Presented by Niánn Emerson Chase
to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service
A Sudden Shift, a Change Point
I and many others witnessed a change point that happened in Future Studios on May 4 and May 5, 2001. The first weekend of May the 4th, 5th, and 6th Global Community Communications sponsored a gathering of Native American elders. A well-known and well-traveled Lakota elder, who has been on the traveling and teaching circuit for about forty years, was highlighted throughout the three days. On Friday, May 4, 2001, he was the featured speaker at Future Studios. There were about seventy people (not of Global Community Communications) who came to hear him. Assisting him was a relative who would periodically sing, using his drum. For us who were able to discern, during that evening there was a lot of confusion, a lot of tension. Many of us felt grieved at how we believed the assistant showed his elder a lot of disrespect. The assistant interrupted the elder often, implying that he was rambling. Many of us there believed that this elder had some important things to say and wanted to listen to his wisdom. Many of us also experienced a sense of disunity and tension within the audience. I think that most people there did not want to rock the boat or interfere with how things were done between the elder and his assistant, for they had worked as a team for many years. It was a very painful experience for all of us who felt a love for this elder and were ultra-sensitive to the situation, for this evening seemed awkward, tense, chaotic, and disharmonious.