2009 Calendar. Stunning artwork
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natural cleaner used for thousands of years to clean clothes, just like the
plants used by American Indians for washing.
Put a few Soap Nuts into a small cotton sack
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clean, vibrant, and soft. Replace your laboratory detergents and softeners
with the soap made from nature. Your skin, clothes, family and your planet
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"One is not born a Tewa but rather
one is made a Tewa... once made, one has to work hard continuously throughout
life to remain a Tewa." --Alfonso Ortiz, San Juan Pueblo
Being Indian is being spiritual.
It is not the color of our skin. Being Indian is how we think. We need to
learn our culture, our language, our dances, our traditions and customs.
It is one thing to know these things, but another to live them. We need to
spend time with the Elders and get their guidance. We need to go to the
mountains, woods and desert to pray. Being spiritual is the way for us to think
right. Walking the Red Road and thinking right is the greatest gift we can give
to our children.
The holiday we call Christmas has evolved into the biggest celebration in the
world. Roman Catholics and Protestants celebrate the birth of Jesus on December
25. Many Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar, which places Christmas
around January 6.
Christmas was first added to the Roman Catholic Church calendar as a religious
feast day in the fourth century A.D. But Christmas is not the only celebration
held around this time of year. December 25 was a significant date for various
early cultures. The ancient Babylonians believed the son of the queen of heaven
was born on December 25. The Egyptians celebrated the birth of the son of the
fertility goddess Isis on the same date, while ancient Arabs contended that the
moon was born on December 24. The Romans celebrated Saturnalia, a feast named
for Saturn, god of agriculture, on December 21.
Before European contact, the Indian tribes of North America did not celebrate
the birth of Jesus Christ, since they hadn't heard of him. However, many of the
American Indian people of North America have been Christianized for several
hundred years. Over this time, customs which were introduced to them by the
missionaries, have become adapted to the native cultures, and are an integral
part of their Christmas traditions today, just as they are in most American
Many Native American people found that the story of Christmas and Christ's birth
fulfilled tribal prophecies and found the message of Jesus to be consistent with
the truth that was handed down by their ancestors.
Today I collected the blues. There are many ways to see the
blues… on the wings of a beautiful bird, on the top of the
mountain, looking down at the blue misty valley. The
crystal blue of the spring sky or the deepest blue of the
remember the blue hills among the summer leaves and then a
different shade of blue in the winter. I can see the
exquisite shades of blue as the sea washes against the white
The different shades of blue as you face the many mountain
ranges and the light and fluffy blue white shades of snow.
The blue haze of the prairies and the blue-purple hue of the
like a handful of my blues?
GREEN CHILI STEW
2 lbs. pork or lamb, well trimmed and cut
into small pieces
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
5 roasted green chilies, peeled, seeded
3 ears of corn with kernels scraped from
2 stalks celery, without leaves, diced
In a large pot, put in enough vegetable
oil to prevent the meat from sticking. You can also use
vegetable spray. Add meat and cook until it is lightly
browned. Add the rest of the ingredients, and water to
cover all. Cover pot and simmer for about 1 hour or
evidence is emerging that it is the bee-keeping practices in non-organic
commercialized hives that are largely responsible for the demise of the
honey bee in what is known as "Colony Collapse Syndrome".
Feral, or wild, bees are doing fine, as are bees from organic commercialized
Buy only ORGANIC honey and boycott non-organic honey to protest the
practices of using pesticides & antibiotics in non-organic hives.
Boycott Non-Organic Honey found in grocery stores!
Alternatives: Organic Honey can be expensive. I bought these two
products to have my kids taste-test as an alternative to commercialized,
non-organic honey. Both were given the "stamp of approval", are organic, and
are reasonable in price:
The sky grew dark and heavy with gray clouds
scurrying across it in layers. I watched as patches of blue faded and the
Fall sun peeked out as if in a game of Peek-A-Boo. I tied my old wool scarf
around my head and neck, and put on my brothers too big boot. Putting on
my old sheep skin coat I headed for the barn to do my chores. As I passed
the kitchen I took an apple to feed to my horse he expected it each time I
came to clean out his stall. I looked for the most withered one in the
basket and stuffed it into my jacket pocket.
As I opened the door the wind hit me full
force pushing me back inside for a moment. Pulling the door shut behind with
both hands, I walked into the wind. Dirt stung my eyes as I tried to shield
them and bits of sage brush clung to my jacket.
I knew that the storm we had all been watching
the skies for, was fast coming down. My Dad had listened to the radio that
morning and said it was to hit us hard with lots of snow, in a few hours.
Winter in Wells, Nevada meant no food or
provisions for up to three weeks. We had no power on the ranches, that was
not an issue; but the one strand of phone line that served the valley was an
issue. We did not have cell phones or cordless phones in those days. We
relied on that single telephone party line to connect with the outside world
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
Noah' Ark -- 2008
In the year 2008, the Lord came unto
Noah, who was now living in the U.S., and said, "Once again, the earth has
become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.
Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good
He gave Noah the blueprints, saying, "You have 6 months to build the Ark before
I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights."
Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard - but no
"Noah!" He roared , "I'm about to start the rain! Where is the Ark ?"
"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but
things have changed. I needed a building permit. I've been arguing with the
inspector about the need for a sprinkler system. My neighbors claim that I've
violated the neighborhood zoning laws by building the Ark in my yard and
exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Development Appeal Board
for a decision.
Then the Hydro One demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving
power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark 's
move to the sea.
I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of
Getting the wood was another problem. There's a ban on cutting local trees in
order to save the spotted owl. I tried to convince the environmentalists that I
needed the wood to save the owls - but no go!
When I started gathering the animals, an animal rights group sued me. They
insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued
the accommodation was too restrictive , and it was cruel and inhumane to put so
many animals in a confined space.
Then the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that I couldn't build the Ark
until they'd conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.
I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how
many minorities I'm supposed to hire for my building crew.
Immigration and Naturalization are checking the Visa status of most of the
people who want to work.
The trades unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union
workers with Ark-building experience.
To make matters worse, Revenue Canada seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying
to leave the country illegally with endangered species.
So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this
Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched
across the sky.
Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you're not going to destroy the
"No," said the Lord. "The government beat me to it."
With the holidays fast
approaching, it is a time of memories and family stories of times past,
it is a time of honoring what has gone before us and the traditions of
each family passed on .
Myths and legends are sacred
stories form the past hat have withstood the test of time, that teach
morals, explain universal events or truths, and often explain the origin of
life or a vital tradition.
Most of these sacred myths are
either ceremonial, religious, historical and or philosophical.
tend to be associated with a specific geographical area or location and are
therefore culturally related to a given climate, terrain, and weather
In recent times, some of the
legends and myths have been adopted so to speak, and become somewhat
prominent in the dominant society. Some of them actually become " fads"
even thou the entire story or origin is not known or not accurately
A good example of this is the surge
in popularity of Kokopelli.
Long time ago,
one of my angel teachers told me the story of the Tree of Life,
and he also told me that will be unfold over and over again….and it
The Tree of Life Story
the realm of separation begun into this planet,
father and motherwere
sad, so mama begun to cry and cry and from that cry the oceans were
created, that is why the water is salty
Father came and told mama, "you need to stop crying for you are
going to drown your own children." So she did stop crying, but she
could not stop crying from the inside. Then all the rivers,
subterranean rivers, springs and creeks were all was created because
of mama crying from the inside.
"The Story of Stuff" video takes a humorous yet factual look at the
underside of our consumer-driven society, from production to disposal of
goods. The video focuses on the connections between environmental and social
issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.
(See Links below)
people who have seen
The Story of Stuff
have asked what they can do to address the problems identified in the
of us can promote sustainability and justice at multiple levels: as an
individual, as a teacher or parent, a community member, a national
citizen, and as a global citizen. As Annie says in the film, “the good
thing about such an all pervasive problem is that there are so many
points of intervention.” That means that there are lots and lots of
places to plug in, to get involved, and to make a difference. There is
no single simple thing to do, because the set of problems we’re
addressing just isn’t simple. But everyone can make a difference, but
the bigger your action the bigger the difference you’ll make. Here are
The word respect will be defined
and explained more clearly. This teaching will explain what
Elders are and how they are placed in Society by the Creator
This is a spiritual writing and is meant to be read a
minimum of four times. This is only a partial teaching of
the wisdom of Respect.
Respect is taking into account what effect any thought, word
and deed will have on life before you move to take action or
open your mouth to express your thoughts. respect is taking
into consideration whether your decisions to act would be
beneficial or detrimental, to all forms of life. Respecting
all life shows you love and care, for life. Love is
respecting All Spirits in the Universe, and understanding
you are related to All Life in oneness.
Scoundrels and Scandals in the Interior
A commentary from Colorado by Paul Vandevelder The Vail, Colorado Trail
As the last vestiges of laissez-faire capitalism were being
lowered into the ground on Wall Street last month, out on the western edge of
the high plains an administrative circus of a similar nature was unraveling. Its
center was the Minerals Management Services (MMS) division of the Interior
Department in Lakewood.
On Sept. 10, Earl Devaney, the Interior Department’s inspector general, released
a report to Congress that documented — in lurid and embarrassing detail — the
widespread use of sex, bribes and drugs by MMS employees to lubricate their
professional relationships with officials of the oil and mineral industries.
What, you may ask, is the Minerals Management Service?
This is the office responsible for collecting royalties from energy companies
that drill for oil and gas on public land owned by you and me. Last year alone,
more than $14 billion in royalties was collected by MMS and deposited in our
account. We cannot be sure of the real total, however, since MMS accounts are so
bungled that no one can be sure if the reckoning is close to correct.
Coincidentally, the MMS is also responsible for collecting royalties for
resources taken from more than 11 million acres of Indian land.
It's a shame the Devaney report didn't stop with the drugs and orgies, since
taxpayers deserve just a little vicarious entertainment along with all the bad
news. But while the story's entertainment value was mostly swamped by the
meltdown on Wall Street, few of its particulars were lost on the 400,000 plus
plaintiffs in a lawsuit known as Cobell vs. Interior.
Indian plaintiffs have been waiting patiently to be paid $47 billion in
royalties they allege were stolen from Indian trust lands by government and
industry officials since 1887, when Uncle Sam first began to manage Indian
resources. For those who have not been following the American saga of Elouise
Cobell, a community organizer for the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Mont., and
the lead plaintiff in this case, here’s a recap of the highlights of her quest.
*In 1996, Cobell filed a lawsuit against the federal government for failing to
account for tens of billions of dollars in mineral royalties that were never
credited to Indian trust accounts. The suit quickly grew into the largest
class-action lawsuit in American history.
Here are resources if you've ever wanted classroom-teaching activities on
American Indians beyond the Thanksgiving holiday or the history of American
Indian Education or best teaching practices addressing American Indian learners.
Resources include books, magazines, articles, bibliographies, maps, etc.
Although often times there is overlap, these resources are organized in four
Teaching About American Indians
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
for American Indian Learners
"Be kinder than necessary
because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Life shall always come
full circle and love is the ultimate forgiveness. So, walk gently on our
Mother Earth and dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is
listening and laugh until it hurts. Da naho Wi:yo:h
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