Mitakuye Oyasin - We Are All Related

by Robert Albee | Mar 09, 2012
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Summary:

Within the American Indian spiritual ways common to most tribes is the Medicine Wheel that honors people of the Four Directions — red, yellow, black and white are appreciated for their gifts on this Earth. We present a cultural encounter that respects all of these ways:

Red - Introduction to a Dakota Yuwipi Ceremony in South Minneapolis and a sweat lodge gathering led by Native people and elders; we come together to experience the spiritual ways of the indigenous people of this land.

Yellow- Through several centers in the Twin Cities area, we are introduced to Buddhism and participate in an event welcoming people of all faiths.

Black - We discover the Black Gospel Church experience and attend a local mosque; an imam will teach us about the peaceful ways of Islam;

White - We learn about European Christianity — Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and Mormonism through visits to churches. We also visit a synagogue and learn more deeply about Jewish holy ways and practices.

Beyond - We visit the Baha’i Center in South Minneapolis and learn about this new religion.

Mitakuye Oyasin involves not only religion, but also sharing of music, basic foods and beverages associated with each culture. This is an opportunity for Minnesotans to open cultural, religious and spiritual doors they might have been curious about but were uncertain how to proceed. A series of written handouts will be presented in a loose leaf book with video clips that highlight the journey of our participants.

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About You

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Robert

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Albee

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United States, MN

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Minneapolis

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Mitakuye Oyasin - We Are All Related

What is your best idea to build bonds and work together across cultures and faiths in your community?

Within the American Indian spiritual ways common to most tribes is the Medicine Wheel that honors people of the Four Directions — red, yellow, black and white are appreciated for their gifts on this Earth. We present a cultural encounter that respects all of these ways:
Red - Introduction to a Dakota Yuwipi Ceremony in South Minneapolis and a sweat lodge gathering led by Native people and elders; we come together to experience the spiritual ways of the indigenous people of this land.
Yellow- Through several centers in the Twin Cities area, we are introduced to Buddhism and participate in an event welcoming people of all faiths.
Black - We discover the Black Gospel Church experience and attend a local mosque; an imam will teach us about the peaceful ways of Islam;
White - We learn about European Christianity — Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and Mormonism through visits to churches. We also visit a synagogue and learn more deeply about Jewish holy ways and practices.
Beyond - We visit the Baha’i Center in South Minneapolis and learn about this new religion.
Mitakuye Oyasin involves not only religion, but also sharing of music, basic foods and beverages associated with each culture. This is an opportunity for Minnesotans to open cultural, religious and spiritual doors they might have been curious about but were uncertain how to proceed. A series of written handouts will be presented in a loose leaf book with video clips that highlight the journey of our participants.

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How will your idea have a positive impact on your community?

This project enables a pathway in which we explore cultures and religions other than our own. This is the 150th year of the Dakota Conflict, which is being commemorated in a variety of ways. To honor and promote a healing associated with that historical time in Minnesota History, the most innovative part of our idea is to conduct a Yuwipi ceremony, preceded by a sweat lodge ceremony for some participants. The Yuwipi ceremony translates in the Dakota language as “to tie you up”, meaning that the spiritual or Yuwipi leader is physically bound in a star quilt blanket and laid out on a four directions altar in a diamond pattern within the center of the circle. His bindings represent the suffering of the Dakota people; he seeks to attain spiritual guidance and healing for all of the participants and their loved ones. Special healing requests are also accepted. There is a specific protocol to be followed when conducting this ceremony. Since it cannot be recorded nor photographed, it will become a unique experience to be lived and remembered for a lifetime. Participants will receive specific instructions to be carefully followed if they wish to participate in the ceremony.

What do you think the lasting effect will be if your idea is implemented?

The impact of observing or participating in a ceremony thousands of years old is destined to be remembered for life and probably shared only through prose. However, unlike the Yuwipi ceremony, our other Four Directions sacred site visits will be readily available to future seekers by way of Meet-up.com. We will be able to highlight which venues are scheduled and a calendar of events published; through RSVP’s we determine how many people will be attending each event, which helps the hosts. New sites can be set up and then scheduled and announced online, making this idea a progressive or ongoing series of sacred site visits that people can use for years to come. Participants can suggest new sites and a committee can determine whether or not to include them in future visits. Furthermore, participants’ and site visit leaders’ photos, maps and written anecdotes will be published online and available for downloading; videos will be shared on YouTube and Facebook. Thus anybody coming along later can benefit from the route to be taken by our original or earlier participants. The purpose is not simply to visit and walk around buildings, but actually participate in scheduled activities.

pois sullivan said: first of all i appreciate the author for taking the effort to share a good read on religious beliefs. Mitakuye Oyasin includes religion, ... about this Competition Entry. - 2156 days ago read more >
Katina Petersen said: Thank you so much for sharing this idea- it truly incorporates so many cultures and faiths. Please encourage others you work with to ... about this Competition Entry. - 2684 days ago read more >

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