As I write this I can hear the roosters communicating from across the village. I hear dogs cheering each other on as they welcome in the new morning and young children laughing as they walk to school. The air smells crisp with a slight sent of pine. These are all characteristics of Kin-iway, Besao. Francisco and I have been blessed with yet another great adventure here in the Cordillera Mountain Range of the Philippines.
I have been in Venezuela for almost two weeks and everywhere I look I see people that look like my Native relatives back home. I remember when I was little my father use to tell me the only different between the Indigenous people in the North vs. the Indigenous people of the South is that the people who colonized us spoke English and the people who colonized the Indigenous in the South spoke Spanish. I can’t tell you how true this statement really… Continue
Greetings Deloria, The reason it has taken me so long to answer your nice letter, Phil had sent me a picture of you at one of his ceremonies and you had on the ribbon dress that I had made for you. In the past I had the stupid habit of putting a picture that I received in a book that i was reading at the time. Now I can't find the pic. I will send you a copy when I find it. I think it was patterned after my dark maroon print with small pink flowers and green leaves ribbon dress. Thanks for the connect. Love, Velma
Aho Sister!!!!! Very good to hear from you and know you are still out there making a difference. They finally figured out a way to get to me and James Logan so we no longer are allowed to run that class but at least we got it going and the class is still being run. I know the people running the class now so it's good that way. What they decided to get rid of us using criminal background checks. My last arrest was 30 years ago but they still used it to get rid of us on campus anyway. This month is very busy for me but I will be part of the ceremony on day of a thousand drums and I fully support it. Will be going to Colville Rez for a healing ceremony with Yvonne Swan. "and" I am being honored at Bob Robideau's memorial. I'm also preparing for Sundance again at Rosebud with Uncle Leonard at Crowdog's Paradise in August. Please get back with me and we will talk more as I have many Ideas that I want to share with you to help all of our people. Toksha Ake, Nikoda Michael
Yes things are coming together. I am getting my degree in Network Administration,AAS then I am going for a bachelor's in Network Security. Your dad and I are talking about working for him. Wouldn't that be cool!?!
My dear darling niece, You are such a honor to the family in the work that you are doing. You are a bright ray of light in a darkening world. Keep shining. The prayers are what keep that flame burning. You are assured of my prayers for your safety and happiness. Love, Auntie
Dear Deloria, Perhaps you don't remember me. We met in a room where I was staying while attending on of your father's workshops in Lethbridge, Canada. I had made an Indian ribbon dress for you, just like one of mine, and I gave it to you then. A lot of time has passed since then. Your father kept me up on your activities over the years. You were a beautiful little girl . From your picture and an account of you present projects, you have grown even more beautiful. I still keep up with Phil and his family. I pray that the Great Spirit will always guide you and make your work prosper to benefit all of creation.
I send you much love and respect. Velma