An Invitation To Reflect
A good friend and member from Vernal, Steve Meier, sent along an Indian prayer a couple of months ago, wondering if it would be a good addition to the LYNX. For a long time we have considered initiating a discussion in the pages of the LYNX that focuses on what seems to be inherently important in the discussion of wildness--spirit. To some folks this becomes a discussion of religion. To others, it encourages an exploration of the meaning of wildness-- is it to protect biodiversity, naturalness or personal values?
We have hesitated for two reasons. First, we have no interest in a debate on whose church best meets wildness/wilderness values or who is right, the non-believer or believer. Second, not enough member participation. We have no interest in going to various community leaders to define these issues; we want to hear from you because it is your voice that sings the song of wildness.
So, we will start by printing two “prayers”-- one from Steve and the other a favorite of Dick Carter’s, which he found as a wilderness ranger over three decades ago and to this day still murmurs when in the backcountry (Indian Tales.)
We publish the LYNX six times a year, early December, February, April, June, August, October, so we need to have your submission by the first of that month. We will print your responses for as long as we get them via our contact page or email address (info"at"hupc.org). If we don’t get anything and the discussion does not get off the ground and onto the page, so to speak, well, this will be it!
Then Bear called, Good Night, Mountains, you must protect us tonight. We are strangers but we are good people. We don’t mean harm to anybody. Good night Mister Pine Tree. We are camping under you. You must protect us tonight. Good night Mister Owl. I guess this is your home where we are camped. We are good people, we are not looking for trouble, we are just traveling. Good night, Chief Rattlesnake. Good night everyone. Good night Grass People, we have spread our bed right on top of you. Good night, Ground, we are lying right on your face. You must take care of us, we want to live a long time.
This is credited to Sioux Indian children of Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota