Our living earth is likely no more a freak accident than is the seedling that grows or the frog egg that matures. Seeking the Great Spirit through what the Creator has created (the exemplary interplay of all natural forces—the animals, the winged, the four-legged, the finned ones—and their example of living as God has designed them) gave Native Americans insight that led to a harmonic social structure and a highly civilized state far ahead of what the Europeans brought to these shores. It is equivalent to Columbus coming to see a whole New World; such will be the change for many peoples. He released me and continued, “And here you are with one just about like it. This rainbow seemed to be settling over the place where we were going to have our sweat lodge. He, with his quick hand, could sometimes flip the turtles into the canoe with his paddle. Look out upon the red dawn and hold forth your pipe or stone. This has a lot to do with your loyalty, determination, and staying power at the height of battle. Joe Thunder Owl is a descendant of Chief Little Crow. Astrologically, the moon represents the feminine, the female in all of us. I can see the advancing wall of thunder and lightning bringing the life-giving rains out of the black west. At times, we would be called to protect a helicopter shot down and its crew about to be captured. But don’t attempt to be a writer. Tenderly, he put his arms around me and held me to him as if I were very fragile. The Marine Corps had been good to me, allowing me to rise in rank and giving me responsibility. The wind howled and the four wheels buzzed beneath us. When old Lakota medicine men spoke of these four states, they named them (1) sicun [immortal aspect], (2) tun [to give rise to—potentiality], (3) ni [breath, life; evidence that an essence exists], and (4) nagi [spirit] respectively. I call on tribal peoples to understand the need for the rest of the world, the non-Indian world, to improve its philosophy and spirituality by observing the wisdom of the Natural Way. There have been some rather large Sun Dances held on the major Sioux reservations where at least half of the sun dancers were non-Indian men and women. At this time, as I sat there, I felt this incredible feminine energy, gentle yet strong, throbbing in the background. These men, John Neihardt and Joseph Epes Brown, were writers. The latter attribute sets him apart from many of his peers in the white man’s sciences of archaeology, anthropology, and history. What I might say would not be the total truth compared with what Two Hawks saw.” Traditional believing Indians did not have an idea that they would be sitting at the right hand of the Great Spirit and would somehow have all memory vanish of what truthfully took place in their lifetime. After the preliminary greetings, I explained our experiences and our feeling that perhaps we were intruding. If you have come back from Vietnam, one resounding aspect, like thunder on a lonely mountain, is the realization that you are here and alive when, but for the designs or the generosity of the abiding forces, your name could just as easily be on the wall. We all oohed and aahed about the rainbows and we were sure they were good omens. So thorough has been the abusive cultural denigration practiced by reservation 59 60 / Rainbow Tribe missionaries in collusion with the federal government that the account of one of the world’s most practical and understandable visions, coming directly out of the native people’s own lineage, has been rejected or ignored. When the last smoke ascended, I began to shovel the dirt back in. Their sense of the transmission of tradition and history was vastly different from that of the linearminded Romans. I consider him a good teacher. The idea was “risk reduc- Ed McGaa / 197 tion.” Seat belts were strapped on, along with jogging shoes, and cholesterol was vilified. Indian peoples never had “divine order” or “divine right of kings” in their elected governments. I sat staring at her, meditating on this for a long time as she slowly progressed on her path across the sky. 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. He had just walked its long reach from the opposite end. People from all over the world were attending this workshop and the college wanted to give them a taste of Native American culture. Ed McGaa / 225 A typical beseechment service will find the Badger Clan gathered in a circle in a large carpeted room behind the main assembly hall. Eight is the number of balance: two circles joined in the middle. Their culture managed to survive despite the Ed McGaa / 5 relentless assault perpetrated upon the Lakota/Dakota (Sioux) descendants, who were corralled into captivity by a biased and materialistic society. “The spirit warriors who surround this wall are no doubt aware of our planet’s situation and no doubt would like to see those who are living channel their energies toward a new beginning. There is poignancy and loss when memory is taken from a people. Yes, Black Elk’s pipe! If you happen to be participating before a group of supporters, then speak out firmly. Our dreams use this process nightly to speak to us. The first couple of times I drank it I got a real buzz. I have even greater optimism when I see the hundreds of young sun dancers, regardless of what colors they are under, and the antidrug and antialcohol awareness that is so strong at these events. I finished my attempt at conversing with the spirit world and went back inside. 4. This was very evident in Celtic countries where the Romans pursued the Druids (the Celtic priests) until they disappeared. We kept the Pilgrims alive and took in the runaway black slaves. A realization came that I had long outgrown the work at the university counseling center. As is the way at first, you will not remember me, but I will be watching. 126 / Rainbow Tribe “Just looking around this beautiful country. He held the crystal up to the setting sun and saw immediately a golden rainbow within. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1990. Being an artist, I was fascinated by the beauty of the peace pipes, so I asked her to get me one, which she did. We had traveled and camped together for several days and the “couple” hadn’t had any time alone. In Rapid City, his hometown, Indian culture was not as highly regarded as it is today. 7. The afterlife is all a mystery, but I believe that there are numerous clues as to its actuality if we are wise enough to perceive what is before us here in this life. 6 RAINBOWS IN VISION QUEST H anblecheyapi (Vision Quest) or Hanblecheya (crying for a vision) is one of the most challenging and intensely individual ceremonies of the Lakota. A Rainbow Tribe person allows nature to touch into his or her own inner source of wisdom—one’s own heart. Most of us come from trails that were unfulfilled. Because David wanted to be a part of the sweat, we did not bring in stones for the second round or open the flap. I had attended the same high school as they and we had loosely kept in touch. I had heard a great deal about Tarwater in my travels and knew that eventually we would meet. How close a people can come to the Creator’s harmony will decide the reach of the power within a ceremony. I know a man who told some very elaborate lies about me so that he could get his unqualified children and sons-in-law employed. This belief was held by the ancient Greeks as well as other ancient cultures. We taught the Pilgrims Thanksgiving and how to plant and fertilize the right way. From a mathematical perspective alone, the magnitude of the numbers argues that there would have to be some planets in life-sustaining condition. Our eyes meet. This image conveys to me the spirit of this Sioux warrior who once lived and to whom I am related. The 150,000 year dating was confirmed by the bones of an extinct species of lemming common there.1 I have always maintained that “One Way Only” signs were never posted on the Bering land bridge. We all prayed for answers. To me, evil is really lack of knowledge. Ed had told me about a medicine that Fools Crow had shown him some years before after a Sun Dance. When I reached the house Suki was brushing the horse, Mike had the fire going, but no cars were there with the others. Rainbow Tribe may refer to: . I slowed every few steps to allow a quick and secret glance over my shoulder to see if the scene was real or an apparition. Iroquois women voted and even had the power to recall and remove politicians from office; such was the wisdom of a people who followed the Natural Way.3 There are many Rainbow men within the Rainbow Tribe. The parallel to Stonehenge and Newgrange in Ireland is remarkable. We went to his grandson’s home. On the second day they crossed the Rosebud and looked south toward history. I honorably took his feathers, claws, and skull. I had helped to fight a good fight alongside the old man and this was back when he had been in his spiritual prime. This symbol, the centering tree of life that is spoken of as flowering with singing birds, is of course demonstrative of Black Elk’s vision. These allies will make our lives better as well, and they can exert a great deal of pressure on those who are still attempting to oppress us or would like to throw out our treaties and the other protections we have gained. When the phone rang the pilots would run for their Phantom jets while the radar operators who rode the backseats would take the coordinates and situation of the emergency. I think about being named for the Earth and the obligations that go with that. There, where the river is the size of a creek, I placed the stones in the stream. We left from Ed’s house on a moderately cold day. Nor was such an arrangement confined to New World organized religions. He was late because of the storm too. Standing Bear, Luther. On the other hand, as I mentioned earlier, it is my belief that some ceremonies should remain on the reservation, for they are much more intricate. I can now understand why many writers of courage choose the mobility of reclusion when they seek the necessary freedom to continue their exploration into the sheer canyons of that mystery-shrouded chasm of change. My spiritual guide had awakened me! Two of the symbols are symbols that Eagle Feather’s pipe stem displayed. The Rainbow Tribe had started a weekly Mother Earth spirituality ceremony on Saturday nights at a local community church. There it was. Black Elk rode to the center of a village where the people gathered. These characteristics, among many others, have won my admiration and respect. If they would listen to their own teachings they would know that they cannot keep it to themselves. The Sweat Lodge Ceremony always brings a stirring to my soul. Others stayed in the house and made tobacco ties to be used in the ceremony. They were evasive and noncommittal in their answers. Otherwise the murdered man’s next of kin were authorized to take his life; and if they refrained from doing so, as often happened, he remained an outcast from the clan. I tied a colored flag to each stick and passed them out to two warriors and to the two women. 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. We spent some time looking at articles that had been Black Elk’s, including his drum and his pipe. We’ll watch your gear. Marg, Michael, and I walked across the camping area to a group of Indian men sitting around a campfire and I inquired about the availability of the empty sweat lodge next to their camp. He constantly advises me to be well grounded in Mother Earth. As a pipe carrier she mirrors the Sioux image of a strong matriarchal woman; she is also very successful in the business world. So I took a deep breath, considered how much I wanted to experience a sweat lodge, and called. But of course these practices, as well as other outright illegal acts, were never publicized outside of the reservations, and the recipients of the acts did not have the means to stop them. Ibid., pp. Meanwhile, tribes across the land and even different clans within tribes will have differing colors or face a lodge in different directions and the spirit world Ed McGaa / 33 doesn’t seem to be punishing them. Our earth is starting to heat and they would be coming to our defense. 20 / Rainbow Tribe The east power, Wiyoheyapa, told Black Elk that out of the red dawn new knowledge comes forth with each new day. I am thankful for the timely arrival of the Rainbow Tribe. We can visualize the six powers as extensions of the Great Spirit who reveal much of the mystery of what the Great Spirit is. However, there are many Indian people who agree with Molly’s view. Mother Earth was asked her permission to dig into her and told of my purpose. With all the ceremonies he and Thunder Owl started doing with the Rainbow People, he finally decided to use it after Loren’s attitude was changed about there being a Great Spirit after experiencing the Sweat Lodge. I was already beginning to sweat in my buckskin shirt. It is a good thing that we are beginning to listen. The museum does have some value in that it holds many artifacts from the battle and a wealth of books full of history about this event. Eagle Boy, you must pray hard so it will remain.” Fools Crow spoke out in Lakota. Medicine Cards. Below, on the earth, lay the remains of a winged hawk being. I strongly recommend Jack Weatherford’s Indian Givers and Native Roots if you desire to explore the values, gifts, equality, and dignified life-styles of the Native Americans. Until the emotional and spiritual attentiveness are more and more non-Indians would to... 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