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VISIONS, REALITIES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THE FUTURE

Presented by Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., Chairman of the Four Worlds International Institute to Former UN Secretary General,Javier de Cuellar and the World Commission on Culture and Development at United Nations Headquarters, New York City, April 1995

Respected Friends and Relatives,

As always, it is my hope and prayer that you and the many loved ones who surround you are in the very best of health and happiness.

With the heartfelt understanding that each one of us is the spiritual representative of all those beloved relatives who have gone before us, I have complete faith that, together, we will be able to build a new world civilization. Drawing on the collective consciousness of countless previous generations, we have the divine capacity to resolve and heal all past grief, fear, hatred and broken trust, while building a just, sustainable and harmonious world that will fully realize the unlimited potential of the human family, both individually and collectively.

We are living in the days of the fulfillment of sacred prophecies. An Elder once told me, “Grandson, the longest road you will ever have to walk in your life is the sacred journey from your head to your heart.” Another wise Elder said, “We will never solve the many critical and life threatening issues before us solely through the intellect, for every problem the intellect solves, it creates ten more.” Unto itself the intellect is a sacred gift of the Creator, but equally, without an open, visionary and creative heart there is no wisdom. Both the mind and heart are sacred. Both are inseparably connected.

Countless centuries before the birth of our generations, the Ancient Ones gave us prophecies that clearly foretold these very days that we are living. This new Divine Springtime, that is unfolding with ever-increasing clarity. It is toward actualizing this long held vision of a new world civilization, founded in spiritual principles and values that I wish to share with you the innermost feelings and thoughts of my heart and mind.

In December 1982, on the high plains of Alberta, forty wise, respected and dedicated elders, spiritual leaders and community members from different tribal societies across North America came together for four days and nights of in-depth purposeful consultation. Our common purpose was to develop a wholistic model of human and community development, inspired and guided by organizing principles, values, strategies and processes of sustainable change, healing and development rooted deep in the Natural Laws that are at the inmost heart and core of tribal cultures throughout Mother Earth.

Through this prayerful, elder-guided, consultation process emerged the spiritual guidance, understanding, wisdom, strength, vision and faith that the Indigenous peoples of North America that were committed and dedicated to do so, had the potential to develop sustainable, healthy, creative and spiritually balanced communities free of alcoholism and drug abuse ..From this humble beginning, perfectly synchronized with a full eclipse of the moon, and empowered, guided and sustained by an ever-deepening understanding of the natural laws, prophecies, spiritual values, wisdom and prayers formally shared with us over the past twelve years by the many tribal elders, spiritual leaders and communities who have so patiently and faithfully assisted our humble efforts, we have steadfastly continued our healing journey into the long awaited future.

With the unfailing guidance and assistance from those beloved elders that are walking the path before us, it has become very clear that the long spiritual wintertime of our tribal peoples is over and the long-awaited springtime is unfolding, slowly, but steadily, with every-increasing beauty and healing in every direction. It is, also, very clear that as we heal ourselves and our communities that Indigenous peoples everywhere will have a greater and greater role to play in the positive unfolding of this dynamic change throughout Mother Earth.

Before outlining the key guiding principles that have emerged from the ongoing consultative process of the past twelve years, it is important that we reflect briefly about those most critical and pressing challenges that must be addressed, if we are to survive as noble, just, compassionate, truthful and forgiving human beings and societies.

(1) Environmental destruction is increasing throughout our planet. Along with this increasing destruction, Indigenous peoples and their way of life are rapidly disappearing. Unless there is a dramatic change in our actions towards our sacred Mother Earth, humanity’s ultimate survival is more than doubtful.
During the early years of North American’s “new” ecological consciousness, my grandfather had a conversation with an old friend, while visiting the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. He asked my grandfather to explain to him what ecology was all about. “Well” my grandfather said, “you know, Tahansi, we have these educational institutions now where you can go to study books, and talk and learn about life. Some people attend these institutions for many, many years. After they have read enough books, written about what they have read and talked about what they have written about, they become doctors of life. These doctors then get jobs where they earn a lot of money, so they can talk and study more. They have machines that look at things that are very small and make them look big. There are other machines that look at things far away and make them look close. They even put different materials in containers and pour them back and forth so they can find out more about Mother Earth. Anyway, they have spent great amounts of money and studied Mother Earth for many, many years and they have recently made a new discovery. They found out that everything is interrelated. They found out that when you pollute the air which all living things breathe and pollute the water which all living things drink, you pollute all living things. What do you think about that?”

The old man smiled knowingly and shook his head. “I was wondering when they would get around to that! Just look at what we do to our Mother Earth. We cut her hair where it should not be cut up and rip up her skin where it should not be ripped up, then we drill holes inside her and suck all of her blood out and put things inside of her and blow her bones up.” He then looked deeply into the eyes of my grandfather, shook his finger and said, “And what would happen if you did that to your mother? She would die! And this is exactly what is going to happen to all of us if we do not learn to respect and understand the spirit and teachings of our Mother.”

(2) Along with the dramatic increase in, environmental destruction, natural disasters are synergistically and simultaneously increasing everywhere on Mother Earth. These natural disasters include; earth quakes, droughts, hurricanes, weather changes, incurable diseases, air, soil and water pollution, floods, tornadoes, insect infestations, and the destruction of the ozone layer and polar ice caps. The Western medical complex is just beginning to realize that their world-wide war on disease is failing on many fronts. Super drugs have created super diseases that are beginning to break through every line of defense that has been created by Western Science, with little hope that more expensive and powerful drugs will prevent these super diseases from having rapid, deadly, widespread global impact. In their desperation to find new “cures”, the Western medical complex is currently spending millions of dollars to research plants and herbs that were developed and utilized for countless centuries by Indigenous science systems, in an effort to find alternative ways to deal with these new, deadly, human-created strains of disease.

(3) The world’s population is increasing by more than 92,000,000 human beings every year. In fact, if every human being who now lives on Mother Earth were able to experience the average economic status found in middle income homes in Canada and the US, we would need two more entire planets. Until we thoroughly understand the true meaning of respect for all life, the sacred relationship between women and men, and the spiritual purpose of our physical existence, we will continue to move towards worldwide disaster.

(4) Global economic competition is increasing. The current world economic system is spinning out of control despite the best efforts of our nation states to stabilize a system that no longer serves the needs of the human family. Instead of sovereignty, in its truest meaning, financial institutions of this world are attempting to manipulate and control our economic and social destiny for selfish purposes. For instance, global economic markets are increasingly being de-stabilized by financial speculators whose primary motive appears to be the unquenchable thirst for material riches, at whatever the cost to future generations. More economic theories and external controls will not solve this deepening crisis. Only when our hearts experience the divine reality that there is only one race, the human race, and that all Mother Earth is the common spiritual heritage of all beings, will we be able to develop economic systems that are life preserving and life sustaining. As a wise Elder once told me, whenever we make economic gain on the weakness of others or unfairly exploit others for our own selfish purposes, we will pay a very high price. In essence, the hurt of one is the hurt of all, and the honor of one is the honor of all.

(5) The social and cultural disintegration of human beings and their communities is increasing with every passing day. Divorce, child sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, family violence, abuse of women, violent crimes, suicide and other distinct signs of our increasing spiritual sickness are as clear as the midday sun. Only when we are able to understand and embrace one another as members of the same human family will we have an everlasting foundation for rebuilding our communities and the world.

As one of my grandfathers said to me, “You know grandson, the Great Spirit, Wakan Tanka, has given all people wisdom. To every living thing he has given something special. Some people receive their knowledge and understanding through books. In your life grandson, you too must read and study books, but remember to take with you on your journey only those things that bring more unity within yourself and others, that bring goodness and understanding and help us to serve one another in better ways. Wakan Tanka also gave our Indigenous peoples, and all other human beings who live close to Mother Earth, knowledge and wisdom through dreams, visions, fasting, prayer, and the ability to see the lessons the Creator has put in every part of creation. Look at those trees standing over there; the alder does not tell the pine tree to move over; the pine does not tell the fir tree to move over; each tree stands there in unity, with their mouth pressed toward the same Mother Earth, refreshed by the same breeze, warmed by the same sum, with their arms upraised in prayer and thanksgiving, protecting one another. If we are to have peace in the world, we too must learn to live like those trees. Look, grandson, at the beautiful teachings the Creator has put in the little stream. Feel that water and see how gently and lovingly it touches your hands. It travels through deserts and mountains and many places, but it never turns its back on anyone or anything. Even though water gives life to all living things, it is very humble, and always seeks the very lowest spot. But water, also, has great faith, power and patience for even if a mountain stands in its path, it keeps moving and moving until finally that mountain is washed into sea and is no more. These are spiritual gifts and capacities that the Creator has given each one of us. If we are to be happy within ourselves and with one another, we must always do the best we can to develop these sacred gifts and capacities.”

(6) As the old world order becomes more unstable, governments, in an effort to try and control the social and political disintegration process are increasingly violating human rights. As these abuses increase, an ever greater number of people will react to them with greater violence; acts of violence not only against governments but between ethnic and racial groups as well. The spiritual reality is that the old world order is no longer able to meet the needs of the peoples of Mother Earth. Only by providing positive alternatives to the destructive and inharmonious patterns of living will we be able to rebuild our families and communities. Without love and forgiveness for ourselves and others we will be unable to heal the age old fear, mistrust, greed, selfishness and hatred that is destroying the innermost heart of the human family. External control and repression of the human spirit will not end the devastation of our worldwide social order. Only self discipline and penetrating vision in the service of the Creator, others and ourselves, will enable us to be victorious over all the abuse of the human spirit that surround every human being and every human community.

(7) As governments become more rigid, abusive and uncompromising in a last ditch effort to save the disintegrating institutions of the old world order, terrorism and random acts of violence will increase dramatically. This movement of disintegration will continue until the ancient teachings found at the heart of all living cultures and spiritual traditions that teach us how to live in harmony and balance with all life are once again alive. We have a critical decision before us. Will we continue to walk the path of hatred and revenge or will we choose to walk the path of healing? Each has their clear consequences. As the spiritual greatness of our tribal peoples returns with greater and greater strength, it is clear to see that we are choosing the sacred path of healing, the path foretold in our ancient prophecies.

Not only is each one of these seven challenges monumental in themselves, but it is very clear to see that we are approaching a global catastrophe as the crossroads at which they all meet is coming rapidly into view. It will take bold, courageous, unified and selfless action to avert such destruction; the choice to do so is ours, and that decision is ultimately a spiritual one.

Topic: SOLUTIONS TO THE CHALLENGES: By permission, I offer Silversong's Story of Honor Day and the Honor Way to inspire and demonstrate how someone just like us, could identify a challenge, develop and act on a dream of how to solve it. She believes that WE are the generation as mentioned in the prophesy, who will see all these converging challenges, and will see our children suffering and will be the ones to bring back the Native HONOR WAY to all people and the earth.

Starting when she was a child, Silversong noticed the challenges you outlined and asked her elders the underlying questions, Why aren't people nice to each other? and What’s missing to build a life
we love in a world we love to live in?: In almost every conversation that I remember, HONOR was mentioned as what was missing."


WE all ARE THE GENERATION! So we warmly invite you to being part of the solution by bringing back the Native HONOR WAY in your lives, support HONOR DAY and please join our gathering at the Aug 22 HONOR CIRCLE GATHERING www.honorday.org
==========================
The Story of Honor Day and the Honor Way by Silversong

In my birthplace of Alberta, Canada in 1944, there was only one minority group ‐
Native Indians. We were expected to assimilate into the white culture and abandon
our origins and our people in order to succeed. When quite young I became aware of
two distinctive aspects of life ‐ the physical world we see, and the creative power of
unseen forces: love, thought, intent, and vision. I saw that Native awareness of the
unseen forces could be lost through assimilation, so I committed to learning and
applying the Native's way to keep the two worlds in balance. I did not want to lose
the Native tradition, but to find out how to do all I could to preserve the Natural
Way.
Some of the primary traditions of North American Native Indians are honoring,
humility, giving, gratitude, and having a vision for future generations. This is a way
of life that is in harmony with all forms of life: other people, future generations,
animals, birds, insects, trees and plants, rocks and the earth, sky, sun and moon. We
are connected to all these other aspects of Creation. All of Creation are worthy of
Honor because we all share a common kinship within the Hoop of Life.

Honoring, is acting with deep caring, respect and compassion toward our selves and
for all other beings on the planet, for future generations, and for the earth. We are a
part of it all. For Native peoples honoring is central to our way of life and our
ceremonies. We have traditions, prophecies, stories and songs about the Honor Way
and honoring.

My research has been through oral tradition with Elders, Medicine People, teachers,
leaders and artists for over 45 years. Since I was a child, I was always asking them
questions like, "Why aren't people nice to each other?" and "What’s missing to build a life
we love in a world we love to live in?". In almost every conversation that I remember,
HONOR was mentioned as what was missing.

The Elders said that in the modern world they noticed that the Honor Way was not
used. They noticed a lack of Honor for our selves, for women, for Mother Earth, for
animals, for plants, for each other, for Elders, for relationships and for treaties and
promises. There is a lack of Honor when personal, political, and business decisions
are made that do not consider the well being of present and future generations.
There is a lack of Honor for individual and religious rights of others. It has been said
that this country was formed to allow people to worship in their own ways without
persecution, yet the right to openly practice Native spirituality and ways only came
in 1976, with the passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

For Native people one of the deepest wounds is lack of Honor. Having experienced
the devastation of Native peoples first hand, I saw how often we implode rather
than explode. Rather than attack another, in our humiliation and shame we tend to
destroy ourselves. I have been told that since Honor has been missing for our
people, that drugs and alcohol are being used to fill the void.

I was taught that one way to live the Honor Way is through living your passion, and
that the door to your spirit is through your deepest pain or your greatest joy.
One way to know your life's purpose is to find your deepest pain, or your greatest
joy, and there you will find what is missing for the world… this can become your
purpose and passion.

This Lack of Honor in the world is the source of my deepest
pain, so following the Honor Way became my focus, my mission and passion, and is
my joy.

I practice bringing Honor back to All My Relations, to myself, to my dreams and my
visions. Yet, Honor and honoring is such an intangible formless concept, that I
wondered for a long time, How could this Honoring Way be returned to all people?
Then I remembered, and many will still remember the prophecy, One day there will
be a generation that will see mother earth suffering but especially when they see their
children suffering. It is that generation that will return honor; not just for the Native
peoples but also for all twolegged.


It was evident to all of us that the Mother Earth
needed our help, and we could see the suffering of our children. This made me think
that maybe WE are the generation that the ones of long ago spoke about, who will
return to the Honor Way.

Eventually the idea of having Honor Day as a recognized holiday came into focus.
Honor Day preserves the Native American Indian value of Honor, inviting all people,
faiths, cultures and traditions to share the Honor Way. A holiday that includes the
Native American Indian Way of Honoring would inspire all people in the same way
as holidays of Martin Luther King Day, Kwanza and Christmas do. Many efforts over
the years have been made to have a recognized National Native Indian day with no
lasting results from the federal government. When I asked the elders about how best
to make this happen they advised me, The government is not the nation, the people
are. Go to the people. That is why we are asking people to sign petitions to make
Honor Day a recognized annual holiday.

I thought it would take a powerful Indian leader to lead the way to restoring honor. I
spoke with many highly prominent Indian leaders about creating Honor Day. They
encouraged me to lead the way. This is where I pondered my plight. I did not see
myself as a powerful person. I am an artist and it is the job of the artist to articulate
what is in the soul. I pressed on. I took comparative religions classes and noticed
how often God speaks to the people who are not in positions of power‐ like the
shepherd in the field. I could see that regular people with powerful ideas can make
big changes in the world. I began to see my lack of a powerful position was an
obstacle only if I allowed it to be. So I followed my dream.

Native tradition taught me that a dream is transformed into physical reality by
speaking it to the hearts of others in a large gathering, meeting or event. If the
dream is meant to have wings it will fly. On January 22, 2000 there was a Treaty Day
play held at the Lummi Indian Nation near Bellingham, Washington, USA. There
were hundreds of people present. Gathering all the courage I could, I stood before
the people and delivered my message suggesting, Maybe WE are the generation that
the ones of long ago talked about, who would return the Honor Way to Humanity!

I proposed that we hold an annual Honor Day Circle Ceremony, which would be A
gift from Native America, transforming the world, by invitation, through the Honor
Way. This was the first step toward a federally recognized Holiday.

The first Honor Day was held at the Lummi Nation in 2000 on August 20; the date
chosen because it is the birthday of the "Miracle", the sacred White Buffalo Calf.
Honoring circles can be created any day of the year. Everyone’s support of Honor
Day and the Honor Way is awe‐inspiring. It is so strong that today many, many
people now observe it, and are honoring everyday. Individuals, families, groups, and
communities are joining us in making history by making their circles and reporting
back to us. We have reports of Honor Day circles being observed in Poland, England,
France, Greece, Sweden, Russia, and Canada. We vision 10,000 circles around the
world. People tell us that have been deeply moved and strengthened by Honor Day
and the act of honoring.

By sharing the Honor Way through ceremonies, we are bringing best traditions and
values from the ancient ones of Native America for present and future generations.
Together we are changing the dynamics of the world ‐ bringing positive actions,
values, and inspiration.

When we Honor the Spirit of Place of Mother Earth, and each other, then we can use
the skills, gifts, and talents of humanity in a good way to solve the many tasks
needed to give our children a safe, healthy future that they will love.

Written by Kathryn Donald as told by Silversong Belcourt, Honor Day Founder

7/3/2009 Copyrighted www.Honorday.org

HONOR DAY AUG 20 (celebrated this year on August 22) A GIFT FROM NATIVE AMERICA
"Transforming the world, by invitation, to the Honor Way"

Invititation for you on our website: www.honorday.org
=================================================================
Dedicated to my mother, Anne Larson, nee Desjarlais, (1921‐ 2005) who was of Cree, Blackfoot, and
Scottish heritage. She is the inspiration for, and source of my work. Her deeply held feeling was that
the highest calling and the best education a human being could get is through caring. Even though
she had lived in boarding schools and foster homes she found and maintained a keen sense of herself.
She told me, "The only opinion you need to fear is the one YOU have of yourself." She was Native, and
that made her different, she saw uniqueness as holy, something that she could share with
humankind. Together, as mother and daughter, the love we carried is the source of my inspiration.
We shared the most intimate conversations two people can have. She had a perspective on the past,
was spontaneous in the moment, while visioning that which she chose to make manifest. She was a
remarkable and wise woman who gave shelter, food and clothing to many people, and gave them a
reason to smile and to hope. She is always just a thought away, where expansion and creativity begin.
She is reminding me that nothing is written in stone, that we all are learning about life together.
=================================================================
Attachments:
Hi Kathryn -- I did see your post in this discussion; the one about silver song and your mom. I also to get your note about your reply not showing up. I'll look into it. Thanks for sharing. We so respect and appreciate SIlver Song. Phil Gerson is making a film about Honor Day and we are planning to participate in August.

Kathryn Donald said:

Topic: SOLUTIONS TO THE CHALLENGES: By permission, I offer Silversong's Story of Honor Day and the Honor Way to inspire and demonstrate how someone just like us, could identify a challenge, develop and act on a dream of how to solve it. She believes that WE are the generation as mentioned in the prophesy, who will see all these converging challenges, and will see our children suffering and will be the ones to bring back the Native HONOR WAY to all people and the earth.

Starting when she was a child, Silversong noticed the challenges you outlined and asked her elders the underlying questions, Why aren't people nice to each other? and What’s missing to build a life
we love in a world we love to live in?: In almost every conversation that I remember, HONOR was mentioned as what was missing."


WE all ARE THE GENERATION! So we warmly invite you to being part of the solution by bringing back the Native HONOR WAY in your lives, support HONOR DAY and please join our gathering at the Aug 22 HONOR CIRCLE GATHERING www.honorday.org
==========================
The Story of Honor Day and the Honor Way by Silversong

In my birthplace of Alberta, Canada in 1944, there was only one minority group ‐
Native Indians. We were expected to assimilate into the white culture and abandon
our origins and our people in order to succeed. When quite young I became aware of
two distinctive aspects of life ‐ the physical world we see, and the creative power of
unseen forces: love, thought, intent, and vision. I saw that Native awareness of the
unseen forces could be lost through assimilation, so I committed to learning and
applying the Native's way to keep the two worlds in balance. I did not want to lose
the Native tradition, but to find out how to do all I could to preserve the Natural
Way.
Some of the primary traditions of North American Native Indians are honoring,
humility, giving, gratitude, and having a vision for future generations. This is a way
of life that is in harmony with all forms of life: other people, future generations,
animals, birds, insects, trees and plants, rocks and the earth, sky, sun and moon. We
are connected to all these other aspects of Creation. All of Creation are worthy of
Honor because we all share a common kinship within the Hoop of Life.

Honoring, is acting with deep caring, respect and compassion toward our selves and
for all other beings on the planet, for future generations, and for the earth. We are a
part of it all. For Native peoples honoring is central to our way of life and our
ceremonies. We have traditions, prophecies, stories and songs about the Honor Way
and honoring.

My research has been through oral tradition with Elders, Medicine People, teachers,
leaders and artists for over 45 years. Since I was a child, I was always asking them
questions like, "Why aren't people nice to each other?" and "What’s missing to build a life
we love in a world we love to live in?". In almost every conversation that I remember,
HONOR was mentioned as what was missing.

The Elders said that in the modern world they noticed that the Honor Way was not
used. They noticed a lack of Honor for our selves, for women, for Mother Earth, for
animals, for plants, for each other, for Elders, for relationships and for treaties and
promises. There is a lack of Honor when personal, political, and business decisions
are made that do not consider the well being of present and future generations.
There is a lack of Honor for individual and religious rights of others. It has been said
that this country was formed to allow people to worship in their own ways without
persecution, yet the right to openly practice Native spirituality and ways only came
in 1976, with the passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

For Native people one of the deepest wounds is lack of Honor. Having experienced
the devastation of Native peoples first hand, I saw how often we implode rather
than explode. Rather than attack another, in our humiliation and shame we tend to
destroy ourselves. I have been told that since Honor has been missing for our
people, that drugs and alcohol are being used to fill the void.

I was taught that one way to live the Honor Way is through living your passion, and
that the door to your spirit is through your deepest pain or your greatest joy.
One way to know your life's purpose is to find your deepest pain, or your greatest
joy, and there you will find what is missing for the world… this can become your
purpose and passion.

This Lack of Honor in the world is the source of my deepest
pain, so following the Honor Way became my focus, my mission and passion, and is
my joy.

I practice bringing Honor back to All My Relations, to myself, to my dreams and my
visions. Yet, Honor and honoring is such an intangible formless concept, that I
wondered for a long time, How could this Honoring Way be returned to all people?
Then I remembered, and many will still remember the prophecy, One day there will
be a generation that will see mother earth suffering but especially when they see their
children suffering. It is that generation that will return honor; not just for the Native
peoples but also for all twolegged.


It was evident to all of us that the Mother Earth
needed our help, and we could see the suffering of our children. This made me think
that maybe WE are the generation that the ones of long ago spoke about, who will
return to the Honor Way.

Eventually the idea of having Honor Day as a recognized holiday came into focus.
Honor Day preserves the Native American Indian value of Honor, inviting all people,
faiths, cultures and traditions to share the Honor Way. A holiday that includes the
Native American Indian Way of Honoring would inspire all people in the same way
as holidays of Martin Luther King Day, Kwanza and Christmas do. Many efforts over
the years have been made to have a recognized National Native Indian day with no
lasting results from the federal government. When I asked the elders about how best
to make this happen they advised me, The government is not the nation, the people
are. Go to the people. That is why we are asking people to sign petitions to make
Honor Day a recognized annual holiday.

I thought it would take a powerful Indian leader to lead the way to restoring honor. I
spoke with many highly prominent Indian leaders about creating Honor Day. They
encouraged me to lead the way. This is where I pondered my plight. I did not see
myself as a powerful person. I am an artist and it is the job of the artist to articulate
what is in the soul. I pressed on. I took comparative religions classes and noticed
how often God speaks to the people who are not in positions of power‐ like the
shepherd in the field. I could see that regular people with powerful ideas can make
big changes in the world. I began to see my lack of a powerful position was an
obstacle only if I allowed it to be. So I followed my dream.

Native tradition taught me that a dream is transformed into physical reality by
speaking it to the hearts of others in a large gathering, meeting or event. If the
dream is meant to have wings it will fly. On January 22, 2000 there was a Treaty Day
play held at the Lummi Indian Nation near Bellingham, Washington, USA. There
were hundreds of people present. Gathering all the courage I could, I stood before
the people and delivered my message suggesting, Maybe WE are the generation that
the ones of long ago talked about, who would return the Honor Way to Humanity!

I proposed that we hold an annual Honor Day Circle Ceremony, which would be A
gift from Native America, transforming the world, by invitation, through the Honor
Way. This was the first step toward a federally recognized Holiday.

The first Honor Day was held at the Lummi Nation in 2000 on August 20; the date
chosen because it is the birthday of the "Miracle", the sacred White Buffalo Calf.
Honoring circles can be created any day of the year. Everyone’s support of Honor
Day and the Honor Way is awe‐inspiring. It is so strong that today many, many
people now observe it, and are honoring everyday. Individuals, families, groups, and
communities are joining us in making history by making their circles and reporting
back to us. We have reports of Honor Day circles being observed in Poland, England,
France, Greece, Sweden, Russia, and Canada. We vision 10,000 circles around the
world. People tell us that have been deeply moved and strengthened by Honor Day
and the act of honoring.

By sharing the Honor Way through ceremonies, we are bringing best traditions and
values from the ancient ones of Native America for present and future generations.
Together we are changing the dynamics of the world ‐ bringing positive actions,
values, and inspiration.

When we Honor the Spirit of Place of Mother Earth, and each other, then we can use
the skills, gifts, and talents of humanity in a good way to solve the many tasks
needed to give our children a safe, healthy future that they will love.

Written by Kathryn Donald as told by Silversong Belcourt, Honor Day Founder

7/3/2009 Copyrighted www.Honorday.org

HONOR DAY AUG 20 (celebrated this year on August 22) A GIFT FROM NATIVE AMERICA
"Transforming the world, by invitation, to the Honor Way"

Invititation for you on our website: www.honorday.org
=================================================================
Dedicated to my mother, Anne Larson, nee Desjarlais, (1921‐ 2005) who was of Cree, Blackfoot, and
Scottish heritage. She is the inspiration for, and source of my work. Her deeply held feeling was that
the highest calling and the best education a human being could get is through caring. Even though
she had lived in boarding schools and foster homes she found and maintained a keen sense of herself.
She told me, "The only opinion you need to fear is the one YOU have of yourself." She was Native, and
that made her different, she saw uniqueness as holy, something that she could share with
humankind. Together, as mother and daughter, the love we carried is the source of my inspiration.
We shared the most intimate conversations two people can have. She had a perspective on the past,
was spontaneous in the moment, while visioning that which she chose to make manifest. She was a
remarkable and wise woman who gave shelter, food and clothing to many people, and gave them a
reason to smile and to hope. She is always just a thought away, where expansion and creativity begin.
She is reminding me that nothing is written in stone, that we all are learning about life together.
=================================================================

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