Teach Us, Show Us the Way


Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon the earth, our planet home, with its beautiful depths and soaring heights, its vitality and abundance of life, and together we ask that it

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon the mountains, the Cascades and the Olympics the high green valleys and meadows filled with wild flowers, the snow that never melt, the summit of intense silence, and we ask that they

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, the flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields and we ask that they

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon the land which grows our food, the nurturing soil, the fertile fields, the abundant gardens and orchards, and we ask that they

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon our forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky with earth in their roots and heavens in their branches, the fir and the pine and the cedar, and we ask that they

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon the creatures of the fields and forests and the seas, our brothers and sisters the wolves and deer, the eagle and dove, the great whales and the dolphin, the beautiful Orca, and salmon who share our Northwest home, and we ask that they

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for future generations, and upon whose lives our lives are built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

And lastly, we call upon all that we hold most sacred, the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love and truth which flows through all the Universe, to be with us to

Teach Us, Show, Us the Way

Anon, 18th century, Chinook

The Chinook Nation are from the lower Columbian River Region of Oregon and Washington and consists of Lower Chinook (Washington), Clatsop (Oregon), Willapa (Washington), Wahkiakum (Washington) and Kathlamet (Oregon) people. The Chinook people welcomed Lewis and Clark and helped them survive the winter of 1805 and 1806. Unfortunately their treaties were not formally ratified by the United States.

See video “Promised Land”

http://www.promisedlanddoc.com/

http://www.chinooknation.org/

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