The Rt Rev. Carol Gallagher writes A New Winter Count from the Niobrara Convocation.
We had a powerful experience yesterday at Niobrara Convocation. A buffalo hide was taken out of a barrel and was revealed to have a winter count that reflected the life of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke.
The barrel had been used by a former bishop of North Dakota who had made the people put away all of their Indian-ness and he locked their items away in the barrel. It was a powerful experience, a liberating, and transforming moment for everyone gathered. Ancient pain had been redeemed and the cord of love have been rewoven for the ages.
The Rev. Margaret Watson is attending the Convocation and reports at her blog