I am going to do three things today…
1. Stretch and gesso a large canvas in order to do a portrait of my late sister
2. Contact my friend Joy about scanning the photos of the Jesuits she owns who befriended her people, the Hunkpapa Sioux.
3. Begin another Ghost Dance
Before Christine Rosamond Benton became a famous artist, she wanted to be my Muse. She saw me render beautiful images of my girlfriends. That no artist painted a portrait of Rosamond, is an astounding oversight that will end.
Joy was my last attempt to have a girlfriend. She is kin to Chief Gall and John Grass, two Sioux Chiefs that were at the center of the Ghost Dance, and fought Custer at Wounded Knee Montana. Joy and her sister own the ritual wear of their tribe. I have dined with these outstanding people. I have beheld the treasure trove of photos and documents Joy owns, many of the them of the Jesuits. I have seen an ancient treaty that needs to be in a museum.
I am going to begin a new Ghost Dance that will bring the spirit of Pope Francis to the Native Peoples of the upper plains and the North West. From Missouri to Oregon there will be a revamping, if not dismal, of Senator Thomas Hart Benton’s
‘Manifest Destiny’. In one year I will ceremoniously tear up and burn a copy of this document so it can not be used by the white supremacists of the NPI, a group of racist red-neck propagandist disguised at historians.
May the new Ghost Dance drive these devils back to Georgia where they came from. A new proclamation will be written that will establish who is the rightful owners of America, and who will carry forth a Spiritual Message that will unite a vast majority of peoples so that we may live in Peace and Harmony.
My autobiography ‘Bond’s With Angels’ has carried me to a place where the Great Spirit dwell with the Mother of the true Messiah, that came to America, and took root as a million blades of grass. The Blue Angel my sister’s saw as children, was that of the Virgin Mary who came in spirit to the Sioux People. With the history of my kindred with the Nez Perce who fled into Montana with Chief Joseph, arrives an entitlement and responsibility few human beings have ever owned. Mya the Spirit of the Blue Angel be my inner voice and guide. May Jesus keep granting me the Spiritual Courage he promised so the dream of Universal Peace will be the map we all find in our heart.
The new Ghost Dance will confront the epidemic of the drug meth in Montana. I see parades twice a year down the main street of Bozeman. Drug manufacturers, dealers, and users will lose their coat of inviviblity. The Ghost Dancers will give sanctuary to, and found treatment centers, for, those who are addicted.
I am going send an invitation to Pope Francis to come to America, and walk the trail of Jesuit Father Pierre-Jean De Smet. This Papal visit will end at Briar Cliff college co-founded by my kindred, Mother Mary Dominique Wieneke of the Order of Saint Francis. The Father in Rome took the name of this Saint, who went amongst the least of us, who brought mercy to the disenfranchised who were promised to be the first to enter the Kingdom of God. Let us establish a Kingdom of True Humility in America that serves the people from the ground we walk on to the Heaven where our Unified Dream – soar! Let this humility be a shining example to all the people’s of the world.
So be it!
Jon Gregory Presco
The Father Comes Singing
There is the father coming,
There is the father coming.
The father says this as he comes,
The father says this as he comes,
“You shall live,” he says as he comes,
“You shall live,” ‘he says as he comes.
Among the Potawatomi, de Smet founded (1838) his first mission, near present-day Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 1839 he journeyed along the Missouri River to pacify the Yankton Sioux and the Potawatomi, his first recorded negotiation in what was to become a celebrated career as peacemaker. Learning of the friendly Flathead Indians and their desire for a priest, he left in 1840 on the first of his numerous trips to their homeland in the Bitterroot mountain area in Montana Territory. For them he founded St. Mary’s Mission, near present Missoula, Montana, in 1841. Between 1842 and 1844 he toured several European countries to solicit funds. In 1844 he helped establish St. Ignatius’s Mission, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Missoula.
THE INDIAN CRAZE.
Dramatic Scene Before Agent
AN INDIAN VIRGIN MARY.
She Claims to Be Mother of the Red
Messiah — Chief Gall, Though Skeptical,
Is Not Prepared to Say the Thing
Standing Rock Agency, N. D.,
Nov. 15. — “Bring in the Virgin Mary” was the order of the Indian who officiated as bailiff of the Indian court, of which Chief John Grass and two other Sioux are members. Out from the murmuring crowd in the large room came Waltitawin (scarlet woman), the wife of Iikpoga and a member of the Walokpis band of Sioux Fearlessness was the leading element of her attitude as she stood gracefully before the railing, behind which sat the agent and his interpreter, and looked indifferently at John Grass and the two other Indians who composed the court.
“Who are you, and what is your name?” were the first questions asked her. Drawing herself to her full stature of nearly six feet she told her name, then, bending slightly forward with her hand pointed upward, she said in a low tone, with intense earnestness: “I am the mother of Christ who is now upon this earth, making preparation for rebuilding it. The earth is to belong solely to his chosen people, and this continent is to be extended much further west, taking in a part of the great sunset water. The eastern part of the continent will be abandoned, all but in the western part where great herds of buffalo will wander as in days long ago, and with the disappearance of the whites from the earth will come the resurrection of all the Indians who now sleep, and forevermore they will wander over the earth with no one to question their rights to kill the buffalo, none to say: ‘Do this or I will put you in the guard house.’ ”
With a gesture to attract the particular attention of Major McLaughlin, she drew an imaginary line upon the floor and stepped over it, saying: “In those days there will be no reservation, no messenger from the Great Father to say to the Indians: ‘Come back here; stay on your reservation.’ ” She continued to expatiate upon the rosy-tinted dawning of the Indians millenium morning until stopped by the court.
She refused to tell any thing about the orgie of the Ghost Dance beyond the fact that she had been proclaimed by the members of the order to be the Virgin Mary.
Pending an interview with the woman’s husband, and consideration by the court as to the disposal of her case, she was sent to the guard house, to which she walked with the air of a theatrical martyr. The last case tried by the court for the day was that of an Indian who blonged on the Rosebud reservation, and was wandering around among the Indians of Standing Rock without a pass from the Rosebud agent or commission from the agent at Standing Rock. He was supposed to be the bearer of messages from the Indians of the Rosebud Agency relative to the coming of the Messiah, and when arraigned before the court and questioned as to his mission he explained that his wife belonged to the Standing Rock Agency, and that he went to the Rosebud agent and requested a pass to go visiting his wife’s relatives, but that the agent refused to give him permission. Then he concluded he would come to Standing Rock to live, and he wished to be taken upon Major McLaughlin’s list. He was questioned as to his belief in the coming of the Messiah, and it was found that he not only believed that the Messiah was coming and that he would bring with him the buffalo, but he would also have the power to furnish each Indian with a spring wagon by the mostion of his hand. This man was sent to the guard house to be confined until morning, when he was to be taken to the line between the two agencies, and, after being warned not to return, was to be turned loose upon his own reservation.
Chief Gall treated the matter very seriously and said to a reporter: “I listen. Since this excitement has come upon my people I sit and listen and wonder if these things can be possible. When they tell me that the buffalo are coming back and that there is to be a resurrection of our fathers I shake my head. They tell me that the Messiah can make spring wagons with a motion of his hand. I think this can not be. But sometimes I think of the wonderful things which white men believe in their religion, and I am not so sure that these Indians are wrong. I went to the office of a St. Paul paper and talked through a machine to some one a long way off, and since then I can not say that any thing is impossible. Your people believe that in the beginning of the world wonderful things were done by men; the Indians believe that in the future wonderful things may be done by men. It seems to me tha the Indians are not justly accused of being crazy, for believing that what has happened once may not happen again, I listen. But I take no part in the dance, and I do not lend my sanction to it. The Indians want the good old times, to most of them known only by tradition, without stopping to think how much better they are situated now than if the Government were to withdraw its support. Yesterday 140 cattle were killed here and distributed among the people. This shows to me that the Government does not want the Indians to starve.”
Jack Wilson, the prophet formerly known as Wovoka, was believed to have had a vision during a solar eclipse on January 1, 1889. It was reportedly not his first time experiencing a vision directly from God; but as a young adult, he claimed that he was then better equipped, spiritually, to handle this message. Jack had received training from an experienced holy man under his parents’ guidance after they realized that he was having difficulty interpreting his previous visions. Jack was also training to be a “weather doctor”, following in his father’s footsteps. He was known throughout Mason Valley as a gifted and blessed young leader. Preaching a message of universal love, he often presided over circle dances, which symbolized the sun’s heavenly path across the sky.
Anthropologist James Mooney conducted an interview with Wilson prior to 1892. Mooney confirmed that his message matched that given to his fellow aboriginal Americans. This study compared letters between tribes. Wilson said he stood before God in heaven and had seen many of his ancestors engaged in their favorite pastimes. God showed Wilson a beautiful land filled with wild game and instructed him to return home to tell his people that they must love each other, not fight, and live in peace with the whites. God also stated that the people must work, not steal or lie, and that they must not engage in the old practices of war or the traditional self-mutilation practices connected with mourning the dead. God said that if his people abided by these rules, they would be united with their friends and family in the other world.
In God’s presence, there would be no sickness, disease, or old age. Wilson was given the Ghost Dance and commanded to take it back to his people. He preached that if the five-day dance was performed in the proper intervals, the performers would secure their happiness and hasten the reunion of the living and deceased. Wilson said that God gave him powers over the weather and that he would be the deputy in charge of affairs in the western United States, leaving current President Harrison as God’s deputy in the East. Jack claims that he was then told to return home and preach God’s message.
The Rosebud Indian Reservation (RIR) is an Indian reservation in South Dakota, United States. It is the home of the federally recognized Sicangu Oyate (the Upper Brulé Sioux Nation) – also known as Sicangu Lakota, and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST), a branch of the Lakota people. The Lakota name Sicangu Oyate translates into English as “Burnt Thigh Nation”; the French term “Brulé Sioux” is also used.
The Rosebud Indian Reservation was established in 1889 by the United States’ partition of the Great Sioux Reservation. Created in 1868 by the Treaty of Fort Laramie, the Great Sioux Reservation originally covered all of West River, South Dakota (the area west of the Missouri River), as well as part of northern Nebraska and eastern Montana. The reservation includes all of Todd County, South Dakota and communities and lands in the four adjacent counties, which had at one time been entirely part of the reservation.
Born in present-day South Dakota around 1840, Gall was said to receive his nickname after eating the gall of an animal killed by a neighbor. He grew to be a giant of a man weighing close to 300 pounds.
He was recognized as an accomplished warrior during his late teens and became a war chief in his twenties. Leading the Lakota in their long war against the United States, he served with Sitting Bull during several battles, including the famous Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
Grass led his warriors at the 1873 battle of Massacre Canyon in Nebraska, in which a Lakota war party attacked a group of Pawnee on a buffalo hunt. A monument commemorating the event, one of the last large battles between Native American tribes in the United States, was placed near the site of the canyon. Carved upon the 35-foot granite obelisk is the face of John Grass, slightly higher and opposite the carving of Ruling His Son’s face, a Pawnee chief also at the battle that day.
During the time of the Ghost Dance movement and the Wounded Knee Massacre, Grass advocated peace with the United States, which did not earn him the respect of many Hunkpapa leaders. Chief White Bull described Grass as: “A good talker… not a thinker or a smart man… could always say yes but never no.”
John Grass, Mato Watakpe or Charging Bear (1836–May 10, 1918) was a chief of the Sihasapa (Blackfeet) band of Lakota people during the 1870s through 1890s. He fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.
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