March, 2009, Mexica New Year celebration in San Jose
March, 2009, Renewing the Sacred Inipi
We had a beautiful day harvesting willow and building our Church with the help of a wonderful crew of volunteers, all under the guidance of our Grandmother Jade Willow Heart. This was an extraordinary learning experience, followed by a special sacred pipe ceremony offered by Grandmother Standing Woman.
June, 2009, Grandmother Initiation Ceremony Celebration
In the not to distant past, the family, as a unit, was necessary for survival. The work was shared. Everyone had a particular function.We are beginning to look back to the old ways of respecting the aged ones.There is a certain sense of awe surrounding the Grandmother. She’s usually the first to awaken in the morning. She starts coffee or tea, waters the plants, or starts a load of wash before the rest of the household is awake. Her prayers, be they spoken or in her heart, are sent in the silence of the early morning hours. 4 am is Grandmother time. She instructed the little ones in the ways to walk the good path through her meditations, prayers, and songs.