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Spring has Sprung

May is here!  Finally, the seeds begin to sprout, the leaves pop out, and life explodes all around us.  At this time of year, we see once again how something very little, with a little bit of water and sunshine, turns into something big and beautiful!

Follow the Buffalo, Inc. presents an opportunity for you to share in growing something beautiful. Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Wakan Yeja – Sacred One

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In Lakota they call their infants Wakan Yeja – Sacred Ones.  Babies were believed to choose their families.  And the babies were loved, cherished and cared for not only by their parents, but also their Tiospaye – extended families.

In Western culture we often describe the New Year as a baby.  We might imagine that baby has chosen this time and all of us to be his or her family.  We might envision not one baby, but the babies of all the different races and cultures as being part of our human family, all needing and deserving of our love and care.

What kind of world could we create if we understood all new life on the earth to be our family?

This is the medicine we can choose to cultivate in this New Year and new era.  There is a growing awareness of our interconnection and interdependence.  Our intentions and actions can add momentum to this shift.  If you want this, if you feel this, use this awareness to guide both your big and small life choices.  Be the change you wish to see.

We do ceremony to connect with the Creator and to come into harmony with all of creation.

We will have a special meeting with the board of Follow the Buffalo and anyone who wants to participate in upcoming events we hope to host to support our work to assist people on the reservation and those maintaining traditional cultures.  Your creativity and energy is needed and wanted to carry out this joyful work.  The meeting will be on Sunday, January 20th at 9:00am at Follow the Buffalo Inc.’s World Headquarters 9429 Marsh Rd., Plainwell MI 49080.

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from Follow the Buffalo, Inc.

We hope your holidays are warm and cozy, filled with laughter and joy shared with loved ones. The chill of Winter drives us inside from the elements, but draws us inward in reflection. We hope as you look back on 2012 you find many things to be grateful for and that your experiences of the year lead to new insights and even greater wisdom.

At Follow the Buffalo, Inc. we look back at 2012 with special fondness as the year we brought our vision into reality – a vision of helping our brothers and sisters on the reservation and those working to preserve native cultures. We are discovering just how much we have to learn in building relationships, raising funds, and working for change. The challenges before us are great, but the Creator is leaving us that bread crumb trail of hints and bringing just the right people in at the right times to help us make our way.428px-Snow-covered_Bison_bison

The spirit that drives Follow the Buffalo, Inc. is the understanding that we are all related, all children of the same Creator. We are part of that great circle of life, each with a role to play in this creation we call earth. The Lakota way of expressing this is Mitakuwe Oyasin – All My Relations. They proclaim this each time they pray.

As we enjoy the warmth and abundance of the holidays with our loved ones, we hope that you will join us in remembering our brothers and sisters who’s life on the reservation can be challenging in the cold months of Winter.

Your donation can make a real difference in easing suffering and providing encouragement.

Thank you so much for all the ways you bring more light into the world.

Mitakuwe Oyasin!

We invite you to share this message with your friends and family.  Click the link to open as a PDF: winter letter

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Connecting Youth and Culture

I had the chance to speak with a friend on the Pine Ridge Reservation recently. We spoke of many things, but what really stayed with me was his concern for the youth living on the reservation. The teen suicide rate on the reservation has been three times as high as the rest of the United States. Depression and substance abuse are also at elevated rates. But our talk was not about statistics – rather he spoke of real people coping with tragedy and seeking to ease their suffering and provide hope for the next generation.

I asked him what he thought made life so difficult for young people on the reservation. The first thing he said was loneliness. Loneliness that comes from physical distance, but also from losing connection with family.

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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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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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