WE ARE THE 7TH GENERATION WARRIOR SOCIETY
“BLIHICHI YA PI KIKTAYE”
BE STRONG & STAND UP
When i was 12 years old i was inducted into a warrior women society, Knowen as the Ka’telas or Tokalas. We are called the Anpo Wi’chapi Winyan’s ( The Morning Star Women ). And there are may of us. At the time when i was being taken into the circle. I did not know true meaning of being a warrior because i was only a child. I seen these old grandmother’s dancing the society dances and singing the women honoring songs. I asked my own grandmotherwhy these women were singing these sonegs. She said ” Well, becasue they are honoring all the warrior’s both man and women for fighting for their way of life”. My grandmother Nellie Two Bulls was known for teaching the lakota taditions and preserving them. She was also widly known for singing real old honoring songs. I asked one time i thought it was only men who sang these songs. She said that alot of the times that the women made these songs for their sons, brothers, husbands and grandfathers.
When the men left to fight in wars. Alot of the them did not return home. The men would train the women how to defend themselves. This is where the women warrior societies come from. When the men where off fighting and a few men stayed behind to protect the village. Sometimes they would be attacked and there wasn’t enough men to fight so the Warrior Women would step forward and fight. They would fight to the death of them at times. In the summers they would honor those warrior faught with feathers and sashes with quilled medelians. Stating the supperioty.
It seems that alot of our tradittions have been lost to colonization. And as native people we are survivors of this. Making us natural warriors in hand. It is time to start now to take back our traditions and start practicing them in a positive way. We come from great people that fought so bravely. Who know what death was all to much. They new that all they wanted to was to protect away of life. Just as would do today if someone broke into your home and tried to hurt you and your family. Tried to take your children from you. What would you do… you would take their life with out thinking twice. I feel that now days are warriors are fighting many different battle’s that all stem from genocide. From our urban natives to those on the reservation. But when it all boils down to it. We are all fighting for the same thing our right to be have our culture and way of life back!!
We need to band togather work togather and stand togather. If we want change it must come from within ourselves. To take courage is to look at yourself. To honor all of those who fight for us. To be brave and fight for our way of life. Help those who can’t help themselves. Speak for those who have been silenced due to Genocide. To give hope back to your nations for the future generations.
By Autumn Two Bulls
Anpo Wachipi Winyan Tokala Ka’tela
Warrior Women Society
“Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived? Because I would die for my people and my country?
Now that we are poor, we are free. No man controls our footsteps. If we must die, we die defending our rights”
Quote By Sitting Bull