Manataka American Indian Council                                    Volume XI  Issue 06  JUNE  2007


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

    

 

Faster download!  The Smoke Signal this month is on 3 web pages.

 

 


 

Contents:              

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Upcoming Events: 

MANATAKA SUMMER GATHERING

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Elder's Meditation:

Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki

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Website Updates: 

Blackfoot Lodge Tales

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New Flash:: Indian Creek Band seek Federal Recognition

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Feature Stories:

7 Philosophies of the Native American Man
1 The Message: What's In The Temple?

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Mother Earth Watch:

Listen to Mother Earth

Grandmothers Speak

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Grandmother Waynonaha:    EAST

Grandmother Magdala: SOUTH

Grandmother Carol:   WEST

Grandmother Selma: NORTH

History Has Changed

Entering a Time of No Time

Let the Children Drum

Emotional and Spiritual Changes

1 Inspirational Thoughts:: What I Have Learned

2 Legends of Old: Creation Story - Mayan

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Letters to the Editor:

8 Excellent Letters
2 Politics Watch: Steal Their Land, Steal Their Money
2 Elder's Meditations: Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
2 Member Recognition: David Quiet Wind Furr
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Pet  Food Contamination
2 Health Watch: Artificial Sweetener Explodes Internally
2 Fluoride Watch: Arsenic in my Fluoride?  CDC admits Yes
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Extreme Wolf Killing in Alaska
2 Sacred Site Watch: Ancient Rhode Island Burial Site Threatened

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Hill & Holler: Learning How To Be In Balance

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History: Forgotten Founders

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Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather LeBeau Speaks:

The Long Road Home

Energy is the life force of all beings

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Elder's Meditations: John Peters (Slow Turtle) - Wampanoag

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Women's Circle: Incredible injustice for indigenous women

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Women's Council: Circle of Friendship

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Diet Watch: Nine Quick Tips for Healthier Cooking

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Book Reviews:

Native America, Discovered and Conquered

Anasazi of SW Utah

Big Medicine from Six Nations

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Poetry Circle:

Blood Red Sky

Pure as Gold

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Inspirational Thoughts:: Ripples in the Water

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Healing Prayer Basket: Pray Heals -- For Real!

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Manataka  Business: New Appointments - Successful Application

 

 


 

WANNA BECOME A MEMBER OF MANATAKA?  

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO JOIN!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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Aymara leaders passing 2nd Baston (Staff) - Bolivia

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Manataka Summer Gathering

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Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers

   

May 19, 2007

Celebration of Indigenous Peoples

Free with Museum Admission. Joanne Shenandoah and Ulali

Kaufmann and Linder Theaters, NY, NY

 

June 08 - 10, 2007
Strawberry Moon Gathering

Lily Dale, New York

 

June 14 - 22, 2007

Thunderbirds in the Temple of the Sun

A Gathering of Native Councils, Chiefs and Clan Mothers of the Americas

Andes Mountains, Bolivia

 

June 22 - 24, 2007

Manataka Summer Gathering

Featuring the Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers, Ceremonies, Family Fun!

Bald Eagle Mountain Park and Retreat, Hot Springs National Park, AR

 

October  08, 2007  

Union of Polarities -- St. Croix Valley Area

 

November 05, 2007  

Leave and Learn Seminars - Maya Journey

 

See More Non-Powwow Events Here

2007 Powwow Now Calendar

 

NativeGatherings.com lists hundreds of Native American events including concerts, seminars, conferences, sporting events, and more.   

                

 

 


 

ELDER MEDITATION

In our language there is no word to say inferior or superiority or equality because we are equal; it's a known fact. But life has become very complicated since the newcomers came here. And how does your spirit react to it?...It's painful. You have to be strong to walk through the storm. I know I'm a bridge between two worlds. All I ask is for people to wash their feet before they try to walk on me."  -Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki

 

For native people who speak their language, English can be very confusing. Many times you cannot express in English the true meaning of Indian words. When we hear something in English we sometimes react or our spirit reacts. Sometimes we need to use English words out of order to express our true meanings. We need to be patient and pray. Living in two worlds can be difficult. Life is painful sometimes. The pain of life is where the lessons are learned.

 

Creator,

let me learn the lessons

You have taught my people.

By Don Coyhis

 


June 22 - 24, 2007

 

SUMMER GATHERING AT MANATAKA

Bald Mountain Park & Retreat, Hot Springs, AR

 

JUNE 22- 24

Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers

 

Free Admission 

 FAMILIES & SINGLES WELCOME!

Friday Events

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P.M.

 

  • Move-In - Set-up

  • Storytelling - North American Indian and Aztec stories

  • Maya and Aztec Culture Seminar

  • Drumming and Singing

Saturday Events

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  • Manataka Medicine Lodge Blessing Ceremony

  • Sweat Lodge  - Mixed

  • Grand Entry Procession - Flag Ceremony

  •         Fire Ceremony and Pipe Ceremony

  •         Naming Ceremony - Making A Relative Ceremony

  •         Honoring of Elders Ceremony

  •         Special Presentation by Honored Elder

  • Vendor / Craft Presentations

  • Sweat Lodge - Men

  • Trade Blanket  

  • Storytelling

  • Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers

  • Friendship Dance

  • Drumming and Singing

Indian and Mexican Food All Weekend

Sunday Events

A.M.

P.M.

 

  • Prayer Service - Honoring Ceremony

  • Clean-up, Break-down

Your help is needed to insure we leave the land in better condition than we found it.  

   
 

 

Children's Games & Activities - All ages welcome.  Storytelling in the tipi, crafts, drumming, pipe teachings, Great fun for all the kids. This year's Summer Gathering will focus on honoring our relations with peoples of the South.  

 

A food concession stand will be open all weekend.

Restrooms and shower on-site.

Free Admission - Parking $2 per day

Level green grass parking for camper vehicles. $10 per day.

Primitive Camping - Bring camping gear, food, chairs. $10 per camp site per day.

Motels and hotels nearby.

 

No alcohol or other drugs permitted. A security team onsite.

 

 

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OPEN LETTER TO THE MANATAKA WOMEN'S COUNCIL....  AND DADDY

 

I have always been against learning the Native ways. I lost my father to it. Once he became involved, he never came back. Before that, I was daddyís little girl. Then, I slowly began to loose my mother to it. It seemed like every weekend she was doing something with the council. I resented Manataka, up until about a year ago when I nearly lost my life.

 

At that point, the women encompassed me. They truly kept me alive. Without each and every one of them I would not be here today. Cheryl taught me to grow spiritually with the sweat lodge. Melinda taught me to release myself to the sounds of the drum. Patti taught me Native American crafts such as peyote stitch beading, the making of shawls and medicine bags, and knot necklaces. Maureen taught me how to connect with the mother earth. Sinking your feet into the cool, moist mud feeling how she nurtures your soul. Magdala has taught me the stories of her people, the Maya. Aurora taught me how to use medicines in order to heal myself. Jody taught me how to aid others along my spiritual walk by adding a voice of kindness. You listen, learn, use them as your mentors, and sprout into a beautiful butterfly spreading is gracious wings as it begins to learn a new path.

 

Now, I come to Manataka events with open arms as if welcoming new knowledge into my essence. Itís about the sisterhood. All with common beliefs and goals searching for the betterment of mankind. Creator gives us the world as our oyster and Manataka teaches you to seize it. Iíve learned an immeasurable wealth of knowledge from the Manataka way of life.

 

~Amanda Morningstar Moore

 

As her daddy prayed into the dark morning sky during her mother's labor over twenty-years ago, a bright star appeared and a vision of his baby girl appeared. Amanda Morningstar was given her name at birth.  In May she was given her Rite of Passage Ceremony in the Purification Lodge hosted by the Manataka Women's Council.  The vision reappears. Daddy is  proud of his Little Girl.   

 


 

NEWS FLASH

 

The Chickamauga Cherokee Indian Creek Band seek Federal Recognition

 

The Indian Creek Band of the Chickamauga Creek and Cherokee seek support from the public to inspire Congressman Mica (R - FL) to accept and support their bid for Federal Recognition.

 

Chief Old Billy Bowleggs designated the Indian Creek Band as keepers of the history for all Chickamauga Cherokee.

 

"It is time we receive proper recognition of our heritage and identity," said Chief Little Red Wolf Chance, current head of the Indian Creek Band.

 

"We ask that you help us fulfill our duty to the Chickamauga Cherokee by supporting our bid for Federal Recognition.  We have gathered nearly 500 signatures to date and each member is working to collect signatures, "  said Chief Chance. 

 

An online petition is available at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/476156032

 

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APRIL - JUNE WEBSITE UPDATES

 


 

FEATURE

 


Seven Philosophies for the Native American Man
By Winona LaDuke, Annishnabe

 

 

"Being Indian is mainly in your heart. It's a way of walking with the earth instead of upon it. A lot of the history books talk about us Indians in the past tense, but we don't plan on going anywhere.  We have lost so much, but the thing that holds us together is that we all belong to and are protectors of the earth; that's the reason for us
being here. Mother Earth is not a resource, she is an heirloom." ~ David Ipinia, Yurok Artist,

The following was from the Gathering of Native American Men in June 1996 at Colorado.  Approximately 2000 Native American Men, families, and friends gathered their from June 1 to 2 representing about 115 Tribes.

What are the Seven Philosophies?
The Seven Philosophies for a Native American Man are guidelines for Indian men on their journey through life.   The wisdom of Native Elders is contained in the Seven Philosophies and is offered to Native American men so that they may be better fathers, sons, husbands, uncles, relatives, friends, Tribal members and citizens of the countries in which they live.   The Seven Philosophies point the way towards a return to the values of Native American culture for the healing of individuals, families and Native Communities.

First Philosophy 
 

TO THE WOMEN

The cycle of life for the woman is the baby, girl, woman, and grandmother.   These are the four directions of life.   She has been given by natural laws, the ability to reproduce life.   The most sacred of all things is life.   Therefore, all men should treat her with dignity and respect.   Never was it our way to harm her mentally or physically.   Indian men were never abusers.   We always treated our women with respect and understanding.  So from now on:

This is my vow.

 

Second Philosophy 

 

TO THE CHILDREN
As an eagle prepares its young to leave the nest will all the skills and knowledge it needs to participate in life, in the same manner so will I guide my children.   I will use the culture to prepare them for life.

This is my vow.

 

Third Philosophy 

TO THE FAMILY
The creator gave to us the family, which is the place where all teachings are handed down from the grandparent, to the parent, and to the child.   The children's behavior is a mirror of the parents behavior.   Knowing this, I realize the importance for each Indian man to build a strong and balanced family.   By doing this, I will break the
cycle of hurt and ensure the positive and mental health of the children, even the children yet to be born.   So from now on:

This is my vow.


Fourth Philosophy 

TO THE COMMUNITY
The Indian community provides many things for the family.   The most important is the sense of belonging; that is, to belong to "the people", and to have a place to go.   Our Indian communities need to be restored to health so the future generation will be guaranteed a place to go for culture, language and Indian socializing.   In the community, the honor of one is the honor of all and the pain of one is the pain of all.   I will work to strengthen recovery in all parts of my community.   As an Indian man:

This is my vow.

 

Fifth Philosophy 

 

TO THE EARTH
Our Mother Earth is the source of all life, whether it be the plants, the two-legged, four-legged, winged ones or human beings.   The Mother Earth is the greatest teacher, if we listen, observe and respect her.   When we live in harmony with the Mother Earth, she will recycle the things we consume and make them available to our children and to their children.   As an Indian man,  I must teach my children how to care for the Earth so it is there for the future generations.  So from  now on:

This is my vow.

 

Sixth Philosophy 

TO THE CREATOR
As an Indian man, I realize we make no gains without the Great Spirit being in our lives.   Neither I nor anything I attempt to do, will work without the Creator.   Being Indian and being spiritual has the same meaning.   Spirituality is out gift from the Great One.  This day, I vow to walk the Red Road.

This is my vow.

 

Seventh Philosophy 

TO MYSELF

What we have is because someone stood up before us.  What our Seventh Generation will have is a consequence of our actions today.


Submitted by Andrea Cramblit, Indigenous News Network
 

 

 


 

THE MESSAGE...

 

What's In The Temple?
Tom Barrett ~ (Keeping in Touch)

 

 

In the quiet spaces of my mind a thought lies still, but ready to spring.
It begs me to open the door so it can walk about.
The poets speak in obscure terms pointing madly at the unsayable.
The sages say nothing, but walk ahead patting their thigh calling for us to follow.
The monk sits pen in hand poised to explain the cloud of unknowing.
The seeker seeks, just around the corner from the truth.
If she stands still it will catch up with her.
Pause with us here a while.
Put your ear to the wall of your heart.
Listen for the whisper of knowing there.
Love will touch you if you are very still.

If I say the word God, people run away.
They've been frightened--sat on 'till the spirit cried "uncle."
Now they play hide and seek with somebody they can't name.
They know he's out there looking for them, and they want to be found,
But there is all this stuff in the way.

I can't talk about God and make any sense,
And, I can't not talk about God and make any sense.
So we talk about the weather, and we are talking about God.

I miss the old temples where you could hang out with God.
Still, we have pet pounds where you can feel love draped in warm fur,
And sense the whole tragedy of life and death.
You see there the consequences of carelessness,
And you feel there the yapping urgency of life that wants to be lived.
The only things lacking are the frankincense and myrrh.

We don't build many temples anymore.
Maybe we learned that the sacred can't be contained.
Or maybe it can't be sustained inside a building.
Buildings crumble.
It's the spirit that lives on.

If you had a temple in the secret spaces of your heart,
What would you worship there?
What would you bring to sacrifice?
What would be behind the curtain in the holy of Holies?

Go there now.

 

 


 

New Website:

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MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 

 

Listen to Mother Earth
by: Suzan Shown Harjo / Indian Country Today

 

Everyone is talking about the weather. The water lilies and cattails aren't as tall this year. This means that they will have less medicine for us.

The birch bark is more brittle these days. Everything from baskets to canoes needs it to be more supple.

The cedar strips, even in the rain forest along the Northwest Pacific coast, aren't as damp and elastic as usual. The hats and baskets will not be as strong as they used to be.

The medicine plants at Bear Butte are going away again. They made a comeback after the big fire a few years ago, but now they're hiding.

The natural corn is getting smaller. The genetically-altered corn is taking over and no one knows how big it will get, or how scary.

Everyone's talking about the fish that aren't coming back from the ocean and are disappearing from the rivers.

And the frogs. And the salmon. Innocents with multiple eyes and poisons in their cheeks.

There are fewer bats, and more mosquitoes which carry more West Nile virus - West Nile, as in Egypt - to people in most of the United States.

People are seeing riverbeds that haven't been seen for 20 and 50 years.  Burials from thousands of years ago are being exposed.

There are more and more fields of beautiful wildflowers. These make people feel good about being alive, but they're the kind of flowers that come out after everything's been burned to the ground. The Earth is parched and
trying to start over again in the dead places.

Inuit people of the Arctic tell us that global warming is endangering their homes, their food, their way of life and their very lives.

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as any other place on the planet, 300 scientists told us in 2004. After conducting the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment study for four years, they said the ice and permafrost are
melting and the sea levels are rising.

The Inuit and the scientists warn that polar bears may be looking at their last days.

The Bush administration has ignored all the evidence, all the voices, all the signs, even its own State Department's 2002 report on U.S. Climate Action, which says, ''Greenhouse gasses are accumulating in the Earth's atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing global mean surface air temperature and subsurface ocean temperature to rise.''  
 

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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK - EAST

 

 

 

EDITOR'S APPEAL

Regular readers of the Smoke Signal have come to love Grandmother Waynonaha's wonderful messages of hope, cultural insight and wisdom.  For years she has freely offered her teaching, her visions and most of all, her love.  She enjoys teaching herbal medicine one-on-one and  for generations she has worked hard to help others. 

 

Waynonaha lives a simple, humble life.  Her needs are few, but now she needs you.  Grandmother cannot always pay her utility bills and is given choice between heat in the winter or food.  "...This was a hard winter and I do not think I can take another one in this old house..," said Waynonaha.  Soon she will be faced with losing her home of many years when the landlord sells the property.  Grandmother needs a private place away from civilization to work.  She needs your immediate financial assistance -- or better yet, a small home in the country where she can continue her work of love. 

 

If you cannot help financially, please keep her name on your prayer list.  Grandmother once said, "... Never in my life time have I ever seen a true human being refuse to offer smoke and prayers for another human being. Now it is time to return the many gifts she has given you and many others over the years. 

 

Email or call Manataka today.  manataka@sbcglobal.net 

 

 

 

HISTORY CHANGED

 

I can remember my mother reading the book Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. She would read it and reread this book  many times before she passed into spirit. The well worn dog eared pages still are in my memory as I watched her reading in the late night light by the door. I saw the tears spill down her cheeks as she must have related to some of the passages. My mother was a kind and good person who helped many both Indian and non-Indian with her healing ways. No matter how little we had no one went from our door without the offer of food or comfort.

 

I can never know my mothers pain,  but I can know my own pain from living in less than civilized conditions. Hunger, cold, poverty, and that crushing oppression that chokes the spirit and kills the pride inch by inch. Looks of scorn and hate still haunt my mind as I remember being a little girl who saw and experienced this behavior.

 

Some think we have moved on.  This is not so.  Still to this day remains a painful reminder of the past. This still old racist way is still alive today and I see it here often as the outside world makes its judgment on the few remaining Indian people who they now hold up in admiration.

 

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee -- The Movie

I trust this does not start a new wave of people coming out to the reservation like the Dances With Wolves did. Imagine if you lived in an isolated community in dirt poor poverty and people were driving by to stare at you and point as if you were some living display. This also takes a bit more of your pride and dignity away from you as bit by bit your world is placed under the microscope for examination.

 

The people do have pride and we need to respect their privacy and sacred ways. I pray that this movie in some ways will show what really happened but they always tend to smooth over the bad stuff and illuminate the romantic stuff of being Indian. It is far from romantic you can not imagine what the past 500 years have done to reduce the people in the eyes of the world. What little ceremony that is still in tact is now being bastardized by many and soon will be so diluted that the real words and ways will be lost.

 

American Indians are still considered prisoners of war by the United States Government.  Perhaps some day this will change I pray that I live to see this happen.

 

Well, well .. are we surprised at the changes .. not at all.  One can only hope that when they advertise it producers say... "Based upon some actual events, but fictionalized!"  Yeah right!

 

Classic Book About Americaís Indians Gains a Few Flourishes as a Film

Left, Adam Beach as the part-Sioux Charles Eastman, and Anna Paquin as Elaine Goodale, whom he marries. Right, August Schellenberg, foreground, as Sitting Bull, with Eric Schweig, left, and Nathan Chasing Horse.   Photographs by Annabel Reyes/HBO

 

Love, Waynonaha

 

 


FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 



GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK - SOUTH

 

                  

 

Magdala Rameriz

Maya Priestess

Beautiful Sisters and Brothers All Over the World,

 

We are entering in the space where is no time, there is no such a thing as process, and then there is no such a thing as separation of any kind, only the experience of the Great Spirit flowing trough every single life form.

 

Our ancestors, experience this ways of being when there were no separation inside of them, their hearts were "light as a feather", there were no burden of any kind, no guiltiness, no shame, no fear., ..There was only unconditional love because an understanding of life, sacredness was everywhere.

 

We are entering again into that portal, now is the time when the DNA quick in and we remember how to get there and cross that door of the new beginning, the new land is there.

 

Preparation needs to be done, and remove what does not belong into the new land, it is to begin to see every single thing as part of us and we part of that yet no attachment, everything is in a complete synchronicity with the universe, understand the cosmic consciousness,

 

There is this part of the authentic human being that knows how to do this, and we need to call upon this beautiful energy inside of all life in Maya time (no time).  

 

The authentic human being knows that there is no separation in the energies of male-female, that the inside is the same of the outside, the knowledge of both in the extreme make the whole circle, and the complete and whole authentic human is there, all is sacred. Only the connection exist, and the essence of that connection is love in the pure form.

 

I am you, Magdala

 

Announcements & Upcoming Events

April 04 - 10 - Vision Embracing Ceremony, at the Temple near Harrison, AR.  Reserve a space today!

April 11 - 12 - Moon Calendar Seminar, Harrison, AR.  Reserve a space via email below.

Late April     -  Wisconsin and Minnesota.

May 05 - Low Gap, Arkansas Seminar  Info call  870-861-5160

May 12 - Dallas. Texas Seminar, we still have some room in this seminar

May  18 - 20 - Women's Healing Retreat, Hot Springs, AR

Early June   - Trip to Bolvia

June 22 - 24 - Summer Gathering at Manataka, Hot Springs, AR

June 26 - Moon Dance - Sisterhood Gathering, Harrison, AR

June 28 - Aug 6 - Boulder and Denver, Colorado Seminars.  Denver University and Hospital  Info: "Magdala's Nantzin" at nhzgreentri@hotmail.com

July 14 - Ohio Seminar, we will go deeper into the feminine ways, we will continued decoding the Moon calendar stone, we will work with the tree of life and star  knowledge, and what the mother will show us, for info email Patrice Lange at patricelange@hotmail.com

September - European Tour

Oct 8 - 9 Wisconsin and Minnesota Tour.  Presentations by Mario Conroy 

November - Yucatan, Mexico Tour. Info: Diane Davalos at www.expandedlearning.com. 800-622 5041

 

 

Donations of labor and building materials are gratefully accepted. 

For seminar booking send an email: quetzalkina@ritternet.com   http://www.unionofpolarities.com

 

For books, Sacredness of the Union of Polarities, I Am You, Sacred Sex...ancient teachings for women and Mayan Runes, find them at http://www.manataka.org

 


 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

 



 


 

GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK - WEST

 

Let the Children Drum

 

 

                  

 

Carol Perez Petersen

Children come into this world as a gift from the great mystery we call life.  They have arrived from the place of all knowing and we call them our elders.  They are messengers of hope and renewal.  They arrive with the blueprint of our ancestor's wisdom.  It matters not the condition of their sex or body for all children are made of love and come to love you. 

 

We work for the benefit to give our children what was hardship in our experience to make life better for them.  This is the unconditional reflex built into the heart of us parents. For those not able to understand what the needs of children are we must look inward to our inner child.  The voice of the child is a surviving voice and often a starving voice. 

 

Some say it is the higher voice or the still small voice within.  The child's voice is barely audible today but it is there.  It is often found in the wilderness and in nature.  When I was a child I pressed my face to the grass and became a worker ant.  I breathed into the earth and her body was my mother.  I could trust the stability of a tree trunk as I climbed to have the vision from a bird eye view.  When I tasted the fruit of our backyard apricot tree I thanked her. For this was easier then asking for money and going to the store. I was a lucky child unlike those children who hang from their mother's arms with half glazed eyes upon a fruitless landscape. 

 

I have seen runny nosed children jumping for a peso strumming a tiny guitar and what about those mother and fatherless children finding a way through the heaven's gate we call Earth desperate for loving arms.  Did you not know they are our wisdom keepers our society's salvation?

 

 When I was a child I did not know that children were abducted sexually, abused and even sold as slaves.  I did not know that children used drugs such as glue and homemade chemicals.  Today children know not to talk to strangers for fear of this evil. Today there is less hugging and more frisking.  Today children of privilege escape into videos instead of nature.  Today children still are without lawful rights and lack protection and if you are of culture born in a 3rd world country you might not escape slavery, prostitution, malnutrition, disease and death.  Today children know more about the needs of other children who are not so fortunate.

 

On June 25th 2007 children from all over the world will come to a festival in Washington D.C. Mall to honor their art.  This is unlike any other event because these children will be honored as the seed carriers of our future.  In order to survive our species children must be honored.  An international community of children who create beauty and messages of peacemaking in art will be the drumming voice for the safe keeping of all children being born. I have in my prayers all those children who are passing from our world which worships the weapons and celebrates the military to hear me, we have found our voice we are drumming our hearts for you.  

 

We are living during a time when children are parenting children.  The most vulnerable choice we can make is peace. The time of unloving must be resolved and together make this a time for loving.

 

Let the children drum. Run or fly come and Drum Dance and Dream with us. Create a drum circle for the children. Give a drum to a child to have their voice drum for the unheard child to be reborn within you and me.  Together we will honor and respect all children of the world and give thanks to life. Let there be peace.

 

Carol Petersen

Rainbow Medicine Blanket

www.worlddreamspeacebridge.org/drumming/

 

Photo courtesy of the Conferated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

 


GRANDMOTHER'S SPEAK - NORTH

 

 

 

Emotional and Spiritual Changes

 

 

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From Grandmother Selma

Time has been accelerated and the events of life on a daily basis have been a good example ........across the board..........in the rapid changes that are occurring  not only at a physical level.......but also at a emotional and spiritual level as well.

 

Dominant society as a whole are in a hurry to do everything......from fast foods to throw away cleaning products and implements  to faster computers ...to disposable diapers and bed sheets to throw away dishes and even silverware.

 

A quick fix for nearly every aspect of life !

 

Somewhere in the rush to live ...........they have forgotten how to live.

In too big of  a hurry to notice the crow calling to them from the tree in the parking lot.......or the sunset.....or the shapes of the clouds and their images for our symbolic appreciation.  The average person on the street.....never slows long enough to notice these and a thousand other things in the course of one day.

 

The Whole person is no longer important or even considered by most !!  Instead they dwell on looks.... beauty.... monetary worth....social status...materialistic gains and proof of success.....etc etc.  They go to the doctor for physical health....

 

But how many of them go to the counselor or any other professional for their emotional health ??  How many of them have and practice daily a spiritual system that fulfills their entire being ???

 

Most folks in dominant society would never dream of going to their elders for counsel....advice or  direction.  Most would never dream of discussing their fears...hopes...visions and calling with even their clergy.........let alone a medicine person of tribal tradition.

 

Most of dominant society does not ever perceive of themselves as a composite of aspects or " parts"........so they never really understand the concept of whole !!

 

Native teachings tell us if we do not know the " parts" of our own being we can never hope to know the whole of our being or potential .....or spiritual purpose.

 

Dominant society wants to know what your potential and ultimate purpose at a professional or employment level are.......... Native traditionalist want you to know what your spiritual purpose and potential are.  A big difference.

 

We have all been shocked and horrified at the events recently at Virginia Tech.  We are appalled that such a thing could occur in a civilized country and especially  in the arena of higher education and a degree of innocence.

 

Our shock is only outweighed by our prayers and empathy for the victims and those close to them .

 

Personally , I can not help but be shocked that a virtual army of professors and teachers of such caliber  did not see that this individual was out of balance and not functioning as a balance whole !!  I am not saying that it was their fault.........but I am saying that if this individual had of been functioning and living in a traditional tribal community......the people would have realized that said individual was not functioning as a balance whole !   That emotionally or spiritually they were not " well".  The whole can only be " well"  if all the aspects and " parts"  are "well".

 

I, personally believe, that violence is a cry for help !   an attempt at release of off balanced energy in a last attempt effort to gain balance.....if it is released then there is a void that can be filled with balanced energy.

 

Dominant society young people are not generally taught traditions even of their own culture......at least not at a symbolic level......how many of them even know the orIgIn of their Santa Clause ?  how many of them know the stories and teachings of the Saint associated with Valentines day ? How many even know the origin or symbolism behind the common handshake?

 

If cultural traditions and symbolism are not taught or understood the individual has no true concept of who they are and how they fit into the whole of the society in which they function.  As it turns out, this young man at Virginia Tech. was extremely troubled and part of that trouble was based and fueled by his lack of understanding and acceptance of the way the social economic structure in this country works.........he actually had higher ideals and became totally frustrated that society failed to live up to those ideals ........he had not been given the tools to understand human behavior or the behavior of the masses.....nor the power plays and " class"  system that dominant society fosters.

 

Without traditional teachings we are asking the youth to figure it our without a standard or guide line to go by or equate circumstances to within their own being.  Those of us who are familiar with those traditional teachings and values have a right and a duty to pass them on so that they do not die........but also so that  the younger people have a value system that helps them understand other supposed society value systems.

 

To me, the shootings were a horrid manifestation of the symptoms of a non- whole functioning dominant society which fosters and encourages the wellness of the whole being to be overlooked and ignored in lieu of attained status or success.

 

Gram Selma

 

Copyright 2007. All rights reserved by Selma Palmer

 


 

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...  

 

WHAT I'VE LEARNED
(Author Unknown)

 

I've learned...that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I've learned...that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I've learned...that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned...that you can keep going long after you can't.


I've learned...that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I've learned...that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I've learned...that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

I've learned...that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I've learned...that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned...that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned...that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I've learned...that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I've learned...that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

 

Submitted by Carol Elisi SpiritDove Henderson

 

 


   

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