Storyteller The Clan Mother For June

The Mother who teaches us the spirituality of women the best during the sixth moon cycle of the year is Storyteller. One of The Thirteen Original Clan Mothers, she is the Guardian of the Medicine Stories. This Mother is The Keeper of Heyokah Medicine and Humor. Storyteller is the Teacher Who Teaches Without Pointing A Finger. She is The Preserver of Speaking from Personal Experience and Truth.

I feel a special affinity to this Clan Mother. I wasn’t born during her moon cycle of the year but I instinctively feel close to her. Storyteller shows us how to teach through telling stories that contain lessons. You and I can gain from her feminine wisdom any time of the year. Whenever we feel that our spiritual walk needs to be more balanced in the ways of “Speaking The Truth”.

This wonderful Mother of the Sixth Moon Cycle teaches us how to balance the sacredness with irreverence. Encouraging us women to use humor creatively.

We learn, dear sisters, how to speak from our experiences without judging others or being self-righteous from Storyteller. Sharing the stories of our lifetime and from the past in a way that brings light to a situation. Perhaps we tell a fable with a moral if it applies. We may tell a story from our own culture or another culture of the world and how it applies to the situation at hand. Being like Storyteller as women, we often teach our children and grandchildren about life through the stories we chose to share with them.

The Clan Mother of June’s Moon teaches us how to be a student in life as well as being the teacher and about preserving the wisdom gained for future generations. One of the legacies passed on to the Sisterhood of Women is for us to pass along the feminine wisdom gained over centuries of human existence. We may use the parables from the Bible as Jesus taught them. Sisters might act as a maggid, a Jewish religious storyteller. We might find wisdom in the Buddhist storytelling tradition. It matters not what culture we draw from or what our religious backgrounds we are taught from; a part of our female spiritual DNA is to be a Storyteller for our families, our cultures, our communities, and our world.

In essence, the feminine wisdom gained from Storyteller for our feminine spirituality is how To Speak The Truth.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related


Native American Storytelling Tradition

The earliest Native American educators were the Storytellers. The Native American storytelling tradition goes back for centuries and was and is a way for the history of Native Americans to be shared for several reasons. A Storyteller is the Guardian of the history and Sacred Traditions that can help all of us as we try to walk on the Sacred Path to balance. It is most important to keep the ancient knowledge alive for the children to have with them as they grow and begin their journeys helping them to see the Medicine Lessons that still apply today. The arrival of the Storyteller was a much celebrated time for many bands and tribes of North America as they brought the ancient stories along with news of what was happening with the other Peoples they had visited. Births and deaths were reported from other camps so the Storyteller could also be described as a news broadcaster of sorts, too.

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The Plains Indian Tribes often referred to their Storytellers as “Twisted Hairs”. They could be recognized because they wore a small knotted and twisted bun that fell to the center of their forehead which marked them as historians and teachers of the Tribe.

Acting as a bridge to other times and ancient teachings the Storytellers of all Tribes and Nations teach us the Medicine Stories that we can apply to our own lives, at our own pace, in our own time.  Something that I greatly admire about the Storytellers is that they were and are able to share lessons about life without pointing fingers at anyone. As they share their story it passes on a different wisdom to all who hear it.  One might find the solution to a problem while another might recognize an error that they have made and want to correct it.  With Great Spirit working through the Storyteller the most needed message would be delivered where it should.

Many cultures have a form of storytelling that teaches both children and adults moral lessons to live by…it is important that we honor those traditions and share our history and our Medicine Stories with the children in our lives. The Native American storytelling tradition is one that we can all learn and teach from.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related