Thursday, June 5, 2014

SPRUCE WOODS SUNDANCE "Fighting the Suicide Spirit" JUNE 12-15, 2014



 Sharing about the Sundance that is coming up in the next little while. Sundance is considered the Ceremony of all Ceremonies.  You sacrifice for all others in this Ceremony.

These posting are from Facebook: 

"This group is dedicated to the many different members, friends and supporters of the Spruce Woods Sundance Family (hosted by David and Sherryl Blacksmith and passed to us by Grandpa Joe Esquash).
Our Sundance always occurs within the second weekend of June.
This is to keep members aprised of Sundance meetings, other ceremonies and maybe answer some questions for new dancers and the curious."https://www.facebook.com/events/557262077727417/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular


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Buffalo Dancer that is at the Sundance. Comes in and takes on the Suicide Spirit.

The Sundance in Spruce Woods Manitoba on June 12 2014 , Our Ancestors that was once was almost lost in this man David Blacksmith brought it back to Eeyouch all across the land called Canada , people all across are going to gather in this Sundance to help all the people who took their lives because all the different reason they faced , there's all kinda of spirits on this Earth , and on this Sundance we will do some damage on the suicide spirit , this was years in the making , people from around here are going to attend and show David our gratitude for what he did to the people who walk on The Red Path, me personally I told myself I was going when I first heard David talk about it last year but the past and half it was tough financially and the bus looks like it won't work out.but I think I'll still fast that weekend and pray for all the lost souls who took their lives , before I walked on this path , I felt I had a strong stance on being clean and making my life with no blaming or hating anybody , but this path gave me more strength and understanding of life and why I acted they way I acted.in closing I thank David and his whole family and of course my father Ernie Herodier and the others who has helped me on this path, especially Bobby Neacappo."

I have been getting massages from Indian ppl from all ever ,parents,teachers ,workers ,and it's bout suicide are young ppl ,lots n lots of suicides mostly in northern communities ,this is so sad n it makes me angry to hear all the stories that young ppl r doing this,I know why this is happening ,I know whats needs to be done .families ripped apart in dealing with suicide coss there is so much pain that comes with it ,i see so much of it n hear so much of it in the last 8 years or so that it fallowed me into my dreams ,ppl do care ,ppl work hard ,ppl pray to fight it and it won't go away . It needs to come out in the open ,talked bout by Indian ppl themselves coss no one is coming to help us .i had ppl tell me not to bring it out in the open becos it has lots n lots of shame ,the incest ,the abuse in every level ,name calling ,lateral valiance ,neglect,all of these things affect a child growing up ,a child needs love ,to hear good things everyday n to see good things ,a child needs touch ,a child needs parents that will raise it ,I'm working to help fix this n help in anyway I can ,thank you so much .ekosi"



Spruce woods this year ,to free n fight the suicide spirit of r ppl ,the Crees the Ojibway's ,the Dakotas and many other nations from all over ,we stand together ,we dance together ,we pray together ,we cry to God together ,we will respect each other ,we do this to show God that we love life n that we r willing to work together ,so brothers and sisters stand with us . Aho midakoyasay

Only 28 days before Sundance at spruce woods ,to fight the suicide spirit is something that's on my mind n soul daily , I dream of this evil spirit n tells me that he will never die or quit n that I'm wasting time ,lol heck with him or it I'm fighting ,I will do everything in my power to do this ,I'm almost ready ,I educated myself on suicide in last 17 years or so ,it has always bothered me n broke my heart ,7 year old boy asked me to help him from this place ,him n others r holding on to each other until we can go get them out ,so please help me to do this task that I was given ,lots of young ppl r ready n traditional,both men n women that have lost loved one through suicide ,as a spiritual man this is what I'm told to help them ,I wish I can tell you more bout it but only in person .love ,prayer ,family ,tears ,buffalo ,horse ,pipe ,smudge ,Sundance tree ,cloth ,etc r my weapons ho ya and you .

To deal with suicide on a day to day basis ,80% is sexual abuse n incest ,can't live with the shame n the hurt . Stay strong ,pray ,talk to some one ,seek help ,don't turn to drugs n booze it will get worse ,ceremonies ,sweats ,Sundance etc r one way of healing ur self ,I understand you ,some loves you . Ekosani

Sun dance family just to let you know , we have so many young ppl dancing this year at spruce woods , to fight the suicide spirit n to free the trapped souls in the darkness of wrong death , through love , prayer , tears , pierce , drag , sing n dance like r ancestress before us , I'm not sure the exact number of dancers now but we r the best of within us , only you can do this , I need you , I'm not afraid , I'm ready , let's do this

Been thinking of the 2014 sundance in fighting the suicide spirit , youth is what we need , the north is what I need , strong youth leaders is wat we need , these r some of the strong youth , if u know of any strong leaders that r youth please share . Isca, Kevin , Chabeeb , ivona, Tyra n many more , we need to meet soon

It was an awesome weekend at the farm with the ceremony and Sundance meeting ,would like to thank the workers and the participation ,Joe Joe Morales,Secoya,Steven Moon,Sylvia McAdam ,Gordie,Madelyn ,Art n his family ,Leslie Spillett n the girls ,the singers ,I'm so thankful for all the help of all helpers ,spruce woods Sundance family your r the best ,my son never stops working ,my girls r awesome daddy's girls ,I'm very happy at the commitment from every one ,we can do this and we can work together . I love you all....Ekosani


Pipestone Sundance Chief, & SpruceWoods Sundance Chief


Tansi ;to all dancers and members of spruce woods Sundance family ,what beautiful morning to tell you all my plans for the future .first thank you for all the hard work that you do ,my bros n sisters and of corse my family ,this was by far the best yet n the most difficult to do ,I did my best to do the dream I was given by kisaymunto ,if we didn't kill the suicide spirit we sure gave him a nose bleed ,the team of women that fund raised you make things better n easier to do this ,thank you.the builders of the lodge particularly George Muswaggon u the best ,I really don't know how to thank you for what u do for us and of corse ur team ,the singers Roger ,Ernie ,Tim ,jon and the Dakota boys ,fire keepers awesome,the boss cut man Cecil u the man ,the boys that helped me before the dance n after I thank you,I feel good for what we've done n very proud .so the fund raisers will continue to get ready for next year ,we will Sundance meeting in January .lots of dancers missed n a lot more that promised to come did not come I don't take this lightly coss ur not lie ing to me but God I need to talk with you before Sundance season is over ,you still have a chance to fulfil ur commitment .every thing n every one that had a problem with things n other ppl comes to me ,issues with each other n bad thoughts etc ,how can you think n feel these in the house of God ,you should not be mad or get back at someone at the site or front of something so beautiful ,last night I had a dream bout the spirit world welcoming 538 souls of the suicides ,they were very happy n will help from the other side ,they ask me to stand in front of cloth n other stuff n they gave me things lol lots of things ,they were very very happy ,I send love to all 129 dancers that started n 109 finished u be awesome ,it's written in the stars n on stone .thank you healers Curtis Mckay n others for your help ,you saved me so much work I say aho to you all.to my wife the strongest woman I ever known n the most loving n sexy lol ,she my rock in all this .my children r the most understanding to my dreams n support ,my son in law Wyatt is the best yet ,I just don't like when he calls me old man lol ,I'm so happy that nothing n no one can take this away from me ,I do my very best to give every one time n attention n to make every one feel welcome ,but you get that many Indians in one place some one or something will go rong ,I'm sorry for that I respect all of yous ,ppl need to more love n respect for each other . I will be Sundance chief forever n once I'm gone my son n grandsons will take over ,I love you all very so much ,I can't help but to cry while I'm writing this post ,Ekosani

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