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Prayer Vigil for Chuck Derby May 1, 2010 6:00pm CST (12:00am May 2nd GMT)

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Prayer Vigil for Chuck Derby May 1, 2010 6:00pm CST (12:00am May 2nd GMT)

Time: May 1, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: where ever you are
Website or Map: http://www.cantewanjitawacinw…
Event Type: prayer, vigil
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Latest Activity: May 14, 2010

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I have been blessed to know Chuck Derby and his wife Gloria. I have been to their center Little Feather Indian Center.
Recently, Chuck was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and given only 3 to 6 months to live. As you can imagine, this is a very hard time for him and his family. Because of Chuck’s great impact on the traditional community we ask that every pipe holder and prayer community gather together to pray for Chuck and his family with One Heart and One Mind.
Chuck Derby is a descendent of the Derby family, one of the three traditional families that has been quarrying Pipestone for generations. He first began learning his craft by his father’s side at the age of five. As an adult he has continued to quarry, craft traditional pipes and has made it his life’s work to see that the traditions and history that surround the canupa are passed on to the next generation. Many of the pipes carried in ceremony today have come through Chuck’s, or one of his family member’s, hands. The impact Chuck has had on the Native American community, on Pipe Carriers, Sun Dancers and quarriers is great. Through his advocacy and education initiatives many new quarriers have been trained. Because of his skills as a quarrier and as a pipe carver many people have become able to carry a sacred canupa.

May 1st, 2010 6:00pm CST (12:00am May 2nd GMT)

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Comment by Carol Petersen on May 14, 2010 at 9:25pm
Dearest Prayer Family,
Your prayers touched my heart and soul. Here is an update of your unconditional love for out brother Chuck.

Greetings Carol,
Thank you for your kind emails and the thoughts and prayers for Chuck. Many people around the world joined in prayer for Chuck on May 1st and it all happened in a good way. All of the prayers from around the world seem to be doing Chuck some good. He is currently in treatment and is getting much of his appetite back. This should hopefully give him some much needed strength to go through the coming weeks. We will continue to keep everyone updated as the weeks go by. It will be a few weeks before they know if the treatment has helped. In the meantime we are asking everyone to keep Chuck and his family in their prayers. This is a difficult time for them and every prayer helps. Thank you again for your prayers.

Best Wishes,

Michael McGee
Comment by Firewoman on May 1, 2010 at 11:12pm
As we travelled down the road yesterday we saw a coyote...first one I have seen we had eagle fly above us as we pulled into a parking lot for shopping. We smudged and thanked Creator for our messengers, our well being, our relatives...

I pray the spirits who cannot find their way home
I pray for the children and the elders and their well being
I pray for my friends and my family and their well being
I pray for Chuck and his family and their well being
I pray my children, all three, and their well being and well spirits
Lastly, I pray for myself and my well being so I may continue in this humble prayer Creator
There is always hope....stand with the strength of our ancestors, those who came before us, those who walk this world with us now, and those yet to come...we are all matter what...we are part of one....hope and love, Firewoman
Comment by John Francis on May 1, 2010 at 9:50pm
Praying now for a good man. A man of knowledge. The Canupa is an instrument of peace. We must be calm to see others as ourselves. All from the same Source. The sacred embrace we share in the smoke, lips drawing in the burnt essence of the embers of sage and tobacco. Sharing this wet transfer of pipe stem smoke is soul cleansing. We all go on to the next level. Now in this moment we can reflect through Chuck on why it is good. He is a guide.
Comment by Carol Petersen on May 1, 2010 at 8:26pm
Dearest Family,
It is with gratitude I send my heart to you for joining in with prayers for Chuck today. The great mystery responded as 3 hawks from the east flew in and circled above me while calling to my attention. The prayers were well received.
I spoke your name as this pipe prays for everyone!
All my relations
Comment by Grace Growing Medicine E. Reed on April 27, 2010 at 4:46pm
Count on prayers from Portland Oregon
Comment by Firewoman on April 27, 2010 at 3:45pm
I am with you in prayer, spirit and love...Firewoman
Comment by Judiann on April 27, 2010 at 1:46pm
Prayers will be sent.

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