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Tending to the Wounded Knees of a Nation

  • May 19, 2010

The foundation for a cob house has been laid.... on Wounded Knee Lakota Gerald Ice's land... on Wounded Knee Lakota Leola One Feather's land... on Wounded Knee Lakota Gerald Weasel's land.

We have swum in Wounded Knee Creek. We have lain amidst Wounded Knee Hare bells. We have eaten Wounded Knee Spirit food and sung our prayers in the womb Lodge of the Mother. We have bled on Wounded Knee ground in mighty storms and cried out to the Moon from this Land.

The foundation of Raven's grandfather's cob' house (see 'cob house' definition below) has been laid, and, with lots of generous 'in kind' supplies, as well as willing hands (and feet for stomping cob!!), the whisper of a promise has been made; what if there was a home you love to come home to? What if there were many many homes such as these. What if there were only homes we loved come home to? What if our ability to Dream Worlds Awake is Real?

And now, the donations of lots of awesome Tweeters like you are helping to lift these small beginnings to a whole new level. To donate whatever amount lights up for you, simply go here: http://rt2give.com/c/6  and choose "register to give" -

Perhaps it is hard to imagine from the outside, but ANY dollar denomination (one dollar; Yes! :Yours and a thousand other kin); every dollar given comes as a boost and an affirmation; you are seen, you are heard, you are supported... 

Cheerleaders & Champions Abound and are right now surfing the World Wide Web!!

The vision that ushered from Lakota was not for one house in a sea of rusty trailers and sheet rock, it was and is for a transformation of the Wounded Knee landscape and beyond; a revitalized 'Tioshpaye' Lakota heartsong beauty way.

A VILLAGE; a Village far-reaching & heartwarming like no other, a Village that celebrates the children and thrives in the promise of the children yet to be born, a 'Village' which inherently summons the life-force..; to Call in a Future we have touched heretofore, only in our flying dreams.

Now we go out to 2015 and Call It In.
Tanyán yahí yélo (I'm glad you came).
COB HOUSE Definition (adapted from my favorite web-sourced cob house definition I found at 'ABOUT'):
In Old English, cob is a root word that means lump or rounded mass. Cob houses are made of clay-like lumps of soil, sand, and straw.

Unlike adobe and straw bale construction, cob does not use bricks or blocks. Instead, wall surfaces can be sculpted into smooth, sinuous forms. A cob home in the building, happily lends itself to curves, arches and all manner of simply crafted wall niches.
Cob homes are one of the most durable types of earth architecture. Because the mud mixture is porous, cob can withstand long periods of rain without weakening. A plaster made of lime and sand may be used to windproof the exterior walls from wind damage.
Cob houses are suitable for climatic extremes. In Wounded Knee, South Dakota (Pine Ridge Reservation), Lakota have survived for a century and more in a land of extremes, minimally sheltered in the most abysmal sheet rock structures (or gutted/condemned trailers), and with water contaminated and/or diverted .

Hummingbird is helping us with the Water, and now we engage with the Land, the soil, the 'dirt'.

Now, 'dirt-poor becomes DIRT-RICH!!!

"The dirt's been here all along!!" JPC
 Cob house structures offer a striking keystone solution in this climatic zone as well as in these intense economic circumstances. Cob houses cost a fraction of our modern-day house-building prices. These homes are inherently super-insulated; cooling and pleasant in summer extremes, warm and cozy and easy to heat in the icy depths of the long winters. Cob house structures are emerging now, each one as unique as each ‘tiyoshpaye’ family structure; a simple, beauty home for Lakota. 

Mitakuye oyasin - All Our Relations - We are all related.


Cob house Summer at Wounded Knee: A sustainable homestead project on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation... http://www.sustainablehomesteaddesigns.org

With the stellar help of TwitPay, we launched a fundraiser this week through Twitter to help purchase some of the things we have not found or had donated. .....

Here is a short list of suggested donations:
$5 - one dollar for every finger on your hand says "We support you!"
$10 - buys a box of nails (we need 4 boxes)
$25 - buys 8 buckets (we need 100)
$25 - buys a black pipe for the wood stove we will install
$50- buys all the strawbales we need!
$150 - brings an electricity pole to the site so we can plug in power tools and eventually wire the house for power!
To donate simply follow this link and choose "register to give" http://rt2give.com/c/6

Twitter account username for this Summer's cob house building is WoundedKnee_SHD  - pick an amount you wish to donate and re-tweet the "tweet" with that amount... you will receive a confirmation email asking you to confirm your donation follow the instructions and we are good to go!

O My Heart

 "The heart that was buried at Wounded Knee
Was Known in the root of the Greenwood Tree
Was utterly felt in the Womb of the Mother
Was Heard in the songs of  a Gentle Brother
Was held in a Sister's Dream of a World
where a heart this tender could be unfurled

And what of the Father? Where was He?
Why He is the Man in the Greenwood Tree"


Healing The Wounded Knees of A Nation {feeling the beauty and magnitude of this home-coming}.
With a huge Thank You to all the visionary movers & shakers at TwitPay.
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May 20, 2010
Yes, this is a 'Campaign' fundraiser through Twitter; 'TwitPay' is, like its forerunner, TwitJoy', set up to swiftly direct funds for an immediate project. TwitPay was inspired by the whole Haiti scene, whereby the upwell of desire by many many people, to lend immediate support and assistance to those in need, was hindered by out-moded structures that could not serve or expedite. TwitPay is a cool manifestation out of that 'contrast', to put it in Abraham-Hicks terms!
May 20, 2010
That's an interesting project! I love sustainable dwellings, I wouldn't mind living in one of these myself. So I take it they're trying to raise some money for building this through Twitter? I really appreciate you posting the review here, but I think it would have gotten more exposure and would be more relevant in the Green Living community. It is up to you of course if you would want to move it :) If you're not sure how, just ask! Thanks for sharing!
May 20, 2010
Thanx EcoMama! I appreciate your attention and always your Love out here / in here :) This project has everything to do with permaculture, soil, water, of course; deep deep green... and it would seem that Green Living would be the platform for it.. and yet, and yet... it is so deeply deeply about the babyz. There is a local woman in Santa Cruz, who gifted when we first went up to Wounded Knee (at the invitation of Lakota in the face of the worst teenage suicide epidemic); she said "The wagon trains are coming again, but this time, the Mama's are on the wagons!!" She is right. Our building camps have been predominantly women, including grandmothers AND, children!!: Lakota children and children of visiting volunteers, have turned out to be an extraordinary presence on the building site. And one year an awesome quadriplegic woman got herself from England to be a part of this phenomenon; maybe the first paralyzed woman to be a vibrant, active (oh-so-welcome) presence in the middle of a building site (she made a movie - 'Wounded Knee - Happy New Era' and it's on YouTube!) I am glad, EcoMama, that your comment allowed me to articulate this piece, because it is precious and priceless beyond naming. I guess I like this being held like a newborn at EcoBabyz, close-in and gentle, for a while at least.. then maybe I will move it over :)
May 20, 2010
I see, that's fine - it can be an Eco-Babyz baby. I'll feature this review on the community home page! :)
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