LCO Environmental Film Festival – January 26, 2011

Lac Courte Oreilles James “Pipe” Mustache Auditorium
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Hayward, WI, USA
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Topic: Treaty Rights

10 am – Visit InformationBooths/Displays
10:15 – Opening Prayer
10:30 – Guest Speakers(s): Jim St. Arnold, GLIFWC, Fred and Mike Tribble (Invited), LCO Conservation
12 Noon – Potluck (please bring a dish to pass and your own plates/utensils)
1215 pm – Film: “Lighting the 7th Fire”
1:15 pm – Advocacy to Action! How do we make a difference in our community?

“This PBS documentary skillfully weaves together spear fishing treaty rights issues in Wisconsin, the Chippewa prophecy of the 7th Fire and profiles of some of the people helping to bring back the tradition of spear fishing. This video captures a highly significant historical transition and it is the first program in the United States that vividly documents contemporary racism toward Native Americains.” (48 inutes)

Water Ceremony sacred for two participants in Northwest Wisconsin

Sand dunes changing to pine barrens
Sand dunes changing to pine barrens

On Saturday, September 11,  a participant and I gathered up our ceremonial materials and walked to the sand dunes near my home in Minong, Wisconsin.

Jackie arrived about 6:30 p.m. and we shortly found our way to the sacred sands. We put a cloth down large enough to make an altar. I brought flowers and the vessel to carry the artesian water. Beforehand I went to the woods between Shell Lake and Spooner where the water flows free of contaminants and chemicals. Mother Earth’s blood (which is water) just bubbles up to the surface in this enchanted forest. I always thank the water before taking any.

Jackie brought a photo picture of her guru. I brought gourd rattles. One gourd is from the gourds I found growing in a dirt pile last year and the other gourd was from New Mexico. It is a peyote medicine rattle.  I brought my birch bark clapping sticks and drum which was given to me by an elder who made me promise I would use it only to pray for water. I never dreamed a few years ago when Frank gave it to me that someday I would be a Council Guide. I am honored to say I am now with the Sisterhood of Indigenous Water Rites.  I feel very honored by both blessings. 

I can’t really tell you what took place at the ceremony. Perhaps someday if you are a woman you will come and share this sacred ceremony with us. I can say that we prayed for the Net of Light workshop in Ireland who were connected with us through mutual intentions and ceremony. I can say that we thanked the water and each in turn talked to the water and told her we loved her. I did say I knew that mankind often did not respect her, contaminated and polluted her. I asked for forgiveness of these unconscious and sometimes cruel acts.  I acknowledged that we are made up of mostly water and we need fresh water around the world for humanity and for seven generations out.

Both Jackie and I performed the Nibi Wabo water ceremony. We also danced around the altar and sang. I did notice the tiniest of little miniature flowers on sliver stalks. I wonder if anyone on Earth saw such sweet flowers that we were careful not to step on as we danced. As we bid goodbye to the ceremony, we saw the new moon on the third day as a sliver of light, first star and the sunset all at the same time.

Smoke signal
Smoke signal

 It was glorious how the clouds turned pink to the east as we looked over the horizon and saw the valley hills around us.

We took the blessed water afterwards and gave some to Mother Earth at certain spots. One was at the sweet fern that I prayed for several years ago. I wanted her to come up the hill from the other side and adorn the sand dunes. Then we carried some to the fir trees that are starting by succession to come into the sand dunes. Then we blessed milkweed and sacred prairie sage that I planted in 2008. I have been seeding this site for years in the hopes of making a sanctuary for the monarch butterfly. It is working, butterflies do flutter here in season.

We need to respect water.  Please visit and learn that not all people are as fortunate as we are in the USA. Many people and countries need water. Can you imagine being thirsty?  Have a heart and open your eyes to others in need at http://twitter.com/charitywater

Remember: Water is not a resource to be squandered. Water is the source of life for all living beings.  Say a prayer of thanksgiving when you lift the water of life to your lips and be grateful.

I am grateful to Congressman Dennis Kucinich who wrote a bill to stop the privatization of the Great Lakes water. You can learn more at http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=202500

Washington, Aug 7 – “Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today announced H.R. 6006, which closes a loophole that allows the bottled water industry to divert or export an unlimited amount of water from the Great Lakes.  The bill was introduced along with cosponsors Bart Stupak (MI), Marcy Kaptur (OH) and Betty McCollum (MN).”
Source: Congressman Dennis Kuchiich’s Web site.

Be happy insectamonarca friends where ever you are.

Dolphins as a Meditation and Fresh Clean Water

I just watched a beautiful You Tube  post on dolphins and a Meditation that calls each and every one of us to realize how very precious water is.  Today I was very thirsty and I went to an artesian well in the woods. The water doesn’t flow freely as it once did 2 years ago. The water table is dropping and instead of gushing out of the ground it is about half speed now. 

Cool clear water from woods
Cool clear water from woods

 I felt so happy to be in this happy woods filled with wildflowers and water crest growing in the stream but sad too and worried and wondered what if the bubbling water just quit?

Water cress only grows in clean flowing water
Water cress only grows in clean flowing water

 What if it goes dry because we are in the 8th year of drought and even though we have had good rain this year, the water table is still low. 

I stood there and sang a water ceremony song to honor the water and tell the water I loved her. You see women are the protectors of water. I am a council member of the Sisterhood of Planetary Water Rites that was founded by Grandmother T. Whitedeer in California. This is the time for all women to intercede and pray for the global waters which are at risk in so many places.

Here is the link on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1-BazjLRKI&feature=player_embedded#!

Enjoy,

Butterfly Woman

Net of Light for Mother Earth (A Call for Prayer)

Grandmother Whitedeer has sent a message: Remember there is a Global Heart Offering Ceremony for Water on Sunday at Sunset.  Please watch the video to learn more at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiaCm0DvNck

Chief Arvol Lookinghorse says, “Mother Earth is the source of life not a resource.”

Blog Talk Radio with Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer

Silver Lake, WI, 2008
Silver Lake, WI, 2008

I am a member of the Sisters of the Planetary Water Rites. Women are the protectors of water. I represent northwest Wisconsin. We are building a network here of women who will meet in ceremony and prayer and send good energy out to the universe to protect Mother Earth.  Grandmother Whitedeer lives in California and is the founder of the Sisterhood and I follow her guidance. With her leadership we move forward to build a network across the country to honor Mother Earth and the gift of water.  

  

I was fortunate to hear Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer on the Blog Talk Radio on Jluy 5, 2010.  She was interviewed by Ann Smith. Rhonda Hall is a co-producer of the program.  Grandmother Whitedeer is a Bear Clan Mother of the Medicine Creek Métis in Laytonville, CA.  She holds women’s circles and Grandmother Net of Light Ceremonies. She is one of the Ambassadors’ for the Sacred White Buffalo Family in Northern Oregon. She is currently working on a novel that is coming to her through Spirit. Tonya works with endangered species Medicines of the Green Nation and maintains a Medicine Walk open to the public to educate all those that come to her land named through Spirit as Medicine Creek in California. She shared that she is channeling with the grandmothers from the other side.  It is now a call to power because the Grandmothers are speaking. 

We are setting up a Net of Light and women are gathering.  We send out this light to protect the water especially after what has happened in the Gulf of Mexico with the gushing oil from the Gulf floor.  We need to take inner silent time to communicate with the spirits.  Women need talking circles and water blessings to connect with the power beyond us. 

Grandmother Whitedeer has presented a letter to the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers in Sedona. Now there are 73 circles all over the world.  There was a World Prayer Day for the Water on May 18. There is a paradigm shift that is happening because we are gathering in prayer and ceremony to honor the water. We use prayers and ceremonies to reach higher consciousness.  Grandmother Whitedeer stated that we don’t concentrate on the negative. We gather to pray for Mother Earth’s blood which is the water. She asks that you visit the Water Blessings Web site and she will guide newcomers with information on how to do a Water Ceremony.   

On July 11, 2010 – the Star Nation is coming to help those who carry the light.  There will be a meteor shower at sunset. At sunset we are being asked to hold up our arms to the heavens as we face west. Don’t interpret messages.  Just keep an open heart. Star Beings where once on Earth.  Open our hearts and we will receive what is sent down. I am a Lighter Bearer. All of us are made of water.  Dr. Masaru Emoto states that humans are 70 percent water.  Grandmother Aggie (I believe this may be Agnes Baker Pilgrim) stated to Grandmother Whitedeer that when we bless the water we are blessing ourselves because we are mostly water. 

The Sisters of the Planetary Water Rites is a joint effort and we stand between heaven and earth. Animals are forming circles and they are coming to us to let us know that the time is upon us. We are being invited to communicate with nature and the Green Nation (the plants and trees), the winged ones (birds, butterflies, bees and other insects) and the finned relatives being the dolphins and other water creatures are right with us.  Visit www.waterblessings.org to learn more about Water Ceremonies and where you can join a group already participating in this Calling. 

PHOTO NOTE:  In 2008, my dog Tia nd I used to swim in crystal clear Silver Lake. In 2010 the lake shore is becoming choked with weeds and it is withdrawing from the shore as the water table goes down possibly due to climate change. Also building more houses on the lake is polluting the water with soap suds.  Loons used to live in this lake. I pray they still have a home here. I send up my prayer offerings for the winged ones and the water here at Silver Lake where I had many a happy wild encounter.

World Prayer Wave for Gulf Oil Spill Each Day at 12 Noon

The GLOBAL PRAYER WAVE
for the Gulf of Mexico
The Global Prayer Wave has been set up to help create a global presence and focus on the oil spill that is occurring in the Gulf Of Mexico.The Prayer Wave occurs daily at 12PM your local time and calls people to focus their love, intentions & prayers daily on creating sustainable solutions and healing for the Oil Spill that has & is occuring, for the Ocean, for Mother Earth and for all of life affected. The One Song Project is grateful to unite with The Global Prayer Wave for this years One Song!Join us and send your love and prayers to assist and heal our Living Planet!

Daily 12PM – Your local time – where ever you are!
Pray | Meditate | Intend

For more information about GPW:
www.theglobalprayerwave.com

Thank you for taking a moment to read this newsletter.
From all of us in the OSP Circle, we are deeply grateful for your
participation & Presence in this years One Song Project.
We look forward to Singing with you on June 19th, 20th & 21st.In Gratitude & One Song


The One Song Circle
www.onesongproject.com
 (Listen to chant here)
OMA KA OM 

 

Chief Golden Light Eagle of the Galactic Federation of Light speaks

This YouTube video is being shared with us via Tonya Whitedeer so that people around the world will open their eyes and pray for all our relatives who need our help, especially with what is happening to the air and water. Please watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voFj5YgxcuY and join us tomorrow June 6 – World Prayer Day.  Let us remember that it is Mother Earth who supports our lives and she needs our help.

Let us cast a net of light to encircle the oil spill and make it unthreatening for all our relatives who are in harm’s way.

Miigwetch

Message from Tonya Whitedeer Water Ceremony June 5

sand star
sand star

  In Response to the Oil Spilling into the Gulf of Mexico ~

[Work on the Spirit Level DOES Help]
Drum, Rattle, Didj, Dance, Song, Flute, Ocean Healing Ceremony 
on Saturday, June 5th, 6PM
Golden Gardens 
8499 Seaview Place Northwest, Seattle, WA
RAIN OR SHINE
{{look for drummers in the section of the beach near the park entrance}}
Come to Golden Gardens RAIN OR SHINE with your noise makers and ecstatic bodies to send loving energy to the oceans and all our sisters and brothers that live there.

We will form a circle at 6PM and drum at length until we feel done. We could be there into the night. The more people that come, the larger the circle and power of healing there will be. YOU ARE THE CIRCLE. Please come if you can!

THOUGH OUR EXPRESSION IS UNGUIDED OUR FOCUS AND INTENT WILL BE ONE:

– Healing for the Ocean People 
– Acknowledgment of our Human selves in part responsibility for the Oil Spills in the Gulf of Mexico
– Acknowledgment and reinforcement of our own Divinity in our place of the great web.

This is a devotional activity. This is a healing circle of giving as well as receiving for it is in both gratitude and love that the healing energies can flow. Feel free to hold your own meditations with your friends at your end of the circle. All expressions: joy, grief, sorrow, love, determination, welcome.

PLEASE POST TO ALL YOUR NETWORKS!!!!

 

 

 

WOMEN’S WORLD PRAYER DAY FOR WATER MAY 18

 
 
 

Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wisconsin, USA
Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wisconsin, USA

Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer sent this message:  

  

Please join us in our efforts to unify en masse to help our precious waters through prayer and ceremony.  Let us know how you would like to help. No matter how small of a circle or community, any effort will make a difference when we all work together! The Circles of Empowerment will be actively participating in this event. We are tasked with developing ceremonies in all of our Central Coast Communities. So if you would like to represent your community’s beach, lake, creek … gather together your circles for a prayer ceremony on the shore. Our goal is to have as many Blessing Ceremonies [Nibi Wabo] as possible in our area from Cambria to Santa Barbara.

Join us. Gather a vessel of water in a sacred place in your home and pray with it, put crystals in it, give it good intentions. Bring it to the ceremony and we will marry all our waters and pour it into the Grandmother Ocean! Feel free to contact Grandmother T. Water Sister Tonya on representing your area at waterblessings@msn.com

Time and Place:
We will be gathering from noon to 1 pm at the end of Grand Ave. in Grover Beach [CA], just off the parking lot on the right.  Adjust your time accordingly by your time zone.

 

Memengwaa Ikway suggests that you carry your home water to a free flowing water source near you be it creek, stream, pond, bay, lake or ocean.  We are all uniting our love and respect for Mother water. 

 

Be happy insectamonarca friends where ever you live,
Memengwaa Ikway (Butterfly Woman) 

 

 

 

WATER MEDITATION Sunday May 9 for PLANETARY WATER SISTERS

Tonya Whitedeer of the Sisters of the Planetary Water Rites in California sent the following excerpted email:

Pure Shell Lake in Shell Lake, Wisconsin
Pure Shell Lake in Shell Lake, Wisconsin

  I wish I was not writing to tell you that the Gulf of Mexico is experiencing an epic oil spill.  I wish we were not witnessing what may become the largest oil spill in US history.  I am asking for your help.  I am calling for a group meditation on Sunday evening.  (Of course…any time you love water…whether today or tomorrow or Sunday…it will make a difference…so join when you can.)

I am calling for a miracle.  Let’s join in a meditation to cap the oil leak Sunday night at 5:00 p.m. Pacific & AZ time. I feel that this oil spill has served to wake us up.  Maybe this will allow us to refocus, and find a better solution to meet our energy needs.  For that awakening, we give thanks.  Our hearts open to the families who have experienced loss, and trauma.  Our hearts embrace all life in the area affected; people, wildlife, flora and water.

Shell Lake and diminishing water table due in part to Climate Change
Shell Lake and diminishing water table due in part to Climate Change

  Grandmother and water sister Tonya Whitedeer says, “Invite the Spirit of Water to be fully present and enlivened and one with the Spirit of the Gulf of Mexico.”  Turn your thoughts and prayers towards purity of water and to cap the oil leak Sunday evening 5 p.m. Pacific & AZ time, 6 p.m. Mountain time, Central standard time 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern standard time.  Let’s stand in solidarity and prayer for five minutes and give our healing energy to water.  Tell the water that you love her and are doing your part to protect her insectamonarca friends where ever you live.

Blessings,
Memengwaa Ikway