NLM health totem journey – Onondaga blessing

Onondaga, NY – The healing totem stop at the Onondaga Nation, located just outside Syracuse, NY, began at their recently built Long House, which is situated by a cemetery and a gathering hall. While waiting for the ceremonies to commence, I met with many of the Onondaga organizers. They were welcoming even though they were…

Guest blog – Arrow Park, NY blessing (day two)

Arrow Park, N.Y.  (October 1, 2011) –  The second day at Arrow Park was as moving as the first. On the second day, the New York City Fire Department (NYFD) planted a memorial tree to honor those lost in the 9-11 attacks. The NYFD does this annually; and urges family and friends to attend the event.…

Guest blog – Arrow Park, NY blessing (day one)

Arrow Park, NY  (September 30, 2011)  –  I had the privilege to attend the welcoming celebration of the NLM healing totem at Arrow Park, which is adjacent to Sterling Forest and the Appalachian Trail — about one hour north of Manhattan. Arrow Park is the home of a Healing Totem, dedicated by master carver, Jewell…

Guest blog – Chicago blessing

American Indian Center of Chicago (September 24, 2011)  – I had the privilege to attend four of the totem pole blessing events that took place in the Greater Midwest Region. I was involved with coordinating and organizing some of the events, especially in Chicago. Previously, I attended numerous pow wows and a Sunrise ceremony, but this…

Close up of the bear cub carving at the foot of the totem at Arrow Park, New York

NLM healing totem journey – about Arrow Park, NY

From its brief stay with the Mohegan, in Connecticut, the NLM Healing Totem made a pilgrimage to Arrow Park in Sterling Forest State Park. Sterling Forest is outside of Monroe, NY, some 38 miles northwest of New York City. Arrow Park is a private, non-commercial enclave within Sterling Forest that hosts bereavement programs for children,…