Animal World

animal world

Animals, the third world of Grandmother Earth, are the receivers of energy.  Their gift is teaching us how to receive. Knowing how animals are receivers is probably most easily understood by those of you who have pets. You will recall the times when you were sick or just “blue” and your pet came to curl up beside you and “made you feel better.”  Animals will take on the energy of their human companion. Often people say the pet looks like or acts like their caretaker.

In our tradition, animals are known as “Sweet Medicine.” Each animal through its habits and ways carries within its being-ness a “medicine.” It is a gift of healing they bring to us if we align with them. Mostly they teach us to be who we are. You don’t see a dog wanting to act like a frog. It is content in its dog-ness. These animals are great teachers and allies.

Check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi if you would like to learn more.

Hokkshideh’s Sacred Dream


In the North is the place of wisdom and knowledge. This is the determination of this wheel. It is the Hokkshideh’s Sacred Dream. This dream asks, “What are you going to give back to self, life, and others?” This is why you have chosen to take form. It’s what you have to “give away” with beauty and love in order to bring healing and knowledge to all forms of all things. It is your determination as a sacred human on this planet.

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 6 Spiritual Ancestors

The Children’s Twenty Count describes our world as we live in it, and the powers that influence us here in our attempt to establish interconnection, interreliability and interdependence with all things.

As we begin to discuss the lower numbers, we begin with the powers that are the “so below“…the numbers that are related to this 3rd dimensional reality and “all that is green“…

6 = Spiritual Ancestors


This is our inner state of full spiritual self-love. It is the sacred transformation of spirit into substance and substance into spirit. In other words, this is when a spirit personality takes on a physical form and then returns back into spirit again. We think of the Spiritual Ancestors in this way. The following names describe our Spiritual Ancestors:

The Tolilahqui are the little people: the elves, gnomes, fairs, leprechauns, sprites and elementals who came here to prepare the planet for habitation by humans. They also keep the planet in balance and are communicators and balancers of ecology. They work with Sasquatch, who are considered by indigenous people to be rulers of the animal world. The elders say, only after the Toliahqui were present on the planet could humans be birthed in the world. The little people teach us to laugh at ourselves and not take life too seriously. They know the discipline of humor.

Our Toushilahey are all of our spirit selves and personalities from every lifetime since always, for always, even as we are now. That means that in this lifetime, for example, I as a person am a spirit personality known as Jane Smith. Perhaps in 1200 A.D. I was a spirit personality known as Pierre Boulot. And in the year 3000 A.D. I am known as Tiyanda Seels. All of these lives (and many more past and future) are my Toushilahey.

Our task in this life as this spirit personality is to increase our orende and gain freedom from our karmic patterns by coming into alignment with who we are. In this way, we can end the cycles of reincarnation and instead resurrect.

Our Tungashilah are all of the blood relations of our Toushilahey. In other words, all our grandparents, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters, etc. from all lifetimes for always and since always.

The Omitakoyasin are the gathering together circle of all humanity. Omitakoyasin are all of our Tungashilah. They are the spirits of all ancestors of all humans on this planet since always and for always. Therefore, anyone you meet in your world, you have dreamed them there. Somewhere or in some way, your souls have established an agreement. You are significant to each other’s empowerment in this life and beyond.

It is said that if someone professes to be your enemy, they have forgotten that we are omitakoyasin. We are all related!

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 5 Sacred Humans

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 4 Sacred Animals

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 3 Sacred Plants

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 2 Grandmother Earth

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 1 Grandfather Sun

The Dance of the Twenty Count: An Intro


Shamanic De-Armoring In Seattle Feb 2014

Shamanic De-Armoring In Seattle Feb 2014

As you journey from childhood through adulthood, painful experiences and traumas imprint not only on your psyches but also in the cells of your physical body. This cellular imprinting of pain causes trace minerals in the body to coalesce into metallic bands of “armor”. This “armoring” restricts and blocks the free flow of energy in your body, keeping you in patterned behaviors that produce dysfunction, illness and premature aging.

Your true nature’s spirit, or soul essence, is trapped inside a prison!

Shamanic De-Armoring is an intense healing process that loosens these past pain tapes held within the body, frees and expands the overall life force energy and stimulates vital health and happiness. It is a modernized shamanic technique and ceremony that restores one back to a natural balance. As a result, your life force energy will pulse through your body with greater power and magnitude.

The next 15-day intensive Shamanic De-Armoring workshop is happening this Feb 9 – Feb 23rd in Seattle, Washington!

For more info on what is Shamanic De-Armoring, testimonials and more, click here.

Self-Defense and Healing in Seattle

How does the inner knowing and being of a warrior overlap with that of a healer?  How does knowing healing ways and practices both support and require the mindset of a warrior?

In March the Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge brought in two Black Lodge instructors for a weekend workshop dealing with exactly that question.  The weekend began on Friday with a day-long introductory self-defense class dealing with the ethics and emotional realities of self-defense as well as the practical how-to aspects.  On Saturday participants engaged in an NRA Home Firearm Safety class, in which they learned the essential rules of firearm safety, as well as how to identify and unload various types of firearms.  Then, Saturday evening, the crosstraining between the warrior mindset and healing began.  Mateo Swan, of Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge, took participants through the various mindset, discipline and training connections, and then everyone began preparations for a healing ceremony, which took place Sunday morning.

“Excellent course.”
“Great that the instructors were so encouraging, understanding and supportive.”

A total of 17 people participated in the weekend in Seattle.

Upcoming events at the Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge include monthly classes in Portland and teaching weekends in Seattle, as well as a vision quest week in August and a Quodoushka in October.  For more information, contact Mateo Swan and Martha Iosbaker at

You can find more information about Black Lodge, the physical health and skills development aspect of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, and about the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path healing paradigm, at the DTMMS web site 

Healing in the Sweet Medicine SunDance Way

When someone talks about “healing,” what do you think of?  Recovering from a cold? Curing disease? Getting better after surgery? 

In the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path healing paradigm, the healed, or healthy, person is not just someone whose body is free from disease. True health encompasses our emotions, mind, spirit, and sexuality as well as our body. When we speak of healing, we mean coming into balance in all our aspects as well as with the natural world, into alignment with Sacred Law, and into alignment with one’s true self.

The Sweet Medicine Sundance Path healing paradigm is a shamanic way of approaching healing.  However, it is not a “traditional” way: it incorporates knowledge from several shamanic paths as well as western science.  It is a multifaceted approach to healing that addresses all aspects of us as humans: emotional, mental, spiritual, and sexual/soul force as well as the physical. 

Some of the basic premises in this healing paradigm are:

  • Each of us heals himself or herself – no one else can do it for us. This requires taking responsibility for our own healing (and our own lives!).
  • We heal through proper balance and alignment.
  • Disease and illness are teachers that we call in to learn some particular thing.  Understanding this, and where we are in our pattern of learning, is critical to our healing.
  • Healing can take other forms than the return of the physical body to health.

Our path offers a variety of techniques and ceremonies for those who desire healing.  Training in our healing paradigm is part of years 3 and 4 of the Red Lodge Longhouse program.  Both are available in a variety of locations around the world.

Visit the DTMMS web site for more information about our healing paradigm, or contact the DTMMS office or the Phoenix healing team.

Home Lodge of the Uncommon Warrior – in Phoenix AZ

Warrior Spirit Lodge, the home lodge of DTMMS in Phoenix AZ

Warrior Spirit Lodge in Phoenix AZ USA

Today we are highlighting the so-called “home lodge” of the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society: the Warrior Spirit Lodge in Phoenix AZ USA.

Warrior Spirit Lodge is called the home lodge of DTMMS because is is the teaching lodge affiliated with our mother lodge, our Center in Scottsdale.

Community – Teachings – Ceremony

The Warrior Spirit Lodge presents teachings and ceremonies of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, addressing topics including our physical and energy bodies, balance and alignment, dealing with blocks to growth and maturity, rites of passage, and healing .  These teachings, ceremonies, and spiritual practices feed the uncommon warrior in each of us who strives for excellence.

Warrior Spirit Lodge offers classes, ceremonial experiences and events in the Scottsdale, AZ area for adults and families, including special events for children.  Visit the Warrior Spirit Lodge meetup for information about events and what people are saying about them!

Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society: Our Offerings

Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society is a worldwide organization that was founded on the teachings of the Sweet Medicine SunDance path (SMSD).

We offer a variety of resources including study groups and lodges, longhouses, community ceremonies, rites of passage ceremonies, physical mastery, complementary healing ways.

Many people first encounter the SMSD path through our study groups and lodges.   These are often small, intimate groups where the wheels and keys are presented in ways highly relevant to daily life in community.  Our study groups and lodges can be found in 15 countries around the world, and in 20 states in the US.

Our Red Lodge Longhouse program is a 4-year structured program taking students through the first 3 ceremonial gateways, with in-depth associated teachings.  Each year of this program features 6 weekend sessions filled with teachings, hands-on applications, and ceremony; and in addition a ceremonial week-long event in nature. 

Study groups, lodges, and our mother lodge offer community ceremonies for all who wish to participate. 

One of our primary goals is to bring Rites of Passage back to the people – that is, to all of us.  In Europe these ceremonies have been offered for many years in the Earth Lodge programs in Germany and Italy.  We are currently working to bring a similar program to the US. 

The SMSD path encompasses all aspects of our being, including the physical; and developing physical mastery is an integral part of our gateway process.  We offer martial arts training through the Ten No Kishi Dojo, headed by our founder SwiftDeer.  In addition, students are encouraged to explore other disciplines and types of physical mastery.

In the SMSD healing paradigm, the healed, or healthy, person is not just someone whose body is free from disease. True health encompasses our emotions, mind, spirit, and sexuality as well as our body. When we speak of healing, we mean coming into balance in all our aspects as well as with the natural world, into alignment with Sacred Law, and into alignment with one’s true self.  This paradigm seeks to get at spiritual cause, not just at fixing symptoms.  Healing paradigm teachings and ceremonies are available in many lodge locations.

For more information on any of our programs, contact the main DTMMS office at, or the study group or lodge closest to you.