There is sacred circle called the sacred hoop. Within this sacred hoop is a sacred tie that holds the seven fires of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations. During the time of the early 1900s, a tribal elder climbed the top of Harney Peak to pray and ask for a prayer to what was told during a battle between the Lakota Sioux and the United States Cavalry in 1890.
During this battle of 1890, tribal elders foretold of a second coming, a future story. This second coming, this future story said the Seventh Generation will unite to heal the sacred hoop and bring the spirit of the Lakota Nation to unite all Indian Nations to uphold our sacred customs and culture.
It was the late spring in the early 1900s this tribal elder was high on top of Harney Peak overlooking the western horizon of the beautiful forest. He took a deep breath that felt refreshing throughout his whole body.
There was nothing he would trade right now, this moment to see and feel Mother Nature in her most beautiful hour. To coincide with this magnificent area of the Paha Sapa, (Black Hills) high on top of Harney Peak.
As the tribal elder let out his breath of air, he looked into the sky and put his sights set on that certain vision he had about the sacred hoop. The tribal elder closed his eyes and he could still see the huge sky of the endless color mixture of light and dark blue.
The tribal elder said his opening words with, “Tunkasila, Wakan Takan, Ho’ Mitakuyepi”, (Grandfather, Great Spirit and my people) it was then he saw through the endless sky, all living things slowly moving around a circle.
He noticed all the living things were joining hands and making some sort of sacred connection. The tribal elder understood all living things were connected; this is what life was all about.
As a boy, he wondered why his forefathers used the word, “Mitakuye Oyasin” (we are all related) during their sacred ceremonies and after every prayer.
He understood it all and the answer was in front of him and his vision. The tribal elder saw the shapes and beauty of every living thing forming a sacred circle.
The lion and tiger, the horse and zebra, the grizzly and polar bear, the wolf and fox, the rattlesnake and the ocean eel, and the white man and the Indian. We are all related, all connected to a sacred circle.
The sacred circle kept moving and going in circles. Suddenly there were words and shouts coming from this sacred circle. The tribal elder understood these words and shouts; they were all in the Lakota language.
They were all spirits giving the words of encouragement to the Lakota people. The tribal elder understood what the spirits were saying. A sacred message for the Seventh Generation, they will be the next tribal elders to uphold the Lakota tradition and culture.
To bring unity and the spirit of the Lakota Nation and unite all tribal nations to protect our sacred customs and culture. There is one sacred guideline the Seventh Generation must follow; when we offer our guidance, our patience, our generosity, we strengthen the life around us through friendship, family, and people we don’t know. (strangers)
Our cultural values come to life and become strong, this is when humanity resurrects.
The winds begin to swirl high on top of Harney Peak. The tribal elder knew the spirits were beginning their dance, their celebration.
His final words to the Lakota people, “The Lakota elders have no word for goodbye, “Doksha Ah Kay” (I will see you again). The Lakota elders believe we will see each other someday, maybe sooner than can be expected, everything has its place in this world because we are all related…….Doksha Ah Kay……..