The Water Bird
is used by the Indians a great deal
in the Peyote ceremonial meetings
with prayers, with
good thoughts to the Great Spirit for peace and guidance
for our tribes. The use in meetings of the the feathers of
Bird is because of the Water Bird's swiftness;
their feathers are also
used for the sick.
The Kiowas go to the Peyote meetings to pray all night
and to sing. At midnight the chief of the meeting has
of water, because water is life. Dry cedar is
put on the coals at midnight
for prayer then.
This is because cedar is made by a great God and is
evergreen. Peyote is taken green or as juice, for
Water Bird picture of Monroe Tsa Toke
is the Water Bird of the earth
and the great above.
Members of the Kiowa tribe
Tsa Toke gives a similar description of the Water
bird as a messenger
"between the earth and the greats."
This was his last painting.