Grandmother Margaret Behan
parents were not able to be there for me. But, in our culture,
we don't have aunts and uncles. We have a lot of mothers and
fathers, so I have been parented, even though my own [parents] often
needed to be absent."
" I had my first
grandchild fifteen years ago, and my aunts remembered the
grandmother blessing, so they all ordained me to grandmother-hood.
"My people, we make relations immediately, and son - we need to talk
about the pain. We need to talk about solution; how we are going to
heal this wound. So, grandson, by you having courage to come to the
world and to talk…talk to the Grandmothers, the world, about your
feelings, that is the beginning. That is where the healing will
like as a Grandmother, I am a warrior for life."
"Even before I was born I was prayed for. My mother wanted to
have another baby, so my grandfather had a peyote
ceremony. I was the third generation to be conceived through the
medicine, and I have been brought up with the medicine. Peyote has
been an integral part of my life."
"My father would tell me how
the Creator loved us so much that he gave us a star and the star was
the fire, so we are the Star People. He also told me that the Eagle
is really an angel, and I should always pray to him. These gifts
from the Creator have helped me to be here now."
"If someone is
dealing with anger, they go through the whole process of being
angry. The counselor follows them all the way through. Medicine men
and women do the same thing."
"We can turn back to being
the very powerful people we were. Powerful people are free and
liberate people ... I know the ancient ways that we bring to this
table from each of our traditions will make a difference.
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