Manataka® American Indian Council
GRANDMOTHERL. COTA NUPAH MAKAH SPEAKS
"Sometimes the most simple things are the of the greatest importance.
Neglect to see these and you miss the meaning of life." L. Cota Nupah Makah
In the heart of the Earth Mother there beats the rhythm of life.
The silent, silence, stillness, is the beginning of our journey here on
this Earth Mother. It is from the muted silence Of the womb, where all
things were filtered and softened by our mother, we pass into the world we
live in today.
We all have dreams and vision of our purpose, it is in these dreams we
find our path. These are rooted in the very mystery that gave us life.
The noise of surface life is deafening the steady drone of machines,
cars, radio, phones and just the noise of many voices speaking all at one
time. This mechanical induced vibration is irritating to some, to others it
is common every day life.
There are times I find too much noise is not good for me and I seek some
private space and visit my inner peace.
Is it any wonder you never can find your inner peace. We take a vacation
yet we seek out the very thing we are trying to leave behind. Instead of
seeking a place where you can reconnect to Nature and the beauty of natural
things; we migrate toward the noise and crowds of public beaches, resorts
and amusement parks.
What is it we fear about being alone? The wise old ones say a mind that
is open to travel in, and welcomes us; is a good mind to be in.
I grew up in a culture where seldom a word needed to be spoken. When it
was spoken the few words held volumes of information. Our language is an
implied one that fills each word with visions and remembering that comes
from being steeped in the stories and wisdom. To understand this you must
have grown up in the ways of the people.
You cannot attain this knowledge in a few classes taken on a weekend. It
takes time to learn this and to understand your own personal connection to
others and the natural forces.
Each one of use relates differently to the elements such as water, air,
fire, and earth. We have personal tastes and like different music and
colors. There are many other things too such as our senses, that let us
connect to the inner space through sight, sounds, taste, and touch. You can
go so far as to train yourself to shut out the noise and just retreat to
your space when in dire need. This inner calmness can be a tool to protect
you in times of danger. It can help your mind to clear itself of the
situation at hand and allow you to think clearly. Great leaders knew this
method and used it to protect and lead the people into safety. While all
were in panic and fear they could reach out and find the calm inner place
and seek the answers there.
Many vision were taken from this practice and to this day are spoken of
in the history books.
Because of Western religion many shut the doors of their minds and
hearts to the things our elders have taught.
We have looked to the media and other people to think and do for us. Is
this leadership or control? It is time we all started to think for our own
After offering the proper gifts to a Holy person and asking for help we
then start the long journey of the Vision Quest. This process can take up to
a whole year to complete. No one can buy a real vision quest it must be ask
for and worked for in order for it to happen. This holds true for other
sacred ceremonies you must ask and then be willing to serve sometimes up to
Place your ear to the Earth Mother, clear your mind and close your eyes,
hear all that she holds secret. You are finally at peace in her presence and
in her heat beat.
Listen on star filled nights go to the top of a hill and wait until the
noise of the valley is silent. Wait and you will hear the sound of music
made by no interments on this Earth. The ancients voices chanting that
travel in the sound wave that wraps the Mother Earth in harmony.
It is in these never ending, never silent waves of celestial sound, we
can hear once again the wisdom of the elders.
Let them speak to your heart and let the wisdom enter your space of
Some refer to this space as the Healing place for spirit to go and be
made whole again.
There are many doors and many reasons for one to seek out this place of
Perhaps the loss of a loved one a child or a lifelong mate. Maybe it is
just regrets for past choices in life, it is all there in this perfect place
The process takes time and you may try and not find it right away. There
are layers of progress and each one of us is different so we process
Here you will be given the answers to your life and the purpose of your
walk on this our Mother Earth.
As your life changes so will your mission be redefined and altered to
fit the times and you life.
Many have found spirit names in this space where the Elders speak to us.
Some have found purpose when they have lost their path. Some have found
their personal healing song there and can sing it when they need peace and
You do not have to go far to enter this place of stillness, anyone can,
it is part of the promise of life we were given.
For all my Holy relation,
Mitakuye Oyasin, Blessings to All
©Nupah Makah L.Cota 2009
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