MY FIRST SELFIE and Why I Don’t Stand Up For The Anthem [they’re connected]

wolf selfie 2*If you’re an American patriot, you probably won’t like this post

“What the indigenous people have always said …. is to treat the land with respect because out of that respect comes all that we need to live and to survive and also comes the knowledge to help us understand how sacred life is, how sacred each of us are. All life has a purpose, all life has meaning and we are all connected,  we are all related,  we are all one in the eyes and the love of our Great Spirit. When we can understand that I believe that’s when we will achieve that harmony and that peace that many of us are searching for.

~Elder Dave Courchene, Eagle Clan, Anishnabe Nation


This hell on earth we’ve made of the planet has a silver lining of sharp-edged, shared and awakening awareness of the danger to our future.

These travails of our own making can be our undoing or transformation…..

Yet in you and I is a potential seed of a better humanity, ….. it’s time for the prophecies of a new humanity to be proclaimed.

~John Hogue/Hogue Prophecy

I never take selfies….. I actually hate them but last night I thought maybe I need to do one for my Facebook profile picture [which for a while, has been a small green alien] so this morning I found my winter wolf attire and I took these photos above. I don’t have a cell phone so this is the best I could do.

But before I took the photos, I happened to read a news headline which seemed to say that Donald Trump was suggesting that NFL players who don’t stand for the ‘Anthem’ should be fired. I felt a wave of fury come over me. Isn’t this a flashback to the Hitler Regime? Doesn’t anyone see?

I’m not writing about politics though…I’m writing about the end of the old and the beginning of the new.

Thinking about this-firing NFL players because they don’t stand for the Anthem, I thought about how I never stand for the Anthem and I thought about how ever since I can remember, I have instinctively disliked the Pledge of Allegiance.  Why? I wasn’t a particularly rebellious kid, always got my homework done, liked school, liked learning.

This expresses how I felt when forced to say The Pledge of Allegiance in 2nd 1rst grade

So I looked up the words of the Anthem, The Pledge of Allegiance and a song I’ve always disliked, Onward Christian Soldiers. And I understood why even as a young child, I could not repeat these words.


” ….one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”  What does this mean….what about all the other nations? Are they not approved by God?

And “liberty and justice for all? REALLY?..where does that happen? Does anyone really believe that? Did the Native People feel this “liberty and justice for all” when the United States took their land, poisoned them with smallpox, herded them on to reservations?  These are just meaningless words that blind people to the Truth, sugar coat reality and the people repeat them like robots.

trail tears
“LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL”? ~ THE TRAIL OF TEARS “At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida–land their ancestors had occupied and cultivated for generations. By the end of the decade, very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States. Working on behalf of white settlers who wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles to a specially designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River. This difficult and sometimes deadly journey is known as the Trail of Tears
“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there”
And this..what do these words mean? they’re ugly and repulsive…do you really want to sing words like this????
 “Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution!
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave”



Onward Christian soldiers
Marching as to war..


Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war
With the cross of Jesus going on before
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe
Forward into battle see His banners go

[AND WHO IS THE FOE/THE ENEMY? PEOPLE FROM OTHER RELIGIONS? THERE ARE  A LOT OF WORLD RELIGIONS..CHRISTIANITY IS ONLY ONE OF MANY…yes I know, people will claim they are marching against the devil but what is the devil but all this divisiveness they promote]

The time of separation is ending. For thousands of years, separation and divisiveness- the idea that one country is superior to another, that one race is superior, that one religion is the ONLY ONE  has caused more and more pain, unending wars, increasing, out of control hatred.

“I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth” A change is coming.


wolf selfie 2For my selfie, I put on my wolf hood that I sometimes wear in the winter. The wolf is my guiding spirit and I have 3 wolfdogs, 2 that I have rescued. If I could, I would surround myself with wolves…they are to me, the most beautiful of creatures but more than that:dakota winter window

For the Anishnabe People of Canada, the wolf represents Humility which they explain this way:

The teaching of humility is very important in our life. Much of the division we see in today’s world is because people have not understood the spirit of humility: to understand the spirit of humility is to understand that no one is above another human being. No one is greater than another human being in this life; no one is lesser than another human being.

To be humble is to see us equally in the eyes of the Great Spirit through the unconditional love of the Great Spirit. His love is expressed to all of us in the same way that the sun will shine on us. The sun does not choose to shine on any one person alone or any one race of people, it shines on all.

So in a way this is what this post is about. The Anthem/Star Spangled Banner is about the supposed superiority of one country- the United also is The Pledge of Allegiance. And Onward Christian Soldiers is about the superiority of one religion-Christianity.

There is no understanding in their words that “no one is above another human being. No one is greater than another human being in this life; no one is lesser than another human being.

that: The sun does not choose to shine on any one person alone or any one race of people, it shines on all.

Below is a film clip from a documentary my son and I made called THE 8TH FIRE~One Earth, One Whole Circle Again.  Its message is what I have hoped to communicate in this post.

And Chief Crazy Horse’s Vision for these times:

“Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.” ~Chief Crazy Horse 1840-1877

8th Fire – Njacko Backo clip from Andy Pickard on Vimeo.



Our great Creator chose the Sa-be (Bigfoot) to represent the spirit of honesty…

The Elders say the best way you could show honesty or honor the spirit of the Sa-be, is to speak from your heart and listen to your spirit that has given you the inspiration of the words you are to speak. When you are honest with yourself, you are true to the words that you speak.

~Anishnabe Elder, Dave Courchene

andy and bob film


Several years ago, my son and I were filming a documentary in Canada called Manitou Api~Where the Sun Rises.

It’s a powerful film, a Native American version of The Da Vinci Code in a way, but its primary message concerns The Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishnabe People.manitou cover

MANITOU API is reminiscent of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, but with a decisive difference:  It is true. Ranging from Canada to Cambridge, this fascinating film deals with life-and-death issues — because if we do not attend to the wisdom herein, we shall likely have no future on Earth, our only home. -Larry Dossey, MD  New York Times Bestselling Author

Each of the Seven Teachings is represented by an animal: LOVE by the Eagle, RESPECT by the Buffalo etc.. *see The Seven Sacred Teachingsbuffalo_flag copyeagleflag copy 2

Honesty is represented by Bigfoot called Sa-bebigfoot river.

So I went on a quest to find a realistic Bigfoot costume—it isn’t easy…most of them look like gorillas –but eventually I found one in Hollywood.

I rented the very expensive and very realistic costume. The man from whom I rented it told me he would no longer ship to Canada -I would have to take it across the border myself . He had recently sent the costume to Ontario for a Disney movie and the Fish and Game people had captured it. They had kept it for 2 weeks and he had lost a lot of money.

He told me the Bigfoot had a beautiful face..the photos on his website didn’t do him justice….close-up sasquatch And whatever you do he said, DO NOT MARK ‘FUR’ on the box!

reading at naders


I had already planned to go to Michigan before going to Winnipeg so the costume was sent there… Nader’s Lakeshore Motel in Ludington, Michigan.

It came in a huge heavy box but I managed to get it into my room and all was well til 12AM when the box started beeping and woke me up. A bomb in the Bigfoot box I thought and I pulled the box outside as fast as I could.

It was still beeping the next morning and I went through everything in the box but found nothing..the cause of the beeping was never found.sasquatch feet

I had to get some bungee cords to more easily transport the box so I went to the Walmart in this small Lake Michigan town.  I  was walking through the store when a woman suddenly held up a video in front of me. Harry and the Hendersonsharry_hendersons “My favorite movie!” she said. I had never heard of the movie at that point.

I managed to get through Canadian Customs although the Customs agent looked at me very suspiciously. I had a note from Dave Courchene, the Anishnabe Elder I was working with.


The next challenge was finding someone to wear the costume. This person needed to be close to 7 feet tall, again not easy to find. We did find someone though..not seven feet but close. He was a bouncer at a ‘Gentleman’s Club’bob-bigfoot-color copy

The filming went are some of the stills:kids circle-sabekids circlehugging sasquatch-silly girl bigfoot kids hug


I came to think of this as one of many challenges, a test of faith that brought me greater insight and made me stronger, more prepared for the next adventure…..bigfoot 2

manitou cover
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