The sound of ancient faraway drums rise often in The Cradle of Stone. Most often it is Alonqua, the main character, who hears them at times when the past comes alive and connects with his heart. The drum is a key "object" in Native American cultures. It is a means of communicating at a distance, but that is a very small part of it's importance.

The tribal drum is fashioned with gifts from both tree and animal to hold new life. The drum keeps us humble as we tap into the heartbeat of the Earth. If we understand just this much, we know that the drum is the accompaniment for prayer. Our shallow thoughts fall away. Our deeper thoughts find alignment with the drumbeat of the Earth. And these thoughts come alive, and join "the breath of all creation".

I would like to think that The Cradle of Stone is a "drum"--not a sacred tribal drum--but an instrument that helps connect our thoughts to the earth and to each other. As the words flowed upon the page, it often seemed that the best of them flowed, not from me, but from a place of deeper truth and clarity that was drumming me. And so now the instrument, the "drum",is the story, itself.

This drum/story has many rhythms and messages. There is the message about young people finding empowerment in a harsh world.. There is a message about ways we can reconnect with the Earth and the importance of sacred places. Redemption for childhood hurts and losses takes its place in the book, as does the process of healing that helps us find ones true self. Also, there is the constant reminder that on this Earth, in the Water and Sky, we can find, not the often-soulless magic of technology, nor the fantasy--magic of Harry Potter, but the real magic of a sunrise, a flowing stream, a storm, a leaf. And there are doubtless messages others will find.

Most important, this is not a "blog". This is the Council Drum, and it is not truly about the story, but what the story is about..

"Council Drum", is a place to share and connect with thoughts, feelings, opinions, pictures, poems--whatever reflects the truth that we are more together than apart no matter how divided we appear sometimes. My hope is that this will be a place where kindred spirits--those that love the Earth and honor one's fellow travelers, will feel right at home.


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3 songs three songs by Jim Beer

Hello fellow travelers. I can think of no better to way to begin this journey than these three songs, written and performed by Jim Beer, musician and former Spokesman for the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. The first, “Living Prophesy” is the musical inspiration for the story–especially in regards to the “raging storm” of technology that threatens to disconnect our youth from their own potential. The second, “Calling My Name” relates to the voices that awaken our hearts–voices of our ancestors who call upon us to pursue and preserve what is True and Right in a world that often seems foreign to either. The last is “Kishelamukong”, a chant honoring the Creator–tho One who created the Universe in thought. It is this song Alonqua sings at the death ceremony of his guardian, Mawenteh. The chant speaks for itself. Continue reading “3 songs three songs by Jim Beer”