Story of Nisqually Canoe Blessing
By LouAnn Squally Saturday,
July 22, 2006 6:40:04 AM
Pride means everythingUpon this day many blessings come about.
To come together with the power of the good mind.
The Youth and Elders of the Squalli-absch sit on either side of the newly finished cedar strip canoe to pray for a good journey as they travel to Squamish B.C. and then down to Muckleshoot in both canoes.
The healing for the Medicine Creek Nation has begun.
With the help of Robin whose father is Doug Davis – he worked with the youth and spoke to them about respecting our elders.
And when Isadore Tom Jr. (Dobie) spoke that respect was as it should be.
Kelly Moore, Nisqually’s Alcohol Program Director offered gifts for the elders as well as Dobie and the youth handed them out and shook hands – With a little bit of coaxing and instruction from the Creator, myself, and Robin. I am very proud of them and wish to share that thought.
And we ended it all with the Squalli-absch song which was given back to the people by an elder of the house of Slanay who has made his journey on to the spirit world. The Nisqually people are very rich to have received such a gift.
May all your journeys take you where your heart, mind, body and spirit are needed to keep your Nations strong and enrich our youth to become strong leaders in our traditions.
Additional Note: Everyone PLEASE check on your elders before you take off on tribal journeys. (Even though they try to drink lots of water, they can still get dehydration, and may need medical care.)
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