Grandmother, Teach Me Patience | Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook & Jyoti Ma

Grandmother, Teach Me Patience | Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook & Jyoti Ma

Podcast host by Eamon Armstrong Life is a Festival

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In times of chaos and trouble, look to the grandmothers for wisdom, compassion, and above all, patience.

On June 4th, a few days after protests against police brutality roiled across the country, I sat with Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook of the Oglala Sioux Nation and her sister Jyoti Ma, convener of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. We came together in a virtual circle of the sacred fire to better understand how to respond to these times of anger and confusion as we seek justice.

On the podcast, Loretta and Jyoti speak of patience and the right relationship with the Earth and all her creatures and peoples. We discuss our current cultural moment and what is being asked of us. Loretta shares deep wisdom about Oglala Sioux traditions, including the famous Sundance, a four-day ceremony of purification, and self-sacrifice. I ask how the children of colonizers can make amends, and also how to cultivate patience in the process of seeking justice without falling into passivity.

Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook is the faith keeper and holder of the Afraid of Bear/American Horse Sundance Pipe and has led Sundance with her husband Tom for the past 20 years. She is a cultural specialist on the board of The Paha Sapa Unity Alliance and The Black Hills Initiative, whose mission is to return the sacred Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation.

Jyoti is the Grandmother Vision Keeper of the Center for Sacred Studies, through which she co-founded Kayumari, a spiritual community in both America and Europe. She helped to convene the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and is the founder of The Fountain, whose mission is to restore an economic model that is based on reciprocity and collaboration.

Jyoti and Loretta both serve as delegates on the Mother Earth Delegation of United Indigenous Nations.

As you listen to this podcast, I invite you to make time for the wisdom of these grandmothers and utilize your own patience and humility for the complexity of their storytelling.




  • :11 – Open with a prayer

  • :19 – Jyoti Ma speaks of racial healing, from the white nation and black nation to the great-granddaughter of Custer begging for forgiveness from the Cheyenne

  • :35 – Loretta Afraid of Bear Cool speaks of patience and how her Oglala people carry a bundle in mourning until her throat stops hurting.

  • :46 – Loretta speaks of community: Community is the first tool of survival, Loretta speaks of all the important Oglala ceremonies from Tossing the Ball to the Sundance

  • :56 – The reason for the Sundance and the colors of the medicine wheel

  • 1:04 – How can the children of colonizers make it right or at least walk with grace if we cannot make it right?

  • 1:19 – Jyoti speaks of bringing Elders to festivals like Lightning in a Bottle

  • 1:26 –  How do we cultivate patience without passivity?

Message from Mamo Manuel, Kogi People, Colombia

Message from Mamo Manuel, Kogi People, Colombia

Message from Mamo Manuel, Kogi People, Colombia

We are a key moment in time, these are the times where Mother Earth is speaking through her beings, and also through the invisible beings that manifest themselves through diseases at these times.

And this is a lesson that we are learning as human beings.
The time has come for us to learn and remember the original law, the original ways, of behaving ourselves in a good way, and to do the work for Mother Earth.

– That we behave well with our Mother that feeds us.

– That we behave well with our animal relatives, with our plant kingdom relatives.

– That we behave well with the water that runs through the rivers, with the water that is in the ocean.

– That we behave well with our relatives that fly high in the sky and that we behave well with everything that surrounds us.

And most of all that we behave well with our thoughts, because we are in a moment in time where Mother Earth is teaching us her goodness and beauty, and her way of teaching us now is reminding us that we should change the wrong ways we have been relating with nature and all other beings. These are times not only for the beautiful thought but also for the times where we relearn to do things in a beautiful way.

Great Thanks.

Mamo Manuel.

“Peace Nana” by Luisah Teish

“Peace Nana” by Luisah Teish

Luisah Teish:

Alafia good people:

This greeting asks that we have good health and be at peace with our neighbors.

We are blessed to be on this beautiful planet, together at this most important time. It is our blended energies that keep the rhythm of Life playing as we dance to the music of the spheres.

Imagine now the Joy of the Creatrix, Our Mother, as she shaped us, colored us, named us, and provided the inspiration in us to create a variety of cultures.

At this time, when our Existence is threatened, let each examine the gift of our respective cultures, the wisdom of our minds, and the power of our spirits, and join hands around the globe.

Please accept this poem as a prayer.

Peace Nana

Iba’che NaNa Womb of Creation

She Who Gave Birth to All Things.

From your dark depths the first spark came into Being.

Your luminous Egg exploded in the midst of Eternal Night.

Its joyous dance formed the great lights.

You Who Gave Us Sun and Moon, Earth and Sky, Body and Spirit.

Awaken from your sleep Deep Night.

Lift your eyelids and see our plight.

The children of Earth are in need of your guidance.

They await the feel of your hand.

They roll their eyes in great suspicion,

in anger and fear they strike out.

Their hearts are hard, their hands are trembling.

Amidst the rubble of war, they cry out.

Hear me Great Mother, hear your daughter.

Open your starlight thighs. Draw us back into your vulva.

mold our heads,

pat our behinds.

Change us, every cell and spirit ’til Peace possess our minds.

Blow your perfumed breath upon us,

wash us in the deep blue sea.

Suckle us on milk and honey,

oil us with the balm of love.

Return us then to this green garden,

Oh Beautiful, Generous Mother,

but this time

give us also the wisdom to see your reflection in each other.

~ Luisah Teish

Peace Prayers: Meditations, Affirmations, Invocations, Poems, and Prayers for Peace.

edited by the staff of HarperSan Francisco: Carrie Leadingham, Joann E. Moschella, and Hilary M. Vartanian. 1992.
ISBN 0-06-250464-9
Pgs 50-51 

In order to manifest Alafia (good health and peace) I am asking every person to say a prayer in their own tradition asking for the end of human cruelty. Let the tendency to be cruel grow weaker in us, pray it dissipates, melts, rolls down and out of our Consciousness. Let us clean ourselves of the great diseases-Fear and Hatred. Then call upon the power to change ourselves on a cellular level and let us evolve into Beings who are naturally Compassionate.

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Luisah Teish is a storyteller-writer, an artist-activist, and spiritual guidance counselor. She is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora.

She is the author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals, and she co-authored “On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Land” with Kahuna Leilani Birely. Her most recent work is “Spirit Revealing, Color Healing”, a book of Zen Doodles.

Kurikindis Message

Kurikindis Message

Kurikindi has shared with us about the worry he feels for the new generations, that are our kids, and he considers this to be a priority in these times.

He shares about the Eagle – Condor Prophecy and how this vibration of this prophecy is very high right now in South America.

He understands that the prophecy is given but it has not been fully or deeply understood yet, so after the encounter of the Eagle and the  Condor occurs to bring harmony to the Earth, there will be an encounter of the Condor of the Earth and the Intergalactic Eagle, and that will be another era.

He explains it exists now a very high vibration that is occurring in the Amazon, and many portals are now being opened in South America, and a lot of the new beginnings will come or start in the South of the Americas.

Kurikindi shares that the Covid19 has affected the planet and this too will pass, but another one will come (another virus)stronger than this one, and so we need to get prepared, we will have enough time for that, he says, because when the other one comes, even the strongest will succumb and it will be a time of much death on the earth.

The seeds have been planted, but many of them need to be constantly watered so they can develop, and that is why now we as humanity are feeling the element of the Water moving so strong.

Kurikindi shares he is very clear in what he says, that he can see all of this he is sharing very clearly.

Kurkindi feels that today things are very different, they have shifted, and the voice of the jungle and of the mountains of South America will come out with great strength to the world, that is his vision.

Thank you.

Traduction by Eleonora.

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