Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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The Return of the Thunder Beings and National Agriculture Week

This week we celebrate the vernal equinox and the Return of the Thunder Beings/Wakíŋyan Aglípi. The Return of the Thunder Beings/Wakíŋyaŋ Aglípi is not only a celebration of the return of spring, but a celebration of the return to life of plants and medicines, of the awakening of the bear nation and all who hibernate, and of the creative destruction of lightning, rain, floods, hail and other severe spring weather.

Wakiŋyaŋ means lightning but also “the good and pure that flies above us.” According to “The Lakota Philosophy of Healing through Song” author Warfield Moose, Jr., in Lakota philosophy the Wakíŋyaŋ Aglípi are a sign that all things have come full circle; all our relations and people are gathering and coming together as one.

There can be no better introduction for our annual National Agricultural Week issue (www.agday.org). The Agriculture Council of America hosts Ag Week, which is about celebrating the connection of agriculture to everything we do. It’s the same theme as all relations and people coming together. Every American farmer feeds more than 165 people, way more than the 25 fed per farmer in the 1960s, and American farmers produce food, fiber and renewable resources. We are all connected.

We will close with a quote from Black Elk, which seems very appropriate in our current time of pandemic.

“When a vision comes from the thunder beings of the west, it comes with terror like a thunderstorm; but when the storm of vision has passed, the world is greener and happier; for wherever the truth of vision comes upon the world, it is like a rain. The world, you see, is happier after the terror of the storm.”

As more and more people are slowly vaccinated against the coronavirus, people of the world are beginning to imagine what the world will be like when the pandemic someday ends. May we move into a greener and happier time with a vision of truth for our world as we come out of the terror of the storm.

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