A few posts ago i did and article on some of the stories of my people. It was so popular that i have been asked to do some more, so hang on tight and here we go;
Lakota believed that the Bear had great power and strength. It was understood that the Bear Spirit (who is of the tobtob : good spirits) and his great wisdom was able to protect the people. The Bear Spirit was responsible for giving the people medicine to heal their sick. When the Bear Spirit would visit the people, some tribes would paint their tipis with a large bear wrapped around it, calling it the Hugging Lodge (to give it the name Bear Hugging Lodge was forbidden, for the bear was held in such high esteem its name could not be uttered), this provided the family protection and health.
The Bear Spirit in this design provides the wearer with strength, wisdom and good health. The red arrows going through the bears mouth was given to the dreamer, indicating the exact place where the Spirit Bear holds its wakan (sacred) power.
Lakota legend tells of a woman who was found in the wilderness by a pack of wolves. The wolves took her in and looked after her, showing her the ways of the wolf. When the woman regained her health she returned back to her people and showed them all that the wolves had taught her. This is why the wolf is the symbol of intuition, learning and teaching of earthly wisdom. Someone who has wolf medicine is seen by the people as a problem solver.
The symbols on this wolf represent this same story; the shield showing the paw prints that are giving the direction to life’s wisdom and the dream catches on his jaw sending the message through the spirit world.
Lakota measurement of wealth was seen in the amount of horses he owned. Each horse was used for different purposes; hunting, battle and carrying their lodges to the next camp site. However, the horse was also seen as a sacred animal, which the people celebrated in many ways, namely the Horse Ceremony. It was believed that the horse represented the 6 directions. Front legs: west and north, back legs: east and south, head: the direction above where Tunkasila (Great Father) lives, tail: the direction below where mother earth resides. These 6 directions represent the sacred circle. When a warrior or woman sit on the horses back, this is seen as the 7th direction; center of all things, all related and within balance.
Many of these stories have been told to me through the older, wise relatives; my grandmothers and grandfathers. Each of these legends reminds me constantly that we are all part of the circle of life and as humans we have the responsibility to ensure the circle is never broken. I thank the Animal Nation for their inspiration that has helped me as a artist to explore traditions and combine these with life as a Lakota man in the modern world.
Well, thank you for your time Kola (Friend) and hope you enjoy your day
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