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The countdown begins

Another day over. One less day until the big change in my life. No I'm not talking about menopause either. If you haven't been following along, I'm being adopted this weekend. My friend Starhawk is adopting me as her brother on Saturday in Lenoir, NC. Starhawk is Second Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Nation. I'm leaving here with Deb on Thursday after work. The trip is 748 miles. I could easily do that in a day but Deb doesn't like to go that far so likey we will stop somewhere between Indianapolis and Louisville late Thursday night and then finish up on Friday.

Looking forward to a mini-vacation. Frankly I'm overcome with a bunch of emotions over this. I'm excited and nervous. I want to take just the right gifts for all those involved. Part of the adoption ceremony is a naming ceremony. Deb and I will get our Indian names. I'm not sure if I will legally change my name as others have done. Perhaps just add it to my first name as a last name of sorts. I already know what it is, as it came to WhiteHawk, the Principal Chief in a vision. It's StoneBear which is fitting, given my affinity for stones and my calling to heal with them. Deb's will be Moon Dancer. The Shawnee spelling of mine is Seegriana Mouhqua, which is how I will be known to the People from now on. The adoption won't mean I'm part of the Nation but it will give me some status as an honored friend, being the adopted brother of the Second Chief.

Starhawk wrote part of the ritual herself and part has been handed down for hundreds of years so I'm very anxious to participate. My folks will be coming up to see it as well. It will be nice having family present as they don't get to see so much of what I do.

I've got a list developing of what I need to take. Sounds like a macabre shopping list but I think these things will be appreciated.

Snapping turtle shells
Trade Beads
buckskin
Osage Orange wood
coyote skulls
deer legs
crystal clusters
sweetgrass braids
duck wings
owl feathers

I'm getting excited. Only three more days.

Peace,

Wander

Comments

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ryl
Nov. 12th, 2001 05:25 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the root of hemlock digged i' the dark.
wander
Nov. 13th, 2001 07:07 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, can't forget that, and wolfbane too. Never can be too careful.

Wander

thog
Nov. 12th, 2001 05:34 pm (UTC)
That list sounds like the scavenger hunt that gets won by the person who managed to find just one of the items! Where/how do you or will you get these? The snapping turtle shells are a particularly interesting item. Surely you must have some on hand, since it's winter up there. As I believe we discussed with someone else here on your journal a while back, snappers can be pretty nasty! I don't envy the task of hunting them.
wander
Nov. 13th, 2001 07:17 am (UTC)
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In the case of those. I live on the bluff above the Illinois River. There are a bunch of folks down in the river towns that either fish for catfish for a living or hunt snappers. They either set traps for them or walk the shore line gigging them like you do frogs and flounder. Then they sell the meat to restaurants, In any event, they have little use for the shells and therefore are willing to trade. So what I've been doing is trading arrowheads and shark's teeth for the turtle shells. I've got about 10 really big snapper shells and a couple mud turtles as well. The Osage Orange grows all over my farm and I just had to cut a big branch to get it out of the way of the corn field fence. The coyote skull I found out in my woods. There is a medium sized pack of them prowling around out there and occasionally one dies on it's own. The deer legs were traded to me by a local hunter, as were the ducks that the wings came from. I tell the hunters to give me whatever they would normally throw away. That way, I get a steady supplu of deer hides and turkey and goose feathers. The owl feathers I generally find walking around in the woods though I don't find many. Owl is one of my totems though so I think she gives me a little luck in that area. The crystals I trade for with a guy who owns a mine in Arkansas. The sweetgrass braids I trade for with a guy who grows it over in Missouri. Though I do have a patch of my own. It's very slow growing and isn't mature enough to harvest yet.

I guess I'd be a good person to know for a scavenger hunt.

Wander
mouthypoo
Nov. 12th, 2001 08:12 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to say that sound empowering.
I wanted to try out your survey because of the purdy necklace prize, but then I realized heck I was born in the 80's...
thus I'll have to wait till someone comes up with a 90's contest :)

I'll be looking forward to reading about the ceremony later. I just find that absolutely refreshing to read.

wander
Nov. 13th, 2001 07:28 am (UTC)
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Actually the person who won the contest was born in the 80's too. I'll run a 90's contest pretty soon I guess. I've done the 60-70's already. I'm not sure how much of the 90's I care to remember though. I got divorced in the 90's and some of the time surrounding that is pretty unclear. But some truly wonderful things happened as well so we will see.

As for the ceremony, I'll write as much as I can of it when I return. I'm not sure how much of it will need to remain secret. These people have given me the priveledge of seeing things before that only people in certain medicine societies are normally allowed to see. This both honors and humbles me so I'm careful about what I reveal, but I will have a review of some sort I'm sure.
I'm glad you enjoy reading about these things.

Wander

johnthetiger
Nov. 12th, 2001 09:09 pm (UTC)
That sounds so exciting, I'm sure it will be an experience to remember.... good luck with everything!! I haven't been following along because I just recently added you, so I missed that bit... It will be interesting to see how everything turns out. Peace!
wander
Nov. 13th, 2001 07:29 am (UTC)
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Thanks man. I'll post a reveiw of some kind when I get back. Until then, I'm just a ball of nervous energy.

Peace,

Wander

cuddles
Nov. 13th, 2001 06:27 am (UTC)
Sweet!
So they're finally going through and adopting you huh? Good for you man! I know Lenoir is a way from KM but if ya feel like stopping by and hanging out let me know. Congratulations man and good luck with the ritual.

Later

Cuddles
wander
Nov. 13th, 2001 07:33 am (UTC)
Re: Sweet!
I just talked to Hardtime last night and told him not to bother coming up for the ceremony. Not that I don't think he would enjoy it, it's just sort of supposed to be a very small and intimate gathering. Plus I'll actually only be in NC a little over 24 hours and then I have to get back for work. If I had more time, I'm sure we'd go visit you and a few other friends. I'm off the whole week of Xmas and will be back there so I'll plan a day to come down and visit.

Peace,

Wander
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