Yuwipi is for finding things as well as people, it is for healing and directing spirits. Known as a Night Sing, invocation songs are sung in a darkened room to call upon the help of woodland spirits. Fairies, little people, stone spirits, and animals arrive creating an almost indescribable situation. This ritual is a profound experience of spiritual beings manifesting into the physical.
Thought by anthropologists to have originated in Siberia thousands of years ago, the Yuwipi Ceremony may have taken on different names such as the Tent Shaking Rite among the Anishinaabe tribe of Canada and midwestern United States. The elements of this ritual may vary slightly from region to region but one thing is for sure is that it is the epitome of what one may call “Shamanism”. With origins predating Patriarchal society as we now know it, there is no question that our ancestors who were a part of the Yuwipi were indeed worshippers of Goddess Centered cultures. Carved stone and ivory figures of the Mother were most likely a part of this ceremony in years past.
The Yuwipi ritual is part of a trinity of rights, Yuwipi, Sweat lodge and Vision Quest. After performing a sweat lodge, the rite begins in a room in which all lights can be extinguished. The leader or Yuwipi man is bound within a quilt and laid face down in the center of the room, (Yuwipi means they tie him up). The room is plunged into total darkness as the lead singer begins to drum and sing with great enthusiasm. In the darkness the spirits play the rattles and untie the leader.
The lights are turned on and the Yuwipi man narrates the events of the ceremony and the sacred Canupa is passed round. This all takes about four to six hours and is an evening event which is followed by a potluck. The Yuwipi is an important Ceremonial that we are excited to experience and support with The Singing Stone community as other leaders offering this healing ceremony.
We believe in the night sing, the power of Inyan the stone, the miraculous healing power of the ancestors and the sacred songs. We believe in the Wiwila Little people, animal spirits, and the various other Tunkasila (spirits). We believe in the emptiness of the Medicine Man as a hollow bone for the spirits’ work.
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Buffalo Goddess supports the Yuwipi Ceremony by offering specific songs to learn in the Lakota language. The songs to be sung in a set vary from one medicine person to another. Visit the SONGS section of the SHOP to find our Yuwipi set used with The Singing Stone.