The Sacred Hoop

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Message by Eva Riebold

Moment of Perspective – Doris Seale and Cultural Appropriation – AJ Fox

The opening words are from Black Elk, Oglala Lakota holy man, from the book Black Elk Speaks, by John Neihardt:

Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation’s hoop.

Drum Circle #4
Composed and Performed Extemporaneously
By the First UU Choir and Friends
Permission Granted

Catalog of Indigenous Percussion
Performed by John Prescott
Used with Permission

Composed and Performed by John Prescott
In Homage to Black Elk
Flute made by Jerry Fretwell
Permission Granted

We Celebrate the Web of Life
Lyrics by: Alicia S. Carpenter, © 1990; used with the permission of The Estate of Alicia Carpenter
Music: Public Domain
Performed by Marilyn Day and Eva Riebold

The closing words are from Black Elk, as told to Joseph Epes Brown:

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which as I have often said, is within the souls of men.

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