A Full Moon was rising on our last night at the Rez last week. The Lakota don't have a word for goodbye, instead they say Toksha Ake meaning see you later or see you again. Big Wopila to everyone and everything there for as usual a truly powerful and beautiful time.
I was feeling so emotional prior to that last day. It was a Full Moon, Venus was and still is doing her Retrograde thing, and we completed our final thank you ceremony with the Medicine man and spirits, closing
Image: Sundance by Joanne Bird Just got some wifi access after a week out on the Sundance grounds. Watching Christian do this ceremony for 4 days, along with the 100+ other dancers, with people supporting every round by praying and dancing along in the arbor surrounding the Sundance Tree, was one of the most profound experiences of my, and his, life.
It was hot in the shade, meanwhile the dancers were out there under the sun, no food or water, praying while the singers and
We are on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation for the next few weeks, preparing for Christian to Sundance. I'll have wifi access very rarely so just wanted to pop on and let you know in case you are looking out for a message and wondering where I've got to! Haven't dropped off the face of the Earth entirely, although surrounded here by the Badlands and Prairie it could certainly seem so, in a good way.
Christian has been coming to the Rez here for 20 years. In 2009 a medicine