An Introduction to Native American Spirituality Grandfather Rick McBride $25
This talk touches on the power of prayer when combined with action. We do not expect Creator to do for us what we can, and should be, doing ourselves. As a result, prayers made by indigenes are different than what most people are used to. You'll learn about the canunpah, or "working pipe," which is often used in prayer as well as other ceremonies. This includes initi, what many call a "sweat lodge." Given there are opportunities in South Florida to participate in "sweats," we will cover this in some detail. The basic structural differences in language are significant and they inform us in ways few ever realize or even think about. Understanding how indigenous languages work, and adapting some of their concepts to English (or any other industrial language) can help your connection to nature as well as Spirit. We will also discuss other ceremonies. Your questions are always welcome.
Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 35 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. He has been publicly teaching these ways for some 12 years now. It has taken him years of dedicated interaction with many Elders, as well as his activities as a ceremonial leader to get to this place in his life.