cajun

Where from: South Africa

Biography
My name is cajun.
In ceremony I am also called Amazon Wolfe. Recently I was given the name Maletsatse by the Setswana people with whom I work; it means Woman of the Sun.

I came to the dance for the first time in 2005 knowing nothing about it other than that I was called. My plan was to be support crew for a very dear friend of mine who was dancing and the next thing I knew it was Friday afternoon and the drum beat was going and I was in the arbour, singing my heart song and moving my feet to the pole and back. That weekend, that first dance, was a profoundly deep and powerful experience. I often look at my life as the time before I danced and the time after I danced.

The gift I received was the experience of letting go of an enormous amount of baggage and feeling what it was like to surrender completely to infinite love. I gained the knowledge from that moment forward that I could step into my new beingness whole and perfect. And surrounded by love, filled with love. An incredible journey has unfolded since, where I have come into my own as a teacher working with children and adults, as a musician using song to teach and inspire, and as a permaculture designer, where I have deepened my connection with the earth. I have found my calling as a facilitator holding the space for learning and in the Pathway to the Open Heart Process, holding the space for community. And I have found the person I intend to spend the rest of my lie with. All of this is a continuation of the journey that began when I was 14 years old when I started working in ceremony.


I never imaged at that first dance that one day I would be standing in the east gate as chief, even though I have been holding space in ceremony for 22 years.
My journey with the dance continued and I have danced many times and been honoured to serve the dance in many roles. I received a great gift in the first dance; the gift of stepping in to my power.
I have woven myself through the dance. I have deepened my process of healing and deepened my experience of life by serving in the different roles. I have grounded with the drum, danced with the fire, howled with the dog soldiers and sung over the medicine tea before putting the dancers to bed. I feel all those threads coming together like a web that connects me to this ceremony and to every person I have ever met through the dance. The experience of unconditional love in how we treat each other is truly extraordinary, and even the smallest interactions, such as sitting and chatting under a tree during a break, or tarping the arbour, are some of my most cherished memories.
Part of what draws me back to the dance again and again is this fellowship of kindred spirits we are a family that spans continents and crosses the oceans, and it keeps getting bigger, and it is beautiful. Perceived divisions of gender, culture and spiritual beliefs are melted away until we come back to the memory that there is only one of us here.

In 2008, during a dance, I had a vision of myself in Norway. I am overjoyed that this year I can be there in reality. I am deeply honoured that this dance has welcomed me as chief in training. This is another shining strand in my web of learning. I have a lot to give and I will step up and give it everything that I can.
I am following the sun, the midnight sun, and the call of the drums to the Island of Rodya. I bring the warmth and grounding and heart of Africa with me.
I invite you to join us as we dance, sing and drum, and open the way for infinite possibilities.

For the One Dance Experience
cajun has been a part of the For the One Community for some years as a dancer, crew and co-ordinator. She is a qualified level 1 facilitator in the Pathway to the Open Heart process and is looking forward to building community with you. She now live in Scotland near the Findhorn community and ecovillage where she has found a home and hopes to bring the dance oneday.

2016 Dancer Norway
2016 Attended Ark in Wasserkoog, Germany
2015 Dancer Norway
2014 Moonmother, Thlolego Village, Rustenburg, South Africa
2014 Chief in Training Norway
2013 Moonmother in training & Chief in training, Midrand, South Africa
2013 shared Co-ordinator South African Dance
2013 Alpha Dog, Sacred Grove, USA
2012 Facilitated Open Heart Process in South Africa
2012 Attended Ark in Wasserkoog, Germany
2011-2012 Completed Open Heart Facilitator training, Israel & Germany
2011 Alpha Dog, Beit Oren, Israel
2010 Alpha-Dog, Simunye Ngothando, South Africa
2009 shared Co-ordinator South African Dance
2009 Dancer, Simunye Ngothando, South Africa
2008 shared Co-ordinator South African Dances
2008 WaterFire Keeper, Zivuya, South Africa
2008 Alpha-Dog, Simunye Ngothando, South Africa
2008 Drum Chief, Youth Dance, Simunye Ngothando, South Africa
2007 Dog Soldier, Youth Dance, Blue Hippo, South Africa
2007 Dancer, Blue Hippo, South Africa
2007 Drummer, Simunye Ngothando, South Africa
2007 Attended crew training, Midrand, South Africa
2006 Drummer, Rustlers Valley, South Africa
2005 Drummer, Rustlers Valley, South Africa
2005 Dancer, Rustlers Valley, South Africa

Languages & Personal Information
English, Afrikaans and some German

Events including cajun
For the One Dance, North Carolina - USA    27 - 30 September 2013    Role: Alpha Dog
For the One Dance, Johannesburg - South Africa    15 - 17 November 2013    Role: Chief In Training
For the One Dance, Johannesburg - South Africa    15 - 17 November 2013    Role: Chief In Training
For the One Dance, Johannesburg - South Africa    15 - 17 November 2013    Role: Chief In Training
For the One Dance, Norway - Norway    25 - 27 July 2014    Role: Chief In Training