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"An Indian Prayer Christmas Day"

By: Larry Kibby
Elko Indian Colony, Elko,Nevada

Copyright © 1996 L.Kibby
All Rights Reserved


                       Great Spirit Grandfather
                      
                       I send these words to you
                       To Father Sun
                       Grandmother Moon,
                       To Mother Earth,
                      
                       To all you have created,
                       To all our relations
                       And to the four Sacred Winds.
                      
                       Grandfather,
                       Today you gave
                       The breath of life
                       To an Indian child
                       In a most Sacred Way.
                      
                       Grandfather,
                       This Indian Child
                       Will walk amongst his people
                       With his head held high,
                       With dignity and pride,
                       In a most Sacred Way.
                      
                       Grandfather,
                       This Indian Child,
                       Will stand before his people,
                       With honor And respect,
                       In a most Sacred Way.
                      
                       Grandfather,
                       This Indian Child,
                       Will be strong,
                       With wisdom, knowledge
                       And understanding,
                       That will come from
                       The heart, soul
                       And mind
                       In a most Sacred Way.
                      
                       Grandfather,
                       This Indian Child,
                       Will come before
                       A humble Nation of people
                       And like his brother
                       The Eagle,
                       And like the Sacred Buffalo
                       This Indian Child
                       Will be their strength
                       In a most Sacred Way.
                      
                       Grandfather,
                       This Indian Child
                       You gave to us
                       In a Sacred Way,
                      
                       And with his eyes,
                       Will see all that is good
                      
                       And with his ears,
                       Will hear all that is good
                      
                       And the words
                       That he will speak,
                       Will be strong and powerful
                       In a most Sacred Way.
                      
                       Grandfather,
                       This Indian Child
                       That you have
                       Brought before us,
                       Your Native People,
                       Will be like his Ancestor's
                       That have gone before him on their journey,
                       In that he
                       Will always travel
                       Within the Sacred Circle of Life
                       In a most Sacred Way.
                      
                       Grandfather,
                       This Indian Child,
                       Will use,
                       His Eagle Feathers,
                       His Sacred Pipe,
                       His drum,
                       His Cedar,
                       His Sage,
                       His Sweetgrass,
                      
                       Within the Sun Dance,
                       Within the Sweat Lodge,
                       Within all of his Traditional Ceremonies
                       In a most Sacred Way.
                      
                       Grandfather,
                       This Indian Child,
                       Will be strong within,
                       His Tradition,
                       His Culture,
                       His Religion,
                       In a most Sacred Way.
                      
                       Grandfather,
                       Thank you for each breath of life,
                       That you have given to our young.
                       For tomorrow,
                       Another Indian Child
                       Will come before us
                       And he too
                       Will have been born
                      
                       The Indian Way.


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