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Our Mission is to educate, provide information and document Native American Gatherings in Kentucky and the surrounding areas. To let people know that we are here, that we have always been here. Our hopes are that someday the history books will be changed to reflect the truths of our heritage.
It has come to our attention that the
Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge
is in need of both donations
and volunteers to help them
with the great work that they do.
We respectfully request that you the public at large to please do whatever
you can to help out. To contact Wolf Run. Please use the provided link. Wado!
Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge
Native American History
Oklahoma City, OK
December 29, 1890
127th Anniversary of
Wounded Knee Massacre
The medicine wheel, originating from Native American traditions, is also referred to as Sacred Hoop. The medicine wheel represents the sacred circle of life, its basic
four directions, and the elements. Animal totems serve as guardian of each of the directions. The four animals commonly represented in this role are The Bear, The Buffalo, The Eagle, and The Mouse. However, there are no fast rules about which animals represent the directions of the Medicine Wheel. Michael Samuels, co-author of The Path of the Feather, teaches that all native peoples have different spirit animals and meanings of the directions, encouraging us in choosing our own. Each direction of the wheel offers its own lessons, color, and animal spirit guide.
Medicine Wheel as an Introspection Tool
The medicine wheel is a symbol of symmetry and balance. During the process of constructing the wheel you will begin to recognize what areas of your life are not in balance, and where your attention is lacking and requires focus. Continuing working with the wheel after you constructed it. Sit with your wheel in silent meditation. Allow the wheel to assist you in gaining new and different perspectives.
The medicine wheel represents the many cycles of life. The circle is representative of life's never ending cycle (birth, death, rebirth). Each stone or spoke placement in the wheel focuses on a different aspect of living.
A personal medicine wheel can be made using fetishes such as crystals, arrowheads, seashells, feathers, animal fur/bones, and so on. Take time to reflect on each aspect of your life (self, family, relationships, life purpose, community, finances, health, etc.) as you place objects within the circle.
Simple and Complex Medicine Wheels
A medicine wheel can also be constructed without the use of objects, simply draw out your circle with colored pencils and paper. If you have the room outdoors for a large scale medicine wheel and are up to the project go ahead. If you can make it big enough for you to sit inside the spaces between the spokes of the wheel after you have constructed it all the better!
Medicine Wheel Elements and Directions
Air, Water, Fire, Earth
North, East, South, West
North, East, South,West, Center (Heart)
North, East, South, West, Sky, Earth
North, East, South, West, Father Sky, Mother Earth, Center (Self)
For powwows and gatherings information, please go to our Pauwau Schedule page.
18, 19, 2017
"12th Annual Veterans Powwow"
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
For more details,
please check out our
Pauwau Schedule page
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