In Feb 2007, When I turned 60, I hosted a give away and I had a hit to use some of the traditions of the Chinese lunar calendar too. Besides the red and yellow are so cheery as colours to my eye.
I designed this menu, and invited some 20+ guests on my 60th birthday Feb 18, 2007. My intent was to honor my mom, and invite some of her friends, including Marsha and Paul Onkka who she knew in Faribault. And share a meal a la' Julia Child. Peg was inspirational in working to learn French. in fact this week I got an acknowledgment from Alliance Francais for the gift of sets of tapes she used. So this is the lineage back to France through the Chapalier -Chappelear - Here are 11 generations that I had discerned by 2007.
Ohio As Center for The Underground Railroad with the little red lines from 1830 - 1865
Celebrating the Four Directions and Four Races of Ikci Wichasta in 2016.
As a two spirited elder, on the path of recovery now since 1981, with the death of my father. Paul Henry Weaver, I have become so grateful for the lessons and teaching from my family of origin and now my family of choice. As always, Take What fits, And Leave the rest.
During the winter, I have learned from my elders and teachers, including Lakota and Dakota elders about entering the winter cave of dream time, to renew my life and the life of others in a good to support others to walk in our centers, in the axis mundi, the center of our bodies, our hearts and lives, of "so above as below" - I just woke up here now it is just - 11 below zero and this is the cup I am drinking my pejuta sapa from .....See the four directions on the Iyokapte the cup in Dakota and the center is Wico zani. Centered health, that I aspire to share with others on my path of recovery with Creation as my teacher. Mitakuye Oyasin
I was sharing with my Thoska, nephew Bobbi Today about healing of each other through songs of prayer and connection that elders have shared with us from the South, Condor medicine with those of the North Eagle and Buffalo Medicine this morning, as we open up the doors to the new year of 2016. The 4 direction medicine wheel of the north of America and the southern medicine of the Chakana symbol he learned about as a give away on his path.
The Inka Cross a strong Symbol of the old Cultures of the AndesThe Inka Cross or Chakana is a strong symbol of the old cultures of the Andes and is considered the most complete, holy, geometric design of the Inkas. This symbol is often found in old places and holy centers in the Andes in Peru and in Bolivia. The Chakana has had, and still has, a considerable meaning to the Inkas and it also represents many meanings in its design.
One of my Tunwin "Auntie" Teachers whose daughter went to Oberlin in the 1980's, taught me to "deal with the addiction that is killing me the fastest first. And well, As a recovering adrenalin addict, I have learned to easy does it, slow town, in order to choose my words more wisely when I speak or write.
OHIO and current issues and education.
So, Recently my adopted sister, Jane , moved to take a job in the land of my ancestors, at Miami University in Oxford Ohio. Near the Indiana border between Cincy and Dayton, another red area on the map. My relatives Glessners------- (mom, Peg who attended Oberlin from 1928- 1932, and then met my father Paul Henry Weaver in Columbus in 1935, and he attended Antioch College on the Little Miami River SE of Dayton prior to transferring to OSU, where he completed his medical education in 1938.......Oberlin in the north, which is one the map below below Lake Erie, as it was a destination on the underground railroad. Interesting the Glessners, and Chases in the North and Weavers Brandts, Pauls and Eichers in the south stayed put during that era. One man's family, William Woods Chapplear b 1818 in Virginia, married 1st 03/29/1840 Muskingum Co., OH to Elizabeth Ewing Chapplear b 1823 Washington Guerney Co, Ohio, moved west to Missouri with their growing family in 1950, right when things were heating up between the values of the north and south, especially with the new states of Nebraska and Kansas and a law passed in the time of Abolitionism and folks like John Brown.
“my father in 1850 left Ohio in a covered wagon for Northwest Missouri with my mother and five small children, Col. Chappelear's father being the eldest.(Col Louis Chappelear's father was Lt Henry Stewart Chappelear, a Sgt. & 1st Lt. in Company D, l7th IL. Cavalry during the Civil War, enlisting 1st, 05/30/1862, being disabled 09/26/1862. He reenlisted 02/01/1864, and was discharged 12/14/1865.￼
The writer Mary Chappelear Ross 09/28/1928 writing to George W. Chappelear, Jr.: "I am the oldest of six sisters, all of whom were teachers. Four of us are living in this city (Los Angeles, Calif), and three of us celebrated our golden weddings."
For the Context - As a background to racial history and inequality in America's past.
"The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed by the U.S. Congress on May 30, 1854. It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. The Act served to repeal the Missouri Compromise of 1820 which prohibited slavery north of latitude 36°30´." " Congress Missouri Iowa Minnesota Kansas Nebraska. Missouri Compromise Whig party Republican party,
Above is the map I referred to of the Underground Railroad - note both by land and by sea, to Canada.