The Naturally Sacred Way Our Ancestors Danced

The Creeks and Their Dances (1) By Ghost Dancer To truly understand the history and culture of the early South-eastern Mvskoke Creek People, it is essential that we learn to respect their customs and mores exactly as they were. Nowhere are the strengths, beauty, and good-heartedness of this ancient culture more apparent than in theirContinue reading “The Naturally Sacred Way Our Ancestors Danced”

Native Rules of Respectful Behavior

Sacred Medicine Ways – Part 12 A Teaching by Ghost Dancer I would now like to speak with you on the importance of showing respect when around Native people. You may be at a powwow or visiting a reservation or someone’s home, and knowing a few key rules of respectful behavior can mean the differenceContinue reading “Native Rules of Respectful Behavior”

Moons, Ceremonials & Dances

Sacred Medicine Ways – Part 11 A Teaching by Ghost Dancer Now it is important to understand each month has its own specific moon cycle. There are 13 moon cycles per year and 28 days to a complete moon cycle. We counted time by the moon cycles. We harvested crops, planted crops, hunted, fished, gatheredContinue reading “Moons, Ceremonials & Dances”

Traditional Medicines

A Sampling of Herbal Medicines Used by Eastern Native Peoples Sacred Medicine Ways – Part 11 A Teaching by Ghost Dancer In many places today, Native peoples still practice living in harmony with nature and trust these ways before they will go for modern medical treatments because they actually work. So for those of usContinue reading “Traditional Medicines”

Going to Water

Sacred Medicine Ways – Part 10 A Teaching by Ghost Dancer In the old days and even back to the ancient times of the mounds, our ancestors had a Sunrise Ceremony. This was our traditional way of renewing our birth connection to our Mother Earth and Grandmother Sun. When we are in our mother’s womb,Continue reading “Going to Water”

Who Am I & What Am I Doing Here?

Sacred Medicine Ways – Part 6 A Teaching by Ghost Dancer How many of us sometimes wonder what we are doing here? What is our purpose? What is it that I’m missing? Do you keep searching all kinds of different beliefs looking for something that feels right? Do you feel you are missing something reallyContinue reading “Who Am I & What Am I Doing Here?”

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”

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”

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”

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”