Martin Heavy Head, a member of the Kainai Nation, shared a story this week that's making a lot of people think about the way they create things; specifically, where their inspiration comes from.
Heavy Head's story of an elder and his songs seems to resonate with everyone who reads it.
An Old Man from our Tribe had gotten sick and was in a coma. He wrote a lot of powwow songs his whole life. His s… https://t.co/s6BONt38EN— Martin Heavy Head (@Martin Heavy Head) 1548534043.0
So anyway, he had fallen ill, and his Family was around him. While he was in a coma, he was dreaming. He was in dar… https://t.co/cZLvfDUuUB— Martin Heavy Head (@Martin Heavy Head) 1548534112.0
There were hundreds of them swimming around him and one came close to him, and said "Sing me! I'll help you!" and i… https://t.co/bnShVxJ3P1— Martin Heavy Head (@Martin Heavy Head) 1548534157.0
He came out of the coma singing that song while his Family was all around him. He told them what happened right then. lol— Martin Heavy Head (@Martin Heavy Head) 1548534184.0
Next, Martin shares his reason for telling the story.
i wanted to tell that story because it makes me think of what we create, and what stays. What we bring into the wor… https://t.co/bcQQhVeYVa— Martin Heavy Head (@Martin Heavy Head) 1548534317.0
I think that thoughts and creations are out there waiting for the right person to bring them into the world. The id… https://t.co/Y9n9d9YGr3— Martin Heavy Head (@Martin Heavy Head) 1548534367.0
Regardless of that, what we create remains. Someone will sing our songs after we're gone. Read our words. View our… https://t.co/N2mE8KLZF9— Martin Heavy Head (@Martin Heavy Head) 1548534439.0
Then the tweet that had everyone thinking.
Can it live, and bring you out of the darkness?— Martin Heavy Head (@Martin Heavy Head) 1548534454.0
People's reactions ranged from thankful and ponderous...
When you didn’t realize you needed a thread... but then it goes ahead and does it anyway 😩🔥❤️ #NativeTwitter https://t.co/XHKwU1L30x— Lost Bird (@Lost Bird) 1548534574.0
Beautiful. Good thread. I am going to logoff and sit with this. Blessings. https://t.co/UXEGgwCVOc— Miss Jonesey (@Miss Jonesey) 1548545344.0
Well this is exactly what I needed to read right now. Thank you. Sharing for those who need to read it too. https://t.co/yNQYsMVkaZ— Emily Klassen (@Emily Klassen) 1548541648.0
@bertrand_boily His songs are sung at every Powwow. People don't even realize they're singing one of them. His son… https://t.co/adFrJGismF— Martin Heavy Head (@Martin Heavy Head) 1548543255.0
@mheavyhead 6 am, United states..reading this at a perfect time in my life where I really need to think about if Im… https://t.co/JhNIcfyFsz— 🌘moonbean🌱 (@🌘moonbean🌱) 1548674018.0
@mheavyhead Powerful story about creativity, compassion and the healing power of dreams. Much appreciated, sir. Really.— Bob Rich (@Bob Rich) 1548585042.0
...to hopeful and reminiscent.
@mheavyhead My art is one of the things that helped me survive when I was in the darkest part of my life. It helped… https://t.co/Sgbxg3aAxN— Sylvía Drekisdóttir (@Sylvía Drekisdóttir) 1548536940.0
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Does what you create live; does it come from the best parts of you?