GENEROSITY & LOVE IN ACTION
JoAngelo and Clyde Hall at the temporary NCPC Office — Photo: Kwai Lam
by Deb Bickford
I find it quite encouraging and an honor to witness how vision manifests and grows over time. It seems important to share these types of experiences as it provides an opportunity to witness the kindness of others, to feel included in the synergetic action. It also provides examples of generosity and love, those things that are at the center of the Dance itself, to energize all our souls.
As detailed in a previous newsletter, Clyde had to move from his office at the Corner Merc after the business was sold. It was a space he had occupied for 26 years, and was the headquarters for the NCPC. The Board approved Clyde’s recommendation of purchasing and moving a small building next to his home to serve as the NCPC office. With the arrival of the small building the structural needs of electricity, insulation, and winter heating began to be addressed.
By June the vision for Clyde’s new office began to take a different path. Clyde asked Badger – a long time dancer and Master Carpenter responsible for the Elder Cabins in Wolf Creek – to help complete the project. As we can all testify from our Dance, Clyde knows how to dream big, but in his own life Clyde decided to live out his life at his modest home on the reservation rather than make a costly move elsewhere. Badger had a bigger vision for Clyde, and together they developed architectural plans to serve Clyde’s diverse needs, making sure the new structure would be able to fit comfortably next to his home that he shares with his mother.
Badger sent the newly proposed draft for us on the NCPC Board to review. We were astounded to hear that Badger offered to build the space for Clyde as a gift to our Dance Chief, and only wanted to be reimbursed for building materials. We were touched by the beauty and the simplicity of Badger’s designs. We realized that the original office was too small by itself, but would work well with Badger’s additions as a long-term solution, especially since Clyde was committed to remaining on the reservation.
The Next Dance
It is time once again to dance in Montana! We dance and sing the songs of the Ancestors brought to us by our Dance leaders — for renewal and healing. As we hold hands around the Tree we empower ourselves and each other through prayer. In this way we offer a place of light, love, and peace in our ever-changing world. Come for renewal and brighten the light for all beings!
It seems important to share these types of experiences as it provides an opportunity to witness the kindness of others, to feel included in the synergetic action. It also provides examples of generosity and love, those things that are at the center of the Dance itself, to energize all our souls.
The NCPC Board has unanimously decided that Badger’s expanded plans on behalf of Clyde was something we all needed to do, and with your generous contributions we can make this happen together! Clyde has given so much to all of us. We needed to take this opportunity to give and provide something that will bring him joy and comfort for the rest of his life.
Naraya Cultural Preservation Council