"Now we all know that connectedness does exist—that we are, in fact, connected to everything. Modern science is finally beginning to glimpse this and to develop evidence. But this reality was known about and acted upon by traditional Native Americans. My ancestors knew that we are related to the butterflies, trees, the ocean and rivers, the Sun, animals, plants, other humans and everyting. And actions based on this premise produced real results."
- Eunice Baumann-Nelson
Day 116 - Monday, October 16, 1995 - On his way to meet the walkers in Oklahoma, Grandfather Commanda stopped yesterday for a visit in Sedona, Arizona. While there he fell and hurt his leg.
Grandfather Commanda arrived at the Tulsa airport this Monday evening. He was welcomed, and then driven to Talequah to be with the main Sunbow 5 walk. Having fallen down in Phoenix the previous day, he was a bit stiff. The walkers are concerned he may have cracked his kneecap. Grandfather says not to worry, he’ll be fine…
I spoke with Grandfather by phone after he arrived, and he commented on the walk situation. "A leader should speak with love and respect at all times," he said. "The negative always pushes us. We need a lot of strength and prayers. Dissension and disrespect was not intended by the vision.
“If we do not fulfill our responsibility to carry these teachings to the West in a sacred manner, it's very possible that things are going to get worse in the world. We must try our best. We need prayers and respect.
"We are not all the same. All are trying to get together, but it is getting harder and harder. Before it gets better, it's going to get worse. We must forgive one another for what we have done in the past. If one does not admit it—what one has done—then it does not end."
The walkers settled in for the night at Talequah. Bill Teague, who has been with the walk over the last two weeks, sent along an e-mail…
E-mail Subject: Check in with Sunbow
“… I came to feel that no one was being fooled or avoiding anything but again some things have to be left between the concerned parties until which time they find it within themselves to bring it to the circle making the allegations public.
Before that happens it is still a private matter regardless of how many know about it or what they think that they know about it. Certainly there are two sides to the story and both must be heard.
The ones that decided to keep walking were in my opinion doing it in the right way, for the right reasons. There were circles where there had been none for a couple days...direction, purpose, and morale came back where there had been stagnation, confusion, and apathy.
An open spot was left in the circle for those that were absent. Everyone absent was mentioned by name in the prayers...the pipe was offered to the open spot in their honor and an extra portion of food was set aside at dinner as well.
Joe said many times that he was not the leader, that indeed Tom was, but that the walk had to go on and he only asked who would walk with him as he chose to walk and pray as the elders had said was a good thing to do.
Peace, Bill Teague
Copyright 2006 by Steven McFadden
Read Day 117 -- Odyssey of the 8th Fire