Twenty Years Ago – Thanksgiving Day, 1995

November 24, 1995 – A band of pilgrims gathered at First Encounter Beach on Cape Cod Massachsetts with Grandfather William Commanda and Frank Decontie of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, and Jose’ Lucero of the Santa Clara Pueblo. In a circle around the roaring ceremonial fire on the beach, the pilgrims vowed to begin a prayer […] Read more »

Reunion: Eagle-Quetzal-Condor

In this brief video clip, Chief Phil Lane shares his understanding of a key ancient teaching of the Americas: the reunion of the Eagle, Quetzal and Condor. Read more »

Remembering an Epic Walk for the Earth

  Nineteen years ago today – June 23, 1995 – a small band of pilgrims set out walking from the Atlantic to the Pacific on an epic journey that I have come to regard, and to write about, as the Odyssey of the 8th Fire. The saga of their journey is well worth knowing, for it […] Read more »

Spring 2014 – Falling into a Supermassive Black Hole

Note Well: A news story from The New York Times (2.18.2014) reports: “A gas cloud named G2 is about to collide with Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy…” Our galaxy, which we know as the Milky Way, is known as Hunab Ku in Mayan Cosmology. The noteworthy galactic event […] Read more »

Stunning Sunbow Illuminates Moscow

On Sunday, January 19, Valera Yangurazov, a passenger on a Moscow train, videotaped a dramatically vivid Whirling Rainbow (Sundog, or Sunbow) illuminating the sky in Russia. You can watch the short video on this page. Beholding the natural beauty of the Sunbow as I watched the video, I immediately recalled how that vivid sky sign played […] Read more »

How We Must Be to Influence the Future

The late Navajo elder Leon Secatero once told me that he saw the Wind Walkers take corn pollen in their mouths to bless their words before they spoke to him. “The elders talked about positive things, focusing on the positive to make things happen, to bring in good energy so that life will continue. They […] Read more »

Sacred Land: 400th Anniversary of 1st Treaty

“Our ancestors made this great agreement on our behalf 400 years ago. Now is the time for us to think about the people living in the next 400 years.”   – Hickory Edwards (Onondaga Nation) The Two-Row Wampum Belt. Long ago when the colonial peoples were seizing possession of the land they would come to […] Read more »

Big Doings at Big Mountain

Big Mountain montage by Jetsonorama & the “No Reservations Required” crew. For most Americans the Four Corners is just a curiosity on the map where the survey lines that define four states come together and form a classic cross: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. But for many native peoples, Four Corners is a broad […] Read more »