I Am A Wannabe….
from Robert Ghost Wolf PhD.
Art Bell even created a personal theme song for my shows. ( He did not know any better)
many years now I have appeared on at least a hundred of radio and television
programs. I have been interviewed by a variety of individuals each who possessed
their own level of understanding of the work I Do, and often times I have been
presented by the host of a show as a Native American … a Metis Shaman. As a
result of my being a guest on many media programs there are a few individuals who
would criticize me for being “a Wannabee”…
Ot took seven years for me to get my PhD's; therefore in the beginning it was
just my deeds and reputations for my ceremonial work they could grasp, I was to
White Mans America an Enigma. After all I had no games, Books, or
action dolls to sell, or titles, how else could they explain me.
Ot took seven years for me to get my PhD's; therefore in the beginning it was just my deeds and reputations for my ceremonial work they could grasp, I was to White Mans America an Enigma. After all I had no games, Books, or action dolls to sell, or titles, how else could they explain me.
am accustomed to this label, which is often thrown around, in the base battle of
words presented to an innocent and naive public, by the ignorant and the
disgruntled…To me it’s like kids throwing stones. These people must, I
suppose, criticize something in order to feel more secure in a world that they
perceive is passing them by, and in the surrendering of the higher aspects of
their potentials, thus they attack others rather than work on their own personal
all that I do and have done in my struggle for public recognition of the
Metis People, and being a person who is always in the public eye, of
course, I would be a high profile target for their attacks…an easy hit. I am
alone, I do not represent an Ashram, nor do I have a tribe of People surrounding
me. I am simply out here doing what I do, because I believe in it. Now as far as
my wanting to be someone else, a wannabe… I like myself…why would I want to
be any one else? Very few people live the life I do…which is anything but
striking out against the Metis, is and old war. It has
happened before on this land, long ago, as history will soon attest. Brother
fighting against brother to protect the flaw, in their Spiritual understanding,
and like the war of the heavens, it makes no sense if reasoned out. The main
cause of the problem for me or any one else who has been born Metis,
as I see it (and the general public at large is unaware of this
situation) is that those of us who are mixed blood are not honorably recognized
for their Spiritual Faith by the U.S. Government, and thusly by the people.
should a Metis Person choose to practice their Spirituality
faithfully, their Native Spirituality that they have learned from and been given
access to by the Native People of this fair and wise land, and be open about it,
meaning to speak in public and be placed into the position of having to take a
stand for those Spiritual beliefs, they are usually attacked by certain partisan
groups for being Non-Indian, and having no right to do such. I have never seen
elders do this. I have seen radical Christian groups do this. I have seen
“Street Indians” do this, but Traditional Native People know better, and it
is not their way. They are a shy and compassionate people, which is why they
share their ways with anyone they trust to come into their home, and play with
their children , and eat with them. There has never really been a contest in
this area except through the fantasy that is too often played out in the Public
arena, which is little more then ugly myth.
is not an issue with Traditional Elders, it never has been. The way of the
Native American has long been based on intermarriage, longer than the history of
this country. They are a compassionate People who have suffered a great deal in
the transition of this land through several civilizations. The Celts were here
long before there was even a place known as France, England, Spain, or a man
named Christopher Columbus, so the issue of who are the first Americans is
ambiguous to begin with.
in this 21st Century…. it is a known fact that perhaps greater than
half the population of America, if your family has been here three or more
generations, your family more than likely has mixed Native American bloodlines
in its tree. Further, the latter part of the 20th Century brought the
mixture of many cultures and faiths to this Land of the Turtle, so we have
become rather a soup of many races expressing, or struggling to
express as one Nation, presenting itself under the political structure of being
a Democracy. The very foundations of the Republic were given by the indigenous
Peoples of this land, who were known to the Early French and English as the
Iroquois, or more correctly called the Haudenosaunee or Algonquin
term "Wannabees" is used by
some more base Native Americans, and more often disgruntled white
Europeans, to refer to outsiders who "want to be" Indians.
This seemed strange to me when as a young man. I had found that, in fact, Native
American blood ran through my veins, and realized the extent of intermarriage
that has long been the history of the Peoples that were first encountered when
the Western Europeans rediscovering this land in the early 16th
Century. When I was a youth it was unfashionable to be Native American, and it
was never mentioned that the family might truly have a “Cherokee in the
Woodshed..” Harsh word’s, yes, but this was the truth of the age I and
millions of others transcended during the latter part of the 20th
Century, and I think we still have a little way to go…
So you're a European-American
Who’s attracted to
Native American spirituality... well now
The ways of the American Indian can offer much to those who want
to learn to live in harmony with the Earth, and with their own beings. The
simplicity of a life close to nature, and the powerful techniques of the shaman,
call out to all of us who want to walk lightly on this planet and to know the
journeys of the soul that make one wise. Many people, including those of
European ancestry, feel the pull of this spiritual path.
However, there is something to consider. Many Native Americans
feel that you should seek out the ways of your own people, rather than intruding
upon their ways. They understand your interest in their traditions, but they
think you should look for something that is yours.
Well, just what IS yours?
Long ago, Europeans too were tribal peoples. From the British
Isles all the way across the Continent, the Celts and the Germans (Vikings) and
others lived in great forests and along rugged seacoasts. Our way of living was
much like that of the American Indians whom you admire. The Earth was our
mother, Thor rattled in the thunder, Odin led the Wild Hunt, Freya showed us
that women could be both beautiful and strong. The tree Yggdrasil held the Nine
Worlds in its embrace, and the web of Wyrd connected all things. Our
ancestors lived in us, and spoke in our dreams, and in the eyes of our children.
The way of the indigenous Europeans had much that you will
recognize, they called it utiseta, or "sitting out”, it was our
form of the vision quest. The Norsemen called it " Sweatlodge”? The sauna
was sacred to the Birch Goddess. The Celts were Great warriors, both male as
well as female? Our history abounds in them. Honoring the Earth? Brooks, rocks,
trees - all had spirits to be befriended. Shamans? Odin, father of the Gods, was
a master Shaman!
Then, things changed. A new faith came to our forested lands from
a far country where our tribes had never dwelled. It came with sword and fire,
and killed or exiled those who would not accept the alien way. Many thousands of
us died rather than submit, but eventually the church bells drove the land
spirits into hiding, and even the Mighty Powers could not be seen for the pall
which hung over our spirits. And so it stayed, for many centuries, and we
brought this alien way with us when we came to the land we named America. It was
not tribal Angles or Saxons or Iceni who treated the Native Americans wrongly;
it was a people cut off from their soul, and from the wisdom of the generations.
But time passes, and now something new is happening. The way of
old Europe, so long crushed and repressed, is once again accessible to its
far-flung sons and daughters! And that's where you come in.
Now that you are here,
why not go and read about my people.
We may have more in common than you think...
And if not at least we know each other better