Circle

Seeing so much of life is broken, I was struck by the following from the book Black Elk Speaks:

You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.  In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken, the people flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop, and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The east gave peace and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain, and the north with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance.  This knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion.  Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle.

But the Wasichus have put us in these square boxes.  Our power is gone and we are dying, for the power is not in us any more.

Well, it is as it is. We are prisoners of war while we are waiting here. But there is another world.

Photos taken with permission at the 103rd Meskwaki Powwow, August 2017

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