Muslim-Pnaci CoResistance: The Parallels Between Jihad and Indigenous Spirituality

by Val Shadowhawk (Mouqawamah Music EXCLUSIVE)

With so much turmoil and confusion cast onto the collective psyche of our world in general, one of the most sacred acts one can endeavor to embark upon is the Jihad. In the Arab and Islamic worlds, this one act has been grossly misrepresented, misunderstood and falsely as well as perniciously portrayed by the Jewish constructs of Hollywood, the Public ‘School System’, Book Publishing Companies, ‘Mainstream Media’, Western politicians and a host of other sundry groups and individuals who subversively operate under the auspices of ‘information’. There is indeed an intentionally skewed usage of what the true definition of the Jihad is, meant to further the hegemonic agenda of International Zionism. Having been exposed to Arab/Muslim peoples for a good portion of my life, this humble writer from an Indigenous background (Plains Cree, Blackfeet, Missouria, Choctaw) and having been involved in quite a few of my own tribal traditional ceremonies and ways, I would like to share a brief personal observation on the Jihad and its parallel in the Horse Cultures – i.e. Great Plains – The Crying For A Vision, or what the Lakota people refer to as the “Han’blech’ ya”. We refer to it in layman’s terms as “Going on the Hill”. One of the Seven Sacred Rites given to the Great Plains Pnaci people by Pte Stan Win (White Buffalo Calf Woman).

It is an inner journey one takes as a Rite of Passage into the Spiritual World where one can determine one’s life path(s). It begins with prayers and a Pledge. This is carried out with the guidance of an Elder who is a Pipe Carrier. One who can assist and guide the individual making such a Pledge in another Sacred Rite, The Purification Ceremony or “Sweat Lodge”. This is a preparation for the Pledging person(s) before making their journey to a remote spot, preferably on a hilltop, hence the phrase “Going on the Hill”.

The Purification Ceremony begins with fasting the day of. Usually in the early evening the lava rocks are heated in a Sacred Fire situated directly across from the Purification (Sweat Lodge) by a Helper known to the Water Pourer or Sweat Lodge Leader (in this case, it will usually be the Pipe Carrier guiding the Pledger***). After the lava rocks – which represent the bones of our ancestors – are sufficiently heated and the Lodge has been covered, with the floor being prepared and prayed over with sage offerings on the floor, the participants enter one at a time. The door always faces east (much like the Qibla of Muslims in which they face eastwards towards Mecca when they make Salat). They then go in on their knees as this represents a rebirth. The lodge door is very low to the ground. Once inside, the Fire Tender brings in the rocks as specified by the Water Pourer. The first seven rocks represent the Seven Sacred Directions and all is quiet and introspective whilst this is done. The process is repeated in four rounds, where the Lodge Door is closed and then opened to let in fresh air and allow the participants a break. Prayers and Prayer Songs are offered each round in support of the Pledger(s). Once this is completed, a feast is engaged in, quite like the Islamic Eid al-Fitr that Muslims celebrate after the spiritually and mentally trying but incredibly rewarding practice of sawm (fasting) for the holy month of Ramadan.

The following early morning, the Pledger takes his/her Pipe to Pray with and reflect for four days. They are instructed not to leave the circle where they sit for that time. A circle of tobacco is drawn by them before sitting and holding their Pipe. Here they can pray, sing, think, reflect and hopefully get guidance from their animal helpers (Totem Animals from the Spirit Realm) as well as the Spirits of their Ancestors. This will transpire in that circle the Pledger sits in for that time.

They are looking inwardly for many answers. There is no set ‘line’ or ‘game plan’ as it were and each person will know what their life’s purpose is, provided their minds are clear and their hearts are humble as well as open. There can be no doing harm to themselves, or to others for that matter (again Islam comes to mind, with its concept of Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil, which is at the root of the Jihad). As soon as this process concludes, the Pledger can go to his/her Elder with their experience on the ‘Hill’ for more guidance if needed. Once more, this act is one of a deep, sacred meaning and does not require killing or doing harm to others. In truth, it runs parallel to the Jihad as it too is a ‘struggle’ of a spiritual nature; a sacred act of humility and drawing on one’s own inner resources for their life’s purpose.

I humbly thank the readers of Mouqawamah Music for your indulgence. Please feel free to share this with others. A word of caution however, don’t try this on your own without proper guidance as it is a very detailed and sacred act. Thank you also to brother Jonathan Azaziah for respectfully asking for my input on this critical matter. Muslim-Pnaci understanding and cooperation are key to the fight against Organized Jewry and its machinations.

My hope is that people will read this reflection then take the time to reach out and facilitate such cooperation. Seek people whom you might know that come from the Arab/Muslim Cultures and/or Native (Pnaci) Indigenous Cultures who have the experiences of their ways and ancestors and humbly ASK THEM. Do not let our narratives be usurped by the enemy; let OUR VOICES be heard, for once they are, you will most likely find new friends or at least allies who will be more than glad to explain these things in all of their ancient, sublime details.

*** The term “Pledger” is one who is committing themselves to the four-day Journey “On The Hill”. There the individual sits in solace, alone with their thoughts, personal ‘baggage’ and a host of other inner occurrences. They know that nearby their ‘help’ or assistance is tuned in and ready IF needed. This Ceremony prepares the Pledger for what could be described as the next level of their spiritual ascendance, that of becoming a Pipe Carrier, a most revered position and not to be taken for granted. Their lives become taken into full service to the community, the people at large. Whenever they are called upon, they must answer and do everything required to provide needed help, from the naming of newborns and special people to the running of various Ceremonies, Purifications, Weddings, Memorials, Healing Ceremonies, etc.

(Relevant corrections and additions provided by Mouqawamah Music Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Azaziah)

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One thought on “Muslim-Pnaci CoResistance: The Parallels Between Jihad and Indigenous Spirituality”

  1. In the West and in the East, when settlers came upon indigenous peoples and their, “strange practices”, these native people were (and still are) villified. Understanding that problems between settlers/colonists (including today’s colonists) and indigenous can generally be chalked up to misunderstanding(s) and unwillingness to understand one another’s spirituality and/or spiritual practices. In changing attitudes, we could find a jumping-off point toward futher comprehension and acceptance. Unfortunately, most practicing religionists find themselves threatened, and this has lead to and will further many conflicts and wars. I find it disconcerting that many or even most believe that we must view everything in the same way; that to get along, we must worshing the, “same god”, and through the same rites. Instead, and because these groups will not celebrate cultural and religionist differences, this generation continues to allow such differences to divide us, while it is our similarities that make us human.

    Thanks for elaborating, Shadow.

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