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Naming Ceremony for Lightning Medicine Cloud
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It was a very patriotic day. Precisely at 9am, a C-130 did a fly over opening the festivities. Everyone was cheering. Then the singers and the men on the drum, sang 'The Flag Song'. Since I do not know the language I can't tell you what was said. It was a sight to see....Native American's holding the US, TX , POW/MIA and flags of the Indian Nations while the song was being sung. Then the dancing began. We were not allowed to take pictures or video the actual naming ceremony as it is about the most significant ritual of their culture. The elders made circle, a pipe was passed around for all in the circle to smoke. All of them, when taking turns with the pipe, turned and lifted the pipe to the 4 directions...north, south, east and west...the circle of life. We were required to stand and remove our hats, throughout this part of the ceremony. Arby Little Soldier (3rd great grandson of Sitting Bull) and another Native, then mounted horses, Arby carrying a spear and they rode into the pasture next to where we were all at. Before he could allow the little fella to come into that part of the pasture, for everyone to see and take pics/video of, he had to bless (I think that is what t was).the land. He rode the entire line of people, you could feel the excitement building as he started to make the 'Circle' and when the time was right, he threw the spear into the ground...people cheered. It was after that, that Arby and his friend, herded the buffalo into the pasture for all to see <b>...</b>
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