Corona Virus on Dine Reservation

Corona Virus on Dine Reservation

My relatives I pray you and your families are staying safe and healthy as this Pandemic reaches our communities.  We now need  to cover up and avoid public gatherings. As some of you know we were preparing the Peace and Dignity Runners up on the Cahuilla Reservation for 4 days, March 17-20 and in those 4 days the world had changed. We knew that there was a question about how this Virus would affect everyone but we did not did not how much could change in 4 days.  We had taken food from our cupboards and what we could from our freezer to feed the runners. When we got back home and went to the market the shelves were empty and when Danny called to let me know they got home they said the New mexico border was blocked and people were camping out everywhere and that the market shelves were also empty.  I talked to Danny and Laurene today they said they were running sweats and working on the grounds and need to go out and gather wood.  If you can check in on them, keep them in your prayers. If you can send them a little funds it would help. For now they are still planning on holding the Sundance even if only a few show up. 

Health and Happiness to All My Relations,

Chief Atl Gonzales 

A recent news article about Life on the Rez

Spring Chanupa Will be taken Care of by The John Family

Spring Chanupa Will be taken Care of by The John Family

My relatives in these times of confusion, we realize how precious and delicate life is and especially how precious our elders and teachers are. Chief Danny John and First Lady Laurene John along with their grandson Jaynos and Summer came and helped us with the Peace and Dignity Preparation Ceremony. During this time it seems that the world had changed while we were in the 4 day Ceremony March 16-20, 2020 on the Cahuilla Reservation. Thank you all who helped and participated. Because of the current situation, Chief Danny John and family will be taking care of the Chanupa Ceremony on April 4,2020 for all of us. Keep them in your prayers, fill your Chanupa and send a prayer of unity, health and guidance for the world. If you can help they will have to travel and get supply’s for who knows how long.

Love, Health and Happiness, to All Our Relations,

Cheif Atl “Atlachinolli” Gonzales First Lady Cristina Gonzales

Funds to Travel to Gathering

My Relatives reminder Fall pipe ceremony Oct. 20th 2018, we would like to thank those that have committed  to helping on a monthly bases and also remind others to help support the Sundance. This month there is a special request if anyone can help support Danny and Laurene come to the Many Winters Gathering of Elders they have informed me they will not be able help with traveling funds.  If you can please donate for there travel expenses as they many Elders will be gathering to share.

Here is the donation information:

We talked about some of us possibly committing to a monthly donation like a $10, $20, $30 dollar a month donation.  There was much said but for now if you can send any donations through  ZELLE   for now use danny@littlebigmedicine.org  email to donate.

Thank you in advance,

Atl

 

Support our Medicine People and Elders

This year at Little Big Medicine Sundance we were able to meet and talk about several things that needed to be taken care of and about how we were going to do things from this day forwards.  Chief Danny John and his family worked for months on fixing the arbor and having things ready for everyone to come to the Sundance to have a strong prayer and we all agree that is all our responsibility and we would make an effort to do more work before the next Sundance.

One of the other  things we spoke about is to support Danny and Laurene monetarily that it is getting harder and harder to survive these days without money especially when you live on the Rez (sad but true).

The traditional way of life is under attack, sheep and horses are being confiscated,  fences are have been torn down that use to keep the sheep and and other stock safe and manageable this makes it hard to trade and live the traditional way .

We talked about some of us possibly committing to a monthly donation like a $10, $20, $30 dollar a month donation.  There was much said but for now if you can send any donations please do if you use ZELLE   for now use danny@littlebigmedicine.org  email to donate.

Thank you in advance,

Atl

 

 

 

There will be a celebration of life for Ronaldo Arvizu Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 am

There will be a celebration of life for Ronaldo Arvizu Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 am

There will be a celebration of life for Ronaldo Arvizu Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 am at Amity Circle Tree Ranch 10500 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749. The celebration will be at the retreat house area on the grounds. There will be a potluck meal afterwards so please bring something to share. We hope you will be able to attend and celebrate the life of this amazing man who touched the lives of so many people. We look forward to sharing our love for Ron with his family, he will be missed but we know he will be with us always with all our relations.

Family and friends near and far there will be a sweatlodge held for my Dad this Friday, September 14th @ 6:30 pm if you would like to participate. Followed by a memorial service/celebration of life on Saturday, September 15th commencing at 10am. Both will be held at Amity Circle Tree Ranch located at 10,500 E Tanque Verde at the Retreat Center.
We look forward to seeing and meeting you all.

Peace and Dignity Letter

Peace and Dignity Letter

 

ABYA YALA – DAYS OF PEACE AND DIGNITY
Rising of the Spirit of the Eagle
The request for preparation of the ANKA eagle staff came was commissioned by the family of
Anahuac, at the end of February 2018, to the Coordinating Council of the Ruta del Sur. his
The uprising would take place in Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego; where the condor route begins
KUNKUR in every continental ceremony, since the year 2000.

Complementing in this way also the spirit of the prophecy of unity of
Condor and the Eagle; why the Inuit people of Alaska; Many moons have already been delivered
the staff of the condor to Tawantinsuyu.

Assuming this assignment, the Ushuaia coordination of Days of Peace and Dignity,
calls for a first meeting with the Yagan Paykoala Community (men from the beach)
canoe town originating from the southern coasts of the large island of Tierra del Fuego.
Those who suggest will consult a major; knowledgeable about local geography; through its
walk in search of traces of the native peoples of the area, who
He generously offers his knowledge of the area’s forest.

“The lenga generates its soil, its form depends on the environment. In the forest the renovales
they look for the sun, and for the renoval to grow there must be a great one protecting it.
When a large tree falls; self-thinning occurs that allows the growth of
the new generations. The bark of the trunk when young has lines
horizontal, and at maturity vertical lines are made; it’s thick. The size of the
trees do not have to do with age but with their possibilities of growth; in the
search for the sun that its branches make. “

Thus, the invitation to meet a lenga tree located near the city arises
of Ushuaia in the Rio Chico Valley; that could witness the ancestral memory of
these lands in approximately 500 years of life. We started the road then
suggested, to meet the spirit of the forest that had called us. We arrived to
his presence at the foot of the Sphinx hill having traveled a path guarded by
several hills and following the course of the river that leads to the Cascada de los amigos.

A few meters away from this greater spirit, we received hundreds of butterflies
little; white that fluttered with a subtle beauty, placed on the ground. In
We thank the guardians of the territory for the guidance for this meeting and
we present our purpose in the vision of the grandparents and grandmothers of the family of
Days of Peace and Dignity since 1992. We embrace on behalf of the human family a
all the forest in this grandfather, who had summoned us through another greater one;
walker of the territory.

We arrived at the moment of the ceremony in which the offering of one of his
arms to this grandfather. Accompanied by local family of Days, Yagan Community
Paykoala, Guaytamari family of Mendoza, thanking the numerous presence of
children and also the young chasky of the Kaweskar family of Punta Arenas Chile.

The ceremony began; calling to the ancestral memory of the millennial fire of these
southern lands; present on its shores and carried by the Yagan people in their canoes.
The women accompanied the children who supported their little hands on the tree;
thanking and initiating the request for permission, the word was woven into an offering; what
there were also the songs to the guardians. And a young Chasky from this land, was
high, the one in charge of completing this task and with the softness of the love that springs up;
the offering was given to the spirit of the forest; to become
carrier of the vision of the eagle.

It was at the previous moment that a herd of seven horses was present with force
and beauty going through the nearby low area, entering the forest; Your presence
It was like a lightning bolt that trotted by.
The time to awaken the spirit of the grandmother Anka was made in front of the altar of grandfather
condor in the hands of sons and daughters of this prophecy of unity of the condor and the eagle,
that we were bequeathed by our elders. Until the moment it was presented
in front of the fire in the Ceremonial Center of Days of Peace and Dignity in the full moon
of May.

Appreciating every understanding that this grandmother has awakened in this territory; with
strength and beauty, honored this family from the south of Abya Yala having raised this
spirit, in the name of Tawantinsuyu, with the guidance of the guardians of this region.
In the spirit of the Days of Peace and Dignity, we share this testimony with the
family from our humble understanding and gratitude to this fabric of life that we
awakens in consciousness and beauty. As was the presence of the children; seeds of the
grandmothers and grandparents

March-June 2018 – Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego
Nidia Alvarado
Member of the Ushuaia Coordination Conference on Peace and Dignity
María Vargas
Paykoala Community

Peace and Dignity Letter

Peace and Dignity Letter

ABYA YALA – JORNADAS DE PAZ Y DIGNIDAD
Levantamiento del Espíritu del Águila
La solicitud de preparación del bastón del águila ANKA, fue encargada por la familia de
la Anáhuac, a fines de febrero de 2018, al Consejo Coordinador de la Ruta del Sur. Su
levantamiento se realizaría en Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego; donde inicia la ruta del cóndor
KUNKUR en cada ceremonia continental, desde el año 2000.

Complementándose también de esta forma el espíritu de la profecía de unidad del
Cóndor y el Águila; por la que el pueblo Inuit de Alaska; hace ya muchas lunas entrego
el bastón del cóndor al Tawantinsuyu.

Asumiendo este encargo, la coordinación Ushuaia de Jornadas de Paz y Dignidad,
convoca a una primera reunión con la Comunidad Yagan Paykoala (hombres de la playa)
pueblo canoero originario de las costas australes de la isla grande de Tierra del Fuego.
Quienes sugieren se consulte a un mayor; conocedor de la geografía local; a través de su
caminar en la búsqueda de huellas de los pueblos nativos de la zona, quien
generosamente ofrece su conocimiento del bosque de la zona.

“La lenga genera su suelo, su forma depende del ambiente. En el bosque los renovales
buscan el sol, y para que el renoval crezca tiene que haber uno grande protegiéndolo.
Cuando cae un árbol grande; se produce un auto raleo que permite el crecimiento de
las nuevas generaciones. La corteza del tronco cuando es joven tiene líneas
horizontales, y en la madurez se hacen líneas verticales; es gruesa. El tamaño de los
arboles no tienen que ver con la edad sino con sus posibilidades de crecimiento; en la
búsqueda del sol que hacen sus ramas.”

Así, surge la invitación a conocer un árbol de lenga ubicado en cercanías de la ciudad
de Ushuaia en el Valle del Rio Chico; que podría testimoniar la memoria ancestral de
estas tierras en aproximadamente 500 años de vida. Emprendimos entonces el camino
sugerido, al encuentro del espíritu mayor del bosque que nos había llamado. Llegamos a
su presencia al pie del cerro Esfinge habiendo transitado un sendero custodiado por
varios cerros y siguiendo el curso del rio que conduce a la Cascada de los amigos.

A pocos metros de este espíritu mayor, nos recibieron centenares de mariposas
pequeñas; blancas que aleteaban con una sutil belleza, apostadas sobre el suelo. En
silencio agradecimos a los guardianes del territorio por la guía para este encuentro y
presentamos nuestro propósito en la visión de los abuelos y abuelas de la familia de
Jornadas de Paz y Dignidad desde 1992. Abrazamos en nombre de la familia humana a
todo el bosque en este abuelo, que nos había convocado a través de otro mayor;
caminante del territorio.

Llegamos al momento de la ceremonia en la que se pediría la ofrenda de uno de sus
brazos a este abuelo. Acompañados de familia local de Jornadas, Comunidad Yagan
Paykoala, familia Guaytamari de Mendoza, agradeciendo la presencia numerosa de
niños y también del joven chasky de la familia Kaweskar de Punta Arenas Chile.

Se inicio la ceremonia; llamando a la memoria ancestral del fuego milenario de estas
tierras australes; presente en sus costas y llevado por el pueblo Yagan en sus canoas.
Las mujeres acompañamos a los niños que apoyaron sus manitos en el árbol;
agradeciendo e iniciando el pedido de permiso, se tejió la palabra en ofrenda; que
también fueron los cantos a los guardianes. Y un joven chasky de esta tierra, fue en lo
alto, el encargado de cumplimentar esta tarea y con la suavidad del amor que brota;
fue entregada la ofrenda pedida al espíritu del bosque; para transformarse en
portadora de la visión del águila.

Fue en el momento previo que una tropilla de siete caballos se hizo presente con fuerza
y belleza pasando por la zona baja cercana, adentrándose en el bosque; su presencia
fue como un rayo veloz que pasó trotando.
El tiempo de despertar el espíritu de la abuela Anka se realizo frente al altar del abuelo
cóndor en las manos de hijos e hijas de esta profecía de unidad del cóndor y el águila,
que nos fuera legada por nuestros mayores. Hasta el momento en que fue presentada
frente al fuego en el Centro ceremonial de Jornadas de Paz y Dignidad en la luna llena
de mayo.

Agradeciendo cada entendimiento que esta abuela ha despertado en este territorio; con
fuerza y belleza, honrada esta familia del sur de Abya Yala de haber levantado este
espíritu, en nombre del Tawantinsuyu, con la guía de los guardianes de esta región.
En el espíritu de Jornadas de Paz y Dignidad, compartimos este testimonio con la
familia desde nuestro humilde entendimiento y gratitud a este tejido de vida que nos
despierta en conciencia y belleza. Como lo fue la presencia de los niños; semillas de las
abuelas y abuelos.

Marzo-Junio 2018 – Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego
Nidia Alvarado
Integrante Coordinación Ushuaia Jornadas de Paz y Dignidad
María Vargas
Comunidad Paykoala

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