Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanksgiving Prayer

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.

We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.

We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.

We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.

We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a
beneficent eye.

Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.

Iroquois Prayer, adapted

Teaching our children

It saddens my heart to realize how many of elders are not being taken care of properly, it saddens my heart that there are not many elders that live in our old ways.

It is rare to be able to walk into a sparse home with wood burning in the stove and fragrant herbs drying from the rafters. The peaceful feeling of being surrounded by those things taken directly from the earth with gratitude creates an atmosphere of complete comfort and abundance in all things.  

 To all of those folks who are relearning our old ways and teaching them to the young ones I wish you many miraculous blessings, and tons of love. You are a rare gem of enlightenment and encouragement, thank you for letting your light shine. ~Kat

GRANDFATHER’S PRAYER FOR TODAY.
My Creator, when we pray we invariably ask you to give us something. Today I pray that I will have the wisdom to give something back.

For generations us humans have assumed we have the right to receive something if we ask for it. Even the Bible says, “Ask and you will receive”. Do we really know what these words mean? To many it can mean having a personal wish list that we can present to the Creator, assuming at some point he will look at with favour. I think it goes beyond personal wishes. Maybe it really means asking to receive the wisdom and understanding to know how to bring comfort, peace, wisdom and understanding in everything we do to ourselves, others and how it will benefit the whole.
This idea of asking and not giving back has led to disappointments and has led to us being more and more a race of takers and users, creating separation and disharmony. We just have to look at how we have used and taken from our dear Mother Earth.
We can do no better than learn from the old ones, in particular the role the Creator gave to the original peoples of the Americas.
A long time ago the Creator came to Turtle Island and said to the Red People – “You will be the keepers of the Mother Earth. Among you I will give the wisdom about nature, about the interconnectedness of all things, about balance and about living in harmony. You Red People will see the secrets of nature. You will live in hardship and the blessing of this is you will stay close to the Creator. The day will come when you will need to share the secrets with the other people of the earth because they will stray from their spiritual ways. The time to start sharing is today.”

Are we ready to give something back today!

UN FINALLY Recognizes Indigenous Peoples

This is very good news!!! Thank the Creator, it’s about time! ~Kat

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=23794&Cr=indigenous&Cr1

United Nations adopts Declaration on Rights of Indigenous
Peoples

13 September 2007 – The General Assembly today adopted a
landmark declaration outlining the rights of the world’s
estimated 370 million indigenous people and outlawing
discrimination against them – a move that followed more
than two decades of debate.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples has been approved after 143 Member States voted in
favour, 11 abstained and four – Australia, Canada, New
Zealand and the United States – voted against the text.

A non-binding text, the Declaration sets out the individual
and collective rights of indigenous peoples, as well as
their rights to culture, identity, language, employment,
health, education and other issues.

The Declaration emphasizes the rights of indigenous peoples
to maintain and strengthen their own institutions, cultures
and traditions and to pursue their development in keeping
with their own needs and aspirations.

It also prohibits discrimination against indigenous peoples
and promotes their full and effective participation in all
matters that concern them, and their right to remain
distinct and to pursue their own visions of economic and
social development.

General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa,
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for
Human Rights Louise Arbour have all welcomed today’s
adoption.

Sheikha Haya said “the importance of this document for
indigenous peoples and, more broadly, for the human rights
agenda, cannot be underestimated. By adopting the
Declaration, we are also taking another major step forward
towards the promotion and protection of human rights and
fundamental freedoms for all.”

But she warned that “even with this progress, indigenous
peoples still face marginalization, extreme poverty and
other human rights violations. They are often dragged into
conflicts and land disputes that threaten their way of life
and very survival; and, suffer from a lack of access to
health care and education.”

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban
described the Declaration’s adoption as “a historic moment
when UN Member States and indigenous peoples have
reconciled with their painful histories and are resolved to
move forward together on the path of human rights, justice
and development for all.”

He called on governments and civil society to ensure that
the Declaration’s vision becomes a reality by working to
integrate indigenous rights into their policies and
programmes.

Ms. Arbour noted that the Declaration has been “a long time
coming. But the hard work and perseverance of indigenous
peoples and their friends and supporters in the
international community has finally borne fruit in the most
comprehensive statement to date of indigenous peoples’
rights.”

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues estimates there
are more than 370 million indigenous people in some 70
countries worldwide.

Members of the Forum said earlier this year that the
Declaration creates no new rights and does not place
indigenous peoples in a special category.