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Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:12:14 am »
Who's interested in gathering on Brokenback to pay our respects and perform the last wishes for John Trudell? The July 4th weekend has been suggested. July 4 is on a Thursday, and it is the traditional date of the Ten Sleep Rodeo, an old-time small-town rodeo such as Jack would have participated in. The actual date is up to leader Dana, but I'm just trying to take the temperature of interest here.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 11:32:50 am »
I won't be able to make it.   :(

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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019, 11:55:57 am »
Who's interested in gathering on Brokenback to pay our respects and perform the last wishes for John Trudell? The July 4th weekend has been suggested. July 4 is on a Thursday, and it is the traditional date of the Ten Sleep Rodeo, an old-time small-town rodeo such as Jack would have participated in. The actual date is up to leader Dana, but I'm just trying to take the temperature of interest here.

I would love to get back to Wyoming again (hell, I'd settle for Colorado), but even when I am present to support the grieving, I feel weird and uncomfortable at funerals/memorials/etc. for people I did not know. It feels like intruding.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2019, 09:51:22 am »
I'm going to try to finalize accommodations for the Wyoming trip today. It looks like folks will stay at some new cabins just south of Ten Sleep on July 3-4, within walking distance of the rodeo. Then, we have tent camping planned for the 5th on or near Brokenback. We taking a suite at the Occidental Hotel in downtown Buffalo for the 6-7th. Then, back to Denver. Attendees so far are Larry (Oregondoggie), Dana, Lynne, me, and Adam. There is room for one or two more.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2019, 07:50:29 pm »
Well, we've made reservations for everyone and there is a comfortable range of accomodations from tents to cabins to motel rooms. It's going to be great!
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2019, 07:41:36 am »
We're starting our family vacation on July 5th.
I'll be thinking of John and y'all.

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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2019, 12:20:25 pm »
Well, I'm so glad we didn't plan this ceremony for Memorial Day! Less than a week until it, and we have 8" of new snow in Denver! Can't imagine what it's like 200 miles north in the Big Horn Mountains!! John's ashes are on their way to Dana and Adam and I have firm plans to leave Denver on June 27 and make our way in a large clockwise circle through the mountains and Utah and then up into Wyoming to Ten Sleep, with a quick jaunt through Yellowstone. On the 5th, after the ceremony, we'll hop over to Buffalo and stay 2 nights at the Occidental Hotel, then back to Denver on the 7th. I'm still not sure if Lynne and Oregondoggie will join us for the 3rd-5th.  :-\
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2019, 08:57:42 pm »
Tomorrow is the day we leave for parts west and north! Please go with us in spirit because some mountain passes are still closed due to snow. And, it's not too late to join us. . .it looks like there will be more sleeping spaces than we need!
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2019, 10:17:17 pm »
I’ll be with you all in spirit.

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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2019, 01:02:23 pm »
Thank you Paul and I know the rest of you will be too. We might video parts of it.

Signing off now but I'll come back online probably tomorrow morning. Being offline is hard for me, but my traveling companions will be miffed if I stare at my phone. Ciao!
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2019, 06:50:50 pm »
Yeah, I'll be with you in spirit too.

And thank you and your travel companions for doing this for John and for all of us.

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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2019, 03:39:08 pm »
Thinking of John and you all today. It's good to know he'll rest up there on Brokenback. Thanks for seeing him home  :-*
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2019, 12:07:19 am »
New items in the cache, topped by a bouquet for John.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2019, 09:41:48 am »
Frasera speciosa, Monument Plant, lives for 20 years but only flowers once before it dies. It was blooming for John Trudell up on Brokenback Mountain (with Cloud Peak in the distance).
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2019, 11:34:55 pm »
So, when we went up on Brokenback on July 5, the weather was really poor, spitting rain and almost snow. The temperature was close to freezing. We wandered about, trying to figure out if things would get better or worse. But the weather did improve slightly so we went ahead with the ceremony. The sun even came out for a few minutes as we were tossing the ashes. I began by talking about our community, our family, and how we were all together on Brokenback, our spiritual home. We rededicated the resting places of Jackie, Rodney, and Shadow. We bid their souls to welcome and embrace our departed brother, John Trudell. Then, we unpacked the ashes from the wooden box Dana had provided. Each one of us said a message to John or an anecdote about John before tossing a handful of ashes. At the end, EDelMar tossed the last of the ashes, while I tossed the pine cones that Larry (Oregondoggie) had sent that he had collected at the tent site. Then, we went over to where the cache was in the split rock, and read all the letters and poems that y'all had sent. We then sang "Meet Me on the Mountain", had a swig of whiskey and a smoke, and put everything in the cache. It was a very memorable time, that old cold time on the mountain.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2019, 11:46:56 pm »
Thank you all.

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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2019, 07:51:37 am »
Meryl sent this prayer scarf and Dana and I marveled at the clues to our story and film.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2019, 07:52:44 am »
Sending John's ashes into the bitter, euphoric air.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2019, 06:59:47 pm »
We read aloud all the letters and poems you sent.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2019, 07:00:46 pm »
We finished by singing "Meet Me on the Mountain."
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2019, 07:01:56 pm »
More scenes from the tossing.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2019, 07:03:14 pm »
Goodbye, John. God rest.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2019, 07:04:09 pm »
The last toss was with the pine cones from the tent site that Larry sent.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2019, 07:26:07 pm »
Looks wonderful.  You did John proud!!!


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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2019, 07:53:05 pm »
Dear Lee, Dana and Adam,

Thank you so much for these wonderful pictures and your report. It gives me joy to see you all on the top of Brokenback and know John's ashes are there for all time. I never expected my little prayer scarf to end up there, but it looks right at home. Lots of love to you all.  :-*

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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2019, 07:15:22 pm »
Meryl, we felt honored to do this for John and y'all. Our friend Gary, who is not a Brokie, but was traveling with us, took the pictures and was moved to tears even though he had never met John. It was not our eloquence at all, but simply a pouring out of love for John and appreciation of all the many caring things he did. I felt a sacred presence there, the spirits who have gone to Brokenback and who long to gather there in community, fellowship, and brotherhood.
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #26 on: July 14, 2019, 07:38:16 pm »
Thank you so much for this moving report and the pictures, Lee!

You all did a wonderful thing for John, on behalf of all of us.

Thank you all!

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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2019, 10:58:46 pm »
Meryl, we felt honored to do this for John and y'all. Our friend Gary, who is not a Brokie, but was traveling with us, took the pictures and was moved to tears even though he had never met John. It was not our eloquence at all, but simply a pouring out of love for John and appreciation of all the many caring things he did. I felt a sacred presence there, the spirits who have gone to Brokenback and who long to gather there in community, fellowship, and brotherhood.

Lee, I'm not surprised Gary was affected. Brokeback has that effect on all of us, and John was such a special Brokie.

I took some pictures of my mementos before I mailed them to Dana, so I'll post them here for the record. I'm so glad to know they found their way home to Brokenback. Thanks, dear buds  :-*

1-Folk art prayer shawl (in the closeups you can see the shirts at the top, one of them the shirt John owned, the other the 2 shirts in the film)
2-An antique harmonica bought in Alberta in 2007 (maybe Paul remembers the name of the town)
3-Various bits collected at the film sites, including cement from the Twist ranch porch (top), a chip of paint from the Rockyford post office (oxidized blue one, bottom), a flattened bottle cap with a maple leaf and stones picked up (I don't remember where)
4-A pine cone, probably from the tent site

   

   
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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #28 on: July 15, 2019, 04:56:01 pm »
Such wonderful mementos, Meryl!  :-*

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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2019, 10:49:49 am »
I got here eventually, you did John proud.

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Re: Up on Brokenback for a memorial to John Trudell
« Reply #30 on: July 22, 2019, 10:57:53 am »
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