The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers’ Gathering, Lame Deer, Montana, July 26-29, 2012

During this Mercury Retrograde period my wife and I attended the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers’ Gathering in Lame Deer, Montana. Many miracles happened there. The Grandmothers are truly amazing, full of humility and compassion. The Gathering was hosted by Grandmother Margaret Behan, who lives in Lame Deer. She chose “Gratitude brings freedom” as the theme of the Gathering.

The most noteworthy thing was when the great great great niece of General George Armstrong Custer appeared unexpectedly at the Gathering. Before she was allowed to speak she was duly vetted by competent elders there. She then proceeded to make a simple, humble, formal apology to the Northern Cheyenne Nation for the deeds of her relative. It was truly historical, standing as we were on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation grounds. The “Custer Battlefield” is just a few miles from Lame Deer, where we held the Gathering.

There were also riders who re-enacted the journey of the Northern Cheyenne people from Oklahoma back to Lame Deer, Montana. The riders took the horses onto the Ceremonial Grounds at Bear Butte, South Dakota, when they passed that way. Horses had not been in that place since the 1950’s. At the end of the journey the riders brought the horses into the Pow Wow Grounds where we were holding the Gathering.

There were also people at the Gathering who brought wolves to be a part of the Ceremony. Wolves are very special to the Cheyenne People. They have been extinct there for a long time. It was wonderful to see them return. They met the horses and came into the arena with them.

Many prayers and talks were given by the Grandmothers. It was a magical time.

As with all Gatherings, Mary Ellen and I held a Chocolate Cult induction ceremony. A good time was had by all, and lots of chocolate was consumed!

Mitakuye Oyasin             Namaste                 Pax Vobiscum

Clay and Mary Ellen

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