Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy NDN New Year...

There are a LOT of things going on in this world right now...but for a moment on Monday, those of us in our little longhouse in Eastern Oregon paused to give thanks for the year...to pray for the new foods and a new cycle of life coming around...it was joyous and rich.

These are two of the young women you can always find at the longhouse - those are such beautiful smiles!

As other groups and cultures celebrate the Solstices, we celebrate the New Year...it is the renewal, the time of new foods and turning our backs on the old year and the old issues.

We gathered first for a meal - for it seems we Indians eat together often - but this meal felt warm and inviting. When I got to the kitchen, there was Grandma Lonnie in her beautiful dress cooking the roots and I was so happy to see her! Leigh was also there, she's a quiet but deep woman and Trish who is somehow my new always and forever - I love her more than I can say and for reasons I can't enumerate...she's the ultimate mama and always has everyone dressed perfectly and her energy is limitless - I'm blessed to have her in the kitchen because sometimes I just really can't do it...

Grandma Lonnie made the pies beforehand

After the meal it's time for service - the singing of our beautiful songs and the longhouse dance in which we symbolize "making a path for our way" during this part we're given the opportunity to speak from our heart and this is when anything we say is SAFE.

When it's over we all shake hands and laugh raucously, hugging and smiling all around -

The next morning just felt SO NEW

5 comments:

BB said...

Dear Shawna
Such a great post,beautiful smiles,yummi pie (I love pie) and such a hear warming photo at the very end.
Just wanted to thank you for sharing for a year so much beauty,and this great blog where i find so much inspiration and strenght even if we are far,far away from each other.
I would also like to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas filled with light and love.
Merry Christmas :)
Diego a.k.a BB from Portugal

Gabrielle said...

That is such a beautiful sunset! The meal sounds delicious! What a wonderful way to end a year. Happy New Year!!

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Gabrielle

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Steve Julian said...

Great post. The rituals of Tradition are important to everyone. Individual and community traditions. Those pictures were great.

Grandma K said...

Thank you for sharing another bit of your culture!

Alice in Wonderland said...

My dear friend, thank you for sharing this, I always enjoy your posts!
Yes, we all have our different traditions, but when it comes down to it, that is what makes us us!

Happy New Year!

Big, Big Hugs!