Creation: Inheritance of the four bands of knowledge

Zuni Elder (Copyright Sonja Boekhorst)

Zuni Elder (Copyright Sonja Boekhorst)

“Already, before men came forth from the lower worlds with the priest-chiefs, there were many gods and strange beings. The gods gave to the priests many treasures and instructions, but the people knew not yet the meaning of either. Thus were first taught our ancients incantations, rituals and sacred talks (prayer), each band of them according to its usefulness.

“These bands were the “Priesthood” (of which their were four):

Shi-wa-na-kwe – the “band of hunters”
Sa-ni-a-k’ia-kwe – the “band of knife (makers)”
A’tchi-a-k’ia-kwe
– the “band of warriors”
Ne’-we-kwe
– the “band of wise medicine men”

“The leaders of each band thus came to have wonderful knowledge and power – even as that of the gods!

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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3 Responses to Creation: Inheritance of the four bands of knowledge

  1. tatanka akichita says:

    great painting i like her work have 2 originals .
    wado

  2. Tatanka akichita says:

    HI Running Elk
    Sonja ( Rainbowwoman ) ask me to give her email adres.
    if you wanne share some info on her path of shamanic way.
    jadegreen987@hotmail.com

    thank you

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