Schofield health clinic honors, celebrates Native American traditions
December 11, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Staff at U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks were treated to an array of talents during its Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month observance, Nov. 29, here.
The key speaker, Dr. David "Flying with Eagles" Bevett, an Army Substance Abuse Program counselor, was accompanied by his son, and four other Native Americans who represented their nations during the ceremony.
During his address, Bevett lead with the Mayan calendar as he connected the renewal of Earth and ourselves. His focus penetrated the spirit of the American Soldier as he addressed the readiness of the mind, body and spirit to carry on the missions ahead.
During a personal interview, Bevett returned to his focus of the importance of physical, spiritual, and inner strength along with the need of flexibility.
He shared the idea that there are two types of warriors; positive and negative. Bevett believes if Soldiers were encouraged to, and encouraged each other to be a positive warrior, our morale as a complete service would lift.
"(If we're positive warriors), morale may lift and people just might be happier," Bevett said.
Dressed in his ceremonial regalia, Bevett was pleased to be able to dance with his youngest son, Kai Akiyama-Bevett , 5, and sharing their culture with those in attendance at the observance.
Hawaii resident, veteran and registered Native American, David Long, was also on hand as the group elder.
"The ceremony honored who we are, our ancestors, and the creator … and that's why we dance," Long said. "The drum has always been our heart beat, and that's what we try to bring to people."
He also urged people to seek their native heritage and submit for registration if applicable.
According to the National Archives, Americans began recognizing and observing Native Americans in 1916. In 1976, U.S. Senate Joint Resolution 209 authorized the president to proclaim the week of October 10-16 an official observance. Then, in 1990, President George H. Bush designated November to be National American Indian Month.
We currently observe the month of November as American Indian and Alaska Native History Month.