Part 3 - Forgiving Columbus: Can a 500-year-old wound be healed?
The last part of the story of Forgiving Columbus brings us home to the Grand Mesa where a Thanksgiving celebration will focus the several hundred year-long tradition of gratitude. We will have a read around of the condensed version of the Thanksgiving Address, by Mohawk Elder, Jake Swamp. He published the Address so people of all walks of life to learn that we are all one. At sunrise the next day a hundred people came to the Ceremony of Forgiveness. They smoked the chanupa, p
Part 2 - FORGIVING COLUMBUS: Can a 500 year-old wound be healed? (revised from Sacred Fire Magazine,
With Thanksgiving approaching Part 2 speaks about how I and we, as a people, need to forgive and bring home the importance of healing the wounds of the past. As we witness today, with ancestral wounds continuing to fester, peace is impossible. Thanksgiving is a time to set aside all forms of malcontent and give gratitude for our lucky stars, and of course, the basics of life. We can learn ancestral wisdom from the Original People of this land. Thanksgiving has European roots