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The Purpose of the Inipi:Learning from James Ray

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They Did Not Deserve to Die!

We find that the blogging  still going on tying  the sweat lodge deaths to the  anger around cultural appropriation issues inappropriate and heartless.  No participant deserved this to happen. 

We know that lodges are safe when facilitated by individuals who know the cultural, spiritual and safety practices of the purification ceremony. Lodges facilitated by non First-Nations people are also beneficial, when conducted with cultural-spiritual integrity and strict adherence to safety protocol.  Spirit is not limited by our cultural-racial identities and is not mono-lingual. A friend of mine has an  ancestor  that speaks Twee.  I understand  and can  interpret only when I listen with my higer emotions.

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Lakota Elder Speaks Out

“Our First Nations People have to earn the right to pour the mini wic¹oni
(water of life) upon the inyan oyate (the stone people) in creating Inikag¹a
- by going on the vision quest for four years and four years Sundance. Then
you are put through a ceremony to be painted – to recognize that you have
now earned that right to take care of someone¹s life through purification.

They should also be able to understand our sacred language, to be able to
understand the messages from the Grandfathers, because they are ancient,
they are our spirit ancestors. They walk and teach the values of our
culture; in being humble, wise, caring and compassionate.”
Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Pipe Bundle
http://blogs.rapidcityjournal.com/indigenous_pov/?p=51

A News Video Account of when things go horribly wrong: 
http://www.azcentral.com/video/
#/Blind+faith+and+abuse+of+power/45857042001

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