River Song for Kira — Native-inspired Song for Gentle Birthing
In Cherokee and/or Cheyenne tradition, women take pregnant mothers to sacred space and ask the unborn child and Creator to bring forth a song for gentle birthing. The mother sings the song to the baby in her belly during pregnancy and again at birth, which comforts the baby and eases the transition from womb to the world. Later in life, when the child is older, and if that child strays and gets into trouble or loses his or her way, the youth is invited back home where the tribe makes a circle around them and sings their birth song in an effort to bring that relative back home to his or her roots, connection and knowing.
During pregnancy, Gentile prayed to ancestors for medicine. She visited a sacred site along the Farmington River in Connecticut for several days over the span of a few weeks, immersed her belly into the river and asked Creator and the unborn baby to bring forth a birth song to help with the trauma that mother and child were enduring throughout pregnancy. River Song For Kira was born. It is a sacred song to be shared.
Above photo of Kira Gentile by Donna Gentile.
Crossing Over — Honor Song to Give Our Loved Ones Wings
When Donna’s father (Fred Gentile) was home on hospice, She prayed to ancestors for medicine to help him change worlds and received a teaching by Tecumseh called “Life Your Life,” which she read to her father. Tecumseh is Shawnee.
In the teaching, Tecumseh states —
“Prepare a noble death song for the day you go over the Great Divide… and sing that song like a hero marching home.”
Gentile told her Dad she would write him such a song. Then realizing the depth of the promise, she prayed to ancestors for medicine. Crossing Over came through just three days before Fred passed, and Donna was able to sing it to him before his Soul took flight. She was also guided by Great Spirit to do a sacred stone ceremony with her Dad in which she instructed him to put medicine for family members into river stones. The Eagle and rock medicine made their way into the song. Crossing Over is an honor song that is meant to give our loved ones wings.
Photo collage of Fred Gentile and Eagle by sister Betsy Gentile.