May 6, 2005 I have added some
images of recent work. Check here.
The weather has shifted to warm again. After my delight
in a healthy winter, I have come down with some sort of flu that has
me with aching joints and muscles and some respiratory congestion. I
have not stopped other tasks, just slowed down and with more discomfort. That
too will pass.
The Face of Creator shirt is finished
Click on images for larger view. You can also go
to this page for
more detail on the shirt. However, as before, I will discuss the
significance of the images only in a one-on-one discussion. If
you are interested contact me directly
April 26, 2005 The ritual fast
and blessing of the Sacred Hoop have ended successfully.
I wish to persoanlly thank the many people who supported
this undertaking with their prayers and best wishes, and the many
who took time to visit with me and pray at the Sacred Hoop over the
4 days. Although I could not offer you food as a sign of hospitality,
I hope you know that your presence and your sharing in prayers with
me was deeply appreciated.
The ritual was concluded at midnight on April 24, under
a clear sky, blazing bright stars and a full moon. The frog
chorus and the spruce grouse drummers provided the musical accompaniment,
the wind in the trees provided the whispers of assent to the prayers
made over the final offerings and to the prayers that went forth
from the whole universe from the Sacred Pipe.
My mental image and perception of what I could eat after
that fast were bigger than what I could achieve in reality. Nevertheless,
fresh bannock, pan fried fish, delicious ham and bean soup and a
berry mix for dessert were great. The remains were sufficient
to enable my four-legged friend and constant companion and prayer partner,
to have a good meal too.
On my return to the house this morning I found a phone
message indicating some more good news; the NGA has voted to change
its name to the Green Party of Saskatchewan ( http://www.votenga.ca. )
I am delighted, and the solid future of this political party was
part of my prayers over the past days.
April 19, 2005 A short update; Spring
has arrived with the re-emergence of the frogs, the return of cranes
and geese and many song birds, the blossoming of the willow and aspen
trees, and the dissappearance of the snow banks that we have seen since
I am completing preparations for my Spring Fast. The
site needs a bit of work and some firewood is to be gathered. It
will be a time of blessings in many ways.
I will need to find time to keep my promise of updated
photos of recent work and the forest.
April 9, 2005 With a few days of
double digit temperatures that snow that has resided here since early
last October has finally decide to recede and give way to our second
season. Our neighbourhood wolf pack has been joining me in morning
prayer for the last while. Although they are not right
at hand, it is nice to hear the pack morning howl as the sun rises. Geese
have arrived to inspect the pond ice for a potential nesting spot, and
it is nice to hear their wings in the evening air and the loud honking
as they come to land and announce to the world that they are here.
I have added the first three bands to my "Face
of Creator" shirt, and am most impressed with the work of my friend. I
will post new images as promised, when they are all on the shirt. One
was still on the loom the other day.
My preparations for the four day fast and blessing of
the Sacred Hoopare progressing nicely. I have many of the necessary
items out in the forest. I managed the heavier things while the
snow was hard frozen early in the mornings. That saved a lot
of extra walking all the way around the pond.
I have been gifted with elements of some of my Spirit
Helpers recently, and I hope that I handle them with the deep respect
There is a gravel pit near Friendly Forest and
during the week past I obtained permission from the proper R.M. to
for my fire pit and for the use in Sweat Ceremony. It is like going
into a treasure box and certainly saves a lot of work just digging
clay and rock sub-strate that underlies the entire area in which
I attended two funerals in the past week and assisted
an old friend move into a Nursing Home in the City. The following
day I was called to come to take him to the hospital. He had fallen
down the first night there. It turns out that he had fractured the
bone in his upper arm. He is now functioning with a broken hip,
a broken leg bone and a fractured arm. I fear that he maybe in
for even more injuries as he does not seem to understand the great danger
he places himself in when he tries to move without support or assisance
until he has fallen and hurt himself. Watching his difficulties makes
me really hope and pray that I never get Parkinson's disease.
April 2, 2005 The sun's longer hours
and finally, the return of higher temperatures, seems to announce the
arrival of Spring. In order to rise before the sun in the morning,
I need to get up and out shortly after 06:00. Sunrise is
This morning it was cloudy and some snow pellets were
falling, but I was determined to drag some spruce rails out to the
site. I had cut and peeled these earlier in the winter, and had
them drying inside the house. A few days ago I hauled them out
and sanded them smoorth and treated them with a clear wood preservative. I
impressed myself in being able to drag all of them out to the site where
I will be raising the shelter cover as soon as possible. It took
four trips and my old bones and muscles protested. As I puffed
and ached I remembered to be thankful that I was able to puff and able
to do things that made my muscles ache.
I had time to consider how difficult it must have
been to move for traditional peoples before the arrival of the horse. I
was just moving the poles for the shelter, and will have other
time to haul out the cover and other necessary materials.
The shelter will be a canvas teepee, and I raised the poles
in the traditional manner.
I continue to make other preparations for the time
of prayer and fast later in April. If any reader of
this Journal is planning to join with me for a part (or all) of this
prayer time, I want to know this by April 16.
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