All life cycles go through the Medicine Wheel quadrants
Each life is Spirit's 'Medicine' to experience the process of Life
Physical life is ‘on loan’
Internal and external change are intrinsic
We’re born into Mother Earth’s life cycle
Over which we have no control
More potent than our combined selves
Her biological clock goes through each Medicine Wheel quadrant
Each of her centuries are different
The above Medicine Wheel diagram was my first trusted life-long learning tool. Other resources helped me too, like this historical time line. Its about Native Americans and helps with a societal time-frame for reference. Here’s a book that is rich with historical information, both contemporary and ancient.
We arrive from our Spirit world pre-programed for involuntary natural change throughout our entire life cycle.
For a visual example of internally directed external change take a look at the video clip below. It takes you through an entire Life span and you quickly see a lifetime of changes.
A Sidebar of information for you: I’m a First Nations woman, grandma and senior citizen. My experiences afford me miniscule droplets of understandings that are readily available, I understand, to everyone. Examining my external influences led me to so much more…. Having said that, let’s continue…
First of all you may or may not know from your own life cycle experiences that relentless external change happens around us. We’re influenced by external change from the second of conception. The external environment and changes effect how bodies develop.
When we enter this world (one of many dimensions as some folks like to say), we’re impacted first by our family (when we have one). Life’s spiritual and emotional effects have already visited all adults, they're are felt by children and others around them. For instance parents are inadvertently trained and influenced by their own caregivers (be they parents, extended family, adopted families or institutions), community, country and century. Each generation experiences it’s own unique brand of global change.
As to Native American life-cycles, the depth scope and intensity of social change is merciless. For instance, the ‘Residential School Syndrome’ still influences our fifth to seventh generations in the U.S. and First Nations in Canada. How? To start with mere segments, usually negative, of our social and economic tapestry is visible. Under that and what’s not generally understood are the generations of spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental abuse that continue to take a toll on individuals and communities.
In the recent past public awareness has begun. It’s common for awareness to come at great personal cost exactly like that of Kevin E. Annett, a truly spiritual Being. He’s a recent hero and an excellent example:
Once in a while when conscience is stoked, there’s no turning back. Take a look:
This is Kevin E. Annett’s book of perspective, clarity and insight:
Over the years, more academics share their awareness to our experience with the general public. Here’s an example, take a look.
For the first time even CBC takes an interest. It aired a documentary called "The 8th Fire. A 500 year old relationship...coming out of conflict, colonialism and denial."
The 8th Fire is a documentary about First Nations history and experience. A young speaker suggests abandoning the ‘Indian Act.’ That's not something many of the rest of us agree with! Lots of us believe that Canada’s own laws need to be enforced.
If you ever wondered how the 'Indian Act' got its name, here's a tidbit of info for you just in case you don't know…
Spain funded an Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus to search for a trade passage to India. He got lost and wound up on Turtle Island (North America) and wrongly assumed that he was in the country of India. That's how the 'Indian Act,' got its legal name. In my humble opinion that Statute can be renamed ‘First Nations Protection Act,’ that may demonstrate ‘Good Will’ to our people and to the rest of our world when we get to make the Drafts.
There is much more however about our collision of experiences and ensuing laws. It took me a while to figure out how and where to start to gain seminal understanding of the cultural, legal and life cycle changes we were and are subjected to.
Certainty arrived to me only when I found the Medicine Wheel and spiritual ceremony; they became my trusted anchors. Without tried, trusted, believable and demonstrated spiritual tools as learning anchors its easy to stay lost and confused. From there my journey into my history started with research for my X’aisla (also spelled 'Haisla') family and community history. It didn't take long to realize that everything about our history was upside down and wrong: where doesn’t this happen? I’ll refer to these books from Amazon that help to bring a tad of broad understanding to our social fabric. This insightful book is about the concept of Being Wrong:
This one is a good frame of reference.
Here’s a Kindle Edition for you: Kevin Annett. Unrepentant: Disrobing the Emperor
This one is revelatory too, The Truth Commission: Hidden from History:
The generational effects of history is personal for sure, frightful and crazy-making: No scary movies needed! Are you wondering if its global? Aren’t all Life cycles? In our experience five to seven generations of Native American life cycles are affected by legal framework that was set up in the eighteenth century with the Royal Proclamation of October 7, 1763; and the 1867 British North America Act; and continues into the twenty-first century with Section 35 6.3.2 c, of the 1982 Canadian Constitution Act that enshrines Aboriginal Rights.
As you can see the legal framework is in place, although with the contentious word ‘existing.’
I've lived long enough to witness actual positive global support to Hope for a protected and safe future for First Nations. It seems possible...And from our contentious experience it’s more than safe to say that: 'The proof is in the pudding,' as my Samoan chum J. Logan from New Zealand is fond of saying. Samoans suffered an identical magnitude of 'interruption,' to put it delicately, to their life cycles, spiritual lives, ceremonies, language and culture, children and communities, lands and resources and laws too.
Thriving First Nation's?
Is it possible at this time in our history together for Native Americans and First Nations to at least begin to thrive? The sheer volume and diversity of authors writing about us is great! To all you academics who write for our cause, thank you! Check out these authors.
This book is about Indigenous Peoples and the Nations-State: Fourth world Politics in Canada, Australia and Norway.
Vine Deloria Jr., my first hero.
Residential School Syndrome
Like all surviving First Nations in Canada and Native Americans in the U.S., both my parents miraculously survived Residential School, with life-long effects. It took lots of research on my part to find the prevailing attitudes that allowed what happened to my parents and generations before them, to happen. And to be so well hidden. Check out this author:
As a young divorcee, I was in the University of B.C.’s ‘Pilot Project’ for enrollment of First Nations in the First Nations House of Learning where I met Roz Ing, an inspiring Saskatchewan powerhouse of a super-woman. Her Thesis on the ‘Residential School Syndrome’ sparked and directed my thoughts to the political, economic, social, legal, psychological, lands and resources, monetary and generational effects of the Residential Schools on our people. Her insightful Doctoral paints a clear broad picture of the profound life cycle changes to generations of our people.
I thought about my life cycle and wound up with even more questions that I examine to this day. Do you ever feel like the more you learn the less you know? That’s how it’s been for me. This author finds the sources of much of the abuse, alcoholism, and suicide among Native Americans today.
Here’s a practical guide for learning about and working with the Medicine Wheel.
This is a comprehensive compilation of books that offers practical, step-by-step instruction for much sacred knowledge
I hope you enjoyed this page and found it helpful. I share information that I would have found useful when I first started…