When you drive past a dead deer, or raccoon, or any other kind of road kill, you probably feel sad for a second or two then continue on your merry way. Understandable, seeing as modern society places next to no value on respecting and honoring the natural world.
Native Americans, however, tend to see things a little differently.
After some a-hole dumped the bodies of more than two dozen beheaded and skinned coyotes on Padre Island, Texas, a local Native American leader took it upon himself to perform a ceremony for the mutilated animals — honoring their lives and apologizing for the way they were lost.
Larry Running Turtle Salazar, who is a spokesmen for local Native Americans, performed the touching tribute on Monday.
“I decided to go up there and do a ceremony, a blessing, so that those animals can go in a good way, to take their journey in a good way,” he told KIII TV.
While we don’t expect you to become versed in the practice of Native American rituals, and we certainly aren’t suggesting you stop alongside a busy road to drag an animal carcass into the woods, at the very least, consider slowing down when driving through an area rife with wildlife. After all, it was the animals’ land first — we’re just living on it.
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Everyone here is missing the most important point...Who killed the coyotes and then dumped their poor bodies?!! Go after that guy, not those trying to do good after the fact. Who's the poacher?!!! Get him and show him what happens to those who do this kind of atrocity!! That is so mean and sick!
I'm not "Native" but even I stop and move animals off to the sides of the roads or in the woods where they can have some decency to go into the after life and offer up tobacco to the four directions, Father sky, Mother Earth and God and do so without anyone knowing. Same goes for deer after I hunt but no one knows but me. You don't have to be "Native" to honor the lives of animals.
The point here is that someone did those animals a great atrocity and no one is doing anything about it! This is a tragedy and it happens more often than people think all over the country and around the world. Stop arguing over this one guy and go do something about the killings!
So this man is paying his respects to these abused and tortured souls, and he is being condemned here on fb. I to had a time I posted to a puppy that was horriable tortured and ask Jesus to put his healing hands on the pup, and was attacked buy someone on fb. and said I was praying to an imaginairy friend. so whatever makes this man feel good so be it.
people are challenging Cetan Sa Winyan....but she speak the truth about this man. First appeared claiming to be Cherokee, now he is an Apache Medicine man. prays using Lakota words mixed with gibberish. We have studied his many videos (cause he never met a camera he didn't like) other than common Lakota and Apache words that most non natives know....nothing else he says is from those Nations. In order to be a spokesperson for Native People you have to be accepted as such by the people. He hasn't.....his free ride is coming to an end.
Yes I see.
What's wrong with letting other's know? I would think if you really wanted things to be done right you'd be eager to use every opportunity to teach them.
Maybe he was following his inner voice that told him to share what he DID know.
Either way I don't think the coyotes minded.
"at least"... Yes people who are hoodwink and who have no respect for the assassination oF native people's culture by a exploiters can attempt to open their eyes. Can't you see it ain't just about the coyotes being killed, but also about the genocide of a people who are not represented by Salazar who do things on a more private and sacred manner.
Here it is not just about the Coyotes and awful thing that was done, but the exploitation by those who present themselves as elders and are nothing more than old farts without any teachings. If the native people has already done the blessing, why would someone go over there just to be on the camera.
At least he made some effort to honor their spirit. Doesn't matter if it was an official ceremony. The point is he took the time and responsibility to do something for them. That's more than the true natives did.
I agree Salazar dose not speak for us.He has no teachings from any tribe only what he sees in movies.Any true native dosnt need to always have the news around when they do good.Also a real native knows ceromonies are not to be recored at anytime.This Man has gotten away with doing this for so Long because people in corpus dosnt know any better..The native community will come together again and ask Salazar again to please stop pertending to be someone he is not and to stop exploit our ways.Also by offering tobacoo is not a ceromonie and that prayer he dose isnt even native American..I say all this with respect.The news should start interviewing other natives before they speak of something they know nothing about.LARRY SALAZAR DOSE NOT SPEAK FOR THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY HERE IN TEXAS OR ANY WHERE ELSE!!
Why is the video unavailable?
I often stop to take wildlife off the roads. I try to put them someplace safe where the vultures can find them. Once I found a vulture (they are often hit because they feed on the roadkill, and can't fly away from oncoming cars fast enough). She was so beautiful, that I brought her home to admire her in more detail before I laid her to rest. When I unwrapped her at home, she was still alive! I took her to the local wildlife reahb the next morning.
Altnough we respect our four legged relatives in Texas and have really stood up against all the continual slaughter that many non-Indigenous people have toward the animals of Creation. Slaughter also happens when our Native ways are exploited which is running rampant in Texas. Salazar has and continues to be lacking accountability to any tribal teachings. So, in reality as Texas Local Native Salazar does not speak for our community.
The exploitation occurs when one individual takes it upon himself to speak without the respect of the Indigenous people of the Land. The People of the land respectively need to be contacted for the ancestral remains and any issues that directly effect their spiritual lifeways.
If only we could all learn to respect all we have been given and to honor instead of overpower, control and take advantage of. I am humbled by this beautiful man and his respect for all life. Thank you and may love and peace fill your days.
I could not view the video. But I know it was reverent and a good way to honor the lost coyotes. Although I am not American Indian, the coyote is close to me as I lived around them and observed their habits for many years. I also had the gift of living near and among Indian people who taught me some of the ways of animal spirits, and later the coyote became my primary spirit animal. That was almost 25 years ago. I live in the city now and miss my coyote brothers and sisters. I am thankful to Larry Running Turtle Salazar for his ceremony.
We need more people to know about the old ways. I say a prayer for any animals I see that have been killed on the road. It goes; Sorry for your loss of life, but thank you for your sacrifice. You will continue to be a part of the circle of life.
@Cetan Sa Winyan that doesn't sound respectful one bit. At least he took the time and effort to put tobacco down for those coyotes who were killed for trophies and their hides. Didn't the local native community even consider doing this for them? If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
Thank you for your kindness ... It touched me deeply ... I am glad the vulture lived and you took the time to inadvertently save this being
I agree Salazar dose not speak for us.He has no teachings from any tribe only what he sees in movies.Any true native dosnt need to always have the news around when they do good.Also a real native knows ceromonies are not to be recored at anytime.This Man has gotten away with doing this for so Long because people in corpus dosnt know any better..The native community will come together again and ask Salazar again to please stop pertending to be someone he is not and to stop exploit our ways.Also by offering tobacoo is not a ceromonie and that prayer he dose isnt even native American..I say all this with respect.
I always say a prayer and apologize to these sweet innocent beings who are mowed down by our hurried lives.
Thank you for posting this poignant posting, we need to understand we are visiting this place called EARTH and leaving it for all those beings come next
Walk in Beauty and reverence
I hate to tell you but yes a group of us native did go and lay tobacoo down for them .we just dont need to be in the news to do it.we even had some come from out of town to lay tobacoo down .Thank you for your Word.
@Cetan Sa Winyan Thanks for doing that for the coyotes.
@Cetan Sa Winyan I understand. It's not meant for the world it's meant for the spirit of the animals. But the reporter that shot this photo and wrote this story was probably white and as usual didn't care about the facts. They just hit on the topics and added the rest in their self. When I read it I don't even focus on the facts myself I just think it's a thoughtful thing to do for some creatures that were abused so badly. No need to get defensive about things but thanks for clarifying the issue.
Thats the thing Chelo694 we dont do it so we can be knowledge,we do it because that is our way of life.He is spreading misknowledge not dissing anyone .The native community is big and for them to make a statement that he speaks for the native community.well that is lack of them doing their research and just goes by what he says..I know this Man well and he knows me well.
@Cetan Sa Winyan Ok, that's great. But don't blame the world when your not acknowledged for it and diss on someone that doesn't mind spreading the knowledge of what should be done.