Dreams of the Earth – Spirit of the Pipestone Grandfathers

Grandfather Spirit Stone below the Quarries at Pipestone National Monument - Minnesota
Grandfather Spirit Stone below the Handwork Only Quarries at Pipestone National Monument – Minnesota

Thinking of the ground which we all stand upon – and the dreams of all of those who have gone before us – that we have a place to stand – to dance – to dream. This photograph was taken about 10 years ago. We joined the American Indian Movement Sun Dance which was beginning afresh on the grounds at the handwork only quarries there. We stopped to give musical offerings with the 3 Sister Stones of glacial carried granite that are there and found the dance preparations beginning. The creek which runs below these cliffs was so filled with toxic agricultural chemicals that the sweatlodge ceremonies could not use the waters.

We give thanks for the rising up of all those who know that our water is sacred – that we are one people on one earth – that are choosing to find the ways which will allow us to defend our waters, to heal our waters and to restore our waters – to find the ways of joining with truth to make the peace with our shared breathe and our shared existence. May the dreaming earth, may Idle No More, may our shared inner fires, wake us all to the work.

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