All For the Right to Pray (22)

Part Five – Sweet Freedom Chapter 22 – Fateful Journey By Ghost Dancer In early 1995 word got to me that many of the Sun Dance chiefs, elders and teachers in Canada had been murdered by the authorities in Canada. They had planted explosives on the Sun Dance grounds and sacred ceremonial grounds so thatContinue reading “All For the Right to Pray (22)”

All For the Right to Pray (21)

Part Five – Sweet Freedom Chapter 21 – A Beautiful New Life By Ghost Dancer During these early days our two wolves came into our lives. It was a true blessing that they chose to stay with us and share their lives. One day after I came home from laying brick for 15 hours, CatContinue reading “All For the Right to Pray (21)”

All For the Right to Pray (18)

Part Four – The Spiritual Warrior Awakens Chapter 18 – When Love Stepped In By Ghost Dancer What the prison officials didn’t understand was that by keeping me in this utter isolation, they were truly allowing me to tap into my inner spirit to find the strength and power available to me. When these tacticsContinue reading “All For the Right to Pray (18)”

All For the Right to Pray (17)

Part Four – The Spiritual Warrior Awakens Chapter 17 – Eleven Years in Hell By Ghost Dancer After my return to the Alabama Department of Corrections in 1984, they tried to use loop holes in the Religious Freedom Act to deny me my religious rights once  again. I wasn’t asking for much – the rightContinue reading “All For the Right to Pray (17)”

All For the Right to Pray (15)

Part Three – The Legacy of Wounded Knee Chapter 15 – Power in the Law By Ghost Dancer Only twice have I ever been allowed to represent a case in court during a trial. Both times I won. The first was on my right to pray, wear long hair, have a pipe ceremony, and myContinue reading “All For the Right to Pray (15)”

Ghost Dancer’s Vision

Throughout his decades in state and federal prisons, honoring his cultural heritage, practicing and teaching his Native American religious beliefs has been Ghost Dancer’s strength and purpose. The spirit run and sweat lodge ceremonies are central to the mental and spiritual well-being of many traditional Native people. Being in prison did not stop Ghost fromContinue reading “Ghost Dancer’s Vision”

Extraordinary Experience

At the Sacred Grounds, Talladega Prison By Sings Many Songs (As told by Ghost Dancer) October 25, 2016 – Before the brothers entered the sweat lodge, Ghost Dancer recalls, “I was drumming and singing outside the lodge teaching the brothers and all the little winged ones came and landed on the fences surrounding the grounds.Continue reading “Extraordinary Experience”

Changes

Lessons From the Sacred Inipi(18) By Ghost Dancer Talladega Prison, March 31, 2020 – Today our ceremony was all about prayers and singing for everyone’s family members, friends, and all life that is suffering, sick or those who have passed from this Covid-19. It poured down rain on us and got us soaked for hours,Continue reading “Changes”

Difficult Times

Lessons From the Sacred Inipi(17) By Ghost Dancer Talladega Prison, March 17, 2020 Just got back from our sweat lodge ceremony. It was very, very hot and humid today. We will have our equinox ceremony on Saturday. I requested that we get it today because we have more rain expected on Saturday. With all thatContinue reading “Difficult Times”

So Little

Light In the Distance… OUTDATE – 186 Days and Counting By Steven Maisenbacher OK, I’ve been thinking. Yeah, I know that’s dangerous and I ain’t supposed to do it on my own but there is just so much to think about and so few that I wish to share the endeavor with that I sometimesContinue reading “So Little”