Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mitakuye Oyasin ~ We Are All Related

Mitakuye Oyasin is a Lakota phrase used in refrains and prayers, meaning "we are all related"...
Pronounced  "Metockwe ozsin"
For years, I practiced Lakota Sioux traditions with an organization in New Jersey.  The group now resides in upstate New York.  I am grateful for the time spent honoring the Lakota.
My husband had been gifted several Lakota artifacts, from his grandmother. The pieces were given to Mike's grandfather, William, by a Lakota, after William saved his life in the 1800's.  
KC Willis is a fabric artist, that now dedicates her time to the Lakota living on the
  Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
In a $14 priority mail flat rate box, you can send a bit of  "warmth and caring" to the Lakota people.  I had read that a grandmother of 11, needed socks for her grandchildren. We had fun today gathering socks and toiletries to send to Judy Left Hand. At the store, the check-out lady was watching Mike toss items into the cart, and she said we appeared to be having fun gathering stocking stuffers.
Yes, we are all related.
A ho mitakuye oyasin.

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