Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Rites of passage through the valley of death

Just before dawn David and Nasrene follow by the rest of us braved the cold to preform the ceremonial rite of pouring out libation in honor of the dead murdered by whites. Inside, while burning sage cleansing the environment of what David called their stench, outside we call the names of the dead as ask permission to proceed in the following year with specific plans. After the ceremony David said "For their living shall not ask forgiveness of us for the crimes their dead committed against us, they must enter the house of the dead and ask redemption of the dead" before returning back inside.
The 50yr old community activist/ artist and his Gemini will refuse both food and drink for the entire day in honor of the great fallen warriors of both sides of his linage.   

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