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Episode 70: Robert and Terri TallTree On Finding Balance For Conservationists Living In Challenging Times

Robert and Terri TallTree

Robert and Terri TallTree

Intro music: Native American Flute “Welcome Song” by Robert TallTree

Outro Music: “Healing Song” by Robert TallTree

About Robert and Terri TallTree

Robert and Terri TallTree are spiritual leaders to a great many people around the world. Robert is a direct lineal descendent of Black Elk of the Swan Creek Black River Band of Chippewa Indians of Michigan. Multi-talented and boundlessly energetic, TallTree appears to have found his own balance through numerous outlets, not just as a professional speaker, but in the arts as well. An accomplished flautist, Robert was nominated for the prestigious Native American Music Awards. He is also an author, business owner, and former elected Chief of the Lone Feather Indian Council of Colorado Springs.

Terri TallTree has used her skill in identifying and motivating human potential to create and develop innovative training programs in a wide variety of fields. She was presented a Humanitarian Award for outstanding contributions in developing programs for children with asthma. After 25 years in the corporate world, Terri now focuses on empowering people to live with purpose and vision in their professional and personal lives. A singer/songwriter and international recording artist, it’s been said “she has the voice of an angel”; “her voice is a gift which she uses with humility and grace.”

  • River personhood – sentient being
  • The feather nation, the swimmers, the crawlers, we are all interdependent.
  • Staying grounded when you’re bombarded by tough issues and the daily modern grind
  • Creating peace in whatever space you’re provided – taking the forest with you
  • Music as prayer
  • Getting back to balance, lead with your heart, staying connected
  • An Ojibwe prayer for Earth
Extra Credit

Chief Robert TallTree’s “Healing Song”


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2 years ago

Hi, Jack and Robert and Terri, if you read this.
This response to you is to help other listeners by pointing toward what Ojibwe call Gitchi Manitou, which let’s translate for now as the Great Wind.

Yesterday i was watching a group blown together as you see the autumn leaves and the co
spring seeds that gather for moments to fertilize or root, or sometimes blow away again.

Your grandmother and mine, and people nearly half the world’s walk away, said, if you remember, that the Great Wind carries us across the sky. These people had gathered to speak about wolf, whose name in another language where i was born at the meeting of rivers and peoples, is Dog of the Great Wind, translating in just one way what every Wolf is to do.

Blown once to a vast place that long walk away to work with a couple whose purpose was to listen and then tell what they found, Medicine Persons who answered some questions kindly about signs , then told the funny teaching stories, that were so much like one or two that Ojibwe tell, that it knocked the wind out of me.

They tell of the earth’s three places to hunt, the sky, unknowable to our kind; the earth where we live like most of the familiar plants and animals; and the under-earth, where the roots of things, the past and future, is visited by some.

The stories are for night and winter – where and what the Wolf knows most well, so i just want to remind the listeners that the Wind is what we all share, breathe; the stirrer, sender, receiver. Or, is it the Wind who stirs, sends, shares, brings us, for reasons of each?

The program began with the calls using Wind by the-Great-dog-who-runs-like-Wind, and then your own breath-song.

It seems hard to live in between this and the cut-off from breathing problem loked at in your talk.
A Great Wind mixes us, and it mixes us with all others, for reasons of those meetings.

It is the others with whom we are meant to be kind. Then nothing is harsh.
Pay attention to what the Wind brings, teaches constantly the Wolf. The Wind is just the carrier, carrier of the generosity. To give attention to the Wind instead is to be cold, as if scolded by it.
The Wind excites the Wolf, because of what it brings. That is the message.

Just that, for you, carried by something accumulated then dispersed. A gift from some others, both right next to you, and very far.

10 months ago

Thanks & Thanks & Thanks Robert and Terri

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