Series 1, Program 3: Cry of the Earth/Prophecy*

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Introduction

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Elder Wisdom Feature: Cry of the Earth/Prophecy

Barbara Roberts reveals Iroquois and Micmac prophecy told at the UN by the late Onondaga Chief Leon Shenandoah with Onondaga Clan Mother Audrey Shenandoah translating. They tell of difficulties befalling the Iroquois nation, focusing upon recovery of the earth and development of unity between nations. The powerful concluding words from the Mi-kmak Delegation are translated.

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Health and Healing

Judy Bluehorse Skelton discusses the four seasons and gathering activities of the fall season and offers words of wisdom: "I think fall is the hardest season for the modern culture, the modern society, to move into gracefully because it means letting go of the dreams that were not fulfilled during that summer, letting go of things in our life that may not be working for us any longer."

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Tribal Rhythms

Nico Wind features an interview with musician Joanne Shenandoah regarding her family's sharing of Iroquois prophecy at the United Nations and about important musical traditions among her people. She includes examples of Joanne's traditional and contemporary music.

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Taheebvu Chadi

Song carrier Judy Trejo shares prophecy and healing songs of the Ghost Dance, telling the story of the founder of the Ghost Dance, Wavoka, who brought a prophetic teachings of peace and unity to the people, but which were misunderstood by the military and the media.

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Turtle Island Storytellers

Anita Endrezze tells a traditional Yaqui creation story of female Creator, Yomumul and of the tall tree She created. When the tree told the prophecy of the Yaqui people, and the people refused to listen, "Creator said, 'My children, I am the Creator. I am your mother, but I don't control you. You must make your own decisions. And whatever decisions you make, think about your children." So she took her favorite river and she rolled it up and put it under her arm and walked away on a rainbow."

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* Segment transcripts and participant biographies can be found on the Wisdom of the Elders Web site.