Begin the journey: Odyssey of the 8th Fire

The year 2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of a great journey that took place over the course of 8 months as a band of pilgrims guided by traditional elders of North America walked from the Atlantic to the Pacific under the sky sign of the Whirling Rainbow. To help commemorate that walk, I am creating a […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

Valiant Pilgrim Paths Will Cross in Memphis

This month a small band of women from the Ojibwe native nation is walking the land in prayer from the source of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca in the north, more than 1,200 miles in a south direction along the shore to the point where the great river spills into the sea at the […] Read more »

R.I.P. Mishomis, Grandfather William Commanda

At the UN – Grandfather Commanda (center) displays the Seven Fires Wampum Belt at The House of Mica – UN headquarters on Manhattan Island. Dear Relatives – Grandfather William Commanda died early on the morning of August 3, 2011, two days before the start of his annual gathering in Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada. He was 97 […] Read more »

Pyramids Added to True Tales of The Whirling Rainbow

Ever since writing and publishing Tales of the Whirling Rainbow as an ebook last September, I’ve been tinkering with it: improving the content, layout, and adding photographs. This January I decided to add a new chapter about the thousands of pyramids and temples in Meso-America, and the role they have in the teachings about the […] Read more »