I’m Arlie Neskahi, and you’re listening to Wisdom of the Elders.
Along the banks of the James River lies the history of the Monacan nation. Only recently, the state of Virginia granted the Monacan official Native status and now the tribe is actively pursuing Federal recognition.
For the past five years, members of the Monacan nation have aggressively set out to map the history of their ancestors. The background of the Monacan is characterized by enriching family ties and legends that keep the past alive.
I’m Arlie Neskahi. You’re listening to Wisdom of the Elders.
Life is interwoven with the circular rhythms of nature for the plant people as for all of us. For herbalist and educator Judy Bluehorse Skelton, it’s not only which plants you choose, but when. Today, Judy focuses on the season of renewal and gets down to a little spring-cleaning.
The circle of creation is reflected in our culture – our beliefs, our stories, and of course, our music. The round dances, as they are sometimes known, relate directly to this view of the world and the Spirit. Out music director, Nico Wind, has spent some time listening to and learning about round dances.
Music: Judy Trejo Tuhva Tzi Buina (Pinenut Blessing Song)
Circle Dance Songs Canyon Records
Arlie Neskahi :
As elemental as earth, wind, water and fire, rhythm is basic to human existence. As a Piaute song carrier, Judy Trejo has an intimate relationship with rhythm – from the rhythm of the seasons’ change, to the rhythms of a lullaby. Teheebvu Chaudi – Great Grandmother’s World by Judy Trejo.
Though the circle of the seasons seems constant and unvarying, the circle of a people can be disrupted, re-arranged, forever changed. We try to comprehend such moments of change through the study of history, culture, politics. But sometimes a clearer picture emerges when we view such changes through the eyes of a single person. Rose High Bear shares memories of her grandma, a granddaughter’s story – Gramma Sophie.