There are times when we find ourselves in a naturally generated altered state of consciousness. While we are in that place, our experience of being alive is full and we often feel our spiritual connection to all of life. The intentional entry into that space is ceremony, which has specific purpose. Some of those purposes are for protection, healing, honoring, meditation, and praying. This weekend our people, the Gwich'in, celebrated the continuation of our way of life, living from the land, maintaining our relationship with the caribou, carrying our language and cultural practices, and honoring the unity among our nation. We made prayers with our ancestral songs. Our spirits were lifted. We are thankful for all that we have been blessed with in our lands.