Women are powerful figures in Native societies as healers, teachers, and keepers of wisdom. Today, Judy Bluehorse Skelton talks about the role of women in Native culture and shares some healing properties of maidenhair ferns.
Here’s Nico Wind with Tribal Rhythms.
Helmina Makes Him First, a respected Lakota Sioux elder, will always remember the honor ceremony given for her by a friend at a gathering. It took place in Portland, Oregon not long ago. After reflections were shared about Helmina’s role in her community, she was lovingly wrapped with the gift of a Pendleton blanket. The people present stood respectfully around the circle they had formed as Helmina danced within it, the powerful sounds of the drum group and singers guiding her steps.
Tuhva Tzi Buina (Pinenut Blessing Song)
Circle Dance Songs Canyon Records
During the production of this program, our elder, Judy Trejo, passed into the spirit world at the age of 62. We were saddened and shocked, but we’re grateful that we were able to record much of her wisdom, humor, and singing spirit.
Nora Naranjo Morse: There is this story called Turkey Girl. And it is of this young woman who was orphaned at a very early age. And she made her way through life in the village by doing things for other people and working hard.