Yayaat

‘Yayaat’ is the Hopi word: ‘Three Rivers’ won’t disclose the word in his own language… an adept who eats fire, walks on fire, flies, and transports themselves considerable distances… the possessed medicine man, who can become also an animal spirit – ‘Poswimkya’…

All this from our enigmatic Native American friend on his last evening with us, during which he insisted to undergo his own initiation ritual again, “for us”, to thank us for helping him. That’s sticking his proudest possession, his hunting knife, deep into his abdomen… he says he was told to do this by his own spirit companion, a prairie dog. This ‘presence’ is strongest for him when he is hungry: fasting improves the ‘vision’ or experience of such ‘medicine animals’…

When I first wrote of ‘3R’ here, a correspondent from Canada asked me lots of questions and suggested that he was a Shaman. I’m still not sure if that’s true, or even if I understand what it exactly means.

Whatever. Our delight to help a fellow gay who had been thrown out his own community because of that is enough. He’s off to the north, to Kentucky, to find work with horses. I guess that’s predictable for a ‘Red Indian’: Dane and Leon have taken him as far as Lexington on Sunday night, and have contacts amongst the many horse ranches nearby. He has a few more possessions than he had when he arrived (that was just a pair of cut-off jeans and his knife!), including evidence of his own identity which was rescued for him by Chad and his mates and a local lawyer, from the house he had been expelled from.

‘3R’ has suggested a new story in my brain, and I have written a few thousand words of it. ‘What happens next’ has to be pure imagination on my part. I have some ideas: I’m not sure that ‘3R’ himself would approve but, one day, a fourth volume might emerge from this laptop to join the three already published…

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

…tales of fit young gay men falling in love, acrobatics, punishing weights routines, some touring circus adventure, and some unpleasantness with some guys who would have preferred to see us stopped in our tracks. Everything worked out OK in the end, but there were some scary moments. Let’s enjoy some images related to the good things!

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About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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