Friday, February 6, 2009
Pipe Ceremony - Honoring of the Ancestors
Mitkuyapi, Tehanshi Jimmy Anderson, the historian and cultural chair of the Mendota Dakota, B'dote, Mde wakantunwan Dakota Oyate shared the history of the concentration camp here, below the Ft. He is holding his new daughter in a blanket and joined by author and historian Bruce Anderson. I estimate 30- 40 souls joined in the prayer circle to sing and honor the ancestors who suffered here. The channupa, peace prayer pipe that Jimmy carries for the people was filled in a good way to traditional Dakota drumming and singing, and it was passed around the circle for the prayers to be released to the Creator.