Monday, June 7, 2010
Grey Wolf and The Beads
Grandfather calls . We must walk the path .At the bend, Grey Wolf waits . I can hear the drums in the distance . In silence the three of us walk ... Our steps match the drum beat . We emerge from the woods to a clearing leading to the cliffs . I hear the cadence of drum and crashing waves below .
Grandfather takes my hand , and places it on the open hand of Grey Wolf . He chants softly, and is gone .
Grey Wolf smiles down at me . His eyes are like deep pools reflecting the soft moon light . His voice is gentle and strong . He speaks : " Though you do not remember , we often meet here to give honor and thanks to our people - Past and Present . Long ago , when you walked free of foot coverings, you would dance in sunlight, and in rain .Pointing to the upper part of his left arm , he asked , " Do you remember this band ? " It was a band of Beads...Blue , green yellow and red sewn into a strip of deer-skin. He spoke , "During one of your early winters, you made this for me . When the ice melted and i was to leave for the hunt , you made this for me . When the ice melted and i was to leave for the hunt , you followed me to the rivers edge .
I lifted you into my arms. You placed this band around my arm , and with your mothers help , you tied it securely . I saw tears in your eyes , and felt your body tremble as you hugged me . I placed you in your mothers arms, and left. This band remains as you placed it so long ago .I asked you then what the colors , ( you had chosen ) meant . You quickly explained : Blue - father Sky ; Green -The Grasses ;Yellow -Brother Moon ; Red -Sister Sun
Then you said , " Mother Ocean gives us the colors. She is pleased when we use these gifts to honor her . " Your Mother taught you well . Her knowledge was from Mother Ocean . My knowledge was of the deep woods and it's great mysteries . You were content to walk the path with me ; and , no less, to walk the waters with your mother .
He smiled , " It is time to go . I will come for you again , Little One . He placed his hand on my shoulder . Instantly, I am at the bend of the path , and Grey Wolf walks me to the clearing . I want to pat his head , but his eyes say , " No ", and then he walks back into the woods .