Medicine Wheel Philosophy with Phil White Hawk

Caer Hallundbaek speaks with Phil White Hawk who is of Cherokee descent and is a singer/songwriter and educator of American Indian culture. He has written over 350 songs, three dramatic musicals, and a compilation of essays on social anthropology called “Circling the Square.” He and his wife, artist Connie Bellet, toured for nearly 30 years across the U.S., Canada, and Europe with a live multi-media concert of original songs and artwork dealing with the cultural history and heritage of North America — from a Native point of view. Their inspirational performances elicited well over 800 standing ovations from audiences of all ages.

 

Topics in this hour include: Phil's childhood following his mother, an Indian Public Health Service nurse, in helping western tribes; the company of the Elders along the way, who confided their knowledge to him; the principles of Native spirituality; the balance of nature and men; a single Creator known by many names, including Grandfather/Grandmother and Great Mystery; culture and media; courage, loyalty and generosity; ceremonies, including the Ceremony of Life for youth; the Medicine Wheel in Wyoming; how Medicine Wheel philosophy is a discipline that seeks to balance our emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual strengths, and consequently our relationships with all our relations; how the Medicine Wheel spins through time, or through generations; Black Elk; and much more. This program includes Phil's song "The Messenger."

 

For more information about Phil White Hawk and Connie's work visit: yourlandmainely.org

 

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