Ancestors

The Circle of Knowing

I heard a story once about a child trapped in a basement. It was told to me by many different mouths over the course of a number of years. In the story, the child is shut away down there, screaming themself horse because they are […]

The Serpent’s Path

The Flowers are coming towards me carrying their trays of small pots and tiny bottles that shine like jewels. I have been waiting for this moment for my entire life, and time seems to slow as they walk across the stone floor from the door […]

A Night of Stars, A Morning Comes: Two Stories

There is a story that I have heard over and over again for so long I do not know of the first time I heard it. It is told in the winter when people gather together. It is told in the texts I studied as […]

The Place of the Legless

I am the descendant of many lines of ancestors who helped to form opposing sides of some of the most storied armed conflicts in their history. Both sides of the genocide carried out against the tribal peoples of this continent under the name of Manifest […]

What Have We Inherited? Part 2

(Image from here.) Hello again folks, I got a lot of great responses to my recent post Here. There were some great comments across multiple platforms, and today I want to dig a little bit deeper into all of that. For any human, ancestry can […]

What Have We Inherited?

(Image Credit: Here) Recently, I have been listening to John Trudell’s talks on Youtube, and they have given me quite a bit to think about. John Trudell was a Native American activist and author. I would like to share some of those thoughts with you, […]

The Great Forest Spirit

“In ancient times, the land lay covered lay covered in forests. Where, from ages long past, dwelt the spirits of the gods. Back then, man and beast lived in harmony. But as time went by, most of the great forests were destroyed…” — Princess Mononoke […]

Remembering the Ancestors on the 4th of July

As I began writing this, the crackle-sizzle and rumbling boom of pyrotechnic color displays were drowned out by firecracker gunners and flash-bang mortar fire, rattling windows and setting off car alarms. It’s as if the current, Hindenburg-esque fire show that is America isn’t enough; folks […]

Ancestral Relations

“I call on my ancestors because I must become aware of how deeply we are affected by them, even though they have changed form. In many ways their death hasn’t stopped their meddling in our world, to the point where one must wonder if they […]