Trail of mending: Native American horse ride through Kansas City

Chief Black Spotted Horse and Joy Ellsworth discuss their May 23-29 “Trail of Mending: Journey to remember all histories through Kansas City”.

Izzy “Black Spotted Horse” Zephier, a Yankton Clan Chief, has conferred with spiritual leaders from around the world. He is descended from Black Elk (of “Black Elk Speaks”) and Chief Iron Wing, who rode with Crazy Horse, one of the greatest Lakota warriors. Chief Izzy began his spiritual path in 1967. Many extraordinary experiences have helped him find his destiny.

Joy Ellsworth is President of the Board of Clement Waters, an organization that works to “elevate healing spaces by restoring a cooperative balance between humanity and nature to empower us all.” She is also Development Director of Metropolitan Energy Center, which has worked since 1983 to provide resources, outreach, and training to make alternative fuels and energy efficiency commonplace.

They begin the physical and spiritual journey called the “Trail of Mending” on May 23 at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park and end six days later at KC Farm School at Gibbs Road Farm in KCK. During segments of the journey, some ride horseback, some walk, some drive wheelchair, some bike. Others bring stories, song and prayer to historic sites and monuments. Others bring cultural dishes to feed the travelers. One goal is to bring awareness that historic sites and monuments have different meanings for people of different family backgrounds. Another goal is to help those hurt from forgotten or ignored histories to achieve desired visibility and mainstream relevance in order to build hope of atonement, reconciliation and future forward motion in a diverse society.

Copyleft 2023 Izzy Zephier, Joy Ellsworth, and Spencer Graves, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) 4.0 international license.

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