Manataka American Indian Council                          Volume VI  Issue 4  April, 2004

CONTENTS:               Red Wing's Bear Dance Story
 Upcoming Events                   Healing Prayer Basket      
 Web Site Updates                   Prophecy Keepers Radio Show 
 News Flash                            All Life is Sacred Run
 What is the Red Road?          Hunter's Cook Book 
 US Seeds Contaminated       Spiritual Awareness
 Soothing the Souls at Last   Snow Woman
 Bear Hibernating in Nest?    In Search of Spirit



April 2 - 4

Spiritual Retreat & Family Campout

Cherokee Ranch, 2050 South Pearcy Road, Bonnerdale, Arkansas

Come and enjoy a week-end campout!  Bring teepees/tents camping gear and food.

Trade Blanket - Craft Show and Demonstrations. Youth Activities - Dancing & Drumming - Storytelling

Directions: Take Hwy 70 West (Airport Road) 10 miles past the 270 bypass to Pearcy Grocery Store, turn left on South Pearcy Road. Go 1/2 mile over a small bridge - look for white mail box on left. Drive is on the right.


Saturday, April 9th
Chief Bill Littlehorse and Elder Nell Beautiful Basket Hampton invite all Manataka members to ride in the parade and set up free craft booths during the Hogskin Holiday at the Calhoun County Court House in Hampton in south Arkansas.    
Horse drawn wagons will take Manataka members in the parade.   Little Horse tells everyone to wear their regalia and bring drums, flutes and rattles.  Booth space for crafter is free.  This is a chance to  further educate  Arkansas of the goals of Manataka, let the folks get to know us... By seeing the loving Spirit of our group..
Please call Nell Hampton at 870-748-2455 for more information.

   May 7 - 9, 2004 


Gulpha Gorge Campground, Hwy 70B, between Hwy 70 East and Hwy 7 North, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Women and Girls Only Please




June 25- 27, 2004


Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds

Hot Springs, Arkansas








11:30 a.m., 3rd Sunday of each month, Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds



11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday of each month, DeSoto Park, Hwy 7 North

May you take a moment to breathe in the cool morning air....
May you stop long enough to lean into the scent of a spring flower....
May the cardinal remind you that Spirit is with you, and you are loved....
May the hawk comfort you with the assurance that you are being looked after....
May the eagle inspire you to offer your prayers....
May the green grass tempt you to go barefoot....
May a warm rain soak you deep enough to touch your soul....
and may the sun caress your face with just enough warmth to help you keep on living....

John TwoHawks                     

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More Wolves and Bears to Be Targeted in Alaska

The Alaska Board of Game, which ended a two-week meeting on March 10, voted to expand aerial hunting of wolves to two more areas, which would include killing 140 to 180 wolves in the Kuskokwim region and 100 wolves in Cook Inlet, a total of about 20,000 square miles of land. The game board also approved a plan that could allow them to use similar methods to kill grizzly bears. Bear "control" plans may also include trapping, baiting, killing of sows and one-year-old cubs, and the sale of bear parts. Defenders has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of the Interior to halt the aerial hunting. To learn more and sign a petition, visit our sites:

Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards:  NAIVE 

What is The Red Road?
The Red Road is a long winding road that began in the stars, spilled onto the mountain tops, was carried in the snow to the streams, to the rivers, to the ocean. It covers Canada, Alaska, America, Mexico to Guatemala, and keeps winding around the Indigenous.

The Red Road is a circle of people standing hand in hand, people in this world, people between people in the Spirit world, star people, animal people, stone people, river people, tree people. TheSacred Hoop.

To walk the Red Road is to know sacrifice, suffering. It is to understand humility. It is the ability to stand naked before the Creator in all things for your wrong doings, for your lack of strength, for your discompassionate way, for your arrogance - because to walk the Red Road, you always know you can do better. And you know, when you do good things, it is through the Creator, and you are grateful.

To walk the Red Road is to know you stand on equal ground with all living things. It is to know that because you were born human, it gives you superiority over nothing. It is to know that every creation carries a Spirit, and the river knows more than you do, the mountains know more than you do, the stone people know more than you do, the trees know more than you do, the wind is wiser than you
are, and animal people carry wisdom.

You can learn from every one of them, because they have something you don't. They are void of evil
thoughts. They wish vengeance on no one, they seek Justice.

To Walk the Red Road, you have given rights. You have the right to pray, you have the right to dance, you have the right to think, you have the right to protect, you have the right to know Mother Earth, you have the right to dream, you have the right to  vision, you have the right to teach, you have the right to learn, you have a right to grieve, you have a right to happiness, you have the right to fix the wrongs,  you have the right to truth, you have a right to the Spirit World.

To Walk the Red Road is to know your Ancestors, to call to them for assistance. It is to know that there is good medicine, and there is bad medicine. It is to know that Evil exists, but is cowardly, as it is often in disguise. It is to know there are evil spirits who are in constant watch for a way to gain strength for themselves at the expense of you.

To Walk the Red Road, you have less fear of being wrong, because you know that life is a journey, a continuous circle, a sacred hoop.  Mistakes will be made, and mistakes can be corrected - if you will be humble, for if you cannot be humble, you will never know when you have made a mistake.

If you walk the Red Road, you know that every sorrow leads to a better under-standing, every horror
cannot be explained, but can offer growth.

To Walk the Red Road is to look for beauty in all things.

To Walk the Red Road is to know you will one day cross to the Spirit World,and you will not be afraid.
Author Unknown
Originally posted by Julie Marie

Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool? 

Dear Administrator Acord,

Gone to Seed, a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), found that seeds of traditional varieties of corn, soybeans, and canola are pervasively contaminated with DNA from genetically engineered (GE) crops. I am writing to ask you to immediately amend federal pharmaceutical (pharm) and industrial crop regulations to explicitly protect the seed supply for food and feed crops from contamination by these genes and seeds.

UCS commissioned laboratory tests of traditional (non-GE) seeds of corn, soybeans, and canola which documented the presence of genes commonly used in commercial GE crops. I feel that these findings suggest inadequate government standards to protect seed supplies, and ultimately the nation’s food, from contaminants originating in pharm and industrial crops. 

As you know, pharm and industrial crops are genetically engineered to produce drugs, vaccines, antibodies, and research and industrial chemicals. This emerging field of biotechnology essentially turns common food crops like corn into biological factories. While proponents of such crops promise benefits such as cheaper medicines and other consumer products, the drugs or industrial products they produce could be harmful to human health if unintentionally consumed.

Existing federal regulations attempt to keep pharm and industrial crops separate from food and feed crops, but they do not specifically address the issue of seed supply contamination. Now that we know that seed supplies are vulnerable to contamination we must protect them from pharm and industrial crop genes and seeds. If farmers grow crops using seed contaminated by pharm and industrial crop genes, they might unwittingly harvest and market crops that look like traditional food crops to the naked eye. Some of this contaminated harvest may make its way into food products.  Consumers would be unaware that they were serving their children drug-laced corn flakes.

The federal government must act now to protect the seed supply, and ultimately my food, from contamination by pharm and industrial crops. I urge you to immediately amend federal pharm and industrial crop regulations to explicitly protect the seed supply for food and feed crops from contamination by these genes and seeds.


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If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one enjoys it?

 Soothing the Souls at Last
By David Kelly Times Staff Writer
(EADS, Colorado).  Silence and emptiness abound on this great sea of grass stretching to the pale blue horizon. Tumbleweeds spin past, hawks gaze from rusted fence posts.

On mornings like this, when all is still, Indian pilgrims sometimes walk along the crooked course of Sand Creek and listen. They say they can hear screams and sobs.

"There is a small group of us who hear spirits all the time," said Laird Cometsevah, a Cheyenne chief who comes here each year. "Some hear women, I hear children."

Cheyennes and Arapaho have long journeyed to this lonesome prairie to remember the 163 Indians shot and hacked to death by Colorado cavalrymen during the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. The slaughter, initially hailed as a great military victory, set off a dozen years of warfare across the Great Plains.

Investigations later revealed that two-thirds of those killed were women, children and infants. Eyewitness accounts told of fingers and ears lopped off as trophies, babies left to die in freezing fields and women clinging to soldiers' legs begging in vain for mercy.

"You would think it impossible for white men to butcher and mutilate human beings as they did there," wrote Capt. Silas Soule, a soldier who saw the massacre. "But every word I have told you is the truth that they do not deny."

The Indians have long tried to gain possession of the site and soothe the restless souls they say still wander it. About 20 years ago, the descendants of Sand Creek victims organized and sought ways to buy the land.

In December, a businessman with ties to the tribes bought the massacre site and donated it to them. They in turn leased it to the National Park Service, which is creating the country's first national historic site dedicated solely to a massacre.

"We are making history here," said Alexa Roberts, superintendent of the site. "This has been one of the most controversial episodes in the history of the West. It's like Little Bighorn, and among Indian tribal peoples it's never been forgotten."

Park officials expect 30,000 visitors a year to the site, which they say will encompass 12,500 acres, including an interpretive center and markers detailing the sequence of events. It will probably open within three years.

Sitting about 12 miles from the small ranching town of Eads in southeastern Colorado, Sand Creek has changed little since the massacre. A few cottonwood trees have grown up in the last century, but the sharp bends in the dry creek and the swaying grasslands remain largely as they were.

Life has changed, though. A place once teeming with cowboys and Indians has just cowboys now, and they're fading fast. The buffalo are gone, the saloons nearly gone and, of course, the Indians are gone.

Atop a bluff overlooking the creek, a small monument reads, "Sand Creek Battle Ground.  (November 29, 30. 1864.)"

Historians say it was no battle, it was slaughter.

"The soldiers split into two columns and came up on the tepees," said Roberts, pointing toward the creek. "It was a running engagement, the people fled up the creek and the killing took place over a five-mile area."

In the months preceding the massacre, tensions between Indians and whites in the Colorado territory were running high. Soldiers and Indians clashed repeatedly. There were raids, atrocities and retaliation.

Many confrontations were between the U.S. military and renegade Cheyenne Dog Soldiers, highly skilled warriors and horse thieves who operated outside tribal law.

The most notorious incident involved a group of Arapaho who killed a white ranching family near Denver. The father, Ward Hungate, was shot and scalped, the mother raped and repeatedly stabbed and their 4-year-old daughter and baby nearly decapitated. All were mutilated. The Hungate Massacre inflamed public opinion against all Indians, warlike or not.

Theologians openly debated whether Indians had souls.

Into this chaotic world rode Col. John M. Chivington, a tall, burly man running for Congress while simultaneously chasing Indians across the Plains.

David Halaas, a former Colorado state historian and massacre expert, said Chivington promised to go to Sand Creek village and check for hostile Indians before attacking. Black Kettle, the village chief, was told to hoist a white flag of surrender along with an American flag and he would be safe. He did.

Riding all night, Chivington and 725 volunteer cavalrymen arrived at the edge of Sand Creek about 8 a.m. The Indian men were off hunting buffalo, leaving mostly women, children and the elderly behind. Most were Cheyennes mixed with some Arapaho.

"They opened up with howitzers and charged through the village," Halaas said. "There was no order. About 163 people were killed outright. It was a scene right out of hell."

Capt. Soule and Lt. Joseph Cramer were serving that day and later wrote to commanding officer Maj. Ned Wynkoop describing the scene. Their unedited letters have been entered into the Congressional Record.

"It was hard to see little children on their knees have their brains beat out by men professing to be civilized," wrote Soule. "One squaw was wounded and a fellow took a hatchet to finish her, she held her arms up to defend her, and he cut one arm off and held the other with one hand and dashed the hatchet through her brain."

Soule said the massacre lasted six to eight hours.

"I saw two Indians hold one another's hands, chased until they were exhausted, when they kneeled down, and clasped each other around the neck and were both shot together," he wrote. "One woman was cut open and the child inside of her taken out of her, and scalped."

Cramer said he was threatened with death for failing to take part.

"I told the colonel that I thought it murder to jump them friendly Indians," Cramer wrote. "He says in reply: 'Damn any man who are in sympathy with them.' "

Black Kettle survived the massacre; his wife was shot nine times but lived. He was killed four years later along the Washita River in what's now Oklahoma, during a battle with Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

Chivington, meanwhile, was hailed as a hero in Denver. Indian body parts were displayed in a local theater. But a few months later, as news of the slaughter spread, Congress launched an investigation. In a rare act of contrition, the U.S. government described the killings as a massacre and promised reparations. The Indians were never paid.

"The massacre was a turning point. People began to understand why white people were here and that was to take everything," said Steve Brady, president of the Northern Cheyenne Sand Creek Descendants in Lame Deer, Mont.

The Cheyenne allied themselves with the Lakota, Kiowa, Arapaho and Comanche. They attacked on a 100-mile front, knocking out every ranch, wagon train and telegraph station they found, Halaas said.

Years of war culminated in the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn in southeastern Montana, where Custer and his 197 men were wiped out by a coalition of Indians ‹ Cheyenne, Lakota Sioux and Arapaho.

The glory and freedom were fleeting. In the early 1880s, the Cheyenne and Arapaho were moved to reservations in Montana, Wyoming and Oklahoma.

With the Indians gone, the memory of Sand Creek faded. The site became a favorite place to shoot rabbits, scavenge artifacts and have Sunday picnics.

"I remember when I was a Boy Scout we used to camp out there at night," said Monte Richardson, 43, of Eads. "We used to hunt for arrowheads."

In 1964, William Dawson, a rancher, bought the land. It wasn't long before Indians came knocking at his door.

"They were always very polite. They would say they had relatives who died here and could they go look at the site," he recalled. "I never said no to an Indian."

The tribal members held ceremonies atop the bluff.

"I had one come up to me and say, 'Did you hear that scream?' " said 63-year-old Dawson. "I said I didn't, but I won't say they didn't hear it."

Cometsevah, the Cheyenne chief, came each year on the anniversary of the massacre. He would fly colorful cloths, hold forth a child's moccasin, offer food and sing.

The chief's great-grandfather escaped the massacre.

"When he went back he found his peace pipe, and he couldn't save anything else," Cometsevah said. "He saw people cut up, lots of blood here and there. He said all he could do was say a prayer and sing a chief song. Then he left."

"I have been there six or eight times," said Campbell, who is part Cheyenne. "You go because your blood and thoughts are there. You can't not go."

Dawson eventually sold the 1,465-acre site for $1.5 million to James Druck, who turned the land over to the Indians. Druck, a 62-year-old lawyer and owner of Minnesota-based Southwest Entertainment Inc., manages three casinos in Oklahoma with the Cheyenne and Arapaho.

"I owe my company to these tribes," Druck said. "I know how they feel when they go to Sand Creek. I watched their faces and it made me feel the way I did when I visited Dachau 10 years ago. I felt crushed, overwhelmed and saddened that people could do this to other people."

For tiny Eads, population 747, a major historic site in their backyard has raised both hope for a better economy and fear of being flooded with tourists.

The threadbare prairie town, 130 miles east of Pueblo, could use a break. A three-year drought has devastated ranching and agriculture, leaving just a school, a small hospital and city hall as the major employers.

"There is a right way and a wrong way to adapt to a national historic site coming in," said Rod Johnson, chairman of the Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation. "We don't want to be profiting off the Sand Creek Massacre, which has a sort of negative connotation. People out here on the Plains also like their small-town atmosphere. It's not something we want to lose."

Mayor Larry Michael, owner of a truck stop and diner, rolled some tires into his shop.
"It will probably be popular with history buffs," he said. "There has always been a lot of interest, but access was difficult. Thirty thousand people would certainly impact local businesses and motels."

For many, Sand Creek is part of the landscape, something they rarely think about. The neighboring, nearly deserted hamlet of Chivington was named shortly after the massacre in honor of the colonel who perpetrated the killings.

Dana Brown, 43, spent 20 years there before moving to Eads.

"I learned the site was in our backyard in junior high school," she said. "I have never seen it."

Thomas Davis, 52, a local pharmacist, also learned of Sand Creek in history class.

"It amazes me that people will take their vacations through here just to see the site," he said. "I'm surprised by all the attention it's getting; maybe it's some kind of closure for the Indians."

Cometsevah believes it is, one long overdue.

"Now we will take care of the spirits there so they can no longer be disturbed," he said. "Now they can rest."

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Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they  just stale bread to begin with?

Bear Hibernating In Eagle's Nest?
POSTED: March 17, 2004

There's a bear hibernating in a tree on the Chippewa Flowage in Wisconsin.

Natural resources officials said bears normally hibernate in caves, hollow trees or culverts. But this one is in a bald eagle nest at the top of a 45-foot aspen.

A couple snowmobiling in Sawyer County first saw the eagle nest Dec. 31, and thought there was something inside.

Jennifer Ehrlichman of Hayward said they returned the next day and her boyfriend climbed up an adjacent tree to snap some photos, determining it was a bear. She notified Department of Natural Resources officials.

A retired DNR bear ecologist, Mike Gappa, suspects it's a young animal because they're smaller and more inquisitive than older bears.

He said that the animal may have chosen to climb the tree because it had some disturbance on the ground during a previous hibernation.

The DNR wildlife supervisor for the Upper Chippewa area, Ken Jonas, is worried that people will find out the bear's exact location and try to wake it up.

He noted that it's against the law to disturb a hibernating bear. Entering the den of a bear in hibernation carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and $10,000 fine.

From RedWing's Diary
Saturday, March 20th 2004: Awakening Of the Bears Ceremony 
It was the Awakening of the Bears from their winter sleep each year.  Oh my, all the smudging that went on Saturday night should have cleansed the whole USA. I will bet at least 50 -75 smudge sticks were used during the night.   Everyone entered sweat ceremony for the Bear Dance began. 
Gray (my husband) looked at the path to the circle and came back to tell me there was no way I could make it to the circle because the incline was too steep.   We drove for four hours without eating and we were worn out and to learn that I could not go down the hill was disturbing.  Just then, a man to my left said, "I have an extra wheel chair in my car..."   Now why does a man [Jim Edmunds] with no one with him have a brand new wheel chair in his car?  I immediately agreed.   Gray looked at me with a funny face because he knows how I feel about being in a wheel chair.   The arrangement also freed my chair for him as he forgot to bring his chair.  
We arrived at the outside circle and I said "Gee, if I had my drum I could drum", so Gray went back to get our drums.  I drummed with the Jim Edmunds who had the wheel chair and we sang all my bear songs. 
Then I was smudged and was wheeled inside the outer circle by the north west gate.  Standing Bear brought a lady I know from Manataka as Patty Whitfield and gives her his drum  to play with me.  The big buffalo drum is across the circle in the southeast.  We drummed with the big drum for all the dances.  I also sang Calling the Nation and Calling Suneagle songs.  As soon as I sang this he appeared with a big smile. (Suneagle made Grays' drum and was a medicine man on the Mattaponi Reservation in Virginia and he walked on November 6, 2003.)  
First the Gourd Dancers danced and later the Wolf Society danced.  As the Gourd Dancers entered the circle shaking their rattles it began to rain. As it poured down rain,  all veterans were asked to come into the circle and Gray went.   He looked like a drowned rat when he returned.   We had umbrellas and were dry.  Then the rain slackened as the Wolf Society danced and howled until dark.  
The rain stopped immediately as the Bears entered the circle but many clouds were overhead.  As I looked up into the sky, a huge turtle had formed directly overhead.  It was if the Creator opened his theater in sky as the clouds parted like curtains on a stage.   The Great Bear and the Dippers appeared in the sky and I said, "Oh God, it has been many years since I have looked into the night sky."   Tears ran down my face as I witnessed the Creator's magnificent work.
As the Bears entered the circle, they hugged a few people and one of them hugged me.   I kissed the bear face, not the human face.   The dance was beautiful.
After it ended, another man stronger than the first pulled me back up to the top and to the car and I got in the car and sat and talked to a friend sister from on line Misty. until Gray came to the car and we left.  
Went to eat dinner and took Highway 7 to Hot Springs only to find all the motels were  full and had to drive 30 miles to the next town to get a room arriving about 1 a.m.   That is my version of the night.
Sunday Morning
I was laying in bed awake with my eyes closed when I saw my brother Harry Black Eagle walking in a field of tall grass with wild flowers he looked younger. Then I heard my sister Mary Wade (Mary walked unexpectedly April 18, 2003) say "Hi Harry" like he and her together... Harry is still alive.
As I opened my eyes, I saw three old ones and they told me to make this circle with bear fur and wear it every time I go into a circle.  Whether I am standing or sitting, I am to wear this bear fur circle.   I was instructed to ask the five bear dancers for small piece of 2" X 2" bear hide from their robes.   The three old ones have been visiting me since 1990.  Now I have to get the dancers to all agree to give me a small piece from their bear robes.
We got up and went to Hot Springs for our monthly supply of water and eat breakfast.  Then we drove over to the fire circle at Gulpha Gorge where I wanted to drum in the Fire Circle at noon as this was the time for the 8,000 Sacred Drum ceremony to begin in Mexico.   I sang four songs in the circle.   There were a few members of Manataka there in the circle.   Becky Moore lit a fire in sacred circle before we began to sing.   We talked with Cuchi Davila and a few other before we left as Gray had to work the next day.


Frances McAdams:  Hospitalized with cancer.

Alida Baker:  Mother of EagleStar.  Recent illness.
Larry Zink Hota Irons - Michigan:  Diagnosed with cancer. 
Sharon Kamama Baugh - Arkansas:  Diagnosed with cancer. 

William Love:  Leg Amputee.

Sara Jane Cook:  Sister of Joe Burton.  Brain Tumor.

Mother of Charles Lone Wolf Black:  Diagnosed with cancer.

Hayes Family - Arkansas: Four members of the Hayes family of Monticello were seriously injured in a head-on collision Friday, March 5 by a drunk driver.  Billy Hayes has numerous broken bones and internal injuries; Haley Hayes has head and liver injuries and two broken legs; Shelby Lynn (14 mos.) is scheduled to have surgery to place a plate in her neck or a halo brace inserted to correct neck and back injuries; Nathan (2 mos.) escaped serious injury but has a bump on his chin.  This family was featured under 'New Born Manataka Members" with the grandmother, Marsha Pierce in last month's Smoke Signal newsletter.  Please pray for this beautiful family.  The drunk driver sustained minor injuries. 

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it  follow  that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted,cowboys  deranged,   models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed? 

Programs are available continuously 
4/05/04 - Richard Bauman speaks on Ancient Native American Records
4/12/04 - Chief Bill Chance - Spring Totemism Ceremonies -
4/17/04 - Lee Standing Bear Moore - The Mysteries of Manataka -
4/24/03 - Theo Troy speaks on the Traditional Hawaiian Religion
2/20/04 - Red Elk - Inner Heyoka, Twisted Hair Society, Red Web Society - 
2/23/04 - Joshua Shapiro - Crystal Skull Exploration
3/01/04 - Ed McGaa - Best Selling Sioux Nation Author -
3/15/04 - Dr. Clifford Alford and his wife - Co-Medicine Chiefs of the Assaga Siddha
3/21/04 - Cherokee Wolf Clan Mother Nagi Jones Speaks
3/28/04 - Mark Amaru Pinkham -

All Life Is Sacred Run 

Starting on May 13th 2004 a group of runners from all over the world will come to the Kickapoo Indian Reservation to pray with their feet.  Running to the four directions over a four-day period covering 1,000 miles and carrying with them the message that "All Life Is Sacred".

In the evenings we will spend time learning about each other and the different political and environmental issues that each of us work on.  All are welcome to participate in this multi-cultural event.   On May 17th we will have a dinner to celebrate the anniversary of the marriage of Dewey and Peggy Jessepe.

Contact Information:
Dewey and Peggy Jessepe
1422 Golden Eagle Rd. Horton, KS 66439         
Jim Toren Phone Number: 513-528-6576

FootPrints for Peace is a grassroots organization, we organize and assist others in organizing running and walking events. Through these events we hope to pray with our feet, have the time and space to learn about other cultures and heal the Earth as we heal ourselves. On these pilgrimages every step is a prayer and every mile is a new ceremony.


2 skunks, skinned and cleaned
1 Tbsp. salt
Water to cover
2 cups of bear fat or lard
2 egg yolks, beaten
3 cups milk or cream
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 Tbsp. baking powder

Clean and wash the skunks, making sure that the scent glands are removed. Cut up into small serving pieces.  Put a soup kettle on the stove and add the meat. Cover
with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat.  Lower the heat and boil until the meat is tender, about 40 minutes. Remove all the pieces of meat and let drain. Make a batter by mixing together the egg yolks, milk, flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well
until the batter is about like cake batter. Heat the bear fat or lard in a deep pan. Dip the pieces of skunk in the batter and then fry them in the deep fryer until golden brown. Drain and serve with clothes pins (for your nose).

Spiritual Awareness Workshops

Mario and Magdala

April 23 (7-9pm) -24 (8am-4pm)

Little Rock, AR

$101 donation

(Scholarships available)

Magdala is a Mayan Priestess, from a long line of such, voice of the Earth Mother, and Master of the Mexica Wisdom.  Mario is an Apache Sun Dancer and Pipe Carrier, Reiki Master, and possessor of the Mexica wisdom.

"Woman is the altar,
man is the prayer.
Together we become the path
and the traveler on the path."

Surrender to the transforming love within.

Restore balance and harmony in your life

Step out of the fear and darkness
into the fullness of life eternal.


Explore the ancestral knowledge of the feminine ways,

the union of polarities.

Discover the sacredness of the feminine
and the masculine within yourself.


The Snow Woman
She was best known as Suzy Chapstick, thanks to a bunch of lip-balm ads she did in the 1970s. A freestyle skiing pioneer, Suzy Chaffee (dubbed the First Lady of Skiing by Ski America), was captain of the 1968 Olympic ski team. She was also a three-time World Freestyle Skiing champion from 1971 to `73, a 1988 inductee into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame, and one of Sports Illustrated's "50 Greatest Sports Figures of the Century." A committed activist, Suzy assisted in the passage of the 1978 Amateur Sports Act, and started the Women's Freestyle Tour by raising $1 million from corporate sponsors. She led the charge for the passage of Title IX in
Washington, and for the Amateur Sports Act (which mandates 20 percent athlete representation on all Olympic sports boards). She was also the first woman on the U.S. Olympic Committee, served on numerous presidential councils for physical fitness, has authored books on fitness and skiing and has designed skiwear. She studied journalism and photography at four universities: Denver, Washington, UCLA, and Innsbruck, and indeed speaks French and German. Suzy introduced ski
ballet to America on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," and starred in the film "Fire & Ice," the biggest box office ski film hit worldwide, as well as produced, directed, and starred in a film short, "Butch Chapstick and the Snowdance Kid." And she doubled for Deborah Raffin in the cult classic "Ski Lift to Death."
Suzy Chaffee was one of the only famous female athletes one could name during the 1960s and `70s, having burst onto the international skiing scene as America's ebullient blonde hope at the winter Games in Grenoble, France. From the New York society pages to the Aspen celebrity circuit, Suzy was everywhere — even perched au natural on a Sun Valley summit for Town and Country. Her overall presence in the
sport held the door open for women of all athletic persuasions for decades to come.
It was an ad man for President Ford that reportedly dreamed up the "Suzy Chapstick" campaign, inspired by the former 5'9"model's idealism that championed fun and fitness (didja know: Suzy also set up an Advertising Council Forum to sell fitness to America in the `70s). That idealism was inspired by her respect for Native
Americans, whom she says have a 30,000-year relationship with joyful spiritual sports.

Born in Rutland, Vermont, her first coach at age 5 was an Abenaki Indian. In the last decade, she has turned her energy and talents to the quest for the skier within. Under the tutelage of a Native American mentor, she has embraced "the wisdom of the mountain," and has become a proponent of a new "feminine, nurturing style of
skiing," which includes such New Age techniques as hugging and imaging and lectures about "Oneness with Nature in Ancient Civilization."
On the phone from her home in Colorado, she points me to her website at She co-founded the Native Voices Foundation, a cultural exchange program that brings native Americans back into the community by trading their practice of native dancing and ceremonies for ski lessons, lift tickets, and equipment. The non-profit program, which includes participation of Ute, Navajo, Lakota, Pima, Cherokee, Pueblo, and Crow Indians, is spreading to ski resorts across America. Last year, NVF inaugurated it's first "Ute intercultural camp in a teepee village, to restore the traditions that our government camps nearly destroyed and teach Anglos to see through the eyes of Native Peoples."

For all this, Suzy is still remembered as Suzy Chapstick. But to native Americans, she is "The Snow Woman." 

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In Search Of Spiritual Growth
by Susan Bates

I have met a lot of mixed blood people in my lifetime who feel angry and cheated because their parents and grandparents chose not to walk the "Red Road."   But if they hadn't done what they did, many of us might not be here today and the knowledge might have been forever lost.

We are the 5th generation removed from the ones who walked the Trail of Tears. It is our job to help bring back that ancient sacred knowledge for our children and grandchildren as the prophesies tell us that it will be the 7th Generation who lead us into the 5th world.  Bringing it back isn't going to be easy as much of the knowledge has been lost, but enough of it remains for us to understand the basic wisdom of the ancient teachings. The trick is to figure out where to go to learn this stuff.

Books and movies are where most of us start, but they are often far from the truth. And it is the truth that we must learn - not the cobbled up "airy fairy" teachings which abound today. Gathering with other people who share the same heritage is good and there are many tribes and bands forming now which purport to follow the ways. But it is often hard to know if their leaders are genuine or just taking ego trips.

Here are some guidelines that might help. First - everything you need to know is already inside of you, it's just a matter of learning to listen to the still small voice. Beware of any "Medicine Man" (or anyone else) who tries to tell you what you should be doing on your path. If you are seeking to know your clan - listen to what your heart says. The same holds true with dreams. I could make a fortune interpreting dreams. But the truth of it is that dream symbols mean different things for different people. If I dream about a snake, that might be very good medicine for me. If you dream about one it might not be a good thing for you. The whole point of having dreams is to spend time meditating and figuring out what it is you are telling yourself.

We have become an instant society. We want instant food, instant entertainment, instant pain relief. But spiritual growth takes a lifetime of hard, diligent work to achieve. Beware of Instant Indians.

I was taught that when a person is ready for a teacher, one will appear.  I've seen it happen many times where the same opportunity for spiritual growth has been presented to a group of people. One will take it and 19 will run over him to get to a powwow. But this is how it should be. It isn't so much the destination that is important as much as it is the journey. Go slow and enjoy the trip.
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