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Sweet Medicine

May 6, 2011

The Tuning Frog

Image Credit: Dreamstime

Jeremiah was a bullfrog.

Was a good friend of mine.

Never understood a single word he said

But I helped him drink his whine.

Yes, he always had some mighty fine whine.

Singing Joy to the world

All the boys and girls now

Joy to the fishies in the deep blue sea

Joy to you and me.

~ with apologies to Three Frog Dog Night

 What’s In A Name?

The official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965-1975 states that vocalist Danny Hutton’s then-girlfriend June Fairchild suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground whilst embracing a dingo, a native species of wild dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and if the night was freezing, it was a “three dog night”. [Wikipedia]

Image Credit: Naphtali’s Melody

One story that I want to touch on and talk about is our Cheyenne prophet Sweet Medicine. Sweet Medicine was a very powerful person. He was a medicine man that was the one that gave us a lot of the teaching of the Cheyenne way of life—our traditional ceremonies, our language and our traditional laws that would govern us as people as we progressed in the future.

Sweet Medicine, (L ), is how you say his name. He was a culture hero among the Cheyenne. He started his life among the Cheyenne as a prophet at a very young age and he took refuge at the sacred mountain, (L), Bear Butte. That was where he was taught inside a cave and stayed there for a period of four years. While he was inside this cave he was given special instructions, teachings and gifts from the supernatural power of spirits. Those spirits are the ones that guided him and told him, “These are going to be the ways of life for the Cheyenne people”. [Sourced Turtle Island Storyteller]

More Sweet Medicine

Turtle Island Storyteller – Gordon Yellowman, Sr

The Morning News ~ Sweet Medicine Project

The Cheyenne Way of Peace: Sweet Medicine ~ Mennonite Church Archives

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