Life is for the living - not the living dead. Our Elders have wisdom - at least those that have their heart in the right place.
On this spiritual journey from San Francisco to Standing Rock - closer to Cannonball - and Fort Yates - we made several trips - having decided by choice to stay at one of the Cobblestone Hotels - at Linton, North Dakota.
We visited the camp at Standing Rock - each time was an inspiration - seeing so many - mostly young women and men - trying to represent and having their hearts in the right place.
Our youth have been playing a key role - having patience - still catering to the Elders - and listening to wisdom - and staying true to the roll of the Elders that is the unwritten law.
We have had youth from all over the United States stand tall with the Native American Tribes - and in this case the tribes from the Lakota Sioux Nation and others.
Each camp has its own kitchen, meeting place, a place to pick clothes and anything that one wanted like clothes, basic medicine, and so on and so forth.
God has been good to us to take so far away on this spiritual journey. We went to see for yourselves and what we saw was inspirational and mind blogging.
Thousands of good people - from all over the world - and all over Turtle Island - now named the United States of America.
The country side has one of the best sunsets and sunrises - we took hundreds of photographs.
We were mindful NOT to put on line - the photographs that I have not vetted.
In other words we will not compromise our standards.
Tenacity, fortitude, accountability, and full transparency is what kept our small but tight knit team in place.
That is me - always concerned that no harm comes to any of those in my company. We travelled one thousand four hundred miles each way. Within Dakota over 500 miles - and that is a lot of traveling - in the company of some individuals bringing unique talents and skills - a group that that we put put together - at very short notice.
Accompanying our team - "Benji" our loving dog - pictured above a " hero " in his own right. Over a year ago he saved the life of his master Larry Yapez - and made National Headlines.
His master was attacked by a bear in Yosemite - and " Benji" charged the brown bear - bite his rear - diverted the bear and allowed Larry Yepez - a U.S. Marine who has earned a Purple Heart - to escape and save his life and that of " Benji " a Yorkshire terrier - who won the admiration of hundreds on our journey.
Benji was drawn to me quickly - and we all bestowed on him the attention and love he needed. He is seen above posing -
in the lobby of our hotel - loving attention - as most dogs who are loved are prone to do.
My wife catered to the home made snacks and was the official photographer and did a great job. The only female - she kept us all on track and was a great asset. Always concerned for our welfare - her compassion has always been outstanding.
Women at the camp at Standing Rock are playing a great role - and kudos to all women - our Mothers foremost - the many women movers and changers - that have helped us - all these many thousands of years.
To the women and men warriors - you have represent the Universe - and this fight has just begun. Those that are cowards and think they can harm our children, youth, women, and those that cannot defend themselves - are put on notice.
I thank the Great Spirit for taking me to the land of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. When I was young I always wanted to visit the land of the Lakota Sioux and this opportunity - gave me all the opportunities to be there - and take in all the good vibes.
Life is for the living - not the living dead. Aho