Marilyn Black Elk is a beautiful Lakota grand-mother. She is from a reserve in Denver Colorado, a member of the Sicangu Lakota Nation. The core of her life is rooted in the sacred ceremonies and traditions of her family. I was lucky enough to meet her for a whole weekend. Marilyn teachings are rich and deep. We spoke about death and birth, she remembers how she came in her body, she remembers falling in love with her dad and her mom before she was even born. I looked at her in the eyes, listened to her many stories and crawled into the sweat lodge. Following her gentle voice, inside the Mama’s belly, I felt like I was in a golden amniotic liquid. The grand-father stones were welcomed in silence, we slowly learned to navigate in our new environment, listened, observed, purified and grew until we were ready to be born again. I came out of the sweat lodge transformed, I became even more of a woman. I am very grateful of meeting Marilyn.
She spoke about ASSANI. In Lakota it’s the word used for the sacred union between a man and woman, when hearts, heads and spirits are becoming one. Such a beautiful word. In order to attend Assani, we need to have a clarity of mind. She also talked about the importance of being alert and of walking in beauty. The Lakota people believe that we are only borrowing the earth to the unborned. They are ready to die to protect the sacredness of their teachings so that it can be carried to next generations. They know that what we are doing today will impact the life of the unborned.