By: Matt Remle
“My friend, they will return again. All over the earth, they are returning again. Ancient teachings of the earth, ancient songs of the earth, they are returning again.” -Tasunka Witko
Mitakuyapi. Cante waste nape ceyuzapi pelo. My relatives. I shake your hands from my heart.
Beautiful, smiling, happy faces singing, drumming and round dancing or coastal jamming. Eyokipiya wacipi. They are happily dancing. Elders dancing, youth dancing, Mothers and Fathers holding precious babies dancing- all united in spirit and prayer.
I, like so many others around the globe, have been inspired by the Idle No More movement, and the incredible sacrifice of Chief Spence as well as the round dance revolution that has followed. We are witnessing a moment born out of our ancestor’s prayers and the unfolding of ancient prophecies- the eagle and condor flying together again, the return of the white buffalo calves, and the rising up of the seventh generation.
Idle No More has brought with it not only the urgency of standing up to multinational owned corrupt politicians and their corporate agendas to rape and pillage our beautiful Maka Ina (Mother Earth) while enslaving the masses to enrich themselves, but to do so from a spiritual center. In the 1970’s, the American Indian Movement helped bring about a shift in identity; one that brought a sense of Native pride to the masses stating that is was good and ok to be Indian. Idle No More, in its wake, promises to expand on this in that not only is it good to be Indian, it is good to be Indigenous. Indigenous and spiritual, connected again with all relations.