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Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock
His trailer was nestled at the feet of the mesa made of touching sky stone people , who protect the world of corn maidens.
That day, winds blew sand seeds that smoothed the pathway to the trailer house, leaving no trace of those that walked before,
and gathered up around the bottom of the peeling turquoise painted door.
As I paused before knocking, I could hear a TV blaring rumpus inside.
He opened the door, smiling. “Come in, Come in, good to see you.”
Inside, the TV droned melee, was something I never heard in Gramma’s home.
After hugs n greetings we sat down on the couch.
The TV blared voraciously as he went back to working on a carving.
I glanced over at the TV, and it was a show about military strategy.
“Why are you watching the military channel?” I asked.
“Because we need know what they are doing, and how they think.”
I thought about this, and that he was carving beauty while listening.
We were raised in ways that nurture life and our “roles”, are about living
and sharing the culture and language of living peace, with every generation.
He was one of the most peaceful, happy people I knew, and yet I also knew that
he had been to war, had learned the way of the military as well as the ways of our people to be protectors of all life.
A few generations ago, the people had few or no “warriors”,
so they made friendships with others that were defenders,
to help protect us all.
Today, many more people are choosing to be protectors, yet are not like the military, and do not think the same way as the military.
So on that day, the winds blew and our tracks were invisible to the human and technologic eye,
we became the sand seeds of time, flying within the cloud nations raining upon the corn maidens
who would one day, become corn women bearing children.
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So maybe you will listen to this video and consider all the many ways we live and pass peace to the present generation, who will pass this to the next,
and that there are many peace full people who are also protectors, warriors, defenders of All Life ~
and that there are many paths to the place we call truth, peace, compassion and generosity that honors the beauty and sacredness of Life.
Video: The Peace Games ...and other 4th-grade achievements
A quote from the book the teacher refers to in the video:
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
Thank you for listening ~