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Author:  daniel_bingamon [ Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Ghost Dancers in the Sky

This is to the tune of "Ghost Riders in the Sky".
Might be appropriately accompanied with Native American Flute.
It's about the coming of the Lord from a Native American perspective.

Hope you like it Aaron.

Ghost Dancers in the Sky
By: Daniel Bingamon

A lonely young warrior camps in the desert plain.
Crying for vision to come before his way
Then in the eastern skies a light begins to shine.
A rider upon a white horse fills the midnight sky.

The skies lighting up all like the noonday sun.
A thousand buffalo from there begin to run.
In front the desolation, behind them a trail of green.
And many dancing elders surround this peaceful scene.

Weh ha yah, weh ha yah, Ghost Dancers in the sky.
Weh ha yah, weh ha yah, Ghost Dancers in the sky.

Seven powerful warriors riding out from that line,
Riding colored horses and they begin to sing.
A thousand voices ringing out
and the sun begins to shine.
The seventh generations most sacred hour arrives.

Calling in a mighty voice Grandfather begins to sing.
Joy and gladness shining out all across the land.
Our Spirits called forth then we begin to rise
A day like none other and it ends with light.

Weh ha yah, weh ha yah, Ghost Dancers in the sky.
Weh ha yah, weh ha yah, Ghost Dancers in the sky.

Author:  Walden [ Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ghost Dancers in the Sky

Great contextualization of apocalyptic imagery! Some of your best work.

Image
"In the Twinkling of an Eye"
by local Cherokee artist Bill Rabbit

Author:  daniel_bingamon [ Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ghost Dancers in the Sky

Thanks, greatly appreciated.

Author:  daniel_bingamon [ Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ghost Dancers in the Sky

And here is the recording:
http://www.littlemiamiartisans.com/songs/

I also recorded Amazing Grace in the Cherokee language. Note that the Cherokee version is not the exact same words as the English version but nevertheless it is a praise.

BTW: A few changes to the song:

Seven powerful warriors riding out from that line,
Riding colored horses, far from back in time
A thousand voices ringing out
and the sun begins to shine.
The seventh generations most sacred hour arrives.

Calling in a mighty voice Grandfather begins to sing.
Joy and gladness shining out, hope that he will bring.
Our Spirits called forth then we begin to rise
A day like none other and it ends with light.

Author:  daniel_bingamon [ Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ghost Dancers in the Sky

A little explanation of the symbolism and imagery in the song:

Quote:
A lonely young warrior camps in the desert plain.
Crying for vision to come before his way


In the plains, Lakota Indians in their youth go through a time called "Hanbleceya" which means to "cry out for a vision". The vision they receive shapes their lives in years to come.
It reminds me of Proverb 29:18 - Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Quote:
Then in the eastern skies a light begins to shine.
A rider upon a white horse fills the midnight sky.


It is told in scriptures that the Lord would return in the same manner that his disciples seen him depart. Also, check out Revelation 19:11 but not to be confused with the other white horse in Rev.6:2
In both Jewish and Native Americans cultures, the direction of coming from the East and going to the West is sacred. Yes, it is the natural path of the sun in the sky. Those things that we have in the physical worlds are mere reflection of that which is in heaven.
Even in Powwows and other gatherings, Natives always enter the circle on the east side. The High Priest in Jerusalem enters the temple on the east side and Jesus comes from the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem (from the East)

Quote:
The skies lighting up all like the noonday sun.

With his coming, the darkness is dispelled with light. References to Zechariah 14:7

A thousand buffalo from there begin to roam.
In front the desolation, behind them a trail of green.
And many dancing elders surround this peaceful scene.


One of the beliefs of the early Ghost Dancers was the promise of a new land, those who had passed on would be there, the buffalo would return.
Here, the direction the buffalo go behind them the desert is restored. Much like Isaiah 35:1

Quote:
Weh ha yah, weh ha yah, Ghost Dancers in the sky.


Native American music uses "vocables", "weh ha, yeh yah, hi ya, ho" etc. Much like lai lai, na, dai, yabba bai used in Jewish and Eastern European music.

Quote:
Seven powerful warriors riding out from that line,
Riding colored horses far from back in time


Colored horses, both imagery in Zechariah 6:2, some in Revelation and Black Elk's Vision
Far from back in time shows the connection with Zechariah.

Quote:
A thousand voices ringing out and the sun begins to shine.
The seventh generations most sacred hour arrives.


Some Native American tribes believed that decision making for matters concerning the people should go as far as the seventh generation. Some believed that the seventh generation is where the problems that began with the invasion of settlers would be reversed.

Quote:
Calling in a mighty voice Grandfather begins to sing.
Joy and gladness shining out hope that he will bring


Grandfather is a term that many Native American believers (and some non-believers) refer to "Tsi-tsa" Jesus. (Note: Tsi-tsa or Tsi-sa is Cherokee, maybe Aaron can check me on the closest spelling)

Our Spirits called forth then we begin to rise


This is when we are taken up, no one knows the hour or the day. There are so many theories on when the rapture will come. I'm going leave that open.

Quote:
A day like none other and it ends with light.


Once again, I'm referencing References to Zechariah 14:7

Some background:
The early Ghost Dance was a from a vision of a Paiute prophet named Wovoka.
It is believed that Wovoka, who had been raised up on a white farm, may have had exposure to the bible and so his visions and teaching may have been inspired by it.
Wovoka spoke of being on being peaceful and non-confronting. His Ghost Dance that accompanied his teaching spread across the northern West and Central parts of the country.
It was received by some at the grounds at Wounded Knee. The local whites were freaked out by the ghost dance it also stirred up the military. The result was the horrible Massacre at Wounded Knee where over 300 men, women and children died from the barrage of Hotchkiss guns (a proto machine gun).
One of the things envisioned by people in the Ghost Dance was that bullets could not harm you and many were mowed down by it.
Even the famous Black Elk (who have the four horsemen vision and was not a participant in the ghost dance) had believed that he could run into the barrage of bullets and was struck in the side but survived on a vengeance run. More of this history can be read in his book, "Black Elk Speaks".

The song is a way of sharing the Lord with my Native American friends. It might not be well understood by people who don't know rest of the story behind this.

And we do continue to pray for restoration of the land, the people (you can't have one without the other). Please Pray for the first people of this land.

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