Archive for September, 2012

The clock is ticking. Some may say it’s an even more impossible task than before! At times like this, we have no choice but to trust in Spirit, while holding fast to famed Producer Robert Evans’ practical advice: “When your back’s against the wall, the impossible becomes possible!” YOU have made WHITE BUFFALO: An American Prophecy possible. You have our backs. Because of you, the groundswell of support for this documentary keeps growing. How amazing for us to experience your enthusiasm and encouragement for this project, and to watch this increase exponentially as more and more individuals, across North America, and now on other continents, bring their energy to bear.

On Facebook, we’ve passed the 5000 milestone. As of the posting, 5,317 of you have gone to the facebook page and “Liked” us; more than 250,000 individuals from around the globe have viewed the Producer’s Blog to read about WHITE BUFFALO. We are now editing, with one major segment left to shoot.
During the filming of WHITE BUFFALO: An American Prophecy the Four Brothers have been traveling the Four Directions, experiencing the Four Elements, and bringing together the Four Races – Red, White, Black, and Yellow – together on film. Our message is one of hope and optimism for a New Earth. We deeply respect each culture and the rich traditions which the people have generously shared with us along the way. And now we must touch on a practical matter. The coming days are crucial. The reality is that a final $100,000 is needed to complete WHITE BUFFALO: An American Prophecy:

DEADLINE 1: We have 30 days left in which to raise the final amount needed for principal photography. We need $30,000 to shoot the last major segment.

DEADLINE 2: We need an additional $70,000 to complete the movie – for editing, narration, animation, CGI, special effects, not to mention for such mundane items as fees for lawyers and accountants. These funds have to roll in during the final quarter of 2012 (the sooner, the less nerve-wracking).
Sorry to use the timeworn phrase, but we really do NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Previously, we asked you to make even small token donations to create ripples that would morph into waves. You responded! We asked you to ‘Like’ us on Facebook, to post the link, and you flooded the net! Now we are asking you to please come with us on this final mile of an 18-year (!) journey. It’s the home stretch, folks. We need you to provide the final bit of financial support to complete this film and get it out to the planet. We are going to do it and it’s happening right now. Come with us. Help us meet the final challenge.

If every one of our Facebook friends would contribute $20, this would generate the $100,000 required. We realize that this amount is not affordable by everyone, so our request is that each of you give what you can without discomfort; we humbly ask that those who are blessed with greater abundance donate more on behalf of their brothers and sisters who can only afford a smaller contribution. Your contribution is tax-deductible through Actors Repertory Theatre, an affiliated 501(C3) organization.

Together we are carrying the message of the Mending of the Hoop to help usher in an era of genuine peace and harmony – among the nations, races, and genders, between mankind and all life on Mother Earth. Wolakota – everything is sacred. This journey (which began for us in 1994 with the birth of the Sacred White Buffalo, Miracle, in Janesville, Wisconsin) continues through your generosity and goodwill. Thank you for contributing. Thank you for posting the links and for involving your friends and family, and thank you most of all for your good hearts, minds, and spirit. It sustains our efforts and motivates us to keep on keeping on. Pilahmayeh mitakuye oyasin.





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George Harrison seemed the more spiritually-minded of the group. but who knew the Beatles were familiar with Mayan tradition? Was John Lennon a walrus or a Mayan elder? Either way, he surely was acquainted with this Mayan traditional greeting.

The following is an excerpt from Living In Lak’ech’ Becoming One With All Life by Aluna Joy Yaxkin

Lakota Elder Lakota One Heart and Director Ethan Marten in White Buffalo: An American Prophecy

In Mayan tradition there is a greeting that many people working with Mayan wisdom know of. It is In Lak’ech. We understand In Lak’ech to mean I am another yourself (A modern day interpretation) and also means I am you, and You are me (A traditional Mayan interpretation) We have come to understand that this Mayan greeting is an honoring for each other and a statement of unity. In Lak’ech mirrors the same sentiment of other beautiful greetings such as Namaste for East India and Wiracocha for the Inca. The Maya greeting, In Lak’ech goes beyond these unity statements and what I learned as a child. What few understand is that In Lak’ech is more that an honorable Maya greeting. It is a moral code. It is a way to live, not only with human beings, but with ALL forms of life in our cosmos!

Wolakota – Everything is Sacred

Prior to Inipi Ceremony, Lakota One Heart Prays. Image from White Buffalo: An American Prophecy

The following is an excerpt from
Toward an Oglala Lakota Constitution Statement of Basic Principles

by Birgil Kills Straight and Steven Newcomb
Co-Founders and Co-Directors, Indigenous Law Institute

“Our sovereignty resides in the spirituality and spiritual fire of the People. Just as a spiritual fire resides in and provides the essence of Life within each and every person, so too, a spiritual fire resides in and provides the essence of Life for the People as a whole. This is the basis of our respective Council Fires. This spiritual fire, combined with our innate intelligence, provides the energy, knowledge and wisdom necessary to create a beneficial and spiritual way of life for the People in our sacred homeland.

The purpose of an Oglala Lakota Constitution is Wolakota, a spiritual way of life, based on the Seven Laws that were handed to our People by the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman. Wolakota is a life of peace, friendship, brotherhood and sisterhood, treaties, and right relationship between and among the members of the Nation, within each family circle (Tiwahe), within each extended family (Tiospaye), within the Oglala Lakota Nation, and within the Oceti Sakowin as a whole. Wolakota is also right relationship and respect between human beings and all forms of life, as well as between and among allies.

At one time a written Oglala Lakota constitution was not necessary because the People understood and lived a life of Wolakota. Thus, the main purpose of the Oglala Lakota Constitution, based on the Seven Laws, and the basic Elements of Life, is to achieve healing and revitalization for the Oglala Lakota Nation. Four key Elements of Life provide the very basis of our Life as a Nation: makoce (earth, land, matter), mni (water, movement, liquid sustenance), peta (fire, lightning, laser energy), oniye (air, breath). These four Elements of Life and the Seven Laws provide the basis of the Fundamental and Organic Laws of the Oglala Lakota Nation. By upholding and living in accordance with these Natural Laws, we will achieve health, strength, security, and well-being within our Sacred Oyate. Decisions made by the government of the Oglala Lakota Nation ought to manage the affairs of the Nation with regard to the well-being of the People seven generations into the future. The laws, regulations, and codes of the Nation all fall under one or more of these four Elements of Life.”