“…Thou seest how black darkness is enshrouding all regions, how all countries are burning with the flame of dissension, and the fire of war and carnage is blazing throughout the East and the West…”
I have created a performance entitled PROPHECY that talks about this time, by incorporating Native American dancing, songs, storytelling, poems, audio visuals and computer generated visuals. This is an excerpt from PROPHECY:
We as humanity are at a turning point, that our choices today will determine the future course of civilization. Our prophecies have instructed us to travel out into the world and speak of the dangers we face. Our ancestral voices are important for us to hear because they speak from the hearts to remain true to live in the way of unity in diversity, establishing harmony with one another and with all living things.
Soon the whole world, as in springtime, will change its garb. The turning and falling of the autumn leaves is past; the bleakness of the winter time is over. The new year hath appeared and the spiritual springtime is at hand. The black earth is becoming a verdant garden; the deserts and mountains are teeming with red flowers; from the borders of the wilderness the tall grasses are standing like advance guards before the cypress and jessamine trees; while the birds are singing among the rose branches like the angels in the highest heavens, announcing the glad-tidings of the approach of that spiritual spring, and the sweet music of their voices is causing the real essence of all things to move and quiver.
Let us shed our thoughts of old, let us reinvigorate ourselves, let us forgive, let us become this greater humanity foretold to us, let us dance together as one under the branches of the lote-tree (the tree which there is no passing), that “then again will the tree of humanity blossom and bring forth the fruit of righteousness for the healing of nations.” We all have a part to play in making this prophecy come true. We can choose to make it happen now or be forced to make it happen.
By Roman Orona
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Roman Orona (ish hish itsaatsu is his Apache name meaning “One Who Dances With/Like Eagles”) is an internationally acclaimed dancer, singer, song-writer, actor, lecturer and craftsman. His work is often noted for its unique blend of power, passion and inspiration. Roman is Apache (Chiricahua, Jicarilla and Lipan), Pueblo (Taos and Isleta) and Yaqui. It was from his deep family roots that Roman learned his extensive foundation in his faith, values, traditions, and native culture in which he works extensively in preserving. Roman maintains a consistent dedication in all his work. His goal is to teach balance in all aspects of life, world peace, equality of men and women, environmental and cultural preservation, racial equality and the abandonment of all forms of prejudice. Roman works to illustrate all individuals are related through the common thread humanity. In being human, Roman says, “We all have a responsibility to each other, for each other, for the betterment of all human kind.” In 2016, Roman was awarded the Best Male Vocalist Award at the Native American Music Awards (NAMMY’s). He has also started a video project to promote unity of humanity called #iamHUMAN.