Father, Grandfather, Wa-kan Tan-ka (Eternal Power)
You and You alone, have created everything: the universe, the earth, the
four powers, the four ages, the four winds, the four colors, the tree people,
the bushes, the plant and grass
people, the winged people, the water people, the four-legged people. You
placed here on Mother Earth to live as relatives. You watch over all your
You placed to the west a power greater than man has ever known, the Thunder
Beings, to watch over the Sacred Pipe, which you gave to the ik-che wi-cha-sha
(pure beings ), through Ta-tank-a (Buffalo Nation). You said that with it
the Nation shall increase and with it the nation shall make all things good.
These are the only two laws that you bound to the Sacred Pipe when you gave
it to the beings of this Sacred Mother Earth.
But the dark side of man's power has caused him to lose control of his
goodness. Man has sought to destroy his spiritual beliefs with the love of
material things. Some have used and abused the Sacred Pipe since the ska
wi-cha-sha (white man) came upon this Mother Earth. And it is meant for the
innocent to suffer also because they have neglected and ignored the teachings
and the ways of our people which were set forth for them to follow by Wa-kan
Tan-ka (Eternal Power) in the beginning. Those who keep quiet for the ones
who abuse the Sacred Pipe commit the sin as much as those who abuse it.
Because of the abuse of the Sacred Pipe from both non-believers and skeptics
and hypocrites as well, it has separated itself and has stood alone in the
path which Wa-kan Tan-ka set for the people to walk in the beginning because
they have failed to do so. Because of this, for every beat of a human heart,
somewhere, someplace, one of our blood brothers or sisters returns back to
Mother Earth sooner than the span of life was meant to be.
Hear and listen closely, and listen from your heart, for it has been foretold
by our Sacred Men than there will be an outbreaak of disease that will become
epidemic. It will cause death across Mother Earth and thousands upon thousands
will die. There will be no cure for this deadly disease except for those
who remember and return back to the path that Wa-kan Tan-ka has meant for
them to walk since the beginning. Only those who turn back to the path and
the innocent children will be saved from ravage -- only those who walk the
righteous path to the end.
Wa-kan Tan-ka (Eternal Power) in the beginning set a path for all races
to walk upon and to send their voices to him according to their ways, but
the temptation to gain earthly things is such a force in one's heart that
it has made it a lot easier for men to wander away to the uneasy and unrestful
side of their lives.
The path Wa-kan Tan-ka set for us is such that the total power of man's
mind cannot disturb it regardless of how man might try. The power of Wa-kan
Tan-ka (Eternal Power) is still there glowing and strong where one can find
it by day or by night. Wa-kan Tan-ka does not owe us anything, but we have
the obligation to follow the path he set for us to follow in the beginning.
(Editor's Note: This article, written in 1975, was taken from the book
"Mi-Ta-Ku-Ye" by Gilbert and Montana Walking Bull.)
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