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Lakota Medicine Man and warrior Hehaka Sapa or in English, Black Elk (1863-1950)-said, “Peace comes within the souls of human beings when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells, Wakan Tanka, (the Divine or God) and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” This quote is from the book, "Black Elk Speaks" by John G Neihardt 1932, one of many messages Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Wicasca Wakan (Holy Man) chose to transmit to the wider world after receiving dreams and visions throughout his life.
Hehaka Sapa/Black Elk was born in Montana but his family migrated to South Dakota. He was a cousin of Chief Tsunka Witko or "Horse with Spirit" (translated wrongly as 'Crazy Horse') and he was present at the Battle of Little Bighorn and the massacre at Wounded Knee. Hehaka Sapa was a spiritual leader of the Wiwayang Wacipi (Sun dance) and the Ghost Dance which combined teachings of Christianity with traditional Lakota rituals and beliefs. The massacre at Čhaŋkpé Ópi Wakpála (in English, Wounded Knee) South Dakota on December 29, 1890; killed over 300 "Sioux" people about half of whom were children and women. Their weapons, (guns, knives, axes, etc.) had been confiscated before the US 7th Cavalry Regiment, General George Custer's former command, led by Colonel James W. Forsyth opened fire. The US government professed to be afraid of the "power" of Wovoka's- a Paiute Medicine-man's Ghost Dance and the "wild, savage Indians".
The US government under the Presidency of Benjamin Harrison, a US Army veteran of the civil war, decided this "movement" must be stopped. After the massacre, photographer/journalist Charles Allen took photographs. The President of the United States awarded 25 Medals of Honor for the "brave and heroic actions" of the US Army soldiers. Included is a link to a theatrical film docudrama about the event which includes actual archival photographs in black and white, from the aftermath of the massacre. This is less than seven minutes long, so I urge you to click on the link to watch and reflect on these events in our history. November is officially designated as 'Native American History Month'. This is part of our American history. It only took a few hours for all these human beings to be slaughtered. Hehaka Sapa/Black Elk was one of the survivors. www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PN8_8MGulc
Hehaka Sapa/Black Elk became a progressive Catholic lay leader perhaps as a strategic move to retain his standing in the community and within the confines of US Federal law which prohibited the free practice of Native American religion until 1978. He chose John G. Neihardt to write the book, "Black Elk Speaks" in English so more people would know about the Oglala and about what was/is to come in America and the world. At the time there was no "scientific evidence" to corroborate his messages but over the last 75 years there has been significant exploration and communication about the phenomenon and connections Black Elk spoke of to us. Below are a few photographs of both Hehaka Sapa/Black Elk and Tsunka Witko/Spirit Horse/Crazy Horse posed for the camera in South Dakota, USA.
From the micro pulsations of the individual human being to the micro pulsations of the entire planet there is a common "wave" and frequency named after the scientist who proved it's existence-the "Schumann Effect". In addition, the phenomenon that "everything has an energetic signature and all energy is intelligent and has a vibrating motion and quality of frequency" correlates with the realization that: "every substance, body and being vibrates to its own frequency and that vibration will be amplified tremendously when stimulated by a similar or compatible resonant frequency. Resonating to the forces of life, forces of goodness, forces of gratitude, forces of love, will amplify these resonances and strengthen your body dramatically. Resonating through ego to the forces of fear, rage, frustration and resistance to what is, will also amplify those disturbances in your body. Through the laws of physics, science confirms energy and matter interplay in massive Electro Magnetic Force (EMF) electro-dynamic fields that are measurable in terms of wave forms, frequency, wavelengths and amplitude. The same electromagnetic fields and substances that move throughout the Cosmos, move through our own bodies." We are all connected/related to each other in frequencies. ascensionglossary.com/index.php/Law_of_Resonance
Psi researcher Lian Sidorov reported: “For a decade, Robert Beck researched the brain wave activity of healers from all cultures and religious backgrounds (he enumerates psychics, shamans, dowsers, Christian healers, seers, ESP readers, kahuna, Santeria and others). Independent of their belief systems, each exhibited ‘nearly identical EEG signatures' during their ‘healing' moments: a 7.8-8Hz brainwave activity, which lasted from one to several seconds and which was ‘phase and frequency-synchronized with the earth's geoelectric micropulsations – the Schumann resonance'.” subtle.energy/the-schumann-effect-how-the-earth-influences-your-brain/#
The Lakota phrase: "Hau, Mitakuye Oyasin" (Peace, we are all related) reminds us of the truth of sympathetic resonance both in negative and positive uses and reverberations.
It does not take a great amount of imagination or empathy to understand how traumas experienced by one member of your family, your tribe, your community, or your nation could 'resonate' into your own body and affect the surrounding environment. While the degree to which an individual is 'touched' by "sympathetic resonances of trauma" is not able to be measured completely or 'scientifically' yet, the difference in health indicator rates which account for changes in the number of deaths by suicide, stillbirths, change in the number of women who miscarry, wasting 'disorders', emotional/mental conditions, addictions, immune diseases, stress reactions and so forth from before an event and after are being documented and analyzed. (cases documented include Chernobyl, Iraq war, Haiti-see links below)
Unfortunately there are no accurate studies done on "American Indian" tribes (573 recognized tribes to date in the USA) and their health indicators before/during and after the policies of genocide on their populations. This is in a large part due to the fact that there was no acknowledgement of responsibility for these policies, actions and repercussions over the centuries. Often when there is a chance of culpability by our government agencies and departments which could be displayed for the public to see, the truth and facts are hidden while some will desperately try and erase any evidence forever, if at all possible. The "forces" of fear, frustration, rage and resistance grow in these energies. Both sides lose ultimately. The poisons of prejudice, dishonesty, hatred, revenge seep into the body of a community, a tribe, our nation. It is only by changing the "resonance" to mirror the positive attributes of interaction that changes can begin.
A start is confession of wrongs done and sincere apologies for past actions. There can be no lasting 'reconciliation' without conciliation. This interaction may shift the "vibrations" and resonance between people, tribes and nations. The progression and movement of sympathetic resonances may take many years of foundation before a genuine transformation evolves. In the 1970s, a re-direction was started by an inter-tribal organization to bring the issues of injustice against American "Indians" in the USA. After 40 years there has been progress in both communities. We have witnessed this recently in our own country.
In 2016, during the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline construction, there was a pause after the first round of arrests. Veterans of all military branches of the US armed forces and people from all over the country went to North Dakota and South Dakota to support the DAPL protest and camped out on and near the Standing Rock reservation. At one point in December 2016, a group of US veterans led by Wes Clark Jr. (US Army) son of retired General Wesley K. Clark Sr. (US Army); approached Wicasca Wakan/Medicine Man and activist of the American Indian Movement, Leonard Crow Dog, in South Dakota, to accept their apologies for the past actions of all US military. The blessing/forgiveness and healing that followed were the first time the two sides have come together in such a manner. See photos below and click on this link to see a video of part of the event-www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjotlPIlRqw
The last time the US army, law enforcement and government agency representatives and lawyers came to sign a treaty was after the siege in 1973, at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation. Leonard Crow Dog was there then, a much younger man who was able to stand. Now he has to use a wheelchair. Leonard Crow Dog speaks five "Indian" languages and English is his third language. When you listen to him speak keep this in mind in terms of his choice of words, his pace of speech and his use of Lakota mixed with English.
Alongside Leonard Crow Dog in the photo below were the late, Russell Means (deceased 2012), USAF veteran and the first Sioux lawyer, Ramon Arthur Roubideaux-Wanbli Tinza/Brave Eagle (deceased 2007), Wallace Black Elk (deceased in 2004) direct descendant of Hehaka Sapa/Black Elk, Dennis Banks-Ojibwe elder (deceased 2017), and the late Assistant Attorney General of the United States Kent Frizzell, USMC who negotiated then signed on behalf of then President Richard M. Nixon (both deceased-see photos below). Most Americans don't know their own recent, much less past history of their continents first peoples. I have included some of their books in the photos below. I suggest you take the time to read them, especially if you are interested in history, culture, anthropology, stories of resilience and spirituality. Look up the real interactions upon which the holiday of "Thanksgiving" (some call it Thanks-taking) holiday is based. Here is one article you may not have read, it may surprise you: www.businessinsider.com/history-of-thanksgiving-2017-11
My dear readers, I write from personal experience, working and participating in ceremonies over decades with all but one human being pictured above and that was Frank Fools Crow. My family was fortunate enough to host Chief Archie Fire Lame Deer and some of his family at our homes in Australia and Colorado. Archie Fire and his family helped me and introduced me to Ramon A. Roubideaux in South Dakota who agreed to take on my case when I, along with all the tribal members shown above-[except for Orval Looking Horse]-were at some point between the 1970s and 1990s, unjustly arrested, interrogated by local law enforcement and the FBI. We were all imprisoned for varying time periods a number of different times in South Dakota, USA. We all were sundancers for the Wiwayang Wacipi (Sundance) on reservations in South Dakota and other states including Texas over the years. I was asked to work with Barbara Means Adams (educator, Lakota elder, cousin of Russell Means) to prepare and help coordinate the First White Buffalo Calf Conference on Lakota Education in Rapid City, South Dakota in late 1997. Chief Arvol Looking Horse and members of the Crow Dog, Lame Deer and Roubideaux families were there over the week.
I knew Mary Brave Bird/Crow Dog. We shared child watching with our children, danced together with Rocky, Norma, Charlene Blue Horse and other women, most of whom have passed on to the "spirit world". In 2001, I was able to be at the funeral and ceremonies for the passing of Chief Archie Fire Lame Deer in South Dakota. I spoke to and was part of sweat lodges, sundances with Leonard Crow dog and his family, in a few states. Personally I witnessed him help many people from all over the world. I pray for his good health and for his family and am very thankful for knowing him and receiving some of his teaching in person over the years.
We are all human beings full of contradictions and unfortunately there is much slander written about all these human beings and their actions by those who do/did not really know them or were part of the effort to discredit them. They want to create a negative resonance about "Indian" life and ceremonies, emphasize the "problems" (of which there are serious challenges) and omit many of the positive and unique aspects of "American Indian/Native American" culture and traditions. There are still many leaders and people in the world who consider Native American spiritual practices as "savage", "heathen" or "primitive". They are considered "infidels" and by Koran law should be killed since they are not "people of the book". Keep these facts in mind about the Indigenous people of North and South America.
Don't be swayed just by reading-see for yourself and accept the honor if you are invited to a reservation event or to spend time with a family living there. The resonances of harmony they have cherished and practiced over thousands of years have informed who we are as "Americans" and been models for others in the wider world. I am especially thankful for the privilege of knowing them and many others I will not call out online for they are very private people. I miss them and hold them in my heart. Please do not copy or post personal photos above without my written permission. Thank you.
Hau Mitakuye Oyasin
If you are in the USA-Have a very Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving 2018!
videos of Chief Arvol Looking Horse speaking on Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota and other places in the USA as well as a short biography
video of Russell Means with Wilma Mankiller -first female Chief of the Tsalagi/Cherokee people- speaking before Congress in 1989: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRipKGsLkTQ