Native American Holiday Prayer

Thinking about the holidays brings to mind the Native American meaning of “giving.” It’s worth mentioning some heartfelt words spoken by Looks for Buffalo, an Oglala Sioux spiritual leader. He was the full blood Oglala grandson of Chief Red Cloud who explained:

We respect the Christian Star and birth of the Star person and Avatar named Jesus, who received his education from the wilderness.

For us every day is Christmas. Every meal is our Christmas. We pray -– not the way most Christians pray –- but we thank the Grandfathers, the Spirit, and the Guardian Angel.

The Indian culture is grounded in the tradition of “Roving Angels,” a way of life in holding out their hands and helping the sick and needy; helping to feed and clothe the poor. We have a high respect for the Avatar because we believe that it is in giving that we receive.

Christmas is every day because the Creator gives us abundance: the water, the air we breathe, the earth as our flesh, and our energy force – our heart. We pray early in the morning, before sunrise to the morning star, and to the evening star.

We know Saint Nicholas. We explain to the little children that to receive a gift is to enjoy it, and then pass it on to another child, so that they too, can enjoy it. In our culture this happens about eight times a year, from one child to another.

Our daily living is centered around the spirit of giving and walking the Red Road, which means everything you do is a spiritual act. Whatever you have extra, if your neighbor is in need, share it in the spirit of giving. It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas or not. The more one gives, the more spiritual we become.

The Christ Consciousness, the same spirit of giving that is present at Christmas, is present every day in Indian Country. Christmas is also about restoring humanity to “all our relations.”

Life is a sacred path and all the ways we have walked before have brought us to this moment. Isn’t it time to remember God’s story of love and self-giving by sharing. It is we that can bring hope to the world.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE!

3 thoughts on “Native American Holiday Prayer

  1. Psychic Jacqueline x9472

    Hi Shauna,
    Absolutely love your prayer,
    Thank you so much….
    I walk the Red Road and live the way everyday, it is something that I practice, it truly is honoring Mother Earth, giving and sharing with those less fortunate, it is a way of letting go of oneself and giving for others, becoming one with nature, connecting with the elements as I have been taught it as being Fire, Water, Earth, Air…East,South,West,North it is about becoming one with nature, mother earth, and the elements.
    It is also about creating balance.
    Blessings and thanks again for the beautiful prayer.
    Jacqueline x9472

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  2. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    Hi Shauna,
    This was a beautiful prayer…..as I sit here looking out my mountain home window I can resonate with the article picture of totem poles surrounded by snow. ( We had white out blizzard conditions here on Christmas Eve going on into Christmas day…..LOL).
    I was married to an FBI agent for 32 years that was part BlackFoot….his mother was French/Canadian BlackFoot….his GrandMother a full blooded BlackFoot Princess, daughter of a famous BlackFoot chief.
    You mentioned that you celebrate eight times per year….as we do in the eight Wiccan Sabbats.
    As in your culture, as it is in the Wiccan culture, believe we are surrounded by the magick of the nature.In Her elements,earth,air,fire,water, and spirit, being the fifth.
    Love the totem poles…..I , personally, have collected painted war pony statues for years….I have a few totem poles as well. I just received one with the red handprint on its flank, with painted circles around its eyes…beautiful.
    But I digress.
    Nice prayer and article….
    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500

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