The history of Quodoushka
The tools, practices and wisdom of modern-day Quodoushka have evolved out of Chuluaqui Quodoushka – a set of ancient shamanic teachings that formed one component of a much larger body of Native American teachings called the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path.
For generations, the teachings of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path have been gathered, developed and passed down orally by members of the Twisted Hairs Metis Medicine Society Council of Elders. Originally established in 1250BC as the Rattlesnake School of Turtle Island, the Twisted Hairs Metis Medicine Society Council of Elders was a group of shamans, medicine men and women, sorcerers and magicians from many tribes throughout North, Central and South America, who travelled and studied beyond their traditional tribal boundaries. What united this diverse group of individuals, giving them their name, was their propensity to take knowledge – symbolised by ‘hair’ – from many sources and ‘twist’ or weave it together into ‘braids of truth’. Over the centuries, these ‘braids’ of knowledge were tried and tested by generations of Elders. Those found to be valid and in alignment with sacred law were retained and absorbed into the ever-growing body of knowledge. Those that did not hold up over time were discarded. The result was a body of ancient teachings of considerable wisdom, power and knowledge that had stood the test of time.
Following the Spanish conquest of large portions of Central and South America and the invasion of Europeans into North America during the 16th century, it was necessary for the Twisted Hairs Council of Elders to take their teachings and knowledge ‘underground’ to protect them from being misused, perverted or destroyed by the Christian colonisers.
In 1975, however, witnessing the increasing destruction of the Earth and seeing both the need and readiness within the collective, the Elders decided to again release the first of many Wheels and Keys of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path so that the teachings would be available to anyone seeking personal growth and spiritual awakening.
One of those who discovered these teachings was Harley SwiftDeer Reagan – a North American who was studying to become a therapist in California. In 1978, during a class on male orgasms, Reagan decided to share some of the information he had learned from the sexual teachings of the SunDance Path – the Chuluaqui Quodoushka teachings. As a result of this, Reagan was asked to present to others who were studying to become doctors and counsellors. The work that Reagan subsequently presented came to form the foundations of the Quodoushka programme of today.
In the years since Reagan’s first workshops, the Quodoushka work has continued to evolve and grow as new generations of people have come to embrace its teachings. The development of the work has been overseen by the Twisted Hair Metis Medicine Society Council of Elders, who designated Reagan as one of the Carriers of the Shields of Knowledge of the SunDance Path. They have supported Reagan in developing Quodoushka, recognizing how urgently people in the West need teachings of freedom and self-responsibility in relation to sexuality.
In 1986, Reagan set up a not-for-profit organisation called the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society to preserve and share the teachings and ceremonies of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path. The organisation has more than 100 branches and affiliates in 11 countries. As part of its work, the Deer Tribe produces publications, provides rigorous training of Quodoushka teachers and ceremonialists, ensures the continuing integrity of the Quodoushka teachings and sponsors a wide variety of personal growth workshops and training, such as the Red Lodge Longhouse, Rites of Passage ceremonies and physical discipline training.
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