Toby Christensen My Adventure To Burkina Faso Part III

//Toby Christensen My Adventure To Burkina Faso Part III

Toby Christensen My Adventure To Burkina Faso Part III

The Tribal Gathering

The Tribal Gathering

This part of the journey, resulted in a time of great reconnection. Reconnection to the people that I had met before, and reconnection to new shining faces, to the  youth that will be the next generation to carry on the ancient wisdom of Dagara. As we walked through the countryside it was apparent that although things had changed radically and modernity has left its footprint, there was also an aspect of ancientness that continues to flourish. As we were waiting for one of the shamans I looked out on the road and saw the women carrying wood and water in the traditional way. They have this interesting way of wrapping a piece of cloth into a circular shape, placing it on the very top of their head and then precariously balancing heavy loads on the top of their heads as they walk sometimes for miles to go from the place where they draw the water, or finder wood to their homes.

Tribal Woman taking wood home for cooking fires

Woman Carrying Wood

Bringing water from the well

Woman Bringing water home

One of the rituals that we did required going into the shaman’s cave. These caves are not necessarily caves carved into stone but compartments within a compound that are secluded, private, and very sacred. As I entered the Kontumble diviner’s sacred area, there was an amazing shrine that was set up for his medicine.  I could feel the change in temperature as I entered this place. Cool, calm and at the same time a thickness in the air that was very  “otherworldly”. We did ritual, asking for help, calling upon the power of otherworldly beings to assist us on our human journey. As usual there was the sacrifice involved. No matter how many times I’m involved in these rituals it never seems to be a comfortable place to watch an animal give its life on behalf of of me or a loved one. The thing that makes it at least a little more palatable is the reality that the children will eat that night and the sacrifice is providing the nourishment for them.

Shaman's Den

Shaman's Den

After the ritual, the music came on and there was a beautiful night of celebration! As the children danced, the energy in the compound became electrified with their freedom and innocence. I noticed in some of the pictures as the evening went on more and more visitors from the other world made their presence known.

Children dancing with the Ancestors

Children dancing with the Ancestors

One of the things that became very obvious on this trip is that even though  modernity has infiltrated  much of tribal life there is still a very thin veil between ordinary and non-ordinary worlds. it’s kind of funny to see a tribes person dressed in traditional tribal outfit riding a bike, and talking on a cell phone! Burkina Faso has gone from no phones to cell phones. And it’s really wild to see some of the old men, who you would never think would be connected in such a modern way,  pull a cell phone out of their pocket and talk to someone in the neighboring village. What a mix. Roots meets the Matrix!

As night fell, the children danced, the ancestors blessed us with their presence, and the night ended. It was such an amazing experience to return to this land where so little is required and so much is given. I am looking forward to my return. Hopefully it will be very soon.

By |2016-11-10T10:01:39+00:00February 3rd, 2011|Indigenous Traditions|9 Comments

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Toby Christensen is a recognized expert and innovator in the field of therapeutic drumming and music. “Change Your Rhythm and Change Your Life” is the foundation of his therapies, his teachings and his music.


  1. Deb Pascus February 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    “Connection.” Your connection with the Dagara will continue as you continue your journey sharing with others. The “oneness” of it all is amazing, eh?

    • toby_christensen February 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you Deb! I will be bringing some cool new teachings to the DC area at the end of February! Looking forward to seeing you.

  2. Lynda Maenius February 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Toby,
    I keep being drawn to the photos of your workshops in Hawaii. In this second photo, above, am I just seeing the orbs — or, did they actually appear in the photo? Take care, Travlin Man, and keep drummin!

    • toby_christensen February 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      I noticed them too. Must be some otherworldly folks ready to greet us with Aloha!

    • toby_christensen February 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      BTW will you be joining us this year? I will be a BLAST!!

  3. Lynda Maenius February 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    You are reading the Alohas in my mind. If I could walk out my front door now, I would be in Kauai, July 13-19! I’ve got some inner work to do. BTW is trying to clear Chakra herself, and I realize that I need assistance. Hopefully, we can talk sometime.
    I have been checking airlines …. Workshop payment is ready (because I want a special djembe :):) …) Again, I don’t know what the future holds. I know that it will be a BLAST!

    • toby_christensen February 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      So glad to hear you will be joining us! I was there last week making arrangements for some special treats for us!! send me a message on FB and we can talk about the clearing.

  4. Lynda Maenius February 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Read again, Travlin’ Man — Are you using Positive Affirmations? I said I didn’t know what the future held. I’m doing some inner work on it.

    “I am…
    ” will…
    “I am…

    • toby_christensen February 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      You are keen on metaphysics, the future holds what we create today with intention and action! I’m sure you have some dolphins just waiting to hang with you!! See you in Hawaii! 😉

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