Danza Mexica arrives at the Sacred Stone Camp

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By Don Grey Day

There is currently a gathering of nations of historic proportions occurring at the Camp of the Sacred Stones in Cannonball, North Dakota near the Standing Rock Reservation.  Nations from across Turtle Island have arrived to camp, pray, and resist in solidarity using non-violence against the Dakota Access Pipeline in protection of the water and mother earth.

The Danza Mexica of the Mexicanx Xicanx peoples has also been represented at the camp.  Last Friday, September 3rd in Dallas, Texas at the Energy Transfer headquarters, a protest was held as well by those in solidarity.

NOTE:  There is currently a call for danzantes and spiritual warriors to attend a danza at the Sacred Stone Camp at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

Don Grey Day, who filmed the entrada of Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli to the Sacred Stone Camp had this to share:

A delegation from Oregon had come in before them, so I was sitting there and listening to them speak. Then, during a a prayer song, I could hear a drum beat in the distance. I thought that someone was driving into camp playing their stereo loud, so I looked. Nope, I didn’t see anything, but the drum got louder so I stood up to look again because I could see cars lined up against the darkening skies after sunset. Then it hit me.. Aztecs were coming! I got my phone out, and walked into position and started recording. I could make out movement but not really see anything yet. Then various cameras were flashing as they took pics. To me, being Lakota, it looked like lightning strikes and they were dancing with a storm. It was like something sacred had entered our camp and was announcing their presence with lightning and a rhythmic thunder being. That’s when you can hear me saying, “Aztecs people..” to whoever might see the video I knew was going on Facebook. Just as the flag of their nation came into camera view, I let out a war whoop in welcoming and in honor for the dancers… It seemed to have ignited a prairie fire and it took off! Earlier in the day, we had a run in with DAPL’s private security guard with their dogs and pepper spray so tensions were high and spirits were low… Until they danced out of the darkness and into our circle to stand in Unity with the Oceti Sakowin… I am still in awe at the visuals from the video. The lighting and timing couldn’t have been any better!! It was an honor…

Here are a few clips witnessing these historic events:

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Via Don Grey  Day.  Camp of the Sacred Stones.  Cannonball, North Dakota.[/su_column]
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Via Sacred Stone Camp video: Aztec Dancers Join Sacred Stone Camp.  Camp of the Sacred Stones.  Cannonball, North Dakota.[/su_column]
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Video of protest outside Energy Transfer headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Via Bryan Parras. Danza begins at 1:12:00 and interview at 1:58:30.

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To learn more about this historic gathering of nations to protect the water and how you can help, please visit the following links:

Basic Indigenous Ethics

Macehualli Traditional Code of Conduct

This is a list of Basic Indigenous Ethics or Code of Conduct compiled from various sources.  No matter your spiritual experience or knowledge, we all need helpful reminders to keep us on track. The majority of these bullet points on manners and state of mind are from the book The Sacred Tree and random internet posts I’ve come across. You will see these to be good,  practical, and universal teachings. These Indigenous Etiquette  bullet points shed a little more light on the Circular Mentality teaching. When reading this code of conduct please reflect on how the practice  of these can affect The Four Circles.

Macehualli Telpochcalli Ethics

  • Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Who show ignorance, or conceit, and anger, remember, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that all will find right guidance.

  • Respect all things that are placed upon this earth, whether it be people, animals, land, or elements.

  • Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

  • Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will return to you.

  • No person should be made to feel “put down” by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.

  • Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

  • Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

  • Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your beliefs on others.

  • Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of elders, strangers or others to whom special respect is due.

  • Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what they are saying is worthless. Listen with your heart.

  • To serve others, to be of some use to family, community, nation or the world is one of the main purposes for which human beings have been created. Do not fill yourself with your own affairs and forget your most important task. True happiness comes only to those who dedicate their lives to the service of others.

  • Observe moderation and balance in all things.
  • Know those things that lead to your well-being, and those things that lead to your destruction.

  • Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart. Expect guidance to come in many forms; in prayer, in dreams, meditation,  in times of quiet solitude,  and in the words and deeds of wise elders and friends.

  • Touch nothing that belongs to someone else (especially sacred objects) without permission, or an understanding between you.

  • Respect the privacy of every person. Never intrude on a person’s quiet moments or personal space.

  • Never walk between or interrupt  people that are conversing

 

Content courtesy of:
mexica

Texas Indigenous History Online: Police Actions

The following links were recently shared by Tribal Chairman Juan Macias of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas as part of an event he is organizing called the Memorial Vigil for the Killing of Native People in December, which is being held from December 26-29th, 2014 across the country (virtually) originating out of Floresville, Texas.

 

“It is a moment to become aware of happenings in Texas that were considered police actions,” he adds.

 

These are a few links that can provide information on historical events around Texas.  These are just a few events that will be commemorated at the vigil this December.

 

Battle of Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

http://plainshumanities.unl.edu/encyclopedia/doc/egp.war.033

 

Battle of Blanco Canyon, Texas

http://www.cascity.com/forumhall/index.php/topic,10937.0.html

 

Battle of Yellow House Canyon, Texas

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qfy01

 

Council House Fight, Texas

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/btc01

 

Battle of Dove Creek, Texas

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/btd01

 

Battle of Pease River, Texas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pease_River

 

 

 

Curanderismo: Traditional Medicine

"Curandera" by Carmen Lomas Garza

Original post found on Coursera.

"Curandera" by Carmen Lomas Garza
“Curandera” by Carmen Lomas Garza

This free 8 week online course “will provide information on the history, traditions, rituals, herbs and remedies and video demonstrations of Curanderismo, a folk healing tradition of the Southwestern United States, Latin America and Mexico. The course will discuss the effectiveness of traditional medicine in order to meet the needs of many people, especially the uninsured.

Taught by Eliseo (Cheo) Torres of the  University of New Mexico

About the Course

This online course will provide information on the history, traditions, rituals, herbs and remedies and video demonstrations of Curanderismo, a folk healing tradition of the Southwestern United States, Latin America and Mexico.  The course will be divided up into thematic modules such as traditional plants, body cupping, traditional massage, juice therapy, energetic cleansings, laugh therapy, shawl alignments, and the traditional Mexican sweatlodge.   The course will discuss the effectiveness of traditional medicine in order to meet the needs of many people, especially the uninsured.  The thematic modules will consist of a short video with a well-known healer followed by a short quiz.

Course Format

The instructor will present a welcome video describing the course syllabus followed by a Power Point presentation on the topic of “curanderismo,” traditional/folk medicine.
Each unit will consist of a video presentation by a well-known traditional healer from Mexico, Peru and the United States and will focus on a particular theme.  The hands-on demonstrations will be followed by additional readings and discussions on effectiveness of traditional and complimentary medicine which has been revived and recently gained popularity throughout the world.  There will be a translator in the videos for two or three healers from Mexico and Peru who speak Spanish.
• 30 minute Introduction of course and weekly themes
• 20 minute lecture/demonstration videos
• Short quizzes after each video
• Homework including reading of books and articles after each module”

 

To sign up and obtain more information click here:  https://www.coursera.org/course/traditionalmedicine

The Path of Quetzalcoatl

The story of Aztlan, our peoples, indigenous science, and concepts of life as illustrated in the codices and explained by respected elder Andres Segura.  “The Path of Quetzalcoatl: Tlamatini Andres Segura presents on the tradition of the Mexica Tenochca at DQ University in 1977.”

 

via Celia Aguilar and ThinkMexican

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