Greg Red Elk - Irene Bedard - Bob Red Elk - platinum photograph
(by Gary Auerbach - platinumphotographer)
Greg Red Elk - Assinboin, Sioux Lakota, Dakota
Do you have a specific memory that stands out in your mind when you were young?
“I remember being at Pow Wows and other spiritual gatherings and watching my father perform ceremonies that very few knew how to perform. I also remember the unity I felt, the safeness of hearing the drums and being near other tribes. I remember most the closeness of our families.”
Irene Bedard - Inupiaq, Malemuit, Yupik, Cree
How is your life different from your parents or grandparents?
“With the onset of satellites, space technology, modern medicine, it seems as though our lives today must be totally different from those who came before us. But we go home to the village in Alaska, and my relatives still subsist by hunting and continue to live many of the traditions the Inupiaq, Malemuit, and Yupik have lived since the beginning. I think even though I am an actor on film, a recent invention in the realm of time, I am still a storyteller. So, maybe my life is not so different.”
Bob Red Elk - Assiniboin, Sioux, Lakota, Dakota
What traditions from the past do you still continue to practice?
“Early in my life I did not realize that I was being imprinted by the behavior and example of my grandfather who in his own quiet way schooled me in what it means to be respectful. That is hard to retain when those around you are taught that competition and conquest are more important than the Christian golden rule. As a rule of thumb today, I strive to stay teachable amidst a world bent on self-reliance through corporate global expansion. The old ways teach us the benefit of cooperation and peaceful co-existence, but it is hard to practice them when you have to live in two worlds.”
Excerpted from: www.WeWalkinBeauty.com