I am enrolled in the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Nation and I was in foster care for a few years. I was told that Native American people who were adopted or went through foster care were considered “Lost Birds.” A longtime mentor brought me to a special ceremony called the Wiping Away the Tears ceremony at Indian Summer Festival during September 2002. The ceremony was part of that Indian Summer Festival’s theme “Coming Home,” which extended honor and healing to Indian adoptees and Indians that were in foster homes. Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe performed the “Wiping Away the Tears” describes the special emphasis the “Wablenica Ceremony”, prayer and pipe ceremony, American Indian adoptees and foster care children are welcomed back to Native culture and their spiritual home. This ceremony also helped families who were separated by adoption or foster care begin the reconciliation process. The Wiping of Tears Ceremony to heal the grief caused by the years of separation from their families and communities. The entire ceremony for all of us Lost Birds in a circle praying and singing together. I hope, if you haven’t had a chance to participate in one, that you have the opportunity to participate in such a ceremony, it’s been very healing and life altering experience for me.
Wenona Morning Star Gardner Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Nation
I went out to go on my Culinary Artist Date at a new local restaurant that just opened that week. While there, I was watching part of the movie RV with Robin Williams on the TV over head. My chicken sandwich was tasty with seasonings, greens, tomatoes, and mayo. I enjoyed the tangy taste of the potato salad. I sampled some cheese curds with rich creamy ranch dressing while sipping lemonade. I also had some ice cream covered with peaches. Overall, it was very satisfying meal at a good price. Rain had been down pouring just outside as I ate my meal. I knew that by the way the sun came shining that there was a good chance that there would be a rainbow. Sure enough as I stepped out of the restaurant I spotted the rainbow in the sky. I made sure to snap the picture. I am always emotionally moved by seeing a rainbow. I feel like I receive many blessings when I see a rainbow.
My Morning Pages I managed to write two out of seven days. Lately, I have been feeling extremely overwhelmed by all the projects and responsibilities I have. It makes it more challenging for me to do everything when I feel tired. I later found out I was sick with swollen tonsils. I had to spend time taking care of my health.
I managed to walk two walks of 20 minutes this past week. I made some changes to drink more water. I have been doing my best to keep tracking my food and water intake in my cell phone.
I reached 40,004 words in my Memoirs during Camp NaNoWriMo. Looking at the last two weeks of Camp NaNoWriMo. I ordered a Camp NaNoWriMo t-shirt on August 6, 2012 and I am still waiting to receive it. I wonder when I will receive it?
I wrote four days out of seven days in my Morning Pages this past week. This is my week 11 check in and I am eager to complete my journey.
For my Artist’s Date I went to the Bead and Button Show. This is my second time going to this particular show. First time I went was three years ago and I was overwhelmed by the size. I previously spent all day and only managed to get through half the show. This time I was aware of the enormity of the event so I decided to take a more leisurely approach. This time I was much more interested in talking to the people around me and looking for opportunities to take some pictures of some work that caught my eye. The two pictures above were the favorites I saw and took pictures at this year’s Bead and Button show. I collected some business cards and I had a nice conversation with a woman who came to the show from Chicago for the first time. I found the food to be very expensive. I spent $14.75 for a cheeseburger, garlic Parmesan fries and a large RC Cola. Good thing though that I had a ride for a $1 and free admission ticket for the show. Might plan to eat a larger meal before I go to the show next time. Overall though it was good to get out to Milwaukee for a nice trip. I love looking at the sparkle of beads.
After the Bead and Button Show I went to Marasco’s Craft King Brookfield, Wisconsin. It was an old fashioned craft store but the prices were really good. I picked up some purple pony beads for a beaded medallion I want to make. I noticed this little bear at the store and snapped a picture.
I spent over an hour walking around the Bead and Button show for my walk. Later I was exhausted and took a nap.
Issue of recovery is while I am grateful for almost being done with my journey in Walking in This World, I am sad that my journey with such wonderful people is ending soon. I really enjoyed the mix of people in my online and face to face Walking in This World journeys. I hope we continue to keep in contact.