One Proud Mother here.
On November 18th, we attended the Native American Event at the Museum of history celebrating Native American Indian month here in Raleigh. Victoria had worked hard offering pedicures to students of the studio in hopes to raise money for a good cause. I have no idea why pedicures, bc we don’t get them often, but paint here at home lol:) She chose Native American Indians to be the cause. Yup, proud mama here. This began sometime between owning Dottie Orenda & Cisco Terruño. She raised $12.50. Well the day finally arrived and she placed her monies in an envelope and asked her daddy R’wd how to write “For Cherokee”.
She ran upstairs and was so proud to show me. My heart melted, not too long ago I read her the Trail of Tears, I couldn’t hold back my tears and if you read it, you wouldn’t be able to either.
We arrived at the event and searched for a Cherokee Native. And quickly we found John StandingDeer, also known as bullet. He told us he was from the Easterband of Cherokee and there were others in Oklahoma. I mentioned we read the Trail of Tears and he seemed a little taken back, maybe that is not the word, but I don’t think he expected her to know about it being only 5. And when she handed him the envelope and we told him we were very sorry for what has and continue happening, he seemed moved.
I moved to North Carolina bc the movie Last of Mohicans was filmed here. Though the Mohicans come from the North. I saw it in 9th grade and felt home and fell in love. As a child the spirit of the Native’s has resonated within me. My father taught me the love of Mother Earth and it’s many beautiful creatures. My Abuela Maria sang to all animals. The ants, the pigeons, the chickens. My Godfather was taught me about Green Peace. But the truth of the Native American’s runs in my spirit. And I vow to pass that to my creation that chose me. Victoria Nahuel. My little “Jaguar” that walks with the Shaman.
This day has meant the world to me. Maybe silly to some, but doesn’t bother me and the truth resides in me. John StandinDeer aka the Bullet, proceeded to educate her a bit about how his people still hunt in the forest. But time was short and the introductions were to begin, so when he looked up he realized that his tribe had headed out. So he had to go. We followed outside and the many tribes began toward their way thru the crowd. We stood to video and capture more pics. And there they arrived. He noticed her, but I don’t know if it processed at that moment, and then……. Soleil kissed his face and he turned to my sweet child and smiled.
Just writing this brings me to tears. I am grateful for this introduction and will pursue more knowledge and more connections. To learn from the Native Americans of this land is a dream that I will continue to pursue and teach to Victoria. Satya. #Truth.
For more pictures of this wonderful event click here
~Maktub (it is written)
Windhorse aka Claudia