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Prayer Bundles etc. - Tsalagi

topic posted Wed, November 15, 2006 - 8:58 AM by  White Wolf
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Prayer Bundles etc.
Attached is a description of various ties and bundles used by our
people. This information used to be protected, but since we are
entering an age of healing,the Elders have allowed this information
to be distributed.
Most make a supply of these bundles and ties and keep them in a
deerskin bag tied to their belt so that they will be handy when
needed. Bigger bundles will need to be thought about and
prepared especially for their intended purpose. Your Spirit will
guide you.
Most are small enough to be passed from palm to palm when shaking
hands to be discreet. Making a big deal out of presenting a bundle
is frowned upon because it is a cry for attention or approval for
doing the right thing. It is best to be humble and just know in
your heart that you are on the correct path.

Perhaps you could visit this link to find a group of Elders in Texas:
members.aol.com/texaschero.../index.html
I do not know this group. My Elders are in Alabama and Oklahoma. It
is important that you connect to a group where they can look into
your eyes and feel your pulse. This is the preferred way to receive
guidance.
Be aware that ther are many "New Age" groups who claim to be
TsaLaGi, but are not. Things to look out for:
Our brothers and sisters who carry medicine will not ask for
anything in return. It is up to you to recognise the value of their
service and gift something to them that balances.
There are no "co-ed" ceremonies, especially involving immodest
things. Our people are deeply modest and would not ever thing of
such things.
We use "Sweats" only for medicinal purposes in an ASi or winter
house. We purify ourselves by "Going to Water."
We do not Sundance, but our warriors are permitted to participate.
It is best if they seek guidance from the Elders before doing this.
If you feel that something is unusual, ask others for their opinion.
There are many pan-Indian practices out there today. We are trying
to concentrate on OUR traditions. Other traditions are just as
valid, but they are not ours. We have respect for others,
but seek to preserve what has guided us for generations.
Another option is to begin to attend Pow-Wows. As you get to know
the regulars, you will find that Creator guides you to the teachers
that you need in your life. Once again, be careful.
The ones with the best regalia are not always the ones that can best
lead you. Sometimes the best teachers may not even look like what
you expect.

Prayer Ties
4 inch by 4-inch (minimum) calico cloth of any color
1 Tbsp. tobacco (enough for one pipe)
5-7 inch ribbon of any color
Place tobacco in center of cloth. Bring all four points together.
Wrap ribbon around bundle, Tie in square or friendship knot.
Used to say for prayers said. Some will also use in place of
blessing or thank you bundles.
Thank You Bundle
4 inch by 4-inch (minimum) red calico cloth
1 Tbsp. tobacco (enough for one pipe)
1-2 sage leaves
Downy feather
5-7 inch ribbon of any color
Place tobacco with sage on top in one corner of cloth. Wrap cloth so
that all corners are to inside. Roll to cylinder shape, wrap ribbon
around bundle, Add feather and tie in square or friendship knot.
Used to say thank-you, am sorry, or have a question to ask.

Blessing Bundle
4 inch by 4-inch (minimum) red calico cloth
1 Tbsp. tobacco
Pinch of salt
1 leaf of sage--optional
Stone or pebble--optional
Money--optional
Downy feather--optional
5-7 inch white ribbon
Place tobacco in one corner of cloth. Place a pinch of salt on top.
Place any optional items you wish placed into bundle. Wrap cloth so
that all corners are to inside. Roll to cylinder shape, wrap ribbon
around bundle. Add feather or money to outside. Tie in square or
friendship knot.

Prayer Bundle
Bandana or 10 inch by 10 inch calico cloth (no black)
Small bag of Tobacco
Small bag of sage
Small bag of corn or cracked corn, or blue corn, or cornmeal
Cedar stick
Box of matches
Stone or other item of choice
Turkey or hawk feather
7-11 inch leather cord OR ribbon of any color
Place items in one corner of cloth. Wrap cloth so that all corners
are to inside. Roll to cylinder shape, wrap ribbon around bundle.
Add feather and tie in square or friendship knot.
(Used to request special prayer songs or prayer from pipe keeper)

Mourning Bundle
Bandana or 10 inch by 10 inch (minimum) Black solid or calico cloth
Small bag of sage
Small bag of sweetgrass or tobacco
Small bag of Cedar leaves or cedar shavings
Small bag of Cherry leaves dried or cherry bark
A piece of leather (bear, fox, snake skin--one of preferred)
Obsidian stone OR if known, person's birth stone
Dried cattail or water lily OR herbal tea
Box of matches
Turkey feather
7-11 inch of leather cord OR white or red ribbon
Place items in one corner of cloth. Wrap cloth so that all corners
are to inside. Roll to cylinder shape, wrap ribbon around bundle.
Add feather and tie in square or friendship knot. Given to deceased
person's family and then it is usually place at their feet in casket.
For special purposes like Name requests, the bundle can have
additional gifts as your Spirit guides direct you.
posted by:
White Wolf
Massachusetts
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