Rites of Passage


Scene Description:

It is 1800, at the Shoshone camp near the headwaters of the Missouri River. Boinair (Sacajawea) is 12 years old. Through Shoshone tradition she must begin to transition into adulthood, even though she’s still a child. As our story begins, we first see her alone in a small tipi overpowered by the majestic wilderness, yet she’s brave and unshaken…a small girl singing the songs of the grandmothers, burning the sacred elements in belief. An eagle waits, guarding from the treetops as the sacred fire warms her from within. Its flame and smoke carry the prayers from her heart and spirit, preparing for life’s journey – a magnificent journey that only Destiny understands…

Gerald Auger, Spirit Guide

Black Eagle Interpretation:
When a young woman reached 12 years of age she would begin her rites of passage towards womanhood. When she had her first moon time the mother, the women and the grandmothers of the tribe would perform a moon time ceremony to help her begin her transition into womanhood.

When a young boy reached 12 years of age his rites of passage towards manhood would begin. The father would take the young man out on the land to do a vision quest. The vision quest would help the young man identify his gifts, abilities and understand his purpose in life. The vision quest would help him with his transition into manhood.

For a young woman, at age 12, the father would have no influence on how she was to be raised from there on. It would be up the mother, the women and the grandmothers of the tribe to teach her what it is to be a nurturer, a keeper of the sacred fire and a giver of life. For a young man, at age 12, the mother would have no influence on how he was to be raised from there on. It would be up to the father, the men and grandfathers of the tribe to teach the young man to be a protector and provider for the women, children and community.

The physical walk on this journey we call life has four stages. The four stages begin as a baby, then a young man/young woman, to middle aged and elder. Traditionally, as Indigenous people, every member of the family (children, women, parents, aunts, uncles, elders) and community members had their traditional roles and responsibilities that were to be carried out within the tribe so that everyone could live in harmony and balance, as a community.

The woman is the most powerful and sacred being in this world. We, as men, are strong physically, but the woman is stronger emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually because she is a giver of life. It was said that only when the woman regains her rightful place in the circle of life, will humanity be able to correct itself.

Final Thoughts:
As with life, our paths take us down many roads, some unexpected and painful. In the screenplay, Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea we see how Sacajawea’s life was no different. At 12 years old, her future seemed bright, she had a betrothed to spend the rest of her life with and she was to be taught and guided by the women of her tribe – but suddenly, she was ripped away. Though Sacajawea had horrific trauma in her life, she was still able to become the giver of life, the nurturer, the keeper of the sacred fire and the healer. Literally, it was from her character, her willingness to share knowledge and herself, and the love she held for her child that we remember her for over 200 years. Metaphorically, we see through her journey that life is a series of light and dark that allows us to become greater than our human selves. We can also see that Destiny has a mystical plan, if we listen and believe.

Sacredness of the Umbilical Cord 

Scene Description: 
After the birth of her son at Fort Mandan, near the Hidatsa village, Sacajawea must honor Pomp’s umbilical cord according to the tradition of her people. It’s early spring and soon the explorers will leave on their journey to the Great Water. Sacajawea and Otter Woman must find a place to carryout the protocol. But, Sacajawea has doubts — her heart is with her own people. Though Otter Woman disagrees, the mother believes if she waits a little longer, until she finds the Shoshone, she can honor the cord at her son’s true home. The essence of this tradition is powerful and has great meaning for the child and his life, as explained by Gerald Auger…

Gerald Auger, Spirit Guide

Black Eagle Interpretation:
When a child was born the umbilical cord was taken to help the young one in life. The umbilical cord played a role in grounding and connecting the child so that he/she would not lose their way on this journey we call life. Everything that the Indigenous people practiced daily had reasoning behind it and served a purpose.  Everything and everyone was created for a reason by the Creator. Our role and responsibility is to honor and treat life with respect including all of Creator’s creation.

We as Indigenous people were given the responsibility and gift to be the stewards for Mother Earth. Each race of the human being (yellow, black, white, red) was each given a responsibility and gift by the Creator. The four basic elements fire, water, air, land were created to provide and give life to the human being. As human beings we need to honor those four elements, if we do not honor and disrespect any of them, then humanity as we know it will cease to exist. It was said that the yellow race was given the responsibility and gift of fire, the black race was given the responsibility and gift of water, the white race was given the responsibility and gift of air and the red man was given the responsibility and gift of land.

The Rites of Passage was another responsibility and gift from Creator that was honored and respected in Indigenous communities. The Rites of Passage were to provide guidance and direction for the children as they journeyed from childhood to adulthood. The Rites of Passage gave the child an understanding of their gifts, abilities and purpose in life. When the children became aware of their gifts, abilities and purpose in life, they were able to work towards nurturing and developing their gifts and abilities, so they could fulfill their purpose.

The children, families and community members all had traditional roles and responsibilities. These traditional roles and responsibilities were in place to govern and provide the Indigenous people to live in balance and harmony within the community, the land and all of creation. The umbilical cord was honored and respected for a reason as it was the beginning of all the physical walk on the journey we call life.

Final Thoughts:
In the screenplay, Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, the umbilical is honored through Sacajawea’s beliefs as a mother, as a Shoshone, as a spiritual being. Her desire for her child to know his people and remember where he came from is a deeply moving and impactful message we receive. Not only does this tradition have a literal meaning for Pomp’s life, metaphorically we also understand the umbilical holds the life blood, the living water, connected to The Mother. Therefore, our elixir in the story reminds us of something we ALL must never forget…

Thank you for reading our blog as we share a deeper understanding of the untold story of Sacajawea. Please come back often to learn.

Our true belief is powerful!

Growing up, I never imagined life would take me on a journey that required absolute belief. Not belief in a thing or a person, but belief in something unseen, intangible and abstract…. A belief requiring the willingness to step outside of my mind. It has taken much prayer, walking even though I didn’t know or understand — it has taken sacrifice and faith to know what I have been called to do…

This woman, Sacajawea, is a determined spirit. She has the heart of a warrior and the spirit of a wolf — she flies on eagle’s wings and rides the wind through time and space. Unseen, yes… intangible, yes… abstract, yes…. and absolutely real.

We are here to tell the untold story of Sacajawea. She has drawn a talented and creative team with A-list film industry credentials from the very top! Windcatcher will rival the “look and feel” of the “The Revenant,” and touch the “heart and soul” for generations, as “Dances With Wolves.”

If there is one thing I have learned throughout my life, it is that the mind is as mortal as the body… it’s our spirit that carries us in this life, connecting through intuition and transparent belief — and that is forever.

ONWARD!

Jane

Pomp and his Spirit Wolf

Artwork by Rick Clark

This beautiful and meaningful art piece was created by Windcatcher’s executive producer, and outstanding artist, Rick Clark. The powerful “Wolf Prayer” gives us insight into Pomp’s spirit and his inner self. For as Gerald Auger pointed out in our blog yesterday, “We were given spirit names so that we would come to know our purpose, gifts and abilities on this journey we call life.”

Our spirit names and spirit animals are not accidents. Even our given name in life has meaning. Spirit realm uses names in many ways to open our eyes and awaken our hearts. Ancient writings tell us we can not discern these Spiritual things in our human mind…. the interpretation and knowledge must come from Spirit. Rick has connected to that realm, and he creates a magnificent, artistic understanding of Pomp’s spirit animal, the Wolf — see the baby’s awareness in his eyes. In addition, Rick’s beautiful depiction of Sacajawea, as mother and guide, is passionate and heartfelt.

This Story of Sacajawea truly has a power of its own. It is not like anything else. I am moved and blessed by the Windcatcher production team who shares this belief. It’s been over 14 years since I first sat down at my desk to begin writing this story I was called to tell. I didn’t understand the importance at the time, nor the scope of the commitment required. I am grateful to Rick for sharing this Wolf Prayer because it touches me deeply. For, I say, “I didn’t know the solitude this project would require.” And, it says: WALK WITH ME IN MY SOLITUDE. I say, “I didn’t know what ultimate joy it would bring me.” And, it says: HOWL WITH ME IN MY JOY. And, I say, “I didn’t know what length Spirit would go to guard me.” And, it says: “GUARD ME AS I MOVE THROUGH THIS WORLD.”

Wake up, look around you, be aware of the Spiritual matrix at work…. connect to your spirit animal and honor your spirit name — life is so much more than we know in our mind.

So blessed.

Jane

Sacred Spirit Animal, Spirit Name

Scene Description:
Sacajawea’s baby, Pomp, is born. A wolf pelt is used in the ceremonial birth of the child. With the harrowing journey ahead to find her family, Sacajawea wishes to draw strength by giving Pomp the spirit animal of her uncle (brother), Chief Cameahwait – the Wolf. There is a beautiful synergy between the uncle and grandnephew when they finally meet at the Shoshone camp. The chief gives Pomp a relevant, spiritual gift that the child carries on his dream shade to the very end, when the elixir is released into the Great Water…

Gerald Auger, Spirit Guide

Black Eagle Interpretation:
It is my great honor to share the truths from the story written about this brave woman of our history. There are two parts to every human being so there can be balance. We are all spiritual beings housed in these human beings. The mind represents the human being and the heart represents the spirit. We were given spirit names so that we would come to know our purpose, gifts and abilities on this journey we call life. When a young women had her first moon time, the women teachings were then taught to the young women to transition into womanhood. The young men were put through a vision quest out on the land when they reached puberty so they could transition into manhood. This was the rites of passage for young women and young men.

There are various ways one can receive their spirit name, but first you need to understand the teachings behind the spirit name. The spirit name can be connected to the four natural elements (earth, water, air and fire,) the animal kingdom, the stars and time and space. There are protocols and laws that come with a spirit name. Spirituality is a way of life for the Indigenous people. The language and culture go hand in hand. Everything in creation has a spirit and as human beings we need to honor all of creation.

The spirit name is to provide guidance, direction and healing for the human being. The longest and hardest journey you will make in life is connecting the mind to the heart. To find balance with your humanness and spirit you must journey within and look at yourself emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

Final Thoughts:
In the screenplay, Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, the spirit animal of the child is carried through the story to coincide with the mother’s spirit animal, the Eagle, and ultimately her spirit name, Birdwoman, Sacaj(g)awea. It brings a beautiful synergy to the matrix of the Spiritual realm at work that guides them, and us, through both dark and light – yes, even a metaphorical journey that embraces the mind with the heart.

Meaning of the Wolf: The wolf is a leader and a teacher. The wolf represents both family and community. It has both courage and humility. The wolf can walk alone but still be a leader of the pack. In life it is about balance. What goes up must come down, where there is light there is dark, where there is hot there is cold, where there is daytime there is night time. The wolf has a role to play in the circle of life and in the natural order of the land.  The wolf is a protector and provider of family and community.

~ Each week, Gerald Auger, Black Eagle, will be interpreting scenes from Spirit Wind and the Windcatcher script. In addition, Gerald, and others on the project, will be blogging about their own experiences along this path to tell the story of Sacajawea. Please come back often to learn.

Sacajawea was a watcher of her heart

What will we learn from life? Will we just exist day to day or will we venture out, will we walk with courage into the unknown? What are the lessons we learn from Sacajawea as she set out on her journey of discovery? A real journey, yes — a metaphoric journey, absolutely. Not lessons of the mind, but spiritual lessons written on the heart.

In 2013, I had an experience that literally changed my life. At the time, I was on an intense spiritual journey, tearing down the walls and barriers I had carried from my life, pouring out and filling up with things that required Belief. Not belief in an idea, but Spirit-driven belief in what I did not fully understand.

This particular afternoon I was walking back from the mail box, thinking what a beautiful day… when I had a strange sensation. Yes, I was walking, but I was seeing “me” from above me. I saw my facial expressions, my movements, my physical self, walking along… I saw what others see. I saw something else, too, it was energy and light all around me — I could see inside, as if transparent. I recognized a deep longing to know Truth and Love in my life, and a revelation: I am so much more than the physical self.

From that time on, I began to be a “watcher” of my heart, assessing my thoughts and actions as a human being, inside and outside myself. I began to focus on changing the things that did not, and do not, move me toward Truth. Even now, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s good and what’s bad, right and wrong. I make mistakes… But the answers are already written and revealed through belief. It takes courage to be a watcher, for we must squarely face what we see.

Over the last 14 years, Sacajawea has become a vital part of my walk. She has shown me many things in my life (even before I knew), she has given me words and kept me going when the path became hard on the journey. She has never made it easy for me, because she understands the magical purpose of darkness and how it reveals the more-powerful light. It is a light we must choose to embrace.

As a Native American, Sacajawea understood the power of intuition, she respected her Oneness with all things and the earth, and she was the watcher of her own heart — she was wise, brave and a visionary. Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea has travelled far to reach us. It is part of the world’s enlightenment, and the change we seek — a deep longing for Truth and Love. Let us wake up our spirits, let us prepare, and let us be ready to listen to the messages from the ages.

ONWARD, we have no fear.

Jane

What powerful messages we receive from the artwork by Executive Producer, Rick Clark. My heart rejoices because our production team believes!

Who was she?

Sacajawea and baby, Pomp, at Fort Clatsop, Oregon

There are two very prominent Native American women in our country’s history.  Pocahontas has been in the spotlight many times. We have seen her depicted in biographies, movies, children’s animated films — her life has been shared over and over again.  We have formed an understanding of who she was, what she did and how she lived.

But, the other prominent Native American woman, Sacajawea, is a mystery.  There are a few lines about her in history books as she relates to the Corps of Discovery.  We know her name, yet it is controversial.   We know how long she lived, yet it is controversial.  We know she was Shoshone, yet it is controversial… It is hard to know what to share because so many opinions and traditions dance around her existence.

But, what we do know is that from a young age this girl suffered greatly when she was ripped from her family and tossed into a different culture of people and a world with white men.  Who would have ever thought this stolen child would be given an opportunity to contribute to the birth of a Nation?

Sacajawea deserves to be recognized and honored.  If we look deeply, there are many things that are not controversial at all.  She became a strong woman and survived horrendous experiences; she was a devoted mother who cared for her young son and later her daughter; she respected the earth and its riches and knew what would sustain her; she had a betrothed but was forced to have a child with an abusive Frenchman.  In addition, she was highly respected by the soldiers and written about in the Lewis & Clark journals, and she was a warrior for peace along the trail.

With the documented history and thrilling adventure of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, we have created an intriguing backdrop for the character of Sacajawea based on what we know, based on the traditions of her people and other tribes, and based on the time period.  But, the greatest element of this story that is evident in the telling, is Sacajawea’s own determined and transparent Spirit — and her willingness to share it with us.

Thank you for joining the journey to tell the UNTOLD story of Sacajawea.

ONWARD!
Jane

Welcome to making of a movie…

Welcome to the making of a movie — Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea. This is the riveting and emotional story of a young, Indigenous girl from 1805.

Our website blog will chronicle  the steps we have lived to bring this epic feature film to the world. We will share our adventures, the auditions, the filming and the spiritual power that follows our team through magnificent and magical experiences.

Follow the path with us as we climb everyday to reach our dream!