THE WEATHER MAN
On a hot August Friday evening, I was honored to be part of the ground blessing at the pow wow that would take place Saturday and Sunday in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The Elder drummed as he led us around the pow wow circle and arbor. We all offered tobacco, and when we completed the circle, a woman was chosen to light the Sacred Prayer Fire. We would offer tobacco and the Elder would say a prayer and give us some words of wisdom from his many years of walking the Red Path. He approached the fire, putting tobacco in it, and we all did likewise. Then, with all of us standing in a circle, this great man was ready to speak his words of wisdom: “There – now it will not snow tonight!”
Such was the humor of Chief Little Elk, Saginaw Band of the Chippewa.
Rev. Thomas Dancing Feather Ebbing
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