Smoke Signal Newsletter  Volume VI Issue 2   February 2004
Manataka American Indian Council                  Volume VI Issue 2   February, 2004


CONTENTS:
01.  Letters to the Editor                10.   McDonald's Snub Indian Kids
02.  Women's Council Challenge     11.   Membership Meeting
03.  Circle of Friends                      12.   Prayer Basket
04.  Sharon Baugh Day!                  13. How the Cherokee Got The Pipe
05.  Women's Healing Retreat          14.   Manataka.Org Website Update
06.  Heart Attack!!                          15.   John Two-Hawks Speaks         
07.  Preserve Critical Habitat            16.  Dispelling Myths

8.  William Running Thunder          17.  Guatemala Journey
09.  Message from Robert Redford    18.  Elder Tatanka Hunkesi



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MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!

March 27  Women's Council Craft Sale
April 2 - 4   Manataka Encampment - Date correction
June 25-27  Summer Gathering at Manataka

Letters to the Editor:

Hello Manataka,
Thank you for the prayers and assistance for our family during the time of our daughter's illness.   After she awoke after 21 days in coma, the first words she spoke was about dreams she had while unconscious.  Debbie said she was on a mountain with an Indian who was praying and singing around a fire.   It was very dark around her, but the light of the fire and the brighnest of the stars made her feel safe.   She said the Indian spoke to her and told her was going to be well again and to prepare for returning to her family.  She said she was taken to a stream where the water was "fogging up" and she was give a drink of warm water.  Then she awoke in her hospital room to see her mother sleeping in the chair beside her bed.  Debbie is healing well and has been home for two days now.   We are grateful for Manataka.  ---  John J. Justine


Dear Manataka:
For many years I have dreamed about having a name in the language of my ancestors - Cherokee.   We are related to the Vann's and Bushyheads of Oklahoma.  I wish this was possible, but my family consists of my brother and I and there is no one left to give me a "real" name.  Can Manataka give me a suggestion or help in any way?              ---  Roger Wheeler

O'siyo Roger,
Regarding participation in naming ceremonies: In the old dayıs the grandmothers and grandfathers gave a name to a newborn.  Later in life, the people gave the name that reflected a personıs personality, outstanding traits or deeds, or may be a vision.  Often, a person close to the individual or the spiritual leader of the clan or tribe, gave the person a name.

Today this is our way for those who find themselves without nearby family.     

You must make an offering to the sacred Manataka Mountain of something you have made with your own hands.  You must pray about what you wish to make, then pray as you gather the materials.   Pray every moment as you make your gift.  Pray about who you are, what you have been and what you will be in the future.  Put your spirit inside the object you are making.  Once done, send it to Manataka.    We will give your offering to either a visiting spiritual elder or one of our elders here who will take it to the mountain and conduct prayer ceremonies.   If the name comes during the ceremony, you will be notified and you must appear in the sacred circle to receive the name during Naming Ceremonies.  The name cannot be given any other way.  If the name does not come, the ceremony will be conducted two more times.   If a name is not given after that, we leave your gift on the mountain and ask you to wait another year.   If you decide this is a good path for you, remember to be patient along the way.  We have seen names come within one week and for others it has taken more than four years.  --- Editor


BULLETIN....
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 12:05 PM
Subject: wallace black elk

It is with a huge sense of loss I write this email to let you know that Grandfather Wallace Black Elk crossed over early last evening near Denver.  I will tell you in email that it happened in a very good way, the way he would have wanted to go.  I was blessed to be present and he was surrounded by family and people who loved him deeply.

Wanbli Cicala (Little Eagle), as he was known in Lakota, is now in a far better place.  It will be for the rest of us to walk in courage as we deal with this enormous loss to our lives and live out the legacy of towering wisdom he left behind.  But certainly the world will never be the same again.

As a Lakota Elder and spiritual interpreter, he was pipe carrier and descendent of the  legendary Nicholas Black Elk whose visionary experiences were recounted in  the book "Black Elk Speaks."  Grandfather Wallace was born and raised on  the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and was in the sacred ways of his people.

One of the original spiritual advisors to the American Indian Movement, Black Elk was present at the occupation of Wounded Knee and was instrumental in the passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act  in 1978.

An international lecturer, Black Elk taught traditional Lakota spiritual  ways of life throughout the U.S., France, Germany, Switzerland, Egypt,  Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. As a Native American  representative to the United Nations, he addressed United Nations Meetings  in New York and the International Non-Governmental Organizations  Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Funeral services were held on January 28 at Evergreen, CO. Per request of his daughter, Marilyn Black Elk, an account has been established to cover funeral expenses and a memorial service at:  North Valley Bank, 9001 N. Washington, Thornton, CO 80229, telephone 303.452.5500 Routing # 107005076 Acct. 4031825.

Mitakuye Oyasin.

2004 Objective:

Widen the ³Circle of Friendship²
³Circle of Friendship² includes husbands, families, and friends.
 
Mark your Calendar Now!

11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 7th
11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 6th
136 Waine Place, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Home of Lee ³Standing Bear², Becky, and Amanda Moore

Visitors  Welcome!

Potluck Lunch ­ Bring any food/drink items to share

February Program:

Making Dream Catchers

presented by Sheila Pierce and Sarah Peasley

Supplies donated by Sheila Pierce

Bring feathers, rings, beads, waxed linen cord, and leather wrapping


Finger Weaving
Bring three (3) colors of yarn and clips

Childrenıs Drum Making

Bring feathers, leather, fur, cans, lacing, wrapping, beads, and spray paint

All items constructed are donated to the Womenıs Council for sale during events.  If you wish to appear on the agenda, contact Becky Moore, at least 7 days prior.  

DIRECTIONS:  From Hwy 70 East at Gulpha Gorge, (Hwy 70B).   Go West on Hwy 70 to the signal light at Spring Street.  Turn LEFT going East on Spring.  Go past the ŒSı curve, bridge, stay on Spring.   1Ž4 mile after crossing the railroad tracks, turn RIGHT on to Honeycutt.  Go up the hill and watch for a small dead-end street on the left.  Turn LEFT onto Waine Place.  


The Manataka Womenıs Council

CHALLENGES YOU!

To help reduce Gathering and other event expense and increase Women's Council's income, bring a gift to the Manataka Womenıs Councilıs Circle of Friendship to every membership meeting and event in 2004. If you cannot come, please mail or ship the following:

To help reduce potluck and other meal expense:

PLASTIC STORAGE CONTAINERS WITH A TIGHT LID.
SIZES NEEDED:  SMALL BOWLS TO 40 GAL. LARGE STORAGE CONTAINERS.

FILL CONTAINERS WITH YOUR CHOICE OF THE FOLLOWING:
           To increase income through craft production:
    To reduce office supply expense:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15 DECLARED

³SHARON KAMAMA KANOGISDI BAUGH DAY²

Everyone will present his/her gift to the Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship' and Sharon Kamama Kanogisdi Baugh in the Fire Circle during the Sunday, February 15 meeting at Gulpha Gorge.  A special ceremony will be conducted by the Elders and officers of the Womenıs Council.   

Sharon Kamama Kanogisdi Baugh was recently diagnosed with rectal and colon, liver, stomach and lung cancer.  She has received her first chemotherapy treatment.  Sharon is the founding Elder Mother of the Womenıs Council and has served faithfully and graciously for many years as Chair of the Womenıs Council and on the Elder Council.  She deserves our honor, respect, thanks and appreciation.  She has tirelessly fed each of us and has touched all our lives. The Manataka Womenıs Council declares Sunday, February 15h, 2004, as a day of honoring Sharon Baugh for her lovingly dedicated hours of service given to all the children of Manataka.  

One of Sharon's wishes is that the "Circle of Friendship" grow and prosper.   The Circle of Friendship needs your help.


By taking this challenge, you will be giving a gift to Sharon and helping her wish for the success and growth of the Manataka Women's Council.


Sharon appreciates all cards, letters, and notes of encouragement. Her address is: 1194 Bald Mountain Road, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901. Please do not call. The family has requested privacy. Judy Filmore, Becky Moore and Bear receive regular updates on Sharonıs condition. Please include Sharon, and her family, in your prayers.

Thank you for your consideration!



 
Women's Weekend Healing Retreat

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

Do you long for solitude?  Need a break from a hectic life?  Do you yearn for spiritual strength? Want to meet new friends?   The Fire Circle at Gulpha Gorge is nestled in the valley of The Three Sisters of Manataka.  It has been a sacred area for thousands of years.  The area is rich with history, lessons, stories, legends, and natural beauty. It is an area truly blessed by the Creator, where Godıs presence can be felt like encircling arms.  

* SEMINARS * LESSONS * DISCUSSIONS * BOOK REVIEWS *
GUIDED HIKES * CRAFTS WORKSHOP * HEALTH SPA & MASSAGE *

For more information go to:  Women's Council Healing Retreat http://www.manataka.org/page45.html


Heart Attack!

Let's say it's 6.15p m and you're driving home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated.  Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home.   

Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and ! who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.  However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorous deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

Tell as many other people as possible about this.  It could save their lives!!


PRESERVE CRITICAL HABITAT AND WILDLIFE
ON NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATIONS
By Sheri Burnett

Across the country, Native American tribes are faced with the difficult task of finding funding for large scale, effective resource management on reservation lands.  As a result, critical wildlife species and their habitat are increasingly at risk. Despite paying taxes and having the same monetary responsibilities as the rest of Americans, tribes do not receive funding from the US government for wildlife and habitat management and restoration. Please write your Senators today and urge them to support conservation funding for tribes.  Tell them to support measures such as the Conservation and Reinvestment Act that have allowances for Tribal conservation dollars.



Go to: www.nwf.org  Click on:  Take Action Then click on: Take More Action

There are many issues here to ponder. We must to all we can to save our brothers and sisters of Mother Earth. If you are able, please send a donation. If you cannot donate, you can send your senators and other officials an email or fax and lend your support. These are crucial to the survival of all God's creatures.

Many blessings to you. Wa-do

Mother Earth's Correspondent - Sheri Burnett


Elder William
Running Thunder
 Copyright by The Electric Wigwam (N.H.), 2000, all rights reserved

Da go Te'. My name is William Running Thunder.  I am of the people you would call the Apache.  We call ourselves the Nde. This means "the people".  The word Apache means "our enemy" and it is from the Zuni language.  This is not our real name.

I am not an official tribal elder.  I have no title.  But I am an 87 year old man with many years of life experience in the ways of my people.

I decided to write for your website when a young friend of mine pointed out to me your message and goal.  I feel it is a good one.  I hope that people read what is written here and find truth that will help them in my humble message and those messages of others.

You see, my father always told me the great words of Goyathlay as I was growing up.  These words molded what I am in many ways.  His most favorite thing to tell me was that Goyathlay said that some days each of us prays in silence.  Some days we pray together aloud.  Other times the old ones pray for us that we learn from their good ways and complete our duties to ourselves and each other thus we do honor to Usen (*The Great Spirit).  This is one reason why I do this. To honor my father and Goyathlay's words.

From my heart I tell you that each person on this earth, no matter how low or high in position or status has a reason to be here.  When the Great Spirit created the earth he did not make anything worthless.  Remember this when you look at others and think they are lower than you.  You will be judged by Usen with the same rules you use to judge others.

When I was a child my father talked all the time of the great leaders of our people.  Over time I became angry because I was not a great Leader like my father spoke of.  I felt like I was no one special.  I felt like my life was a wasted time. And worse, I felt like my father was disappointed in me for not being great like Goyathlay or Cochise.

I told my father this one day and he said to me that each man and woman has a path that creation put before them.  It is their task in life to find that path for themselves and help their children find their first steps onto that path as well.  Not every path will be one in the open.  But most will be uphill.  Don't worry if your path brings you into the forest.  Not everyone is meant to run in the fields.  If this were so the field would be to full and the forest would be lonely places.

Though there are great people in the fields, it is not always the people who are the most seen who are the wises of men.  The coyote is strong and runs in the open field showing it's strength and brings fear in the animals it hunts but its feast are few and far between.

The owl waits quietly in the trees.  Its prey does not fear it for its prey never sees it and the owl eats every night.  This means that the wiser people are often the ones, who like the owl, wait quietly for their time.

When you do things to find your path and to help the Earth heal, don't run with the coyote unless you are a coyote.  Be like an owl and you may not have your face seen and no one may put up a statue to you, but you will find your path.

My father was a wise man.  His words are very important, even today.  Especially today. I am an old man, I will likely not be here to see the time of great change come.  But many who read these words will.  My grandchildren and great grandchildren will.  So to them I say, listen to my words and those of my father.  Just because you are not famous or rich or a great leader of a nation does not mean you are not needed.  If you are famous, rich and a great leader of a nation it does not mean you are done your journey.  Do not stop, no matter who you are.  Be instead steady and move forward on your path.  If you do, you are honoring your ancestors who gave you form your God who gave you life.  This is what the world was created to do.  This is what you can do to heal the mother.  This is what you should do.

Courtesy of Electric Wigwam http://www.earthvoices.org/elderindex.html


Message from Robert Redford
Dear Friend,
Over the next few weeks,... congressional allies will try once again to ram their disastrous energy bill through the U.S. Senate.  They fell only two votes short in November and they've vowed to make  passage of the bill their top priority now that Congress has returned from recess.

This bill may be the worst piece of legislation you and I will see in our lifetimes. It would pick your pocket, despoil your natural heritage, endanger your family's health and smother your hope for a more secure energy future. We ignore this bill at our own peril.

Let me tell you our simple plan for thwarting this shameless attack on our  environment and pocketbooks. If millions of Americans each took one minute  to protest this bill, it would cause every senator who is tempted to vote for it to think twice about doing so.

You can make this happen within the next few hours by doing two things:

First, go to http://www.savebiogems.org/takeaction.asp and send your two  senators an email or fax, telling them to vote against this pro-polluter  energy bill.

Then, forward my email to at least four of your friends, family members or colleagues.

I am emailing this message to 500,000 BioGems Defenders and other NRDC  activists. If each one forwards this message to just four more people, we  will generate a national tidal wave of opposition before this day is over.

And that won't be a moment too soon. This disgraceful bill would pick our  pockets to hand out billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to the oil,  coal and nuclear industries. They profit while the rest of us pay the price -- in tax dollars and environmental degradation.

This bill gives the energy giants a free pass to drill their way through  our last wild places, burn more dirty coal, build a new generation of risky nuclear power plants and dramatically increase air pollution that would sicken the vulnerable -- especially children and seniors -- for decades to come.

It would establish oil and gas development as the dominant use of our  federal public lands, open national parks to the construction of  electricity transmission lines, exempt polluters from core provisions of  our clean air and water laws and waive liability for the producers of the toxic gasoline additive MTBE -- even though it has contaminated at least 1,500 public water supplies in all 50 American states.

You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a more backward-looking, wasteful and  self-defeating energy "plan" than this one. At a time when the federal deficit is soaring and we're going to war in the Persian Gulf oilfields,  the White House wants to stick us with the tab for prolonging our destructive dependence on fossil fuels, foreign oil and dangerous nuclear technology.

This is not a national energy policy. This is corporate welfare, pure and simple. Estimates of the bill's corporate tax breaks range from $23 billion to well over $100 billion with loan guarantees included. No surprise there.


It's one thing to gouge taxpayers. But to claim this rip-off is in the national interest is a slap in the face to every working American.   Poll after poll shows that the vast majority of voters -- of both parties  -- understand that we simply must reduce our out-of-control appetite for fossil fuels if we ever are to secure energy independence. That means turning American rooftops into the Persian Gulf of solar energy. It means producing cars that get 40 miles per gallon. It means constructing efficient buildings that use half the energy of the average American office without sacrificing comfort.

Making this transformation to a super-efficient, low-pollution economy  would save consumers upwards of a trillion dollars, spare our last wild places from destruction, improve our health, slow global warming and reduce our dependence on undemocratic regimes overseas.  


But unless millions of Americans speak out right now, the enactment of the  president's energy bill will doom us to an apocalyptic future of blighted   wilderness, poisonous air pollution, devastating climate change and endless wars over fossil fuels.

Please make your voice heard. Go to
http://www.savebiogems.org/takeaction.asp and tell your senators to obey the will of the American people, *not* the dictates of giant energy  corporations! Call on Congress to create a sustainable and affordable energy path.

And please be sure to forward this message to at least four other people.   Believe me, millions of Americans are just waiting for a simple way to stop this madness and lend their support to a sane and hopeful energy future.

Sincerely yours,

Robert Redford
Board of Trustees
Natural Resources Defense Council

BioGems: Saving Endangered Wild Places
A project of the Natural Resources Defense Council
http://www.savebiogems.org

Submitted by Jeff Knight


McDonald's Minority Scholarship Program
Omits American Indians
James May / Indian Country Today

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - This past summer Ahtna Atathabaskan tribal member John Smelcer decided to stop at the local McDonaldıs for a burger and came out thinking that he found a good scholarship lead for his daughter who is nearing high school graduation.

Tucked away near the nutritional literature that many McDonaldıs patrons probably would rather not see was a brochure regarding scholarships offered by the philanthropic arm of the burger behemoth known as the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

On the brochure was information about applying for minority scholarships and since his daughter is Indian, Smelcer said he never doubted that this would apply to her. However, upon further research into the minority scholarships, Smelcer found out American Indians are not among the groups that are eligible to receive the award.

"Of the four officially recognized minority groups, African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics, only American Indians are not eligible,"  said Smelcer.

Smelcer wrote several letters to the McDonaldıs corporation and eventually received a reply confirming that American Indians are not included among potential recipients of the scholarship.

In a letter dated Dec. 13 provided by Smelcer, Debbie Stone, an official at Ronald McDonald House Charities wrote that American Indians do appear on lists of data collected nationally for people in need.  However Stone wrote that the charity "must prioritize how we spend the dollars that we have for scholarships."

Stone goes on to say that the eligible minority groups still require a "tremendous level of assistance."

In another letter, dated Dec. 17, Ronald McDonald House Charities Director Susan Kerr wrote that local chapters of the charity "feel we have the scholarships programs that that fit the majority of their constituents needs right now."

McDonaldıs spokeswoman Julie Pottebaum said that the scholarships are arranged through local chapters of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and it is they who assess the specific needs for their communities.  "We rely on our local chapters in communities in which we do business," said Pottebaum.

One of the local communities that McDonaldıs does business in is Albuquerque, N.M., which has a significant American Indian population.  The local Ronald McDonald House Charity Director, Sandy Mann used to work directly with American Indians through her philanthropic work.

Mann pointed out her local chapter administers a housing program in which half the recipients are American Indians. She claimed her office has suggested a separate American Indian or more general scholarship fund to the Ronald McDonald House Charities headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, whom she said have "taken it under advisement" though Mann is hopeful for at least a general scholarship in 2006.

Mann said it would be impossible for her office to do a separate American Indian scholarship because her staff is too small and already has their hands full with various other projects.

With help from the Oak Brook headquarters, the Albuquerque office has signed on with the scholarship for Hispanics called HACER, which Mann said is the longest standing ethnic-specific scholarship offered through the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Mann pointed out it was nearly two decades before the scholarships were also added for African Americans and Asians, which consequently are recent additions.



Though the scholarship programs originate at the local level, as it did in the case of the HACER, which was originally the brainchild of a local McDonaldıs franchisee in Texas, it is still only with the backing of the Oak Brook headquarters that the scholarships are able to function.

The Oak Brook office, which was the hometown of McDonaldıs founder Ray Kroc, still handles all the necessary paperwork and processes the applications for HACER and the other two ethnic specific scholarships.

Smelcer has no problem with giving a larger amount of the scholarship grant to other minority groups since they constitute a larger number of needy students because of larger populations, he wonders why they cannot perhaps direct at least a small portion of their scholarship budget to American Indians. In terms of prioritizing needs, Smelcer pointed out that American Indians are perhaps the neediest of all the groups.

For example, he pointed out that only 2.1 percent of American Indians attend college and that American Indian households average about $12,000 a year less than whites. According to the U.S. Census Bureau only African Americans, as a whole, earn less than American Indians and Alaska Natives, who earn about $33,000 annually, roughly equal to that of Hispanics.

Meanwhile Asians, one of the groups eligible for the Ronald McDonald House Charities minority scholarships, are the top ethnic income earners at about $54,000 in average annual income between 2000 and 2002, though this does not reflect income disparities between the various groups of disparate people of Asian national origin.

Courtesy of Indian Country Today - http://indiancountry.com/?1073061036
Courtesy of Larry Morningstar - Indigenous Peoples Report  -  Mana8@mac.com


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MANATAKA MEMBERSHIP MEETING
MAIC membership meetings are held 11:30 a.m. on the Third Sunday of each month at the Fire Circle in Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds, located on Hwy 70B between Hwys 70 East and 7 North on the east side of the Hot Springs Mountain, unless otherwise announced. In case of inclement weather, the meeting is held 1/4 mile away at the Quality Inn on Hwy. 70 East. Everyone welcome!

MEETING DATES:

January 18, February 15, March 21, April 25

THE ELDER COUNCIL will meet on 1:30 p.m., Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the home of Bob McFarlin.  



MATERIAL DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
1. Reams of ink jet paper
2. Postage stamps
3. 12 sheets 1/2" plywood
4. 25' aluminum poles (3-5" diameter)  

5.  Tipi poles are needed

LAND - Donate land to be used as financing leverage for the Manataka American Indian Village. Any size or location is acceptable. Certain tax benefits may apply.

MEMORIAL GIFTS -
When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a tax deductible contribution to MAIC and we will send the family in your name a beautiful letter and memorial certificate.

PRAYER BASKET
From V. Graybear, TN:  My friend can I call upon you for a prayer request. Its not for me but for a teacher at ft. Peck Rez.   She has spent most of Her life helpping the Children to get a better education. & Improving the school system there. And now needs prayers. She will be going for Chemo soon she's in Her 70's  Her name is Grand Mother Iris Allrunner. A very speacial woman that don't think of Her self but for the Children. Thank You.
From H. Eagle Star Devereaux, CA: Please pray for Frances and her husband Jack. Jack was  diagnosed today with Parkenson disease. He is in Moderate form of it. He is related to a friend who is planning on joining Manataka in the future. Also My Sister Marjoire, She has an unknown illness.  She is having dangerously high fever with unknown reasons. Then she is haveing trouble with her legs. It was first thought that she had had a stroke but found out that was wrong.For Chief Woableza for his continued healing. Also for Sharon, who is head of the Womens Council.
From Pat & Sam:  Woableza LaBatte needs more prayers on his road to recovery from a beating.
From Jennifer White Feather Attaway:   Evil forces have been viciously attacking our friend Wesley to seek control of his mind.
From Susan:  Please pray for the bears in Arkansas - it will be open season soon.  
From Will WalksCrow:  [Editor's Note: It was incorrectly reported the demise of Benjamin Alls, a Cherokee living in Washington state in the last Smoke Signal newsletter. Will reports that Ben is recovering from a stay in the hospital.]  See there!  Prayer really works and they did NOT pull sheets over his face.  



How The Cherokee Got Their Pipe

Everyone knows the story of how and why White Buffalo Calf Woman brought the pipe to the Lakotas. This is important knowledge if you are Lakota.   But little is said about how the Cherokee got their pipe.If you are Cherokee it is important for you to know your own stories since it is our stories that teach us how to be Cherokee. Long ago there was a woman named Arrow Woman. She was an excellent hunter, as good as any man she was with a bow.

One day while out hunting, Arrow Woman found a magic lake where the injured animals went to be healed. She sat down on the shore of this magical lake to rest and observe. A Great Uktena (Dragon) arose from the water. He told her that he had a gift for her. Then he dipped his head beneath the water and brought up a crooked stick and a leather pouch and laid them at her feet.

He explained to her that this was the Sacred Pipe of the Creator. "The bowl is made from the same red clay that He made your people from, and represents Woman. Just as a woman bears the children and brings forth life, so, too, the bowl of the pipe bears the sacred tobacco (tsola) and brings forth the smoke. The stem of the pipe represents Man, rigid and strong. It is a gift from the plant kingdom and like a man, it supports the bowl just as man supports his family." The Uktena then taught Arrow Woman how to join the bowl to the stem saying,  "Just as a man and a woman remain separate until joined in marriage, so
too are the bowl and stem separate, never to be joined unless the pipe is used." He showed her how to place the sacred tobacco (tsola) into the pipe. Then he lit it with an ember from the fire. When the smoke rose from the pipe, he told her this, "The smoke is the breath of The Creator, When you draw the smoke into your body, you will be cleansed and made whole. When the smoke leaves your mouth, it will rise to The Creator. Your prayers, your dreams, your hopes and desires will be taken to Him in the smoke.  Also the truth in your soul will be shown to Him when you smoke the pipe. If you are not true, do not smoke the pipe.  If your spirit is bad and you seek to deceive, do not smoke the pipe."  And he taught her the sacred PRAYERS  that should be said when using the pipe.

Arrow Woman took the pipe back to her village. The People were honored to be given such a wonderful gift from Creator. A strange thing begin to happen to the People when the Pipe came into their lives. In the past, Cherokee men were quick to go to war. This meant that our women were always mourning lost husbands, sons and fathers. But now the Sacred Pipe was always consulted before any major decisions were made. By the time the pipe ceremony was completed and the prayers were sent skyward on the
sacred smoke, the urge to fight had often left.

If you are Cherokee and use or "carry" a ceremonial pipe, make very sure you know the correct prayers and ceremonies. There should be no mixing of traditions. I see lots of "Lakotakees" and Rainbow pipe carriers out there. This is a very dangerous thing to do and will eventually result in severe consequences to those who make up their own rules.

This is how it was told to me.
Courtesy of Susan Bates - susanbates@webtv.net  
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If you are American Indian and are looking for seeds to grow your own Old Tobacco, tsâl-agäyûñ'lï, you can contact Robert Francis at RR 3 Box 194A, Butler, MO  64730. Please send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. Remember, Old Tobacco is sacred and is only to be used for traditional ceremonies.  Wado.


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Poetry by Ladybird <http://www.manataka.org/page64.html>
Spirit Dance

CHILDREN'S CIRCLE
How Bear Lost His Tail
How Do Animals Spend Winter? <http://www.manataka.org/page38.html>
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FEATURE STORIES
Chief Woableza Tragedy
Dance of the Blue Blanket
Naming North America <http://www.manataka.org/page263.html>  Dec. New!
The One Great Chief
Indian Craft Work <http://www.manataka.org/page244.html>
Looking Back Woman! <http://www.manataka.org/page228.html>   Dec. New!
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Open Letter to Peacemakers
Memories of the Standing Ones <http://www.manataka.org/page257.html>
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The Lost People <http://www.manataka.org/page254.html>
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Cherokee Law <http://www.manataka.org/page274.html>   Jan. New!
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Osage History <http://www.manataka.org/page258.html>
Who Were the Bothuk Indians? <http://www.manataka.org/page266.html>   Dec. New!

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Why Sun Follows Moon

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Prophesies of New Zealand <http://www.manataka.org/page225.html>
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Song of Woableza!
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Can DNA Prove Tribal Affiliation? <http://www.manataka.org/page267.html>   Jan. New!
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JOHN TWO-HAWKS SPEAKS

Hau kola,
Happy New Year my friends.  Well, here we are in the Moon of the Strong Cold....  brrrrrrrrrrr.   

[This will the first of four messages, representing the four sacred directions, from Manataka's friend, John Two Hawks of Holiday Island, Arkansas who is a wonderful flute player, singer, writer and poet.]   
EAST - Wiyohinyanpata - Yellow (Four Winds)
And so the new year begins....   I must confess, I have been struggling a bit with what I suppose is some sort of 'writers block'.  Quite frustrating I must say, but I am if nothing else, an incredibly tenacious, determined soul!  

Have you ever felt as if you were up against a giant, insurmountable wall?  Have you ever felt like you had nothing left?  That you were out of gas before you reached your destination?  This happens to all of us at times.  If there is anything that I have learned in this life, it is that perseverance is omnipotent.  It is more powerful than raw talent, and will help you achieve what even raw talent cannot.  

Perseverance is that trait within that simply will not, ever, ever, ever give up hope.  It keeps a person digging, striving, slugging away against the odds even when it seems all our resources are spent.  I love the 'Rocky' movies.  They are great stories of perseverance.  A smallish, under-priviledged, under-talented man triumphs against impossible odds with little more than sheer heart and determination.  Is perseverance an innate gift, or something that can be learned?  

Although I do believe that some are born with innate perseverance, I also know that it is something that can be learned just as well.  Sometimes, actually most of the time, life itself is what teaches us how to persevere.  We lose a job, or even worse, a loved one....  we are faced with an enormous life changing struggle....  or it could be a combination of many losses and struggles culminating in a feeling of helplessness.  When this is where you find yourself, it is time for perseverance.  

You are empty, energy spent, no answers and no energy left....  This is when we need to be filled with the power of Spirit.  Let Spirit fill your emptiness, your weariness.  Then take a deep breath - lots of them! - and press on.  You will overcome.  Perhaps an obstacle is in your path.  Be like water.  Flex....  bend....  stretch....  wiggle....  and find a way over, under, around or maybe even through it.  No matter how difficult it seems, do not give up on yourself.  

Rocky's opponents were all bigger, stronger and faster than him.  And at first, they overpowered him.  But something happens to Rocky that transcends his own abilities.... his determination and perseverance kicks in and he presses on with little more than sheer will.  In his pressing on, he discovers weaknesses in his opponent, and opportunities for victory that he would have never discovered had he given up before his spirit took over.  And in the end Rocky is victorious, all because he pressed on with his heart.  Rocky was, in a sense, like water finding a way to move a giant boulder which has impeded the way to achieving the goal.  The giant boulder seems so much more powerful than the water of the stream in which it sits, yet amazingly, by continuing to persistently press against the boulder, the water inevitably moves the boulder out of its way and even wears it down in the process!  

It is when we are empty and weak that Spirit can be the strongest in us, and Spirit is always more powerful than any obstacle we may face.  Spirit can fill us with the strength to carry on even in our darkest hour, all we have to do is surrender.  The Tsalagi (Cherokee) people who survived the infamous 'Trail of Tears', found deep within them a perseverance which enabled them to endure deep suffering and then ultimately rise again as a people and a nation.  Their burdens, though likely more than many of us will ever bear, teach us that even through the greatest trials we can call on Spirit to help us persevere....  that we can reach deep within ourselves and find a way to carry on....  and that even in our darkest hour, there is always, always hope....

Many of you have been asking about books, so I am pleased to announce that Native Circle now has a large selection of books to choose from.  These are books which I have approved, most of which I have read.  Please check out the books we are now offering.  You can see them here: http://www.nativecircle.com/books.htm   We will continue to update with more products at Native Circle this coming year, as this is a goal of mine, so keep checking in on us.  I have a new Music Video coming out and a new CD, both very soon.  A new book (or two) is on the agenda as well.  I will also be traveling to Finland in early spring for a studio collaboration and national TV appearance.  So, lots of exciting stuff happening in the Two-Hawks world!  Looking forward to seeing as many of you as I can this year as I tour.  Blessings to you all.          -   John Two-Hawks


Dispelling Myths
Thoughts From Shirley


Throughout the years and throughout time there have always been rumors, gossip, and misleading and as I think on it, I can honestly say that I can't think of any one group of people whom have not been harmed by others MIS conceptions of them.

In the society of the here and now I think we can all agree that the quest of knowledge of the American Indians ways are at an all time high, I think that many are looking for answers that are for questions never asked or answered by today's society.

There has been so much said and misrepresented about our people that it is nice that at this particular time that we can all work together and remove some of the misunderstandings of our people.

We are simple people, we take care of our mother earth, give true thanks to our creator and continue with the practices and ceremonies of our ancestors. We are human and all that goes with it, we laugh and cry we rejoice and have sadness. You cut we bleed.

With all that is going on in the world today, it is no big shock that many people want to thrust back as oppose to going forward. The dominant society is becoming one of the harshest places to live in at the present time, we have hate crimes, child murders, divorce rates at an all time high and total dysfunction of family and values, we have even managed to harm our mother earth without glancing ahead to see what our actions today may cause for our future.

I think in all that I say, the one true answer to what you are looking for is in your hearts mirror. I think so many of us in today's society are having the hardest time just trying to function in the day to day operations of things that reaching backward is the only way to insure hope for a future at all. In fact we spend so little time searching answers for ourselves that we find it quicker to just believe someone's else's perspective and ideas on your life.

We need to start being kind and patient with one another and really think about things before we speak, if we don't start with each other there is no use with any further effort, we are the guarantee of the survival of the human race and it is our responsibility to nurture each other and ensure our future. We also have to start taking responsibility for our actions, in the dominant society we can be excused for crimes by wining about how bad our childhood was, I would almost find that excuse O.K. if we had no mind or spirit of our own. We need to own all that we do and say good or bad and learn from it, after all is not life about lessons?

I could take this one step further and I think I will by adding that each culture has had its share of horrible discriminations, thus includes stealing of land, removal of ceremonies, selling of people as slaves and time and time again slaughter of people for other cultures personal gain, we cannot blame today's people for their ancestors mistakes this is wrong and will only serve to limit you.

Now let's go back for a while, lets start with the word indigenous people. The terminology for the word indigenous is people living off the land. In hunt we waste nothing, a lot of us in life waste nothing, if you start giving value to everything of the land from the insects to the wild cats in some way a change will come to you, honor all things as you honor yourself.

In the past a lot has been taken from the native American culture, yet we strive, and in the present more and more come seeking, for what ?, perhaps a more basic life and to have more of a likeness of our ancestors, perhaps to feed a sole that is so desperate and tired of the life they have that we&nbsp; thirst&nbsp; only for the love of our creator, peace from the mother earth and to eat food that has been grow with out chemical engineering, pretty basic stuff and yet a lot of us do without it for sometime.

Today's dominant society is tough, there are many rules. Political confusion, there are bills and tremendous work weeks to help pay for all that goes with today's high standards of living and quite honestly we could do without most of it. Man has never been truly judged by his positions only envied. The true spiritual leaders and elders own very little.

Sadly, there is also the removal of God in most public offices and schools, recently they removed the Ten Commandments out of a Government building, I cannot help but wonder if they were only hiding their faces from the acts they have done.

Let's just stop for a minute here and think about some of what has been said, I'm not asking for you to agree with everything, but just to think about it.

The way I see it is that we have ourselves so tired, confused, and stressed out that we are really just don't know or care about what we are really doing.

Our churches are teaching us of a God that really bears no resemblance to the Creator I now know, for them it is profitable to say and program into us what is their interpretation of what a God is and expects from us, thus mostly done for monetary gain.

I have learned that if you really what to know your creator, just ask him, he is there for you and knows your needs and loves all, he does not judge or condone persecution and rumors, he gave us the Mother Earth to give us food and clothing, he gave us everything we need to sustain life. I don't think his love can be any purer than the Earth he gave to us.

As we go backwards by today's society there will be obstacles as well, there are many untruths written about our native culture and for the most part unless you seek to educate yourself there will be no continuing forward. So much can be answered by using your own heart and mind, when hearing about the much talked about Indian princess, think just for a moment about the word princess, this is an English word, the real truth is that there are no real Native American princesses there are only a few that have been given an honorary title.<BR>

The drunk Indian stories that I still hear today are just plain silly, alcoholism strikes all people of all cultures, this is a man's disease that has turned in to societies problem.

As the dominate society we hate, we are cruel, and mean to one another, teenage girls are throwing their newborn babies in dumpsites and families are literally killing each other and the poor mother earth, she has suffered to the point of almost no repair.

These may sound like harsh statements but if one will ponder for a moment the real reality is that it is all true.

So much has been said and done to the Native American people that its a true wonder that we have anything left at all, but we thrive, one can take our dance, peace pipe and ceremonies and for that matter they can also put us in a suit and tie, but its our heart and mind that make us truly who we are.

We must all start by living together and doing the basic fundamentals to preserve ourselves and culture, we are stronger and with more rights today then at any other time in our past, one man said to me after an ugly confrontation I had with a person that was mocking a child "do you really want to mirror his bad behavior?"&nbsp; I really want no part in seeing myself act in a way that would cause disgrace to Creator, myself or my family. I have lived with this rule from that day on, this is my basic fundamental and yes there are days that it is hard to keep it in mind, but I just practice.

I think by now you have an idea of what I am saying, so I ask you to start with your mind, hearts and spirits, start walking your own path and start making your own boundaries, spend time educating yourself before you say something that may not be correct about another, treat others as you would want to be treated, all is not perfect in any culture but unless we start with basic fundamentals we cannot move together forward or backward.

The smoke and mirror show is over, when you walk into a ceremony, remember that it is no different from walking into a church, the same respect should be given.

There is no magic beans that we have, there is only a culture and a way of life that should be respected and we should remember to respect each other as well.

Please be kind to each other.



 
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APPLICATION FOR JUNE 2004 JOURNEY PROGRAM TO GUATEMALA NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Applications are now available for download as a .PDF file at www.SacredRoad.org , or by clicking on or copying the following link into your web browser:

http://www.sacredroad.org/images/504journeyapplication.PDF

The deadline for application submission is MARCH 10.  As the co-directors will be out of the country until March 3rd, we encourage you to review the application if you are interested and contact us as soon as possible with questions.

Mayan New Year: May, 2004 in Guatemala
Tentative Dates: May 21-May 31

Elders, Ajq'ij (Mayan Priests) and communities from Guatemala are opening their arms and their hearts to outsiders. Some of the keepers of the traditional Mayan science, medicine, wisdom and spirituality are willing to share aspects of their sacred teachings. Saq' Be' is a non-profit organization formed in part to facilitate an exchange between traditional wisdom keepers and non-traditional people in a manner that is both mutually respectful and beneficial. The Journey to the Homelands program is designed to host this sort of an exchange by bringing visitors that value such a sharing to the homelands of ancient traditions. The program provides an opportunity for non-traditional people to learn from the keepers of ancient knowledge and wisdom while directly supporting the guides and Indigenous communities that host us. This program fosters spiritual development, the broadening of cross-cultural understanding and an increased comprehension and capacity for affecting positive change in the world. It is the message of the elders that now is the time to unite in solidarity so that balance and harmony may be restored upon mother earth.   For more information, including a sample itinerary and prices, please visit http://www.sacredroad.org  http://www.sacredroad.org/




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Tatanka Hunkesi (Small Buffalo)
Copyright by The Electric Wigwam (N.H.), 2000, all rights reserved

So much to think about.  I was praying to the spirits about what I should tell you now, and then I knew what I should talk about.   

I know that it is a necessary pattern to life to have all this busyness around.  Everyone has to do everything so fast, moving so quickly, doing so many things.  When you have to move quickly and do things fast, when you always have to rush, always have to be somewhere and you have many obligations so you don't have time to take your time to do things with leisure, it's a very big stress on yourself.  It's not just a stress on your physical body.  It is also a stress on your soul.   

Your soul likes to take its time and do things with a sense of perfection.  The soul likes to develop things.  You must remember this.  You must remember to feed your soul and rest your soul.   

When you get so tired of all the running around and your body is very, very tired you take time out to rest your body.  When you sleep, you dream and rest your mind.  But do you rest your soul?  Take the time to relax and rest your soul.   

There are some things you can do to rest your soul.  The first is to find the time to do simple things.  The soul relaxes when we do simple things.  Simple things like gardening, or maybe you sing or make music, you paint pictures, you tell stories.  If you like to walk, if you like to sit and watch birds or watch a squirrel bring nuts up a tree over and over again.  These quiet things help your soul rest.   

Your soul doesn't cry out in ways that you notice every day.  If you don't rest your body, your body is going to cry out.  If you don't let your mind rest you're going to start to have headaches and bad thoughts.  If you don't let you soul rest, you don't feel it right away, until one day you wake up and you feel empty.   

Don't go that far.  Take time as often as you can to make quiet time and relax and find something that feeds your soul.  Find something that allows your soul to rest.   

The soul is the part of you that belongs to the Earth.  It is the part of you that belongs to the mother.  It only rests when it is in the mother's arms.  To be in the mother's arms you must do something that makes you feel connected to the Earth and (your) creative nature.  Something simple.   

This is what I thought, "Slow down sometimes.  Ask yourself, have you fed the needs of your soul today?"

Courtesy of Electric Wigwam http://www.earthvoices.org/elderindex.html



Woableza Update:
We spoke with Lakota Holy Man Robert Woableza LaBatte today.   Wow! We cannot believe how well he sounded.  His sharp mind, quick wit and good humor have returned!   The story he told and the message of spiritual understanding were tremendous gifts.   Our Woableza is coming back!

He is traveling some attending ceremonies and social events.  The stuttering is nearly gone.  He did suffer from a bout with the flu a week or so ago, but it has subsided and he is feeling weak but good.    

He is expected to attend the Summer Gathering at Manataka, June 25-27.   We give our thanks to the Creator.



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