Ancient Ceremonies & The Importance of Adoption

By Ghost Dancer

For every problem, every situation, every need there is a ceremony for that. Just most people have no clue anymore; so much has been lost to all the people. By destroying the elders, holy people – which was the goal of the government – and outlawing the very practice of our traditional beliefs and practices, even those that seek have lost the true meanings and understandings of these ways. Many traditions I have been taught by elders. But most of the ancient, ancient things I have been shown have come by fasting and vision quests – spirit walking or dream walking into the spirit world – and asking for guidance and help to learn so much more and help bring back what has been lost, not only the ways of my people but of all native peoples. I also go there to learn the ancient languages and songs as they are actually done.

 I will always be seeking to learn more and bring back more for each and every tribe.  This could be done by so many, but most don’t want to push themselves through the sacrifice of no food or water and staying in constant  prayer.  There are no short cuts to learning these ancient lost ways,  but the effort is all worth it, and each ceremony, song, or language is so special and so important.

If more people would adopt someone, there would be no child or person left behind. There would be no elder left without someone being there for them. There would be no lonely adolescents or young adults, and there wouldn’t be middle-aged folks who don’t have someone to listen and counsel them as before and now as well.

Many times we lose those who have guided us, or we have needed in our lives to help us each day, or we choose to stray away from them. We all need to feel the love of belonging and having those we can turn to for anything. If we need help in cleaning up something, repairing something,  learning something or just to sit and listen. The Hunka ceremony helps in all these areas from the oldest to the youngest. We each help the other or others. We all have something to offer that someone may need or does need. Our love, our time, our knowledge or skills, or just our acceptance.

As any parent who  truly sees the child knows, children have a habit of having their own minds and desires, and some will rebel on you if you push them. I’m speaking from a personal  perspective. I was born to rebel! Ask my mom, she will tell you that quickly. So was she a born rebel!  No one likes to be forced into something or told that what they want is not possible. No one, especially a child, likes to be told you don’t have the time or that you have more important things to do. When saying these things, you hurt the child’s or adolescent’s heart. We all need that special attention that helps us become more than we thought possible. This was the ancestors’ thought and purpose behind the Hunka ceremony, and every tribe has this type of ceremony.

Now I ask, how many of you can help someone? How many of you need help? Your knowledge, skills, love, and time can help make a difference in someone’s life. It is up to you to do what is right by your heart and conscience.

 Aho, Ghost

Published by Edna Peirce Dixon

I am an elder in my 9th decade. I have lived an ordinary life, I’ve done all the ordinary and expected things, went to school, got married, raised a family, tried to be a good person. Throughout this life I have also been a seeker, an outsider by nature, always looking through cracks in the fences of life, questioning, challenging, learning, trying to make sense of the world and its conventions. Then in my golden years, as I sought to find meaning in my existence, some unexpected things happened and I’ve since learned it took a lifetime to prepare me for the challenge to come. My journey – indeed my calling - led me to come to know a remarkable man who happened to be an inmate in federal prison. Nothing could have been more foreign to my personal experience. GHOST DANCER Communicating daily for nearly nine years I had the opportunity to walk many paths with Ghost discussing our thoughts on many common interests with candor and respect. With enormous generosity Ghost has allowed me to share his wisdom and knowledge of his Native American heritage on Journeys of the Spirit. Over time, Ghost gradually revealed his life story in small bits, like scrambled pieces of some gigantic puzzle. Now, after spending more than 40 years in prison, Ghost Dancer is at last free and ready to tell his amazing personal story. As the saying goes, “you can’t make this stuff up” and as his friend and editor I can say this is a story so big that even after working with him for nearly nine years, I continue to be astonished as he shares new details my mind simply could never imagine. From the very first chapter, Ghost leads us on his journey and invites us to walk with him on his Nene Cate (Red Road). From the day he was born, a happy, loving gifted child, he endured heartbreaking sorrows, betrayals and exploitations. Through it all, Ghost fought a system determined to destroy him by any means, as he struggled to remain true to his calling. Through Ghost Dancer I also met and came to know Walks On The Grass, another federal prisoner whose story is also compelling even though very different. In Journeys of the Spirit, Walks has shared his decades-long journey from deep addiction to wholeness in LONG ROAD HOME and shared other bits of his story in ALONG THE WAY. Now as he approaches his August release into this crazy world of 2022 Walks shares his the thoughts and misgivings as he counts down to the big day in LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE.

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