Happy summer solstice! The longest day of the year when the sun appears to stand still in the sky… watching over all of us, illuminating everything in our lives that need healing. We give thanks for everything the sun does for us. We honor the “Sundancers” who begin their sacred journey this day. We dance and sing outdoors, we explore new areas and go on amazing new adventures. We honor making new relationships and the making of relatives, one of the seven sacred rights of the Lakota Sioux called the “Hunkapi Ceremony.” The Seven Sacred Rights are:
Nagi Gluhapi: Keeping of the Soul
Inipi: Rite of Purification
Hanbleceya: Crying For a Vision
Wiwanyag Wacipi: Sun Dance
Hunkapi: The Making of Relatives
Isnati Awicaliwanpi: A Girl’s Coming of Age
Tapa Wankaye: The Throwing of the Ball
The Seven Lakota Values, given by the White Buffalo Calf Woman include Praying, Respect, Caring and Compassion, Honesty and Truth, Generosity and Caring, Humility, and Wisdom.
We honor Creator for all that we have and we feast and pray together as “One Tribe.” Bless you, your family and everything in your life. Bless this day.