Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Prophecy of "the seventh generation"

This is a beautiful story and I wanted to share it here. From the linked article:
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"There is a prophecy among Native tribes called 'the seventh generation,' which speaks of a time thought to be seven generations after first contact with Europeans, when indigenous youth and allies from all races come together to enact a new age of healing and rebirth for Native people and Turtle Island.

"Lakota leader Crazy Horse spoke of his vision of that prophecy with the following words:
'Upon suffering beyond suffering, the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom.'"
What's going on in North Dakota is more significant than we even know, perhaps more significant than those who started this movement even knew. Now it's becoming clear that this is the beginning of the fulfillment of that prophecy.

Our task as European Americans, descendants of the conquerors or beneficiaries of the conquest, is a humble one: to step back from our role as cultural leaders or "determiners," as architects of this western economic/consumer paradigm, and to come to those of Crazy Horse's people, the descendants from and inheritors of the legacy of genocide, the legacy of those who severed the connections between the human and Turtle Island - and ask for this wisdom.

They are repairing the breach. They are showing us again how to live here.

Read the whole story at this link:  

'We opened eyes': at Standing Rock, my fellow Native Americans make history


Photo: LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard

Posted by Margaret Swedish

 

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