Ghost Dancer’s Art

Red Cloud, Osceola & The Powwow Princess In 1994, Ghost entered some of his work in an art contest at the annual Spring Break Festival in Pensacola, Florida. They had TV crews from all over take film shots and even talked to him about his art. Then he was disqualified, they said, because the contestContinue reading “Ghost Dancer’s Art”

LONG ROAD HOME (10)

By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Chapter 10 Cat In The Forest Shortly after Walker left, about mid-week, I was asked if I would come to the next sweat and was told the brothers wanted to ask me to become a member of the circle and spiritual group there. For more than a year,Continue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (10)”

Forgiving Ourselves

Sacred Medicine Ways – Part 4 A Teaching by Ghost Dancer Now I wish to talk to each of you from my heart. We all have done things in our lives that we wish never happened or we never did. We also have regrets about things we wish we could or would have done differently.Continue reading “Forgiving Ourselves”

Understanding Native Ways of Thinking

Sacred Medicine Ways – Part 3 A Teaching by Ghost Dancer I realize most of you have never been around old Native elders who believed and practiced the old ways. The mindset that was traditional to the ancestors is totally different from today. How you ask? Well let me show you some differences because takingContinue reading “Understanding Native Ways of Thinking”

LONG ROAD HOME (8)

By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Chapter 8 Strange Blessings Prison is a strange place, you never know what’s next or who you will meet on any given day or in reality who you’re really even talking to. I know you have probably heard the saying, “there are no friends in prison.” Well, forContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (8)”

Being A Shaman

Sacred Medicine Ways – Part 2 A Teaching by Ghost Dancer Most people at some point in their lives have learned enough about tribal people to know they usually have someone amongst them with special powers referred to as a shaman or medicine man. Now many writers think they know what a shaman or medicineContinue reading “Being A Shaman”

LONG ROAD HOME (7)

Blindsided – It took me a minute to get used to them calling me the elder. I understood the implied respect and honor that it conferred, but more than that, it made me feel like I had reason and purpose, and that the Creator had finally started to use me as a tool to carry the ways on to the next generation; to help other men find a path to the life-changing religious beliefs, practices and behaviors that had given my life meaning.

LONG ROAD HOME (2A)

2005 Vice Magazine Interview – From Chapter 2: While and during all these skirmishes, somehow word got out that I was battling the federal prison administration. I was asked by a reporter for Vice magazine if I would consider doing an interview over this “struggle” and my fights as a federal prisoner in securing Native American rights while incarcerated. I did this interview in 2005.
Now the lost has been found – Transcribed from the 2005 Vice Magazine interview written by Seth Ferranti that was published online under “Native Issues.”

Southeastern Medicine Ways

Sacred Medicine Ways – Part 1 – Introduction Teachings by Ghost Dancer Most of us have a general idea of what “medicine” means in Native American terms, but understand little of the depth of how and why it is used. The traditions of our Southeastern Native ancestors’ medicine ways are intuitive and experiential. They understood,Continue reading “Southeastern Medicine Ways”

LONG ROAD HOME (6)

Things I Regret – When I think of the man I was most of my life I cringe, and more than anything I feel ashamed. I did all the cruddy things in my life with no one to blame but myself. I’ve accepted this and processed it and grown so very much these last 20 years, but at what cost? All the people I harmed or hurt thru my crimes and my drug use and my not caring about anyone but myself. Like I said in the beginning, I was born broken.