Dot’s ancestry among the wild dingoes of dry Australia and her life here in Palm Springs gives her a special affinity for the arid landscape. She is enamored with the poetic language of Pueblo harvest songs of the American Southwest…
Great is a ripe sunflower, and great was the sun above my corn-fields. His fingers lifted up the corn-ears, his hands fashioned my melons, and set my beans full in the pods. Therefore my heart is happy, and I will lay many blue prayer sticks at the shrine of Ta-wa.
Until you have tried to garden in a desert, you can’t come close to understanding the great sense of accomplishment people must have felt when they had a good crop ready to harvest there.
The Pueblo songs are among the most beautiful of all Native American prayers, and this one dedicates the successful harvest to Ta-wa, the Creator who makes things grow. There is also an example of how the gods are honored at harvest time with a thousand different ceremonies around the world. The blue prayer sticks represent through color the spiritual qualities of sky, water, and plants.
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