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Started by Jonathan Walton, September 19, 2004, 11:18:31 AM
Quote from: In 'The Land Looks After Us,' Joel W. MartinIn contrast to the Paiute followers of Wovoka [Paiute prophet], Lakota Ghost Dancers sang fewer songs related to nature and more songs related to the dead and the old way of life. They danced to bring back a lost land of full of buffalo and devoid of white people. In another departure from the Paiute Round Dance, Lakota participants wore the "Ghost Dance" shirts, muslin cloth garments painted with symbols such as eagles, the sun and stars, rainbows, and red streaks of lightning. Lakotas thought that these shirts provided remarkable protective powers. It is possible that "Ghost Shirts" were based on a Mormon ritual garment said to make its wearer invincible...
Quote from: lumpleyIn Dogs, every opponent a Dog faces is a piece of the local social breakdown in progress. Dogs aren't ever in conflict with a snowstorm, for instance, unless the snowstorm is contributing to the breakdown of the congregation.I suspect that when you nail the relationship between the Lions and the social breakdown, the rest'll fall into place.-Vincent
QuoteAdditionally, an important part of Indigenous American traditional spirituality is paying respect to our ancestors, to those who died tens of thousands of years ago as well as those who have just recently entered the spirit world. The land that we live on today is made up of our ancestors; the food that we eat (for the most part) is grown from the soil that our ancestors went back to when they died; and the animals and plants in our world have also grown out of and been nourished by this soil. We thank the spirits of animals, minerals, and plants, and turn to them for strength and continuity. This gratitude helps to maintain or regain the balance that is necessary to be a healthy and complete person. We understand that the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual parts of ourselves are equally important and interrelated. When one aspect of a person is unhealthy, the entire person is affected. This too is true for the entire community; when one aspect of the community is missing, the entire community will suffer in some way.