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Saturday, October 7, 2017

The lore of the Lakota

Traveling today in the land of the Lakota where my novel is set, and am reminded of the legend of White Buffalo Calf Woman – a key figure in the lore of The Lakota, who play an integral role in my story And The Wind Whispered.

White Buffalo Calf Woman tells us to spread our voices on the wind, follow our visions, and never give up on the light within; to shed any darkness in and around our lives, and join together to help one another.  And, as the youngest Sister of all the Grandmothers -- of earth, wind and sky -- White Buffalo Calf Woman reminds us to remember and be mentors to the young.                                    
                White Buffalo Calf Woman taught the mysteries of the earth and the pathways to follow while living upon it.   The earth, she said, is the hoop of the people.  For Saturday’s Poem, from the lore of White Buffalo Calf Woman, here is,

       The Hoop of the People
“When one sits in the Hoop of The People,
one must be responsible because
all of Creation is related.
The hurt of one is the hurt of all.
The honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do affects everything in the Universe.”

White Buffalo Calf Woman gazed
   Out upon The People as she spoke.

“If you do it that way - that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One - whatever you ask for,
that's the way it's going to be.”

Then she faded into the night sky,
And the wind whispered.

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