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3/22/09

Local Native American group predicts future

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With the nation's economy on the decline, many people are wondering what the future holds. One local group says they have a way to predict the year ahead.

Every year a group of descendents the Comanche and Sioux Indian tribes perform a traditionsl ceremony called the Taba'na Yuan'e. Roughly translated it means sunrise winds, and they say the ritual performed at sunrise two days after the Spring equinox tells them how to prepare for the next year.  Early this morning the group looked to Mother Nature for some answers.

Before Post was existed, there was a legend passed down from generation to generation. It traces back to the Native Americans who lived on the South Plains. Every year they would light a fire, perform a ritual, and listen to the wind.  "Depending on what quadrant the wind came out of, it would tell what kind of year to expect for the coming year." said Kenneth LeBlanc who serves as Chief of the group.

If the wind speaks from the Northeast, it means a very, very good year. If it blows from the Southeast, it's very bad. A whisper from the Southwest means a poor forecast, and Northwest is fair.

As Post developed, local residents continued a form of the tradition, and today the Taba'na Yuan'e group still performs the ritual every year. "We are really asking God to come in and bless this circle, and bless these people, and to give us information for the next year, and so you have to do it with a reverence, and it's like a church service to us," said Shirley LeBlanc. 

Members of the group woke up around 4 a.m. to set up before sunrise. Chanting and dancing around a sacred circle, they waited for the sun to come up and the wind to speak. Once the fire started, everyone knew their role, and when the time came, the Chief announced what many already suspected. The wind rushed in from the Southeast, meaning a very bad year. "I suspect this year will be an accurate prediction. I hope not, but I suspect it will be," said the Chief. 

While they may not like the message, the group trusts it. They say it is almost always right, and they believe the wind is God's voice.

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