About me

Hello

My name is Emily and I live the traditional native way of life. Let me tell you who I am and about 12439333_558872060956114_6923702223637748751_nmy journey. As a mental health professional, I have worked with every population there is, from children and their families to people incarcerated. Interestingly enough I was introduced more extensively to Native American practices and beliefs within the correctional setting. I was first shocked by the over-representation of the population within the correctional setting in Canada and made it a point to work in collaboration with the Elders so I could work in a culturally sensitive manner. I also started attending ceremonies such as healing circles and pow wows and got involved on the Aboriginal grounds.

Following my work in institutions, I worked with the same population but on the streets. In an area that most people don’t want to go, in an area where Native people are over-represented, where the prevalence of substance abuse and mental health issues is very high. Where Indigenous women go missing every year. In an area where people are real, genuine and who appreciated the bannock I bring to work 🙂 Although I am still in that area every week, I now work with a younger population, youth struggling with mental health and substance use issues. I oversee many programs for them and help create new ones that are culturally appropriate. 50 to 70% of the youth I work with are First Nations and it is extremely important to me to offer them services that include a cultural and spiritual component. To help them continue to have that connection or to reconnect them with the way of their ancestors as a way to heal.

My way of life….

The first time I attended a healing circle and stepped on the Aboriginal grounds, the first thought that came into my mind was “I am home”. The Native way of life was so familiar to me, without ever having had experienced it before. I know it runs in my blood. So, over time I have worked with Elders, educated myself about Native American beliefs, cultures and trauma. I have integrated practices in my daily life. As it was once told to me, it is a way of life, whether your skin is dark or pale. And it is my way of life. I find clarity and peace within that way. And I wish for the story of Native peoples to be told and heard, so that healing can take place, so that the cycle of intergenerational trauma can be broken. Elders say that what we do affect the next seven generations. How about we heal and live a simpler life so that the next generations can too?

I come from a wonderful family and have amazing loving and supportive parents. But somehow I have an innate ability to understand pain and the trauma some have gone through (as well as my trauma and the stories I was fortunate enough to hear from clients and survivors. All my life, I knew I was more sensitive than most. I did not understand it at the time, but I could feel what others could feel, as though I was the one feeling it. I could also and can still connect to animals, petting and being close to animals most struggle petting. I know I feel some things differently than others and the Native way has helped me understand the connection we all share. Our spirits are connected.

my drum

My goal with this website is to share the knowledge I have acquired and that was passed down to me with you, to share my personal experience, to share the beauty of the peoples and cultures as well as their wounds. And it would be so nice if people could use this space to exchange on their experience, knowledge, resources and services. The oral tradition prevails within the Native culture so stories are welcome as well as ideas and pictures. I hope this space is filled with hope, compassion and beauty.

Love this tattoo on my foot 🙂

May there be beauty above me, may there be beauty below me, may there be beauty in me, may there be beauty all around me.

All my Relations (Mitakuye-Oyasin)

Emily

email: emilygig@hotmail.com

Myself at a pow wow wearing earrings from my talented beader friend Val and a top by Metis artist Carol Rose.

104 thoughts on “About me

  1. Jason

    Hi Emily, I really love your website. The Native American culture is so peaceful and pleasant. I personally would not take the leap of adapting to it, but I have done allot of reading about the history and way of life as I find it very interesting. I will definately be back to your website, thanks

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    1. Emily Post author

      thanks Jason! Yes in our society, it is a big leap, I understand that. Sometimes, integrating practices here and there, is also one way to go about it

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  2. lita

    Hi Emily, Really great site. I’ve always been interested in Native American History. Native Americans are such an unappreciated part of population and cultures and it’s nice to see that you have a site that brings some of their traditions to light. Thank you for the information and for sharing it with us. I will be back.

    Lita

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  3. Matthew Wetherbee

    What a great website this is. I only have a tiny bit of native american blood in me, but I have always loved what little I have come across in reference to the old ways.

    This is a great place and I will have to remember to stop by and visit again. Thank you for taking the time to create a place like this.

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    1. Lily

      Hi. I tried to email you. It came back as undeliverable. I have a few questions. Inquiries. And, you might be able to help me.

      How can I reach you?

      Thanks.

      Lily

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  4. Marie

    Hi Emily, I love your site. It is so colorful and yet very soothing to the eye. I will mark it and come back and have a good look, as many of the posts interest me greatly. Thanks for sharing Marie

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    1. Emily Post author

      Thanks Marie! Yes feel free to come back! as soon as I figure out how to put together a mailing list, I will provide that option so you know when there is a new post.

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  5. Ed

    Hi Emily,
    Love your site! Native American is part of my family tree so this has special meaning for me. I see that you are in BC Canada and one of the places you talk about is in Alberta. Alberta Canada is where I want to go when I’m finished here in Japan. You’re so lucky to be in Canada already 🙂

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  6. Andria

    Hello fellow Canadian! Im in Thompson MB just moved here last year. I find it very hard to find the healing circles and pow wows although the native presence is very high where we are. If you could post a section on the site that directs people to how to find these pow wows I’d be so appreciative. Very beautiful site!

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  7. Michael

    Beautiful Website. Your Information is inspiring and many people can benefit from the information you share on your Website!

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  8. Marcus

    Hi Emily, it sounds like you have found your calling. Life becomes so much better when we discover what really feels right for us. Once we are on the right path then we can’t really go wrong.

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  9. Mark

    Hi Emily – what a wonderfully soothing website. You have portrayed everything in a calm manner. There is certainly something to be gained for the teachings and philosophies.
    Mark

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  10. Chris

    Beautiful site Emily, and some really interesting learning here for me. I’m really looking forward to exploring this more deeply.

    Gratitude,
    Chris

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  11. Rozz

    Hi Emily,
    I bookmarked this lovely site. I am so interested in keeping up with new (and present) info in it!
    Excellent of you to share!
    Do you know of an online source, perhaps an Indian supply store, for the roots, herbs, plants etc. mentioned? I would love that info.
    Also, plan to buy things from this site in the future.
    Best wishes
    Rozz

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Rozz
      thanks for coming! You can certainly find a lot on Amazon and Etsy directly from Native suppliers and artists. I also buy locally when I go to Pow wows or events. But those 2 sites as well as the Native American Tea Company are good ones

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  12. Heather

    Hello Emily, (fellow Canadian!)

    It is a real treat to come to your website and read about the Traditional Native Healing Ways.
    I have been drawn to this culture for many years and find such great wisdom in the teachings.
    Your love of these healing ways comes forth in what you express here on your site.
    Many thanks for sharing your passion!

    Warmly,
    Heather

    “Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” -Native American saying

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  13. Troy

    Kwe’ (Hello), It’s so nice to see others who are on the Red Road sharing their experiences in such a positive way. Bookmarked this site for sure! I wish you many blessings as you travel your path and share your experiences with others. Wela’lin (Thank You) and keep up the great work!

    Msit No’kmaq (All my Relations)

    Troy

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Troy!
      thanks for sharing and visiting! The Red Road is such a wonderful way to live your life. Going back to the basic concepts and traditions and practices has helped me in ways I cannot even describe. I hope your path is as healing and rewarding. Thank you for sharing your native language!
      Mitakuye Oyasin

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  14. Brooke

    Hello Emily!

    You’ve visited my site a few times, and I yours. I thought it was only appropriate that I learn a little bit more about you personally!

    It`s amazing that you’ve been able to find your calling. Many people spend their whole life’s trying to figure out what their true passion and joy is, so congrats to you for doing so! It’s beautiful that you can simply expose yourself to something and feel that instant connection.

    I’ve always thought I was a little bit more sensitive to people and their behavior/actions. My dad was always really keen on reading people and I like to think I’ve picked up the same sort of 6th sense. A lot of people cloud their heads so much that they’re not able to fully understand their “6th sense” but I truly believe everyone has more of a sensitivity to certain things. Kind of like their specialty.

    Good luck with your site and your future, I look forward to hearing and seeing more of you Emily!

    Cheers!

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    1. Emily Post author

      thank you Brooke!
      I do feel lucky to have found where I belong, where I feel comfortable as some people do spend their whole life looking. I found a lot of peace and support. All my Relations

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  15. Michael Hionis

    Hey Emily, I think the direction you’ve taken is fantastic! Here in Australia, the indigenous population was decimated by the coming of Europeans, and I have always found it crazy to think that the perception is that it was a primitive culture. What most people don’t realise is that a culture that has gone through 40,000 uninterrupted years of development is not primitive, it’s at it’s peak. More people should follow your example and choose to benefit from those milllenia of accumulated wisdom, we need it today more than ever, with the obsession with rampant materialism that is prevalent now; there’s gotta be something better than ‘produce and consume’ as a philosophy of life! Keep up the great work Emily! To Freedom! Michael.

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    1. Emily Post author

      thanks Michael!
      I agree Native or Indigenous people had their life in order before colonization. Unfortunately a lot of the traditional ways were taken away from them. Even though there is a lot to learn from them

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  16. chris

    Hi Emily, I went through some of your posts and had bookmarked for a later return to your site, enjoying the history and reading here. Very interesting information. Thanks for the share. Chris

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  17. Bruce

    Hi Emily,
    A great site. I bookmarked it for later. I’ve always been fascinated by American Indian culture. As a child I would make bows and arrows and hunt pheasants in the bush. I come from an Irish/Scotts background so maybe in a former life I was Indian. Anyway good luck and thanks for sharing your journey.

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  18. Rita Roberts

    Hello Emily, Like most of the people commenting here I too have been interested in The Native Americans for many years. The reason began when I visited a Spiritual healer for my husband who had a speech impediment. It was there that I was told I had an Indian spirit guide and that I had an especially sensitive nature and I should use it. At the time I had no idea what was meant by this, all I know is that I do have a sensitive nature towards people and animals. I love your site and wish to follow by e mail when you have it set up. In the meantime I will check back so as to catch up with all your posts. Thank you for sharing. How great to find your vocation.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Rita
      it seems like we have had a similar journey! and have a similar nature. I absolutely understand the sensitivity to others, it is more than empathy. I havr found some answers within native spirituality that I had never found anywhere else

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  19. Terry

    Hi Emily

    Just letting you know I am African Canadian, and I have heard the news what has happened to the Native Indians here in Canada. The Indians are the true Canadians, and everyone else is from somewhere else including myself. I think the Canadian and Manitoba government need to do more protecting these women, it’s a shame, and not enough is done. Good Work is getting the message out.

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    1. Emily Post author

      thanks Terry!
      getting the word out and awareness of the struggles is for sure a step in the right direction. Native people are the people of the land, the Indigenous people of this country

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  20. Cindy Fielding-Smith

    Emily what a beautiful ‘about me’ and website, what a joy it is to see and feel the freedom you have found in your life by finding something that touches you deeply and then taking that path. It is clearly evident in your writing that you have come home in a way. Congratulations to you. 🙂

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Cindy
      I certainly feel like I have come home 🙂 It is always better when one gets to write about their passion and that is what I am doing! All my Relations

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  21. Nicola

    HI Emily, what a lovely website and what a lovely way of life you have. I really admire your courage in turning your back on more conventional ways of life – it cannot have been easy at times. Best of luck going forward. Nicola x

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  22. Calvin

    It is a good thing that you share your knowledge about Native American. I hope that your website can give insights to your audience about your remarkable experiences and healing the trauma.

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  23. mark

    Hi Emily – I’ve got to admit I’ve never heard of bannock bread before. However i will give it a try next time I have people round for diner or a BBQ. The recipe sounds fairly simple so even i can’t mess that one up.
    Thanks for sharing
    Mark

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  24. daniella

    Hi Emily,

    I love Indian tradition , it’s just a shame that they live that way today. They were so healthy in their mind and body and now a lot of them get fat . I personally think it’s sad , and life is not fair .
    Sorry, I am very sensitive person .

    Thank you for this awesome blog

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    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Daniella
      thanks for dropping by!I am also a sensitive person. Health care issues have been present with Aboriginal people and are often left undocumented for a variety of reasons. A fear or apprehension of the system, bad past experiences, effects of trauma across generations. It is not fair for sure

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  25. Julie

    Hi Emily,

    What a wonderful site! It is refreshing to see your sensitivity and expression come upon as in your passion. Keep up the good work!

    Julie

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  26. Sal Terranova

    Let me preface my comments by stating that I am most annoyed with you….yes, you see I started reding some of your Post late last evening and couldn’t stop reading the damn things! Thoroughly enjoy your style of writing…although I could have done without the image of Tampons in an open field…lol.

    Bravo on an excellent job!!!

    Sal

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    1. Emily Post author

      haha Sal! That made me laugh out loud! So glad you enjoyed the posts, I enjoyed writing them. Do come back but start reading in the morning!

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  27. TDY

    hi Emily . native american way of life is to me an asian as often seen on television is about cowboys and indians , movie like the wild wild west . I have read some stories about the great american gold rust and i like the song , John sutter mill .
    It very interesting content you have here , about your beliefs and your pursuits of your goal , the art and crafts are very interesting to read too. i will surely drop by again to read more .
    cheers tdy

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi TDY!
      glad you dropped by for a visit 🙂 Unfortunately the Native people are often not portrayed very well on tv. Oftentimes, what is presented are stereotypes. Come back any time!

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  28. Roamy

    Hello
    Wonderful site,thanks so much for a wonderful read, i have bookmarked your site, not because i believe in native healing but because the native American philosophies and learning/reading of their way of life.
    From reading your site, one senses the passion you have in what you are writing.
    Thanks for something new(to me)something different from the regular online reads.

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    1. Emily Post author

      thanks Roamy!
      Glad you are enjoying it!It is my passion and way of life for sure. I have found so much peace and comfort within it

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  29. Sasha

    Hi Emily

    You sound like you’re very happy doing what you do and it’s great that you’re such a positive person. When I think of Native Americans I think of the peaceful rituals and dark red skin, I wasn’t aware that the practices were open to everyone, nor did I ever consider the street population affected by things such as substance abuse… I bet you are very well respected within the community! Nice to hear you’ve found yourself, keep up the good work! 🙂

    -S

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Sasha
      thanks for stopping by! I have found my path on the Red Road. it was a personal decision to embark on it but I have found such comfort and peace on it.

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  30. Matt

    Hello there,

    I want to personally thank you for creating such an amazing and helpful website! Your thoughts on Native traditions are not only inspiring but also a breath of fresh air in a time when most conventional health methods almost seem to do more harm than good.

    I have always been an advocate interested in venturing out side of the norm to find ways to promote peoples health and wellness, and since mental health issues such as depression and severe anxiety plagues many members of my family, I try to point them towards alternative methods such as meditation to help them out.

    The problem I usually run into is that many people seem to be closed off to the idea of trying anything new, even if the current methods they have been using are not having a positive effect. Sometimes it drives me crazy because people choose to ignore the growing evidence that alternative methods are the way to go!

    What are your thoughts on this when it comes to opening peoples minds to trying new ways to increase the overall level of their mental health?

    Thank you for your very encouraging website!

    -Matt

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    1. Emily Post author

      thanks Matt!
      It is hard for some to open to new methods of healing. Well at least new to them as those ways have been around for centuries. And maybe that is what we need to focus on, that the ways of the ancestors have been used for way longer than modern medicine. And I do not think that it is about choosing one or the other but rather on using them together as they can be complimentary.

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  31. Yared

    Hi Emily,
    It is a long ‘About me’ page but the only one so far I have read entirely with a 100% attention. For some reason I do not know, I read through your story with a lot of emotion. Especially when you talked about feeling what others feel. I believe we are all networked, to put in technical terms, with each of our soul as the ‘client’ and the server being the One. I truly believe this.
    I do not know much about the native American but I’m sure you splendid website is a place I will come back to learn more.
    Great job and May god bless you.
    Cheers
    Yared

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Yared
      Thanks for visiting and your kind words! We are all connected for sure. We all share common knowledge and a past, present and future.

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  32. Lorna Allen

    Hi Emily
    I love your site…I come from Ireland and although not very well versed on Native American culture I am fascinated by native cultures around the globe. Around 20 years ago I read a book called ‘Bury my heart at Wounded Knee’ and admit I was horrified by the history. It left a deep impression on me and a lasting respect for the individual cultures which were almost wiped out. Keep up the good work – your site is a great tribute.
    Best wishes, Lorna

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Lorna
      welcome here! I love Bury my heart at Wounded Knee. I have not read the book but the movie was very touching. The Wounded knee massacre was one of the saddest moment in history. Do come back any time 🙂

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  33. robert d. ferguson

    Hi Emily,

    Had to check out your website, as you had me very curious 🙂

    What a wonderful commitment. I love the site.

    I am particularly interested in exploring more within the Spirituality category, as Native American Spirituality has always fascinated me.

    I will also certainly be taking a look at the jewelry because my current career choice involves working with jewelry quite a bit.

    Thank you, for all the wonderful content and delicious history that you are sharing. Cheers…

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    1. Emily Post author

      thanks so much Robert for stopping by. native spirituality and jewelry are 2 of my passions. And the first one is for sure my way of life. 🙂

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  34. Rawl

    I appreciate you having an open heart to help our people. I’m not connected to my native American side because it was not stressed as a child. But I have friends whose relatives are still on the res and struggle with substance abuse. I have a nephew who lives on Vancouver island and has embraced his native American heritage. It has been beautiful to see his spiritual growth because of it.

    Thank you again for caring enough to go and do what most will not.

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    1. Emily Post author

      Thanks so much Rawl!
      I am glad your nephew found the way of his ancestors. The struggles are certainly still present today unfortunately. I actually love working with the population I work with. I feel right at home!

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  35. Charley

    Hi Emily, I noticed that you sell Native American Tea on your site. I had some earlier this year when we were on a trip in the mountains. It is delicious, I highly recommend your readers try it!

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  36. Rebecca

    Hello Emily, What a lovely site! It is nice to see others take an interest in Native American culture. There is so much to offer. Your site really does a wonderful job of offering a variety of ways to see into the Native American way of things. Well done.
    Rebecca

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  37. Hannah

    Hi Emily,

    Thought I would have a quick look at your website and I love it!
    I’ve become all about natural healing and as an English person I love the mystery of Native American Culture- its so sad that University statistics will only ever show the percentage of Native American student as <1% .

    Also as a child I always imagined myself as Poccohontas, mainly because she was at one with the Earth and nature but also because there are so few brown Disney princesses!

    Hannah

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Hannah
      So glad you enjoyed your visit to my site. Being part of nature and Mother Earth certainly is part of the traditions. I also hope to see the number of Native American students go up in our universities.

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  38. Axel

    Hey Emily,
    Your website is really nice and informative as well as including lots of interesting information about traditional natives and their healing techniques. It reminds of the Peruvian and Bolivian tribes I encountered whilst in Latin America last year…not because I put them in the same basket but because I believe ancestral cultures are extremely rich and it just made me nostalgic.
    To that extent…thanks for the throxback.
    All the best, Axel!

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  39. eric tymchuk

    Eric Tymchuk, Cree native, has stage 4 cirrhosis and needs prayer and healing. I wish they had sweatlodge or a medicine man here in High River Alberta, Canada as he’s very ill. I hope someone can do a healing prayer. Hiy hiy. May the creator be with you all

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  40. Nia

    I Love this website so much…So much knowledge and since im separated from my Sioux Grandmother I try to learn as much about it as I can, even if my mother denies her heritage.

    Im also 2-Spirited and I wish I could’ve grown up within the tribe.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Nia
      It is so good to see you here! it warms my heart that you like my site 🙂 It can be difficult to grow up in 2 worlds with possibly the shame of one’s heritage passed down from previous generations. But I see it as something to celebrate fully as the heritage, traditions and people are just beautiful.

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      1. Nia

        Its No problem at all…Im kinda glad I found your website to be honest XD
        Also would it be possible to get in contact with you? I have no one else to talk to about this thing and im 16 so I would like to know more about the traditional ways.

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  41. Charlene 'White Deer' Heathwood

    Osiyo Emily

    I have just stumbled upon your site through Pinterest. I believe the Creator has led me here. I commented on the Ceremonies page. What I say is out of love but I am now going to also post something else there . People need to read the ‘About Me’ which so many don’t do and I must say I did not at first but I wanted to know more about you. I now honor you for all the wonderful work you have done and the path you follow. You have a beautiful site here and I thank you for this.

    Wado
    White Deer

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    1. Emily Post author

      Thank you so much once again. It is an honor to meet you too. I just do the best that I can with what I have. Everything happens for a reason and sometimes it only becomes clear later on.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Harlan
      Nice to meet you! Are you stating that you are a descendant of the Sioux Nation or are you asking me if I am? As for me, I am not.

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  42. Shweta Roy

    Hi Emily, I came across your site at a time when I was feeling depressed and confused and going for counseling. I find your site so interesting and feel like I understand every word you write and some of the feelings I have felt even before I knew about your site. Till I read your blog I had almost zero knowledge about native Indians but everything feels so close to my heart. I bought a few stuff from Etsy after reading your reviews and your article about spirituality was like reading my own thoughts put into words. Keep up this awesome work you are doing and keep motivating us with all the Native American hero stories.

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    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Shweta
      Reading your comment warms my heart. I am so happy that you find some comfort and maybe your thoughts expressed on “paper” here. It took me a while to be able to express them in words. It is heartwarming to hear that someone can relate to them. keep coming here and share your thoughts, if you are comfortable with it. All my Relations

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  43. Meleah

    Hello Emily my name is Meleah. I just found your website and I have enjoyed reading everything. I never knew much about native culture until I met my ex and his family two years ago. I know that I have Cherokee in my family and I would like to learn more about their people and their traditions. I’ve always been interested in learning about it but I never had anyone to teach me. My exes family took me to several powwows and I really enjoyed myself I loved all of it. I would really like to learn more about the Cherokee.

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    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Meleah
      Thanks for visiting my site and welcome here 🙂 I am glad you are enjoying reading about the different cultures. I love Pow wows too so much! It seems like you are starting your search about your own ancestry. An exciting process!

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