I should have been in Alabama right now. The Fla park service was going to send me up to certification for blackpowder safety with the national parks. But hours before I was due to leave, I received word that my travel was not approved. I feel that I was really shafted on that one, because they could have turned down my travel request several weeks earlier. I could have spent a couple days helping out my elderly Dad on my days off, instead of packing for a trip that was canceled. It would not have cost the state much more, because I would have car pooled with the other two guys who did have their travel approved.
Then I got a very nice email from the parks bureau of operations apologizing that I wasn't able to go on the trip. That was extremely nice and unexpected, and I thank him for that nice gesture.
So because my travel was canceled, I have the weekend off. I stopped by Fakahatchee when they were setting up for their open house in the park day. As I left there and was heading up to Big Cypress to see the shootout, I was hit by a tremendous storm on highway 29. I saw the aftermath on the reservation and how it ended the battle right before it was to begin. I haven't heard what happened at Fakahatchee, and fear the worst.
I was going to stay for the fireworks and story telling at the reservation, but it became very foggy, and I decided to come home for my safety. It was a slow trek home in the fog.
Hey you crazy people on Alligator Alley, slow down in fog and learn how to drive safely!
There was one thing that I wanted to pass on to the newer members of our reenactor/living history camp. But since I did not stay, was not able too. It is difficult for me to say what I really want to say here on an open forum, so I will have to talk in generalities instead of specifics. So, here it is:
If you choose to take on the culture and ways of the people of the Fire--the native people of the southeast--those who built the great mounds thousands of years ago; you are opening yourself up to a whole new world. You will begin to see through the cultural blinders that have been placed upon you by society to hide the truth.
The world of what I call the Muskogee/Seminole path is very different from what you have been accustomed. The ways of the native people are a totally separate reality that they live in. But medicine, wisdom, and teachers in the natural earth can guide your way. You can learn by quietly observing things in our natural world. It is far different than you can imagine, but a very enjoyable ride.
Once the blinders fall off your eyes and you see the truth, there is no turning back. You will refuse to believe the lies that you have been told. But people who have not experienced the same thing will not understand. I feel that the only ones I can talk to about things like this are other native elders and medicine people.
Hopefully the rest of the world may eventually see. But it may not happen in this lifetime.
This is what I have come to believe through intense studies of other cultures, society, and religions. My past has included a wide and diverse range of places and people.