In these trade routes of the heart that we follow in our work with our precious seeds, we have the honor every year or so to pass along the shores of this magnificent body of sacred water known as Walker Lake..where the migratory loons sing the ancient memory songs of Lake Lahonton, lake of the salty tears of the ages....her watersong is so beautiful and a perfect welcoming song on our way home; we are strong of spirit and mind, and our bodies are weary from time spent inside in the city of Vegas; I long for our mountain spring water and homegrown meals and the crow of the rooster and birdsong urging us awake to make our dawn pilgrimage to our earthen house of origins. We will be home soon, after spending time here with this sacred body of water, which has cleansed and healed many traveling souls. It is my love for this land, these waters, these ancestral memories that are singing loudly that we continue to do the work on this path of indigenous resilience. As our wise brother and beloved ancestor John Trudell once said; "We are a spirit, we are a natural part of the earth, and all of our ancestors, all of our relations who have gone to the spirit world, they are here with us. That's power. They will help us. They will help us to see if we are willing to look. We are not separated from them because there's no place to go -- we stay here. This is our place: the earth. This is our mother: we will not go away from our mother. And no matter what they ever do to us, no matter how they ever strike at us, we must never become reactionary. The one thing that has always bothered me about revolution, every time I have seen the revolutionary, is they have reacted out of hatred for the oppressor. We must do this for the love of our people.
No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred against those who have no sense." - Trudell
Black Hills Survival gathering, 1980.
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