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  • It's a prayer life that we are living.

    There's a certain understanding that comes along with it-- put it this way: I knew of a medicine man that told me for every kind of prayer, it's different but it's still the same. They have the Bible and in it there are stories of God and what he has done for the people. And then there are certain things this medicine man said 'you know, if this man prayed with his heart and he was a Catholic, and his prayer was answered, his miracle happened and then if and Indian man prayed from his heart with sincerity, and that miracle also happened, isn't that the same thing?'. So the argument is not how you do prayers, it's the sincerity of your heart. And that's what I'm looking at today.

    I was baptized Catholic and I was in Catholic school ever since I was a little boy til 7th grade, and then I came back this way for boarding school. And yet the things I look at today...say the freedom of speech, the freedom of how you want to do things within yourself...If someone else doesn't compare to it, you can't make them believe what you believe.

    There was a time after I sobered up that I realized I didn't want to go back into the Catholic ways because I didn't know what I was praying about there. And all these stories you read about in the Bible, I didn't really understand.

    So I went looking for some place I could feel comfortable, instead of kneeling all day long. I'd learned you had to pray with your hands folded all the time.

    So then I found out that there was Sundance. And I didn't understand what it was all about. The Catholic upbringing had prevented me from even knowing my own Indian way of prayer.

    The's a likeness of both sides. In the Bible there are these stories about what God did and God made. But yet in this Indian way of life, it's knowing that there's a God and yet the Elders would tell you a story very similar to the one from the Bible. But if you heard it in the Bible, it was almost like a combination. Still, if you heard over here, and over there...I'm looking at that and wondering why is it that people are fighting each other about who's right and who's not?

    I m an Arapaho from Wyoming and yet I got into the Lakota culture, the Lakota way of prayer 21 years ago, and that is Sundance. And I feel comfortable there.

    I don't have to wait for Sunday to go pray. I can go on top of the hill, and I have a sweat lodge.
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