I know I say this alot, but i'm gonna say it again.
i have a lot to say. A lot has happened.
I'm only going to give you the breezy version here.
This week was founder's week at SGU. My love, my alma mater' not "officially" my alma mater' but it will always be for me, since I went there and SGU will always be in my heart. I'm so proud of our university, despite its ups and downs and despite the crap its going through. at the heart, i fully believe everyones heart is in the right place. Even some of the wasicu's. (not all of them though.)
Anyway, tonight was night one of the wacipi. I wanted to dance all weekend, but tongiht most of all, b/c it was the night they were honoring Neola Spotted Tail, the winyan who is dear to my heart. I didn't get to participate in teh actual winyan special, because turtle needed to go home, and I know Neola understood.
As i bask in the afterglow of this night... i'm so full. I saw so many faces that I love that love me. So many people i've known for the whole 13 years I've lived here, so many who've known me since that first time i stepped out into that wacipi arena. So many faces I've traveled w/ on that wacipi trail. Then, all the other faces I've known from different aspects of my life of being home. It was wondeful to dance, to feel my feet and legs going agian. The drums really kicked it up, and while i was wanting to dance fancy, i was in regal company tonight w/ my tribal sisters and Unci"s's as well all danced in a line, supporting our men, supporting our children, our nation, each other, and ourselves.
At grand entry, my little turtle taking my hand, dancing next to me, looking up at me with that look in her eyes, the one only a child can give her mother. I'm proud to have that gaze on me, honored. It means i'm doing my job well, as hard as i am on myself, as much as i expect perfection of myself, that gaze means, i'm still doing it right. As we entered the arena, she let go of my hand, danced right next to me, really jamming out, her little sweet spirit making my eyes fill with tears. she's so happy, so free, so secure, so intact. I love her so much. As the winyans rounded the far turn, she searched the bleachers for her Ate'; ran up to him, drug him down to her, and talked a blue streak. As we lined up, she scampered back and forth between her Ate' and I; i watched her closely, soaking in that moment. Still not able to fully wrap my head around the fact that even three years into it, she's here. shes with us. In all her glory. i can't help but smile when i see her, watch her. She just absolutely completes me. my little heart child.
She went off to eat w/ ate' and I danced and visted w/ my sisters...i just never get over being a part of this awesome lakota nation. I feel that in these times, at these moments, (wacipis) THIS is really what its all about. a nation, coming together, with our hearts in the right places, as we heal,sing, dance, celebrate to the sound of the drums.
my second time out i look into the bleachers and saw Unci Sandra...my smile just go huge, and she got that shy smile she gets when i see her. she knows how happy i am to see her. i left the floor and went to her and just hugged her. was soo happy to see her, I'd been looking for her all week. she was here for the neola special too. I didn't get to visit her too much, turtle was getting tired. but we will try and get together this week.
there were so many others too. dear to my heart, ppl who it doesn't matter if we have not seen or talked in months, we can always hug and pick up where we left off, cuz it's the indigenous thing. it's the thing that i really don't think wasicu's will ever get, not really. for all the troubles we have, the one thing we have over the wasicu's is each other. connection. community. i'm probably just smarting from living here the past two years, because it is soo different. people here are nice enough, but like ive always said, they are fence talkers. they are really happy to see you when you're out an about..but that is as far as it goes. they go their way, you go yours and that's it until the next time you are out. but with natives, it's unspoken that you will never be alone. not truly. it just goes w/o saying. when someone back home says they are happy to see you, they really mean it. they sit and listen to you talk, and enjoy it, not just waiting for you to stop so they can get out of there. i'm blathering on now, but. ill try and make it sound better later.
exmaple, when turtle nad i walked in to get dressed two elementary school girls walked in behind us and stuck up a convers. none of us knew each other, but we all sat there and talked and they ended up staying w/ us for a few hours till they went off to do their own thing. later we saw tehm again and they waved and said hi, and now when we see them again, they'll come visit us, give us a hug and we'll be like old friends. it is circular.. young ones talk and hang out wiht the older ones, who in turn hang out with the uncis. everyoen togehter.
I'm really being blah blah now. my spellling and grammer is ick. so i'm going to stop..for now.
just an incredible night. loved it, it was healing, and was filling and i'm good.