this is going to be my random notes for now until i have time to put it all together...
KwiYoKoSo primarily serves O’Ki
swear oaths by the Sun
5 main "dieties"...the 4 winds (cardinal directions) & the master of these 4 winds makes 5
each of the 4 represent cardinal direction & element
represents basically everything in nature
Great Hare (above ground) slew Great Horned Serpent (underwater) upon arrival to Virginia.
A trickster. A shape-shifter. Creator of men, the earth, deer, water and fish. Michabo drives away cannibal spirits. In the House of Dawn, Michabo is host to the souls of good men, feeding them succulent fruits and fish.
sacrifice to O’Ki
no need to sacrifice to A’HoNe...good things happen simply because it exists
O’Ki = MaNiTo = WaKan = O’RenDa
KeWas (pl. KeWaSoWok) spirits in the form of man
MaCHiKoMuk = temple
Kwi’O’KaSan = mortuary, Royal Tomb = 20’ wide x 100’ long for high rank (or 18’ x 30’ for normal rank), fashioned arbor wise, oppening door towards east, spence or chauncell to the west separated from the main body of the temple w/ hollow windages / pillars, fire to the east & west of center post, carved figures
sweat lodge (several kinds)
- partially in the ground w/ opening going above ground. semi-dome shaped
- completely underground w/ ladder
~ hot rocks
~ burned sage, tobacco, etc...
~ "ointment" rubbed over skin to increase sweating
"Grandmother." The Sacred Earth Mother. Nokomis nurtures all living things.
XXXX was created as a nonprofit for the distinct purpose of building a public foundation of support to secure and protect the religious rights and spiritual needs of American Indians.
Prior to the creation of XXXX there did not exist one base of support that focused primarily on the situation of American Indians. At best, organizations that did exist, and continue to, were more concerned with the problems encountered by tribes in the area, of, for example, land and water rights disputes with the federal government, tribal recognition claims, and so on. Basically, areas of concern that affected tribal sovereignty.
As such, the need for an organization like XXXX became a necessity, based on the principle that, with an ever increasing rate of incarceration among people from "Indian Country", these individuals were essentially being cut off fom the benefits of tribal association. An association that, by inherent disposition, evolved and centered upon culture and tradition which, among Indian people is, for the most part, consistent with a tribe's religious beliefs and practices.
It was, with this concern in mind, that XXXX came into being. Not only for the purpose of ensuring that imprisoned Native Americans were being granted access to practice their religious beliefs within the prison setting, but able to retain a sense of communication and kinship with their tribe. In addition, to help build a stronger sense of responsibility and service for returning to their community as productive law-abiding citizens.
it is, about becoming a better person. For self. For family. For community.
to uphold religious freedom under the U.S. Constitution, while building and strengthening the Indian Community as a whole.