The power of culture rests in the traditions and protocols that have been passed down through our elders in ceremonies and intergenerational modeling. Even though a majority of Indigenous peoples have suffered and survived the atrocities of residential schools in Canada, and other parts of the world. Somehow Indigenous culture has manifested itself into our mainstream media with our youth and technology which allows us to reach the masses if the content is right. Either way it’s a good day to be Indigenous is really what’s being celebrated and shared online, as well as, the invitation and message to all other cultures is that you’re welcome into our circle anytime.
Living life circular or as they call it keeping the circle strong which basically means living with the natural flow of nature and the universe. Ideally there are many ceremonies within the Indigenous culture, for different purposes etc; for example, there is the sundance which only takes place in the summer time of solstice, the sweatlodge which is an earthy dome type lodge in which the belief is that you’re in your mothers womb again (mother earth) to purify and cleanse your spirit and to pray, Peyote ceremonies in the south are more of a substance based experiences, and for every tribe and Indigenous culture(s) across North America they each have their own special ceremony that they do.
In closing I’d like to thank and acknowledge personally all those that are sharing their beauty and essence of daily good deeds, family bonding moments, cultural healing through song and dance, the comedians and story tellers, the leaders, and the youth for their active / proactive efforts to inspire and motivate us all to make the best of this global pandemic by promoting healing of the earth and us all.
Written by: Dallas Arcand 2020 ©