Ojibwa Poem: Nibi (Water)

Anishinaabekwe, the Daughters, 
You are the keepers of the water.

I am Nibi… water.. the sacred source,
the blood of Aki, Mother Earth,
the force filling dry seeds to great bursting.

I am the wombs cradle.
I purify.  Ojibwa Poem: Nibi (Water) »»

Ojibway Oral Teaching: Wolf and man

Boosoo (Hello).

My son, wolves were referred to as the guardian of our spirits. 

Wolves are free spirits even though their packs are very organized. 

A lone wolf is rarely found in the wild. Wolves are social creatures like you and I. Just as you watch over your sister so does a wolf watch his brother. Ojibway Oral Teaching: Wolf and man »»

Wovoka’s ghost dance vision

James Mooney, an ethnologist with the Bureau of American Ethnology, was sent to investigate the Ghost Dance movement in 1891. 

He obtained a copy of Wovoka’s message from a Cheyenne named Black Short Nose, who had been part of a joint Cheyenne-Arapaho delegation that visited Wovoka in Nevada in August 1891. Wovoka’s ghost dance vision »»

White Buffalo Calf Woman Prophecy

This is the White Buffalo Calf Woman prophecy of the Sioux tribe.

One summer so long ago that nobody knows how long, the Oceti­Shakowin, the seven sacred council fires of the Lakota Oyate, the nation, came together and camped. 

The sun shone all the time, but there was no game and the people were starving. Every day they sent scouts to look for game, but the scouts found nothing.  White Buffalo Calf Woman Prophecy »»

Sioux Wedding Prayer

Written for a Wedding at Chamberlain – May, 1974 Sioux Wedding Prayer »»

Traditional War Stories & Wounded Knee 1973

Many of our people have forgotten the traditional way “War Stories” are used and respected in the sacred ceremonies of the people of the Sundance and Pipe, we who have always lived in the center of our turtle island. Long ago our wise ancestors understood that a powerful moment in time existed when a warrior performed a great deed and tested himself to the ultimate. 

In english we call them war stories but in our own languages the story and the person chosen to tell it have names with far more meaning. War stories are actually “Warrior Stories” because they are told individually by the warrior who is bringing his actions into the circle.  Traditional War Stories & Wounded Knee 1973 »»

Lakota voices in Stronghold camp defend Ghost Dancers

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – There is only the light of a quarter-moon and a canopy of shooting stars when Lakota voices in Stronghold camp say, “They are coming.”

In the distance, fourteen Lakota horseback riders, some riding bareback, are approaching on the same route that survivors of the massacre of Wounded Knee followed 112 years ago.

Here on Stronghold Table they Ghost Danced so the people would live and they were massacred. Now, the remains of men, women and children — Lakota, Paiute, Northern Cheyenne, Northern Arapaho and other tribes — are apart of this earth.  Lakota voices in Stronghold camp defend Ghost Dancers »»

AIM Casualties on or near Pine Ridge Reservation, 1973-1976

The Guardians Of Oglala Nation (known by the acronym GOONs) were thugs hired by then Tribal Chairman Dick Wilson, paid with federal money, and trained by FBI/CIA personel. Many were actually off-duty BIA police. It is alleged the Goon Squad (as they were commonly known) murdered or caused the death of nearly seventy AIM supporters on the Pine Ridge Reservation between 1973-1976. AIM Casualties on or near Pine Ridge Reservation, 1973-1976 »»

Seven Fires Prophesy of the Anishinabe (Ojibwa/Ojibwe)

Seven prophets came to the Anishinabe. They came at a time when the people were living a full and peaceful life on the North Eastern coast of North America. These prophets left the people with seven predictions of what the future would bring.

Each of the prophecies was called a fire and each fire referred to a particular era of time that would come in the future. Thus, the teachings of the seven prophets are now called the “Seven Fires.” Seven Fires Prophesy of the Anishinabe (Ojibwa/Ojibwe) »»

Red Cloud’s last words to his people

Red Cloud gave this farewell address to the Lakota people on July 4, 1903, as he anticipated death approaching.  Red Cloud’s last words to his people »»