- Power of Storytelling ‘MANY SPIRIT VOICES’
From The Shaman Way Medicine Wheel at Owyhee Canyon lands- Reynolds Creek
As I walk in my Rituals at ‘MANY VOICES’, humility and tears allow sniffing, feeling, listening, visualizing, surrendering... Honoring All. Emptying my mind, emotions, bodies and baggage - all that will allow enough room for the Teachings. I surrender my life to serving in any way possible.
Words are like a tear in the skin, but it is a “Way” to share dreams and stories. Words require so much work, you will have to surrender to get anything from words, as they are only a fleck, a second … maybe nothing. That is why Storytelling is infinite as a truthful-core-thread of communication and understanding. Storytelling is oral, visual, singing and dreaming. Storytelling is not stuck because of one level of skill sets.
Indigenous is a word to describe peoples before men took political control of peoples and began destruction of the planet. I prefer to call Indigenous, The Real Peoples.
Storytelling visualizes and births legends and history, maps and poems, the teachings of spirit mentors, instructions for ceremony and ritual, observations of worlds, and storehouses of ethno-ecological knowledge. Stories imbue places with the power to teach, heal and reflect. Stories are possessed with such power that they have survived for generations despite attempts at repression, genocide, and assimilation. Real Peoples Storytelling supports appropriate gender teaching. While many stories sold for entertainment represent GrandMother Earth and her families as a ‘He, him, man’. Our children and their education rarely receive Storytelling in public schools. Storytelling requires gathering, sitting in Circles, reminding each other there is not a beginning or an end. So much of the generational stories are missing or changed.
Real Peoples Storytelling is rooted in GrandMother Earth and her families. Years upon years of a kinship with the land, life, water and sky have produced a variety of narratives about intimate connections.
Most stories talk about the living beings within a specific tribe’s homeland—the Raven of the Pacific Northwest, the Coyote from the desert, the Buffalo of the Plains, the Beaver of the Eastern woodlands. Stories explain why and how certain local plants and animals came to be, such as Narragansett storyteller Tchin’s lesson of why Rabbits have such long ears. Other stories explain ceremony and ritual, such as Hoskie Benally’s story “The Five Sacred Medicines.”
Storytelling is as speckled as the trees on GrandMother Earth. Many of these stories have common themes, whether told by the Lost Eyes of Brazil, Masai of Africa, Tlingit and Haida of Alaska, Aboriginal of Australia or the Seminole of Florida. Storytelling is based on being called to serve GrandMother Earth and her families, they are the boss. Honor:
Our planet home, the stars, galaxies, planets and Universes.
Commitment to 13 generations before today and 13 generations beyond today.
Circle Storytelling is safe in being symbolic, and a metaphor for perception. Storytelling has no ‘Hello’ or ‘Goodbye’. They have faith that Time is infinite as long as there are stories to be told.
TIME BEGAN WITH THE FIRST EXPERIENCE
THE FIRST EXPERIENCE FLOWED WITH THE RIVERS TO BECOME STORIES
TIME WILL LAST UNTIL ALL THE STORIES ARE TOLD shared, expanded, breathed, dreamed
TIME WILL LAST UNTIL ALL THE STORIES ARE TOLD
TIME WILL LAST UNTIL ALL THE STORIES ARE TOLD
Truth is the Journey of functional living. Truth has little to do with facts, figures, boxes, and politics. Will you work for the stories unfolding around you and your families?? If you will not, cannot, then truth is not served, shared or sought. Perception can shift today.
Ceremonies, songs and dances are all types of stories, which can be offered to honor the earth, or as Western Shoshone Elder Corbin Harney describes it, the Nature Way. Some stories provide practical instructions on traditional living, such as Rosella Archdale’s lesson about preparing foods with reverence. Other stories tell about child rearing, friendship and love, hunting routes, bird migrations, family lineage, and prophecies that describe and predict major ecological, celestial and spiritual events.
Some Native songs are sung in great cycles, containing over 100 songs for a specific ritual. The Mojave Creation songs, which describe cremation rituals in detail, are a collection of 525 songs and must be performed for the deceased to journey to the next world. These stories can take many days to be shared, and within these longer story-song cycles much information is given to instruct, dream, and heal.
Without GrandMother Earth, her families and ‘safe’ ancestors, we would not have truth. Common themes among Native creation stories share how diverse creation stories are among all cultures. Native creation stories explain how life began on Earth and how a particular tribal nation came to be. They talk about spiritual and mythical origins within real, physical landscapes and outline the “original instructions” or natural laws of how to endure and serve their perceptions of creation.
Above all, each Story is a part of a greater whole, a continuum of stories that has neither a beginning nor an end. Each story in its own way fills in a section of the larger narrative, giving us a fuller sense of the ‘big picture’ of serving, sharing and seeking.
The more that people learn and
The more wisdom they gather,
The more sure they become that
They know nothing. This process is called THE WAY OF WISDOM
The wise person understands that when others are not listening, or are
having to know all the answers, they create their own debilitating barriers to understanding
All Storytelling that is useful, has many ‘Ways’ to RESPECT GRANDMOTHER EARTH and her FAMILIES:
Ask yourself would you allow anyone to enter your living room, bedroom and pickup anything and take it home because they can? Would you let a stranger rape your children?
When you go into nature. YOU See all of the amazing stones, bones or plants, etc. you just can’t stand it. You feel you have to take them home. You are stealing – you are interrupting families!!!! Remember you are in their home. PLEASE STOP!!!!
I don’t care if you are a scientist, biologist, kid or Indian…leave them with their families.
• A Ritual in the area of the stone/plant/or bone.
• Meditate and dream.
• Allow the visuals to be within you or go within the ‘Natural ‘Teacher.
• Let your quietness as your gratitude offerings.
• TAKE HOME THE TEACHINGS. SERVE, SHARE AND SEEK as a guardian of these families not a terrorist of GrandMother Earth and her Families.
Circles of Wisdom
Mirror the behaviors of Natural Habitats, Creatures and Minerals.
Corbin Harney at dawn
Symbolic—refer to larger bodies of oral literature (he is now in Spirit still teaching).
Lessons—describe how and why things are the way they are.
holding a pipe and feather, instructions from spirit mentors—explain how
to conduct ceremonies.
Sand dunes and sky
Descriptions of natural processes—water cycles, inter-species relationships, life cycles of plants, earth movements and soil types.
Meal prepared by Rosella Archdale
Survival accounts—hunting, gathering, and farming stories talk about how to collect, prepare, and eat foods.
Rocky landscape, horizon, and walker Oral maps for travel—describe historic and on-going migrations of tribe for subsistence and Sacred journeys.
Smoke-Magical tales of transformation
Articulate the mystery and complexity of being human.
One woman whispers a secret to another Woman
Adventures in love, romance and marriage.
Mostly five finger-two leggeds seem to mostly be an experiment
Dream Sneezed’ during the Cycles of Growth of now our GrandMother Earth. I inspire this is good news. Is there time for Humans to be teachable?
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BeLoved TASOM, GrandMother Earth and her families