by Steven McFadden
Grandfather Leon Secatero, 65
Headman, Canoncito Band of Navajo,
widely respected native elder,
a founder of Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth
died on Sunday, September 28, 2008.
Services were held each day, concluding Thursday, October 2, 2008 at To’hajiilee-Canoncito, NM.
I remember Grandfather Leon as a true spiritual elder — calm, wise, full of understanding and insight. When I interviewed him in 2007 about his journey among the Wind Walkers, he related a part of the story in this manner:
Leon 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 said to use song, prayer, dance to focus on positive thought, and to help us go forward on the path to the future in a good way, in a sacred way.”
“What I was shown was the way we should be, how we must be to influence the future, and also to influence all the plants, the animals, the waters, the air and the fire. It’s important. I came to a knowing that the only way you can have the power, is through the color and the light of positive thought and energy. Put all your concentration on this, not other things. Put your concentration on the positive. That’s how it’s done.”
The full story, Journey Among the Wind Walkers