O Great Spirit of our Ancestors, I raise my pipe to you.
To your messengers the four winds, and to Mother Earth who
provides for your children
Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect and to be
kind to each other so that they may grow with peace in mind.
Let us learn to share all the good things that you provide for us on
Our People's Destiny
As Sacred Pipe Carrier I offer prayer on behalf of the Appalachian Cherokee Nation asking Creator to fill our hearts with respect for harmony and balance with all our Relations - these our Brothers and Sisters who are each of Creator's hand
Whatever befalls our Relations befalls us. We are all one. The destiny of our People is intertwined with the destiny of the tiny insects, the flight of geese - the gift of seeds. May we realize there is neither separation nor difference of worth between anything the Creator has made be it us, or those who swim, fly, live in the earth, or walk on many legs. Because this is so we believe Creator has gifted us strong medicine to foster life and nourish our Earth Mother in all the things we do.
In this way we seek to walk the moccasin trail in ways our ancestors understand, and in ways that will see those who will follow our footsteps proud to follow. This path is one which is guided by the powers of gratitude and respect we hold for all Creation. Peace amongst our Relations will live whenever this is so. In this way our Earth Mother shall be renewed and all Her powers returned to Her.
Each time our People gather let us remember these things and teach our children the wisdom of this walk. Each child who understands the sacred role Creator has given to them will hold the medicine of healing of healing themselves and our Earth Mother firmly in their hands.
We call for a new day in which two things are understood. First, we humans are equal but not superior - to any other person. Second, that we live for the children of all our Relations who will benefit from our consideration for their lives seven generations to come.
Let this legacy be the ground we walk as se join with the communities of Nations, both human and non-human and so share their destiny with ours.