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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

CALLOUT FOR NEW YEARS DAY (JANUARY 1)


Tom was chaplain to 
Minnesota Senate

Tom Stillday in September 2008


FROM AN ELDER, TOM STILLDAY FROM PONEMAH (OBAASHIING) MINNESOTA IN THE RED RIVER NATION RESERVE (Passed October 2008)





Boozhoo,aaniin, Onagaakwe indigoo Odawamong, mikinaak indoodem.  Besho Zhigaagongindoonjibaa, besho Nizho-wiikwedong indaa.  Carol indizhinikaazzhaaganashimong.

Greetings, my name is Carol Reschke.  I am an anishinaabe woman of mixed descent; my ancestors were both settlers and native people.  I grew up in suburbs of Chicago, and I now live in Minnesota.  I am a singer, I sing backup at powwows and round dances, Itravel long distances to sing with friends.  Because many of my singing buddies are from first nations in Canada, I’ve been following the Idle No More movement closely, and during the holidays I’ve been attending several rallies and roundies.  On Dec 21 I was in Couchiching First Nation for their rally and walk to the USA border crossing in Fort Frances, Ontario.  This past week I sang at  flash mob round dances at Miller Hill Mall in Duluth MN, Walmartin Ashland WI, Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji MN, and last night at Walmart in Cloquet MN.

Below is a message I’d like to share on the Idle No More website.  The late Tom Stillday, a spiritual leader from Ponemah (Obaashiing) Minnesota in the Red Lake Nation reserve.  Tom passed away in October 2008; he relayed a message to an elder lady in a recent dream.  

PLEASE READ and SHARE:
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Mary Moose dancing at the Walmart roundy
Last night after an Idle No More flash roundy at a Walmart in Cloquet, Minnesota, we had a beautiful talking circle at the Fond du Lac reservation tribal center. 

An elder lady named Mary Moose explained to us that she hoped we understood her English, because she grew up speaking Ojibwe and Cree. 

She told us she had a dream in which she was visited by an elder who has walked on, the late Tom Stillday from Obaashiing in Red Lake Nation. She told us how in her dream Tom told her we need to help our relatives in Canada, and he suggested everyone, all anishinaabe, all indigenous people put out a spirit plate on the same day at the same time to awaken the spirits, to ask for their help. Mary relayed that we should choose a date and time, and do it every year on that same day.

So the people in the talking circle decided to do this at noon on New Year’s Day...

The instruction was that you may offer your feast food to any of the four elements: you can place the spirit plate in a water body, in a fire, in the air by hanging it in a tree, or on the earth. Mary and other elders will be speaking for the food. She asks everyone to do this, wherever you are. A facebook event has been created for this coming New Year’s Day, the event is called “ Idle No More! Anishinaabe Calling Around The World!” 
Maryand Leonard Moose

Mary also shared that she and her husband had not been aware of the Idle No More flash roundy planned that night at the Cloquet Walmart, they had stopped by to pick up a Batman DVD. 
 
Please share with everyone!

1 comment:

  1. OTE;OTE PETOTE.KA MOH KIKE KITANOW MACHEWAN KAKEO KA MOH KIKE KITANO! FIVR HUNDRED NATIONS. FIVE HUNDRED YEARS. WE SHALL REMAIN. IDLE NO MORE MICHEL BENNETT

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