The Drum: Drumming from the Heart

The drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The animal who provided the hide did so with intention and purpose. In the drum the spirit of the animal nation lives. The honor and respect you show the drum also honors the four-legged, the winged ones, the crawlers and the bugs. The birch tree who contributed the wood for the frame did so with intention and purpose. In the drum the spirit of the plant nation lives. The honor and respect you show the drum honors the trees, bushes, flowers, and grasses. The stone in the heart of the drum asked to be a part of the drum so that you would remember the stone nation. The honor and respect you show the drum is honor and respect for the rocks, the soil, the waters and the air. When you drum, prayers from the Web of Life are sent to […] Read More

The PEACEMAKER

There once came from the north country, to what is now the upper western portion of New York state, a young man of Huron birth. He was called Deganaweda. Even as a child he talked of a peaceful way of existence and of harmony among the tribes. He spoke of the importance of the heart and called for an end to war- like ways and sacrifices of blood. But he found only deaf ears amongst his own Huron people, for they were war-like and not given to the ways of peace.  Hiawatha by Thomas Eakins (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Our story begins when Deganaweda began a pilgrimage that would eventually bring his teachings to the five tribes of the Haudenosaunee and later, six when they were joined by the Seneca peoples. He helped them create a confederation of tribes, under a form of self-ruling government, in which there would be […] Read More

1996: Report on the Worlds In Transition:

The Star Visions Conference by Richard Boylan, Ph.D., CCHT (c) 1996 A turbulent storm front was brewing over the Front Range of the Rockies towering behind Fort Collins, Colorado. It portended the powerful events which would soon be taking place at a high-altitude gathering starting that Thursday afternoon. A numinous, energized transition layer stretched between towering the dark cumulus and the peaks below, and glowered with latent diffuse high voltage. As the conference-goers approached the site of the Star Visions Conference at the 8000-foot snow line, a ferocious gale was howling. The wind-chill factor reached zero. Braving this test by Spirit of their dedication, speakers and attendees assembled in the cavernous auditorium of the Estes Park Center to witness opening prayer and ceremony by Conference convener, Dakota spiritual leader Standing Elk. The middle-aged Sioux Star Altar Keeper with long, jet-black hair and attired in a sports jacket and fresh […] Read More

Grandmother’s Creation Story

By: Muskeke Iskwew (Sharron John, Creek) [Medicine/Healing Woman] Tansi Glenn, The story I send to you was one my Grandmother, Victoria Whitewolf, used to tell me when I was a young girl, “many moons ago”. This is to say thank you for the hours of pleasure your work has given me. I’m sure my Grandmother would have been honored to see it used in this way, so that many people would enjoy it. She was a great story teller. Here is her story: “Long ago the Creator looked out over the perfect world he had made, at the oceans, mountains, plains, deserts, lakes and rivers and he was pleased. He looked upon the plants and trees and was happy at what he saw. Still he felt there was something missing. There was no movement, nothing to enjoy the beauty he had created. So he created the animals, birds, creepers, […] Read More

Origin of the Buffalo

Cheyenne – Native American Lore Long ago, a tribe of Cheyenne hunters lived at the head of a rushing stream, which eventually emptied into a large cave. Because of the great need for a new food supply for his people, the Chief called a council meeting. “We should explore the large cave,” he told his people. “How many brave hunters will offer to go on this venture? Of course, it may be very dangerous, but we have brave hunters.” No one responded to the Chief’s request. Finally, one young brave painted himself for hunting and stepped forth, replying to the Chief, “I will go and sacrifice myself for our people.” He arrived at the cave, and to his surprise, First Brave found two other Cheyenne hunters near the opening, where the stream rushed underground. “Are they here to taunt me,” First Brave wondered? “Will they only pretend to jump when I […] Read More