Wakan wecohan/Seven Ceremonies Inipi -Sweat Lodge Humblecayepi -Vision Quest Nagi Gluhapi - Keeping of the Spirit Tapa Wakayeyapi -Throwing of the ball Isnati alowampi- Womanhood Ceremony Hunkapi- making of relative Wiwangwacipi –Sun Dance
History of Wakan wawicakupi/ Three sacred gifts to the oyate Early days of the first Ceremony; Inipi /Oinikage was gifted to the lakota wicasa around the BC era. The second Ceremony was the Ceremonial gift called Pte heya pa- Fire Bundle, the story of the changing woman. Third gift is the Pte hincala Canunpa-Sacred Calf Pipe.
Wocekiye - Prayer Long ago the first gift the Lakota is the Inipi History of the Oinikage is passed on from generations. This Inipi ritual was gifted to the Oyate as a result of a great flood and all the oyate perished. The Wambli saved a Lakota wiyan (Woman). For 28 days the Wambli took care of this wiyan. After 28 days Wakan tanka instructed the Wambli to be wicasa and restore the Oyate.
INIPI / Sweat Lodge The significance of the INIPI is about the creation. The fire The water The oniya/Breath of life The rock The earth /Unci Maka
INIPI / Sweat Lodge The Willow that are form into a dome shape represents the whom of Mother hood. The INIPI represent the sacredness of the family/ Tiwahe Wakan Many types of Sweat Ceremonies.
What is a INIPI / Sweat lodge The word INIPI is short for Oinikage. Oinikage; meanings, people setting in a circle with one knee up and one knee down in prayer. Long ago no more than twelve people can set in a INIPI Ceremony.
How many types of INIPI Ceremonies There are several types of INIPI Ceremonies conducted long ago. Men's Lodge/Wica sa echela wacekiyapi. Women's Lodge /Wina ta oinikage. Wakan el yapi kte /Preparation for ceremony lodge. Akicita ta oinipi. Heyoka ta oinipi. Wiwang wacipi ta oinikage. Wanaseyapi ta oinikage/preparation for hunt.
INIPI / Sweat Lodges today Many sweats are co-ed and prayer are one. Many more instruction should be made. Protection of our lodges should stronger. Many people of all nations own or sponsor INIPI in the homes.
INIPI / Sweat Lodge Today Protection of our ceremonies Many Native American Sweat Lodge are used across the country and internationally today. Exercise our rites to our ceremonies and oversee our cultural practices.
Humbleceya –Questing for vision Fasting Prayer for vision Training to become healer Becoming of a man Becoming of a Medicine man / healer
Nagi Gluhapi/ Keeping of spirit Sometimes call keeping of soul This ceremony has many parts and levels. Wokigna- comfort ceremony; for loss and grieving. Mini wicakupi –Wiping of tears Nagi gluhapi-Keeping of Spirit. Wal-iyacinpi-Remembrance ceremony of honoring relative.
Tapa wakayeyapi – throwing of the ball This ceremony is honoring the young woman’s power. Wiyan ta wo-wasake – power of the female will be life. Beaded or decorated ball by the family. This ball signified the beauty of life. The woman will throw this ball to the people, whom ever catches the ball receives all the gifts from the family.
Isnati Aloawmpi –Womanhood ceremony. Rite of passage. Four day ceremony when the girl reaches the age of young woman. The day of celebration. This ceremony is conducted by elder woman and mothers, aunts. All woman come to participate in this ceremony.
Hunkapi – making of relative Wotakuye kagapi Hunkaglapapi / honoring the person marking with paint. Warrior do this ceremony a lot. Families honor their members by paint and pierce ear. Strengthening the family circle.
Wiwang wacipi – Sun Dance Started by a man whom had vision. Four day ceremony to renew life. Great ceremony of all people. Today this ceremony is still strong.
Traditional Lakota healers Long ago Healers are very protected by the people. Many types of healers – Doctors. They are not all called medicine men or women as we do today. They are given titles of the kind of training and teaching they received. The are trained for number of years, as many years (7-10 years). They must speak to fourth and fifth language of lakota. When they master /Doctorate the teaching they speak the sixth level language.
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