The coyote, often called the sacred dog by First Nations peoples in America, is the cunning, the trickster and the prankster.
The way people wear their hair is an alignment of their thinking; the braids (unity of thought), the hair tied back (safety of thought) and the color (conviction of thought). The appearance of the hair is of great importance, as each style represents a different state of mind. Hair is widely regarded as an extension of one’s thoughts.
The elk speaks to us of endurance. This totem teaches us how to measure our efforts so that we can provide constant energy without burning out. This is a particularly important medicine in these times of great stress.
Alcohol, tobacco and drugs have become a major problem in the lives of countless addicts. Yet nothing is inherently wrong, it is all in the manner and intent. When sweet wine and teaching plants are taken in a sacred way, they become helpers and allies.
In December 1999 I founded a company called Invocation Inc.
For the indigenous, aboriginal, first people of all continents who live in harmony and symbiosis with nature, the spiritual and philosophical truths and realities of the world are read and integrated into the way of life from the world around them.
We are spirits of light. One thing we tend to forget is that this light needs the earth to flourish, because we were created for the earth and the earth for us. Sometimes, in the … Read more
In the traditional native healing arts I was trained in, we were taught how to communicate, harvest and prepare medicinal plants. We then had to find the 7 plants which would be the base of our healing practice. This is a specific way the traditional Anidagohah Clan Cherokee healers use in their practice. By communing and communicating directly with the plants, these healers develop a personal relationship with 7 plants that will be used throughout their lives in caring and healing for their people.
From the beginning of times, as Man evolved in his relationship with the earth, there have been important moments at precise times every year when communities would assemble and pray. They would give thanks for the abundance of nature and perform the native ceremonies and rituals that reaffirmed Men’s unity with creation and the agreements with the spirits of the elements, plant and animal worlds that allowed for harmonious living on earth. Through these celebrations and spiritual assemblies we remained in harmony with the world we used to live in.
Here is another animal associated with the South. Certain nations even call it the eagle of the South.
The gobbler as it’s also called because of its typical throaty sound, represents the most spiritual and important medicine for all First Nations, that of generosity and sharing. We even have special ceremonies for gifting others called the giveaway or the potlatch.