Mama Tracy, Inc. will be hosting Glenn Brown this Friday, Oct 24 for a Pipe Ceremony. This event is rare, and will be located on site in the shop itself located at 23614 VanBorn Rd, in Dearborn Heights. This is a sacred act and should be undertaken with mindfulness.
This is one of the “Seven Sacred Rites of the Lakota People”. They are as follows:
- Chanupa Wakan – The Visit of The Sacred White Buffalo Calf Maiden
- Nagi Gluhapi – The Keeping of The Soul
- Inipi – The Rite of Purification
- Hanbleceya – Crying For A Vision
- Wiwangag Wachi – The Sun Dance
- Hunkakaga – The Making of Relatives
- Isnati Awicaliwanpi – A Girl’s Coming of Age
- Tapa Wankaye – The Throwing of The Ball
Each one has its own story and purpose. It is the first rite that will be performed by Glenn Brown.
The organizers wish inform those who may attend that there is a restriction. “Women of childbearing age who are on their ‘Moon-time’ cannot participate in the Pipe Ceremony…The reason will be explained at the beginning of the ceremony. It has to do with the ‘power/energy’ of a woman on her menstrual cycle”. Also, keep in mind that it is also customary for women to wear a skirt (or dress) to ceremonial gatherings.
As an aside, please keep in mind that it is a measure of respect to pass tobacco to someone who is sharing their knowledge. It does not have to be a lot, just enough to maybe fill a thumb tip or less sized pouch. It is not required, but it is always good to attempt to be gracious when encountering another culture by learning ways to say “Thank You”.
Some may ask, why tobacco? In these times, people have become accustomed to using this plant improperly and without thought. However, it has historically served a higher purpose than just a recreational indulgence. As shared by Indian Country Wisconsin, the First Nation Peoples used it
“In Woodland Indian rituals, ceremonies, and religious observances, tobacco is the unifying thread of communication between humans and the spiritual powers. The manidog (spirits) are said to be extremely fond of tobacco and that the only way they could get it was from the Indians, either by smoke from a pipe or by offerings of dry tobacco. According to tradition, the Indians received tobacco as a gift from Wenebojo who had taken it from a mountain giant and then given the seed to his brothers.”
For those with allergies, the composition of the smoking mixture includes Red Willow Bark, Berry Leaves, Osha Root, and Sumac. Those who may feel that any of these would cause a reaction should weigh their decision on attendance with this in mind. Remember, though we are to take care of each other, it is always our responsibility to take care of our selves.
The class itself is slated for 2 hours. Attendance is not at cost, however any donation that can be made would be appreciated. Thus, the class is offering only.