Mendota SweatLodge building class and 1st Inipi Ceremony of 2022 – Plus Important Newsflash at end of email! Please! … If you have even minor symptoms …stay home!
PLEASE SEE ALERT AT THE END OF THIS EMAIL!
Mendota SweatLodge building class and 1st Inipi Ceremony of 2022
Saturday May 21st 10:30 AM and/or noon (*possibly 1:00 PM, if we are short of help)
We will meet at the parking between the DuPuis House and the garage at 10:30 AM and caravan to Fort Snelling State Park to cut the willow. If we have enough help we should be back at the DuPuis House around *noon and get started building the lodge. If we have enough help we can get it done in 3 hours.
If you would like to come to the class, please sign up asap. Some people who do not want to go into the Inipi, just come and support the Mendota Community to help educate people about our Dakota traditions and our Mendota Community. In this most sacred land of the Dakota people.
The Mendota Community believes in Preserving, Protecting and Promoting the Dakota Culture for Future Generations.
We have received a grant to rebuild the Inipi.
Thank you to the Minnesota Humanities Center grant.
At The Dupuis House also called the Sibley Site, 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy in Mendota MN 55150.
This is a one-day Saturday event, possibly two-day event if we have complications.
We Hope to go into the Inipi around 4:00 PM over at 6:00ish, Pipe Ceremony, feast and then we are done, around 8:00 PM (If building takes a couple hours longer from lack of help we won’t finish until around 10:00 PM). It depends on how many people are there to help. (If there are unforeseen complications, we may have to postpone the Inipi to Sunday at 5:00 PM – Joseph is conducting a funeral from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday).
You can also sit outside the Inipi. Many people pray with us from outside the lodge.
Sign up, by emailing Sharon Mendota Chairwoman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring the children & elders, some native children will help for their first time.
Anyone is welcome to see how a Dakota Inipi is built. It will be an honor to help you there.
Please show up to help even if you forget to email, though remember to sign in on the attendance sheet.
Women wear skirts or a dress, towel. Women cannot be on their moon, or period.
Men wear shorts and a towel.
Prayer ties can be made in advance. Or someone can show you how to make them. Come an hour early before the Inipi. At least one prayer tie, 7 for a healing, or 28 to be traditional, usually Red, though you may use any of the colors of the directional flags. You may also make your own flags if you feel such a desire. Prayer ties usually use a 2+ inch by 2+ inch square of cotton cloth and just a pinch of tobacco. Flags are around 6+ inches by 18-36+ inches and a handful of tobacco. Cotton or other natural string of any color can be used. We like red if we can find it though we usually use white that you can get at the Dollar($1.25) store.
Six colors of fabric are traditionally used when making flags to represent the four directions or the four winds, as in our Mendota shield/Logo —West (black), North (red), East (yellow), South (white), Heavens (blue), Mother Earth (green).
Mendota will supply the 100% cotton material for this class in the 6 colors, tobacco, sage.
If you want to donate tobacco and sage that would be appreciated.
At the next Inipi you may need to have your own materials.
Any questions email Joseph Bester at JosephBester@gmail.com
Or call and leave a message at 651-502-4441 and leave your number and best times to call you back.
Joseph just uploaded a video of him singing our Dakota Pipe-filling song aside the PowerPoint presentation. Please go there now and subscribe to his YouTube channel to encourage him to put out more such videos: https://youtu.be/51-ATD1DIjY
Remember: It is considered to be the most important song to be sung at the beginning of all Ceremonies, even when the Pipe is not shared because it reminds us of our need to take the focus off of ourselves and to put it on being part of something greater than ourselves, in Love and selfless service to one another … in other words, to be IN TRUTH! When the song says “Friend, do it like this” … the “this” means to be In Truth! The song goes on to say: “Whenever we do things in this way (In Truth), whatever we ask, will be given to us!”
ALERT! PLEASE! IF YOU HAVE EVEN THE SLIGHTEST
SYMPTOMS OR HAVE BEEN AROUND ANYONE SICK WITH
EVEN A MINOR COLD … PLEASE STAY HOME! THE DAYS
OF TOUGHING SUCH THINGS OUT ARE LONG GONE.
PASSING EVEN A MINOR COLD ON TO SOMEONE IS NO
LONGER ACCEPTABLE … JUST DON’T DO IT … PLEASE!!!!
In the space of one month, Joseph caught two colds! The first one lasted less than a week. Less than 2 weeks after that, another one, much worse, that lasted over 2 weeks! Even though he was taking precautions, one person even told him they were suffering with a cold for over two weeks. Finally recovered less than 2 weeks ago! DID COVID-19 TEACH US NOTHING?
PLEASE BE SMART! LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER! THERE WILL BE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES, AS LONG AS WE LEARN FROM THE PAST! THANK YOU! PIDAMAYA! WOPIDA! MITAKUYE OYASIN!
Pipe-Filling Song – Koda PowerPoint