Jodi Rave: Hoop spreads healing across country
"Many stories start by introducing a living person.

This story starts with what some describe as a living object - a sacred hoop.

The Hoop is a simple willow branch rounded into a circle. One hundred eagle feathers have been tied around the circumference. Those who come across the Hoop say it wields power. It is believed each feather carries people's prayers to the Spirit World, to the Creator.

The Hoop and its keeper traveled last month to every tribal community in Montana, four correctional facilities and the state Capitol. At each of the 13 stops, its keeper explained to community members how they could live a life of wellness through culture, including songs, language and ceremonies. And at each stop, people came to the Hoop to offer prayers.

“Being around this Hoop changed me, inner-most me,” said Vince, a youth at the Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility in Miles City.

Vince stood before the Hoop and his peers, counselors and elders. The young man felt foolish. He looked away. He didn't think his words did justice to the good feelings he experienced with the Hoop and those who brought it.

Vince thanked the Hoop's keeper. He said recent events had taken a toll on him. He said he recently lost a friend. He felt alone. And he was losing hope. “I was left with no breath.”"

Get the Story:
Jodi Rave: Through the Hoop: Mohican man spreads message of cultural healing across Indian Country (The Missoulian 9/2)

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