By Olympic Skier Suzy Chaffee
Danielle Pelham (U.S. Chickasaw Tribe) winning the 2009 Taekwondo World Championships. Including her in the London Olympics could be a powerful symbolic healing to help ensure a wonderful Games and future of snowsports.
We are in the home stretch of this pivotal 2012, where our actions each day can shift prophesies and keep extending the longevity of snow sports, especially through the London Olympics and the power of gratitude to Mother Earth through the tribes.
The beautiful example is Tahoe Olympians and locals this January 15 honoring the descendants of the Washoe-Paiute-Shoshone dancers for saving the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics with a snowdance. That gesture inspired the dancers to then lead another snowdance that inspired five feet of snow, which ended their worst snow drought in 130 years!
The 2002 the Utah Tribal Elders led a snowdance that also restored snow to their Games so that athletes who have trained their whole lives could have their Olympic Dreams.
While most people are focused on London and Sochi’s individual Olympic events, some ask, what could we do to give back for our Native Americans besides inviting local tribes to share the joy of skiing and snowboarding? One simple thing that could heal their hearts is including one Native American in the London Olympics.
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