Thursday, May 28, 2009

One of the Tribes

I came across the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society and it took me back to my days of traveling around North America, occasionally dropping by various Rainbow Gatherings around the country. It was a carefree couple of years for me as a roaming spiritual warrior at the turn of the millennium, and my life was very much in tune with the vision of the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society, which promotes "Beauty, Power, Knowledge and Freedom for all."

I have left that life for now, though it lingers in my memory and will always be a part of me. I try still to remember the way the Spirit guided me on my various paths. Especially I recall the inner voice that led me to a library in Santa Cruz, California, where I met my wife. At times these days I feel as if I have become spiritually adrift, as my life now revolves around caring for the material needs of my family, and especially for my three children. In this material world in which we live, organizations such as the
Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society can offer comfort and direction, much as that of my own spiritual journey.

A Tale of Two "Nigerians"

I wonder if my uncle has ever me Mohammed Babangida. My Uncle Ed lives in Okoja in Cross River State in the south east of the country while Mohammed lives in Niger State in the north, so it is probable they have not met. But you never know...

Mohammed Babangida seems more of a business man, and an important one at that, while my uncle is a missionary dealing with the translation of the Bible into the
Bokyi, Kukele, Mbe, and Yala languages. I know, however, that both of them love African music, with Mohammed being partial to jazz, something that would carry the conversation should they ever meet.

Also, I seriously doubt my uncle has an interest in polo, a passion of Mohammed Babangida, though with my uncle's diminutive physical stature he could have been
a jockey.