2000

Prairyerth Living Treasures of North America April 15, 2000 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL 
“Songs for Prairyerth” Benefit Concert with Jim Scott April 21, 2000 at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, IL

With gratitude to a Man of Good Heart

James Gillihan, 
Keeper of Sitting Bull’s Pipe

 Learning respectfully from his Elders so that he would have more to give, Jim spent a lifetime caring for others.  He negotiated a peaceful settlement at the siege at Wounded Knee.  He was active in the repatriation of medicine objects, art, and human remains to tribal nations.  His service to humankind was unique: He restored Sitting Bull’s Pipe to the People.  As its carrier for over twenty years, Jim not only was the instrument of healing and comfort, he was an ambassador for the highest Native American values and traditions, so that others might learn to live in harmony with one another and with Mother Earth. Jim is pictured here with a bust of Frank Fools Crow on sacred Bear Butte in South Dakota.  Fools Crow was a visionary Medicine Man who saw who Jim Gillihan was, named him Tatanka Ska or White Buffalo, trained this man of Cherokee descent in the Lakota language and traditions, presented him with Sitting Bull's Pipe, and set his feet firmly on the Red Road.  As the Pipe brought honor to him, Jim Gillihan honored the Pipe.

He was truly a Living Treasure of North America.

Jim Gillihan, Keeper of Sitting Bull's Pipe, left this Earth in 2002.  He was the first spiritual leader of the Prairyerth Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  Jim continued his mission throughout his life and though in declining health, became a Sun Dancer to sacrifice flesh for the People.


DVDs on Jim Gillihan teaching and telling stories are available through Sagebrush Productions.  

Click on this link: http://www.sagebrushproductions.com/native.html

With gratitude to a Man of the Prairie

Ray Schulenberg

Ray Schlulenberg pioneered a different view of the web of life and habitat than his scientific colleagues.  This view was held deep within his soul, girded by an enormous body of empirical, disciplined observation. Ray’s knowledge came from the plants and animals themselves as he attempted to restore healthy native habitats that they might prosper. To do this, one must perpetuate the ancient rhythm to which the native plants and animals had become adapted.

Ray Schulenberg taught that, to know where one is, one must know the plants, not only their names, but where they grow. If one learns to listen to the wisdom of the plants and animals one learns about the health of the community. When one cares for the plants and animals, one cares for one’s self.   He taught that each new human child must learn the way of the people, all the people of the place.

Ray Schulenberg’s prairie restoration attempt at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, remains the finest effort ever at restoring de novo the habitat for native species.  It is named the Schulenberg Prairie in his honor.

He was truly a Living Treasure of North America

Ray Schulenburg left the Earth he loved and cared for in 2003.  His memorial is in all the wild and growing places he protected and restored, teaching others and  pulling one weed (non-native species) at a time.