Wolf Ceremony Minute for Boy Scouts


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This Minute is meant for Boy Scouts.
Notes:
by Chief Dan George of the Salish Band in Burrard Inlet, British Columbia, Canada
Script:
I wanted to give something of my past to my grandson.
So I took him into the woods, to a quiet spot.
Seated at my feet, he listened as I told him of the powers that were given to each creature.
He moved not a muscle as I explained how the woods had always provided us with food, homes, comfort, and religion.
He was awed when I related to him how the wolf became our guardian, and when I told him that I would sing the sacred wolf song over him, he was overjoyed.
In my song, I appealed to the wolf to come and preside over us while I would perform the wolf ceremony so that the bondage between my grandson and the wolf would be lifelong.
I sang.
In my voice was the hope that clings to every heartbeat.
I sang.
In my words were the powers I inherited from my forefathers.
I sang.
In my cupped hands lay a spruce seed: the link to creation.
I sang.
In my eyes sparkled love.
I sang.
And the song floated on the sun's rays from tree to tree.
When I had ended, it was if the whole world listened with us to hear the wolf's reply.
We waited a long time but none came.
Again I sang, humbly but as invitingly as I could, until my throat ached and my voice gave out.

All of a sudden, I realized why no wolves had heard my sacred song.
There were none left!
My heart filled with tears. I could no longer give my
grandson faith in the past, our past.
At last I could whisper to him: "It is finished!"

"Can I go home now?" He asked, checking his watch to see if he would still be in time to catch his favorite program on TV.

I watched him disappear and wept in silence.
All is finished!
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