Update on the Elder Wood Project

This month, Follow the Buffalo, Inc., was pleased to contribute to the Elder Wood Project.  The donated funds enabled Arlin Whirlwindhorse, the leader of the project to purchase 2 new chainsaws.

Wopila, Thank you!

We are so grateful for your generous responses to our call for help at Follow the Buffalo.  We wanted to let you know that your help allowed us to purchase 2 Stihl chainsaws to aid the work of the Elder Wood Project.  These sawswill help put a crew of 5 young men to work cutting, splitting, and delivering badly needed firewood to seniors on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  This is just a first step in this process, but a very important step that will make an immediate impact in the community.  We will keep you posted on the progress of this project.

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One of the crew members of the elder wood project, using one of the new chainsaws

 

 

 

Thank you all for your continued support of our mission!

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What is the Elder Wood Project?

Winters on the Pine Ridge Reservation are harsh.  Weather is extreme – severe winds are common and temperatures are bitter cold, frequently below zero.  Many Reservation homes lack adequate insulation.  Even more homes lack central heating.  Wood burning is the second most common form of heating a home, although wood supplies are often expensive or difficult to obtain. Continue reading

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Keeping of the Soul

The Inipi or sweat lodge is just one of the sacred ceremonies of the Lakota people.  Another of their sacred ceremonies is the Keeping of the Soul.  This ceremony was given to the people to help them deal with the deep feelings of loss and grief experienced at the death of a loved one.  It provided a structure for understanding and supporting the transition from this life to the next.  It taught that even the death of a loved one can serve a life-giving purpose.  Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome to Follow the Buffalo.

Follow the Buffalo envisions a world in which people of all races, cultures, socio-economic classes, and spiritual traditions are treated with dignity and respect.  The directors of Follow the Buffalo come from a community of people whose spiritual journey has allowed us the opportunity to experience a small portion of the wisdom, depth and beauty of Native American spirituality.  Continue reading

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Follow the Buffalo, Inc. embraces the mission of cultivating and sharing abundance within our spiritual community, and for all our relations – the world around us.  As an organization we will achieve this through charitable work, driven by donations, fundraising, and the support of our people.  The primary goal of Follow the Buffalo, Inc. is to aid our extended community on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

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