Category Archives: Native American

Finding Ties of Connection at Ganondagan

Today’s post is by guest blogger Bob Sessions: Construction workers don’t usually have  beautiful images of herons on their hats, but Peter Jemison isn’t your ordinary construction worker. In fact, he’s manager of Ganondagan, a New York State Historic Site … Continue reading

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With the Ancient Astronomers on Chimney Rock

Today we travel east from Mesa Verde for about a hundred miles to Chimney Rock National Monument. Now I realize Chimney Rocks are a dime a dozen around the world. But I think the more you learn about this one in Colorado, the … Continue reading

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In the Kivas of Mesa Verde

(Below is Part 2 of my Mesa Verde reflections; Part 1 is here) My recent trip to Mesa Verde National Park was actually my second visit. I had toured there about 30 years ago, but with the passage of time I had forgotten … Continue reading

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Amid the Cliff Dwellings of Mesa Verde

In my travels around the world I’ve learned that most spiritual sites have layers upon layers of history, meaning and mystery. Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado may be the best example I’ve encountered of just how complicated the intertwining of those layers can be. … Continue reading

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The Bear Who Protects Its People

In my last post I wrote about my personal connection to Bear Butte in South Dakota, but today I want to tell a larger story. In doing so I am indebted to Corey Hairy Shirt, a Lakota man who serves … Continue reading

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On Bear Butte

When I started writing this post, my first thought was, “Surely I’ve told them about Bear Butte before.” But I haven’t, at least not at any length. And that’s surprising, because if there’s one place responsible for my fascination with … Continue reading

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At Devils Tower in Wyoming

The place I’m going to tell you about today, unfortunately, takes the prize for Worst-Named Holy Site. Devils Tower is a tower, certainly, but evil forces have nothing to do with it. Thanks to a clueless Army colonel who gave … Continue reading

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A Cathedral of Trees

This morning I visited a truck stop restroom near Bozeman, Montana, and came back to the car raving to my husband Bob about how wonderful it was. “It was amazing!” I told him. “A flush toilet, hot running water, a … Continue reading

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On the Rosebud Reservation

Following up on my post of two days ago, I want to share a few more pictures and impressions from our visit to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Bob and I were honored to be warmly hosted by … Continue reading

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Spirituality and Recovery

Today’s post is my monthly column for the Episcopal News Service: Each week, my home church hosts eleven Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and other 12 Step groups. I know a number of parishioners who struggle with alcoholism. But addiction has been … Continue reading

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