Monday, October 10, 2011

Native American Thanksgiving Prayer


This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving. Enjoy your long weekend and have a happy Thanksgiving.





 
 

Native American Thanksgiving Prayer
 

Gwa! Gwa! Gwa!
Now the time has come!
Hear us, Lord of the Sky!
We are here to speak the truth,
for you do not hear lies,
We are your children, Lord of the Sky.


Now begins the Gayant' gogwus
This sacred fire and sacred tobacco
And through this smoke
We offer our prayers
We are your children, Lord of the Sky.


Now in the beginning of all things
You provided that we inherit your creation
You said: I shall make the earth
on which people shall live
And they shall look to the earth as their mother
And they shall say, "It is she who supports us."
You said that we should always be thankful
For our earth and for each other
So it is that we are gathered here
We are your children, Lord of the Sky.


Now again the smoke rises
And again we offer prayers
You said that food should be placed beside us
And it should be ours in exchange for our labor.
You thought that ours should be a world
where green grass of many kinds should grow
You said that some should be medicines
And that one should be Ona'o
the sacred food, our sister corn
You gave to her two clinging sisters
beautiful Oa'geta, our sister beans
and bountiful Nyo'sowane, our sister squash
The three sacred sisters; they who sustain us.

This is what you thought, Lord of the Sky.
Thus did you think to provide for us
And you ordered that when the warm season comes,
That we should see the return of life
And remember you, and be thankful,
and gather here by the sacred fire.
So now again the smoke arises
We the people offer our prayers
We speak to you through the rising smoke
We are thankful, Lord of the Sky.

4 comments:

V.M. Ramos said...

Hola. No soy de los que se unen a todos los feriados porque me parecen artificiosos, pero el Día de Acción de Gracias es uno de los que se me hace más fácil observar. Hay un reclamo de desigualdad histórica en torno a los indígenas del continente que sirvieron de huéspedes a los peregrinos del que vale estar conscientes, pero aparte de eso el significado de la gratitud merece su día de todas maneras, y en cuanto a eso éste igual que cualquier otro. Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias.

Silvia Porras said...

Victor. Creo que compartimos el mismo sentir, y es precisamente en esta celebracion que auno mis sentimientos a todos esos habitantes que fueron los primeros en poner pie en estas tierras.

Saludos

V.M. Ramos said...

Hola Silvia. Pensé que te podría interesar esta entrevista con Matthieu Ricard. Te recomiendo el programa en audio: http://being.publicradio.org/programs/2011/happiest-man/

Silvia Porras said...

Victor, gracias por el link!!!