Osage Ceremony to Bless the Land

Members of the Osage Nation will purify the land that will become the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden April 30.
According to an invitation sent via e-mail and the Web site, assistant Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle will conduct the ceremony. It will include the burning of cedar, singing of a prayer in the Osage language and blessing with eagle feathers.
“The cedar tree, coming from Mother Earth, is symbolic of everlasting life to the native people. Smoke from cedar is used as incense during the blessing,” he said. “The eagle is high above our life.”
Native Americans use cedar smoke in many of their ceremonies because they believe that God, through the smoke, clears the path of any unseen obstacles of resistance.
The “Blessing of the Land” ceremony will be at Persimmon Ridge, seven miles northwest of downtown Tulsa.
The Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden/Research and Education Center, with its 300 acres of rolling hills and picture-perfect scenery, offers a sweeping view of downtown Tulsa.
The Garden, projected to cost $40 million, is expected to have a major economic impact on Tulsa and the state. ?



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