Lakota Myth of Creation

There was another world before this one. But the people of that world did not behave themselves. Displeased, the Creating Power set out to make a new world. He sang several songs to bring rain, which poured stronger with each song. As he sang the fourth song, the earth split apart and water gushed up through the many cracks, causing a flood. By the time the rain stopped, all of the people and nearly all of the animals had drowned. Only Kangi the crow survived. Kangi pleaded with the Creating Power to make him a new place to rest. So the Creating Power decided the time had come to make his new world. From his huge pipe bag, which contained all types of animals and birds, the Creating Power selected four animals known for their ability to remain underwater for a long time. He sent each in turn to retrieve a lump of mud from beneath the […] Read More

Wakantanka: The Breath Giver

by Wambdi Wicasa Many, many seasons ago, Wakantanka, the Breath Giver, the Holy one, walked in the trees of the Paha Sapa, the Black Hills. The trees were cool and the music of the streams made him happy. Over the high hard rock the Eagle soared on great wings. Deer looked at Wakantanka, and their delicate feet were full of beauty and grace. Moose and Elk dipped their great heads into the water to pull the sweet lake grasses. The great Black Bears, afraid of nothing, padded toward the honey trees. Antelope stood deep in the meadow grasses. But with all this beauty around Him, Wakantanka was uneasy. He was happy and loved the Hills He had made, but there was no one He could talk to. There was no one He could love. No one who could return His love. To all his creatures He had given something […] Read More

The Return of White Buffalo Woman

Emailed by: Patrick Hutchinson [phutchinson80@hotmail.com] The Sign from the West has revealed that White Buffalo Woman has returned to earth and White Buffalo Woman reminds us to carry the Pipe in our hearts. ************************************************************************ The Return of White Buffalo Woman by Miant I will relate two visions. Both visions came to me as I was pursuing spiritual truth. The pair came in full colour and with accompanying sound. They were as clear as watching the big screen at a cinema. Both have been re-shown to me at various times. A little background information may assist those reading about these visions, which were both in Native American settings. Native American cultures, like other cultures, have stories about their spiritual beginnings, and other stories about the demise of Evil. In this world, knowledge, and especially spiritual knowledge, is often corrupted by those who wish to conceal secrets. As corruption has occurred […] Read More

The Peace Pipe Ceremony

Those who desire to benefit their spiritual path by learning Native American knowledge and wisdom, some of which will come through the ceremonies, are recommended to get a peace pipe. The peace pipe is not restricted to only Indians. It has been jealously guarded by Native Americans, however, because many are fearful that the pipe may be used disrespectfully by non-Indian people. Many believe that a powerful good for all things can emanate from the respectful and proper use of the pipe, but it must be regarded as a spiritual instrument by the pipe holder, whatever their lineage or color happens to be. The pipe can become a strong catalyst to import a powerful feeling for our Mother Earth and all living things. Black Elk predicted that we would go forth in numbers as flames to bring forth beneficial change to this generation. The pipe, and the respectful pipe […] Read More

THE DOG AND THE WOLF

“In the 1920’s, the Ross Island Meat packing Company of North Dakota paid a little publicized bounty of eight dollars on German Shepards, a popular breed of dog in the Northern Plains at the time… and often responsible for killing cattle… the slaughter of which was invariably blamed on wolves.” (Barry Lopez – Of Wolves and Men) Discouraged after an unsuccessful day of hunting,  a hungry Wolf came on a well-fed Mastiff.  He could see that the Dog was having a better time of it than he was  and he inquired what the Dog had to do to stay so well fed.  “Very little, ” said the Dog. “Just drive away beggars,  guard the house, show fondness to the master,  be submissive to the rest of the family  and you are well fed and warmly lodged.” The Wolf thought this over carefully. He risked his own life almost daily, had to […] Read More

Coyote

As seekers of the spiritual aspects of life, it is only natural that one would turn to books and people for spiritual guidance. This is fine. However… beware. Spirituality cannot be bought. Those who have it, do not sell it. Those who do not have it, sell as much as the market will bear. Coyote is always around to remind us of that fact. Trickster Coyote was walking with his friend Iktome. By their path stood Iya the rock. Now Iya was not just any old rock. Iya was special. This was the kind of rock that tells a story. Power Iya had. Coyote said, “Hmmm, this is a pretty good-looking rock. I think it has power.” He took off the heavy blanket he was wearing and placed it on the rock. “Here, Iya, ” he said. “Take this as a present my friend rock. Take my blanket to keep you from freezing for […] Read More

Cannupa – the Basis of Lakota Spirituality

Excerpts from an article by Ben Black Bear, Jr. Lakota Society based its entire religious philosophy on the revelation of the Creator acting through Nature. The “Wakan” or sacred things contained in nature were sought out by this society and through perceptions of these mysterious and sacred things a religious philosophy was developed. Upon looking, what can be found as the most mysterious or sacred thing ever naturally happening in the universe? Is it the powerful thunder, wind, lightning, movement, and sounds of living things, or something else? The thunder which brings rain, the wind which has the power to destroy many things, and all living things have movement and sound which allow them to be understood. All these things are sacred, but the most mysterious and sacred is the conception and birth of a living thing, especially a human. The Sacred Pipe can be looked at in many […] Read More

Building a Sweat Lodge

Building a sweat lodge is not particularly difficult, but careful consideration should be given to various details. Choosing a Location and Sitting the Lodge A quiet and secluded area is the obvious setting for a sweat lodge. Privacy is essential, yet the area must also be accessible. Once you have found the site, you must then choose where you wish to place the lodge itself. There is no hard, fast rule that the doorway of a sweat lodge must face a particular location. The lodge doorways at the base of Spirit Mountain in the Black Hills face west. Most Sioux and Ojibwa sweat lodges face east or west, but you must consider the terrain, location, and setting of the entire lodge area when selecting your lodge opening. In the interest of fire safety, you may have to select your fireplace area first. This will determine the direction of the […] Read More

White Buffalo Calf Woman

(Ptecincala Ska Wakan) The Gift of the Sacred Pipe Before the appearance of the Buffalo Calf Woman, the Indian honored the Great Spirit. But for the Sioux, the coming of Buffalo Calf Woman brought a most important instrument, the pipe, which is now used in all ceremonies. The sacred pipe came into being many, many years ago. Two men of the Sioux tribe were hunting when they saw something approaching in the distance. As the figure grew close, they observed a maiden, attired in white buckskin, carrying a bundle wrapped in buffalo hide. As she walked slowly toward them she sang out and repeated; Behold me. Behold me, For in a sacred manner I am walking. One of the men had evil thoughts about this maiden and moved towards her. the other Sioux tried forcibly to restrain him, but the evil warrior pushed the good warrior away. A cloud […] Read More