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Sawmill Farm Harvest 2013 Ceremony

This evening the Kagen family, all the residents of Sawmill and friends of Sawmill have gathered on the south terrace of the Morgan Quarters to support our nine Sawmill Girls and our Sawmill Farm Kids. Tomorrow morning at sunrise the 2013 Sawmill Farm harvest season will begin. This evening the Sawmill Girls and Sawmill Farm Kids will have their annual harvest season ceremony.

One of the large doors on the Morgan Quarters slowly opens. The Sawmill Farms Kids Olga and Karen are leading our two Sawmill Farm cows South Pasture and North Pasture out the door followed by all of our Sawmill Farm Kids holding hands. They're all dressed in traditional dress of long dresses and wearing bonnets on their heads. The guys have on overalls and wearing straw hats. They walk slowly to the south side of the west terrace of the Morgan Quarters, stop and face west.

In the field below them are two of our personal Cherokee Indian friends we call the Brothers dressed in their native Cherokee dress. Off in the distance we can hear beautiful Native American music as they light a fire on their ancestors land that is respected and cared for by everyone here in Sawmill. Our friends the Brothers begin to dance slowly around the fire joined with one of their own Sawmill 12 year old grand daughters adopted from Armenia. She has taken the name of her great grandfather with much love for her from her Cherokee and American families. We call her Torniteeta.

Sawmill Girls Anuta and Beth leave the barn leading their Sawmill Mules Kickass and Roger followed by our beautiful Sawmill Girls Snoopy, Elena, Annablue, Galina, Taty, Hankie and Ling Lee. Our Sawmill Girls are dressed in our traditional long dresses and wearing pink bonnets. Holding hands they slowly follow their mules to the west terrace where it all began for them four years ago when Sawmill Girls Anuta, Beth, Snoopy and Elena commited themselves to farming Sawmill Farm again at their ages of 16 years old.

Our Sawmill Girls stand side by side holding hands on the west terrace facing their large fields of corn, oats, wheat, soy beans and alfalfa. Four years ago they stood in this same place where it all began for them and held this same ceremony asking for the Great Spirits in the Heavens to bless their first harvest. They return at the start of every harvest season and hold this same ceremony each year and their crops have always been plentiful enough to feed all our Sawmill Farm animals and keep them healthy.
 


We, the great mass of the people think only of the love we have for our land, we do love the land where we were brought up.

We will never let our hold to this land go, to let it go it will be like throwing away (our ) mother that gave (us) birth.

Letter from Aitooweyah to John Ross

Principle Chief of the Cherokees

The Earth is our Mother, care for her.
Honor all your relatives.
Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit.
All life is scared, treat all beings with respect.
Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more.
Do what needs to be done for the good of all.
Give constant thanks to the Great Spirits for each new day.
Speak the truth; but only good of others.
Follow the rythms of nature; rise and retire with the sun.
Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks.
The Sawmill Girls & Sawmill Farm Kids raise their hands and heads in prayer and pray their Harvest Prayer
Oh Great Spirits in the Heavens above us.
Your Sawmill Girls and your Sawmill Farm Kids come in honor of you this night before our new harvest season begins.
Since our last harvest season we've lived by and respected your 10 Commandments in our daily lives.


Oh Great Spirits in the Heavens above us.
We praise and thank you so much for our last years harvest season's abuntant crops that fed our much loved Sawmill Farm animals.

Oh Great Spirits in the Heavens above us.
We come to you this night before sunrise tomorrow morning when we begin our fourth harvest season as the farmers of Sawmill Farm.
We lift our hands up to you in priase and beg of you to please bless our precious Sawmill Farm animals with enough food for another season so to not be hungry and be able to have healthy lives.


Oh Great Spirits in the Heavens above us.
We lift our hands up to you in praise and beg of you to please bless our fourth harvest season as the farmers of Sawmill Farm with enough food for another year to be able to share our crops with less fortunate farmers that are our friends to help feed their precious farm animals in their time of need.

Oh Great Spirits in the Heavens above us.
We lift our hands up to you in praise and beg of you to please bless our fourth season as the farmers of Sawmill Farm. We also ask you to please bless all of our vegetable crops we've planted to feed anyone in our communites around us we love that's hungry and cannot afford to feed their familes.

Oh Great Spirits in the Heavens above us.
We lift our hands in praise to you and beg of you to please guide and protect us as we operate all of our farm equipment so none of us will get injured as we harvest our crops. We ask of you to please ride along with us in our combines and tractors and hold our hands during this Harvest Season 2013.

Oh Great Spirits in the Heavens about us.
We lift our hands in praise to you as the farmers of Sawmill Farm. We beg of you to have mercy on all the childrens of the world that have no parents and family to love and care for them such as we're loved and cared for by our parents and famlies. We beg of you to have mercy upon then and hold them in your arms near your heart and always protect them from evil and harm.

Oh Great Sprits in the Heavens above us.

 Thank you for listening to our prayers tonight.

Amen and Love You We Do.


Your Sawmill Girls and Sawmill Farm Kids

 

We've received emails from some of our readers asking if they could use the Sawmill Girls Harvest Prayer. Their Harvest Prayer is Copy Righted and we have no problem with anyone using it for their personal use but not on a website. If you would like a copy of their Prayer send us an email. Put in the email Harvest Prayer and tell us how you would like to use it.
We'll then send you a link to a PDF file of the Prayer so you can download it. We ask everyone that uses their Prayer to do it respectfully for them and our Native American friends.