OH, GREAT SPIRIT.
Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame.
(translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)
As hundreds of sacred buffalo congregate at Standing Rock, it appears as if Mother Nature has chosen sides. Defend the sacred.
To the Native Americans, the Bison are a gift from the Great Spirit, an offering of shelter, food and warmth. They sacrifice their earthly bodies, roam free, embody the Great Spirit, earth, abundance and promise sovereignty to the native people. As once again, we see peaceful protests met with the violence and corruption of the supposed justice system you've got to ask yourself how it is that this is the world we occupy.
The earth offers us so much in the realm of gifts yet in turn we desecrate sacred land, pillaging, disrupting the spiritual sanctity in the name of profit and oil.
Standing Rock is the ongoing struggle against colonial violence, Standing Rock encapsulates an unrelenting oppression that has been perpetrated since first contact, one that attempts to be swept under the carpet, attempting to erase the atrocities that were committed to these people and their land which is so inherently connected to them. This cultural and spiritual violation continue, unwavering. This war is waged without interruption. The Standing Rock Sioux have the constitutional right to protest peacefully, yet their rights are being met by armed police force. Water is sacred, the earth is sacred, this is a threat to life itself. As a Mapuche Indigenous South American descendant and human, I stand with Standing Rock and I will always stand with the traditional owners of the American land.