GATHERING People collect and the evening is explained to them. ADMISSION TO THE SACRED SPACE Read Moonspeakers Smudge Everyone PURIFY THE SACRED SPACE Circle with Smudge and Feather INVOCATION Invite the Four Directions and Above and Below Invite Wankan Tanka MOVE TO THE TABLES Teaching of the Prayer Ties PBS Stories The White Buffalo / Calf Woman Story Inipi Yuwipi RETURN TO THE CIRCLE Burning of the Prayer Ties Read Great Spirit Berries & Jerky Communion DISMISSAL Thank the Four Quarters, Above and Below Read Echos THE CIRCLE IS OPEN, BUT UNBROKEN Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again. Ref: www.geocities.com/Area51/2769/lakota.html Atop a cliffside - I stand My Staff Clenched tightly in my hand The wind swirls Blowing the clouds Across the face Of the growing moon. My cloak whips in the wind. I stand still Waiting for the right moment The moon needs To be full To make the speaking right. The thoughts Clamor around Inside my mind Waiting, ready In my mind Ready to be spoken And all things be made right Finally the moon shadows Fall over me It has arisen Full and golden. I open my mouth and speak The words that will make All things right.OH, GREAT SPIRIT OH GREAT SPIRIT, WHOSE VOICE I HEAR ON THE WIND, WHOSE BREATH GIVES LIFE TO THE WORLD. HEAR ME, I COME TO YOU AS ONE OF YOUR MANY CHILDREN, I AM SMALL AND WEAK, I NEED YOUR STRENGTH AND WISDOM. MAY I WALK IN BEAUTY. -- ANONYMOUS NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER. "Every part of this country is sacred to my people...The very dust responds more lovingly to our footsteps then to yours, because it is the ashes of our ancestors... -- Chief Seattle, Nez Perce 1855 Echos Wind blowing, moaning, whispering Across the prairie plains Spectres of ancient warriors Dancing - leaping to drums' refrains The echos of once long past Flow through mind's hearing Telling the stories of long ago Before a nation's passing For what was then We seek once more Memories of things once true All now behind closed door A once tall and proud people Wild prairies grassy tides did roam Once a great nation, now forsaken Traveling the plains, once their home Winds blowing, moaning, whispering....Wise Thoughts "Today people seek knowledge not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past; wisdom is of the future." Quote by - "Vernon Cooper of the Lumbee Tribe" excerpt from Wisdomkeepers by Steve Wall and Harvey Arden "You finally learn wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start truly living the life the Creator intended for you." quote by - "Hoh Elder Lehah Fisher" excerpt from Wisdomkeepers by Steve Wall and Harvey Arden) "If each of us looks deep inside ourselves we will find that which makes a difference." Quote by "Horse Woman Spirit Runs Free""Keep those material goods that you need to exist, but be a more sharing and generous person. You will find you can do with less. Replace this empty lifestyle of hollow impressing of the shallow ones with active participation for your Mother Earth. At least then, when you depart for the spirit world, you can look back with pride and fulfillment." "Indian People do not like to say that the Great Mystery is exactly this or exactly that, but we do know there is a spirit world that lies beyond. We are allowed to know that through our ceremonies. We know that we will go into a much higher plane beyond. We know nothing of hell-fire and eternal damnation from some kind of unloving power that placed us here as little children." "Mitakuye oyasin!!! We are all related!!!" Quote's by - "Eagle Man" - Ed McGaa - Oglala Lakota Sioux - excerpt from Mother Earth Spirituality "Another of the Natural laws is that all life is equal. That's our philosophy. You have to respect life -- all life, not just your own. The key word is 'respect'. Unless you respect the earth, you destroy it. Unless you respect all life as much as your own life, you become a destroyer, a murderer." quote by - "Oren Lyons" excerpt from Wisdomkeepers by Steve Wall and Harvey Arden."