Shona Bear Clark: Mother of Seven, Grandmother of Seventeen, Great Grandmother of One.
Shona Bear was born on of the Wind Clan and raised on the Creek Indian reservation near Oklahoma City. She descends from a proud line of Medicine women. Immersed since childhood in secret knowledge and fluent in the sign language of the Creek, Shona is a practitioner of Ritualistic Healing Arts. - Nancy Redstar.
Ok, thats not a direct Quote, but its really close. I recently finished Nancy's "Star Ancestors" and it got me thinking. Nancy's walkabout has taken her from the Seneca Rez in upstate New York, real close to where my mom lives, to the Homelands of the Maya. Seeking out and interviewing wisdom keepers through that wide swath. The one who touched me most deeply was Shona Bear.
Shona has seen her fair share of loss in her life, and the stories she shares about that loss really touched me.
When my grandmother passed away I thought my world had ended. She was everything to me. I lay around for a year and looked at the sky; I wrote poetry. I couldn't believe that people could function after the death of such a great woman. When the year was up I was down to eighty-nine pounds. Everybody thought I would die. I thought I would die too. I guess I wanted to, because my world as I saw it had ended.
Lauren's Father is battling caner, as you know. I've bookmarked this passage to read to her when she's having a difficult moment. Like Shona's grandmother Bill is a very good man, a man a person would be proud to know. I know the thought he might pass soon tears Lauren up at times. It's easy to be selfish at times like this, to focus on our own loss. Shona has one more lesson for us about this. ...
From the time I was a little girl my mother taught me to protect myself by dropping a cone shaped shield over my body. You do this four times. Each shield is made of precious substances - like pearl, gold, silver, platinum, or precious stones or shells. ...
I must thank Nancy for Introducing me - If indirectly - to such a magnificent woman. When it comes her turn to cross that river, she need not shed a day. To look at her, to see that wisdom, and depth, and dignity. A person should be so lucky to be so beautiful a single day of their life.
So I give you our first Daughter of Innana, Shona Bear Clark.