"When the Condor of the
south flies with the Eagle of the north, a new day for Earth will
awaken!" Inca prophecy
In Saskatchewan, Canada, an extremely powerful
Aztec Goddess shows up by surprize. Her story helps to activate the Earth Medicine Wheel of White BUffalo Calf Woman's prophecy
that describes Turtle Island (North American continent) having a spine that connects the north
with the south. The head of the turtle is in northern Saskatchewan. The turtle's tail is situated in
the land of the Aztec and Maya in Mexico & Central America.
|Northern Boreal Forest
|home to Chipewayan Dene' people
Patuanak is an isolated, remote Chipewayan
Dene' village located in northern Saskatchewan. When I first visited here in the mid~70's we needed to fly in by small
aircraft. The bush road was built later to accomodate the Uranium mines and the corporations that came in to log
out the forests. To arrive at Patuanak, one drives for 2 hours on a rough gravel road where the only sign of life
might be a moose, a bear or an eagle. Always there are many ravens. The village of 200 indigenous people
is situated along the vast Churchill River and is the home of my daughter's Chipewayan Dene' tribe. We traveled there
to celebrate the birthday of her great aunty.
Bebe has always lived in the northern
'bush' country where her ancestors sustained themselves from the land by hunting, fishing and trapping. She
was born on June 13th, 1913. We arrive at her neat little house & sit drinking tea together. Bebe brings
out her latest beadwork that's done on moosehide moccasins. She tans the moose hide herself in the traditional way
by hand~scraping and smoke to waterproof the leather. When asked how she wanted to celebrate her birthday,
Bebe asks if we could drive over to the 'mall'? She doesn't mean the mall in the nearest town which is 3 hours drive
to the south. She means the local 'mall'. Otherwise known as the landfill, and formerly
called 'the dump'.
|Dene' Indian elder celebrates her birthday!
|Patuanak Saskatchewan CANADA
Often, interesting imported re~cycle~ables
can be found in these sites that extend the 'hunting & gathering' territory beyond the one and only Hudson's Bay Trading
Company store in the village. Unfortunately, by the time we arrive, the firefighter brigade has already filled in a
trench & buried the latest goods. (The firefighters are kept busy with other tasks around the village when no fires
are burning.) So, we're out of luck at the mall. Back in the Pathfinder, we're bouncing back to Bebe's house along
the bumpy rutted road when my eye catches something bright on the forest floor. I stop to check out the discovery.
Then, everyone jumps out to look. We've discovered a gift from the Earth Mother and it is truly exquisite
|Pink Ladyslippers ~ Saskatchewan wildflowers
In all her 90 years living in the bush, Bebe has never noticed these voluptuous pink wildflowers.
This fact totally amazes me. For most of her summers, Bebe lived in a tent in the bush with her extended family.
And. . . . in all those days of exploring around in the forest, the beautiful pink wildflowers had never appeared to her.
I feel extremely honoured to 'present the Ladyslippers' to Bebe for her birthday! After walking along the shore
of the icy lake, we are ready for tea back at the house. I immediately print out these photos of the pink Ladyslippers
as an auspicious birthday gift for Bebe.
Then, I bring
out a poster that announces an approaching event. Is Bebe interested in traveling with us to the Rocky Mountains
to meet Luz Clara, a woman healer from Chile, coming to teach shamanic wisdom during a women's weekend?
I add that the group hosting Luz Clara would love to have indigenous elders at the workshop. Bebe is definitly
interested. Then, she tells me about a pilgrimage she made last year. Some people from the north had
endured a 2 1/2 day bus ride to Colorado. Their destination was a shrine that held healing properties, located near
|Shaman from Chile visits Canada to share teachings of the Divine Feminine
- Share an experiential weekend of healing
- Reclaim your feminine soul
- Experience ceremony which springs from the heart
- Honour the feminine ways of being and knowing
- Create a ritual healing circle based on the Machitun, the
sacred way of the Mapuche Shamans of Chile
- Chant to the sacred sound of durms & rattles.
Luz Clara was initialized in a dream by a Mapuche Shaman Woman.
One year later, she met Machi Antonia & was recognized as a Medicine Woman, & so began her training as a Machi.
The Machi are the shamans of the Mapuche people of southern Chile. Luz Clara is a grandmother, ritual dancer, &
ceremonial leader who has been working for the last 13 years in awakening the sacred feminine energies using the ancient
methods of ritual & magic.
On the wall right above Bebe's kitchen table is another 'poster'. I'm familiar
with this religious image that's everywhere in places like Mexico to the south. With the northern natives, the Last Supper is
very popular religious art & displayed in many many homes. However, this is the first Virgin of Guadalupe I've encountered.
How did she get herself this far north? Maybe Bebe acquired her on the trip to Colorado? I ask, "Auntie, where
did you get this great picture of the Guadess?" Bebe smiles mirthfully, "I found it in the mall! But
not the mall here. She was in the mall over at Pinehouse."
|Virgin of Guadalupe
|or Aztec Goddess?
Bebe proceeds to share the legend behind
the image -- she's from a culture of storytellers & speaks four languages. . . An Indian man in Mexico was passing
by his peoples' sacred site. Suddenly, he heard the voice of an Aztec Indian holy woman. The woman instructed
that the Catholic priests, who had been converting his people, needed to build a church here to honour her. The Indian
man went to the priest and told him about this spirit who spoke to him. The priest scoffed. Then the curious Indian
man returned to the site. The voice spoke to him again! This time, she instructed him to walk to the top of the
hill. He was amazed. There were beautiful roses in bloom and it was the middle of winter! The man gathered
roses into his cape. This time, when he went to the priest, he opened his cape and the roses fell onto the floor.
As if by magic, there on the material was this image of the Virgin! After this miracle, the church
was constructed on that site.
| Atec Goddess of Winter Solstice
|1531 she appeared to Juan Diego to protect her Aztec people
I tell Bebe that I know a few more details
of the story. That she's called 'the Virgin of Guadalupe'. However, she was originally an Aztec Indian Earth
Goddess by the name of Coatlique, or Tonatzin (meaning Mother Goddess). The Aztecs honoured their goddess in
a Winter Solstice festival. On the shortest day of the year, 4 days before Christmas, a chosen woman dressed
entirely in white with white shells & eagle feathers. She then danced through the crowds of people weeping and singing. An
Aztec priest accompanied her and when her dance was complete, he took the Goddess's mask and symbolically sacrificed her.
Next day, Aztec men struck the women of the community with little bags full of green paper to symbolically
renew the life force. The Aztecs were celebrating the return of Sun with longer days to nourish their life. The
place where the Aztec Indian man saw the vision was her traditional shrine, Tepayac Hill. The miracle happened
in 1531, only 10 years after the Catholic missionaries arrived with the conquistadores to take the culture & the land
from the Aztecs. The day when Tonantzin showed the roses to Juan Diego was Decembre 12th. No roses are ever
blooming there in winter at that time, indicating that this was truly a miracle.
Bebe is grateful to learn more about the picture
above her kitchen table. Then, I ask her a question, "Aunty, do you think those unusual pink wildflowers
beside the lake are another 'miracle' by Tonantzin ~ the Aztec Goddess who loves flowers? " The old lady gives
me a wise smile.
Upon further contemplation, perhaps Bebe's birthday story
has wide-ranging significance. 500 years ago, the 'Guadess' transformed herself in order to stay close to the indigenous
people whose natural ways were being threatened by the Catholic church. Today, the natural ways are perilously threatened
on a global scale. At the outset of the 21st century, where the patriarchy has come to dominate Mother Nature &
the minds of the people as never before, the presence of the ancestral Goddesses is radically needed to turn the tide and
end the rampant desecration of our beautiful precious planet Earth. Now is the time to "feed the holies"! The
Goddesses are waiting for us to call upon their divine support.
Virgen de Guadelupe aka Tonatzin/Coatlique
intends for us to know her presence in deeper ways. She is truly miraculous. For example, her emblazoned image
on the cactus cloth should not even still exist. Normally that burlap-like material disintegrates after 30-40
years. The original milpa is almost 500 years old! Detailed information is available by clicking on this image
<)O(> click here to read the amazing story about this Aztec deity in the North