Manataka American Indian Council                                   Volume V Issue 10   September, 2003

CONTENTS:
1.  BEAR DANCE COMING!     9.  LOST RIVER CULTURE
2.  WOMEN'S COUNCIL          10.  LEONARD PELTIER
3.  FALL GATHERING            11.  MOVIE REVIEWS 
4.  WEB SITE ADDITIONS      12.  MONACAN NATION
5.  MEETING NOTICES           13.  HAWAI'IANS REBEL!
6.  CHIEF WOABLEZA            14.  GM BUYS INDIAN LANGUAGES

7.  MIESHA'S RAINBOW         15.  BONE MARROW NEEDED
                                         8.  WEDDINGS                       16.  UNSUBSCRIBE                                       

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!

ANNUAL BEAR DANCE CEREMONY

September 18-21, 2003

Russellville, AR

Sponsored by the Bear Clan Society Of Arkansas

READ DETAILS HERE


 
WOMEN'S COUNCIL
Saturday, September 6 - 11:30 a.m.
Desoto Park - Hwy 7 North at Hwy 70B (Gulpha Gorge Road)
In inclement weather the meeting is at the Quality Inn, 1125 East Grand Ave.
 
Nominations are still open for the positions of Vice Chairwoman, Secretary and Treasurer.  Contacts:  Sharon Kamama Baugh -
                                Judy WhiteFeather Filmore -  
 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!

 FALL GATHERING

MANATAKA!
October 17-19, 2003
Gulpha Gorge Campground (Hwy 70B)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
 
READ DETAILS HERE 
FALL GATHERING TRAVEL
 
California - Joyce and Pam looking for riders to share gas expense.
Georgia - Sheri is looking for anyone needing a ride or needing someone to ride with them?
Texas -    George and Tami have a big motor home - share expenses.
 
 

 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!
 
MANATAKA MEMBERSHIP MEETING
11:30 a.m., SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
GULPHA GORGE CAMPGROUNDS
 
SURPRISE GUEST!  
Bring a dish?    Let's feed the animals, like a Yellow Hawk, Standing Bear, Little Horse, Moon Raven, Big Frog, Three Eagles, White Bear, Ladybird, Quiet Wolf, Talking Eagle, Lone Wolf. 

YOU ARE INVITED!   

WEB SITE 
SEPTEMBER ADDITIONS
 
TOP STORY
Chief Woableza Tragedy update
 
CHILDREN'S STORIES
Children of Hummingbird 
First Totem Poles
How Chipmunk Got Stripes
Iktomi Dakota Stories
 
DANCE
Fancy Dancer Jennifer Attaway
Dance Regalia by Silversmith  New!
 
FEATURE STORIES
Dance of the Blue Blanket  New!
Looking Back Woman New!
Prison at Night
Struggle for Religious Freedom
The One Great Chief  New!
 
HISTORY
Chief Sitting Bull  New!
Potawatomi Religion & Culture
 
LEGENDS
Legend of the Cedar Tree  New!
Legend of Tlanuhwa  New!
Why Sun Follows Moon New!
 
MEDICINE LODGE
Menomini Plant Medicine
Potawatomi Medicines
Sacred Heart Lessons
Traveling the Spiritual Path
 
MEMBERSHIP
Manataka Code of Conduct, Ethics, Creed
Member Photo ID CARD New!
 
WARRIOR SOCIETY
Teepee Making
 
 
Coming Soon! - The entire book, "Old Indian Days" by Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa)

 

CHECK THESE FEATURES AND MORE at http://www.manataka.org

Do you have a story to tell or an article you would like to see appear on our website?
If so, please send it today. 
 

 
 
NOTICE 1

CHIEF WOABLEZA 
Our beloved spiritual leader and friend, Robert Woableza LaBatte, is out of the hospital but not out of the woods.  Read  UPDATES
 
Please offer your prayers for him.   Send cards and gifts to: 
Robert Woableza LaBatte
Post Office Box  1421
Rapid City, SD 57702

FEATURE STORY
 
Miesha's Rainbow
On Thursday a double rainbow!  It was double as if ... where the bottom color ended, the first top color began again - as if they were stacked on top of each other following the same pattern in the sky, with no space in between the two. It was very wide with every color visible twice. I have never in my life seen one so magical.
It is a great story -120,000 people saw it with me.  I was at the Grateful Dead concert summer tour in Atlanta.  It was just before sunset and the band was playing the song Dr. Love.  ....it goes something like " I called my family Doctor to see what I had...I said Doctor.... Mr MD... can you tell me what's ailing me..... he said, you need 'Good LOVE'....you've got to have Good LOVE...."

Well the Grateful Dead are known for their long renditions of songs and sometimes one song can last 20 minutes. The band began repeating the last verses that are "what do you need?...." and the crowd of 120,000 people would answer shouting "GOOD LOVE"  and the band would say " You've got to have what?..."  and the crowd again would say "GOOD LOVE" and this went on for 10 minutes like a
chant- everyone was dancing and shouting back to the stage "Good LOVE". 

And then suddenly above  this huge outdoor arena and all these people who were singing "Good LOVE" a double banded rainbow appeared over the whole sky going from one side to the other without ending- everyone started to point upwards to the sky and applauding mother natures beautiful gift- it touched down on us like a miracle.  It touched every heart - all 120,000 at the same time. Everyone was holding their heart and faces with their hands and crying in joy - it took our breath away on a mass scale and it changed the energy around and inside each of us....everyone was in a love affair with GOD and it was beautiful.  I cry just telling the story!  It was a love tidal wave!
I believe in a time of no fear Bear, I do, with all my heart and soul.
Love you all too, SKa

 
NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR NATIVE AMERICANS
 
hosted on the web by our free online petition service, at:
 
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/indian/
 

 
WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Wedding #1:
Manataka members Joseph 'Gray Beard Vinson III and Helen Red Wing Wagner will be married in October 11 at Huntington, West Virginia during the Monacan Nation Gathering.

The bride will wear buckskin trimmed with red black and white arrow head design bead work around the collar.  The fringe will also be done in these colors of pony beads.. My head piece will  be bead work as well as my earrings of the same color beads in arrow head design.  The groom will wear buck skin and a hawk feather with a medicine wheel with the colors of the 4 directions and beaded with turquoise colored beads.

Wedding #2:
Manataka members Joseph Quiet Wolf Whitfield and Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette will be married under the canopy of the Manataka lodge during the upcoming Fall Gathering at Manataka at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, October 18 at the Gulpha Gorge National Park Campground.  Ceremonies will be performed by Hervie Waca Hucha Chism and attended by the Elders and Honored Guests of Manataka.  The couple will form a processional that will enter the sacred fire circle where the Rite of the Seven Steps will be performed.   The public is welcome to attend.
 

 
Bearing Witness to a Lost River Culture [Klamath River]
By Annie Nakao

(WASHINGTON) Imagine a fish trap "so full of salmon that it quivers and trembles with their weight."

Such a trap is called a fish dam, an ancient and quite remarkable engineering feat of the Klamath River Indians who constructed, without any nails, a lattice work of pine poles driven into the riverbed at midstream. Only fish that were needed were taken, and the rest were released. Eventually, the dam would be washed away by the currents.

The marvel of the fish dam stayed in my head as I finished Lucy Thompson's 1916 book, "To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman." It was recommended by Dennis, a reader who felt I don't write often enough about the native experience in California. He noted that the Yurok, Hoopa, Karuk, Wiyot and other North Coast tribes were decimated by the Gold Rush that began in 1849. The discovery of gold unleashed disease, massacres, forced removal and starvation upon these native cultures. Today, far fewer of them inhabit tribal lands that lie in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

Dennis is correct, both about the Gold Rush and about my not writing enough on American Indians, especially when he points out that the San Francisco Bay Area -- "down below" is what many North Coast tribes call it -- has one of the largest "off the res" populations of Indians in North America. Many were "relocated" to urban areas in the '50s and '60s as part of yet another mindless federal Indian policy that promised jobs but abandoned many of the migrants to the streets.

Thompson's book is an interesting entree into the history of North Coast native tribes. The original manuscript, whose pages were out of sequence and contained typos and illiterate passages, languished in obscurity until the late historian Peter Palmquist and Julian Lang -- of Humboldt
State's Center for Indian Community Development and a member of the Karuk tribe -- led efforts to edit the work. It was republished in 1991 by Berkeley's Heyday Books.

In her book, Thompson, a noted basket weaver whose maiden name was Che-na-wah Weitch-ah-wah, declares herself "a pure, full-blooded Klamath River woman" (as the Yuroks were called) of aristocratic bearing. She clearly challenges the anthropological accounts of Yurok life at the time, some of them quite bizarre.

"As there has been so much said and written about the American Indians, with my tribe, the Klamath Indians included, by the white people, which is guessed at and not the facts, I deem it necessary to tell you who I am," she writes.

Thompson does so, reminding us at every turn that she was of "the highest birth." But her lofty position did allow her to present a cultural wholeness never captured by the anthros. "She represents that river
culture in a unified vision," Lang said. "She described things nobody had described at the time in the context of the whole community." [...snip...]

Courtesy of Robin Carneen

 
Clemency for Leonard Peltier -- Sign This Online Petition

http://petitiononline.com/Release/petition.html
 
Leonard Peltier will turn 59 on September 12. You can send birthday greetings to: 
Leonard Peltier #89637-132 
USP-Leavenworth 
PO Box 1000 
Leavenworth, KS 66048-1000 

info@leonardpeltier.org
www.leonardpeltier.org

 
MOVIE REVIEW
"Whale Rider"
By Sharon Pacione
Date:    7/25/03

Saw the movie "Whale Rider" yesterday and highly recommend it. The 11 year old girl (Keisha Castle-Hughes who plays "Pai") in this movie is wonderful. Actually, the entire cast is top rate. The movie was the winner of the audience award at the 2003 Sundance Film Fest. Following is a little bit about the movie from a flyer I picked up...

"Writer-director Niki Caro presents this story of a Maori girl in New Zealand whose ancestor, according to tribal legend, came from a faraway place, riding on the back of a whale. It's a film of reality and fantasy, treating farfetched dreams and mysticism with acceptance, respecting the
tribe's dignity and beliefs.

Koro (Rawiri Paratene) is a tribal chief residing in a coastal fishing village. His thought is that his firstborn son, Porourangi (Cliff Curtis), will succeed him as chief. When it's clear that Porourangi has
no interest in filling Koro's leadership shoes, Koro looks to his son's children. But when tragedy strikes, Porourangi must seek solace for his loss elsewhere. He leaves his daughter Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes, in her film debut) in the care of Koro. "The girl is no use to me," Koro blusters, disappointed that, as a girl, Pai is not a candidate for tribal leadership.

Soon, Pai is eleven, and we see Koro picking her up at school and riding her home on his bicycle, displaying a grandfather's affection. At the same time, he is schooling the firstborn sons of the village in the arts of leadership and "the old ways," demonstrating ritual behavior and martial arts in an effort to find his successor. Pai tries to join in, but she must settle for distant observation of the training she wants so much. On such matters, her grandfather is uncompromising, paying no heed to her abilities. Countering his rejections is her indomitable, no-nonsense grandmother Flowers (Muzzi Loffredo), Pai's harbor of understanding, as well as a destiny that continues to call Pai back to her home, and the ceremony that awaits the strengths that only she possesses."

I loved this movie and wanted to share it with you.


MONACAN NATION FEDERAL RECOGNITION
 
The Monacan Nation has been in the area now known as Virginia for over 10,000 years.   Maey Laughing Dove Wade, sister to MAIC member Helen Red Wing Wagner, worked very hard for many years before passing away to bring a bill to the U.S. Congress recognizing the Monacan Nation.   
 
Write or call your senators, congressmen to support this bill.  


 
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Hawai'ians Secede From United States

I received this communiqué from Mr. Edmund Kelii Silva, Jr., Ali'i Nui (Sovereign) of the kingdom of Hawai'i.and direct lineal descendent of King Kamehameha the Great and heir to the throne.

On November 22, 2002, the prime minister of the Hawaiian kingdom, along with the Council of Regency, Na Kupuna Council O' Hawai'i Nei, the Na Kupuna Council Hawai'i Moku of the legislative body of government, and the Royal Kupunas of the House of Nobles, proclaimed him the lawful
successor to Ali'i Nuis (High Chiefs) of ancient Hawai'i.  
[The following is an excerpt of the letter sent to President Bush declaring independence)
 
July 25, 2003
"The Kingdom of Hawai'i - Nou Ke Akua Ke Aupuni O' Hawai'i - Announces Secession From the United States of America - Declaration of Independence - Kana'ka ele'u, Imua!

The Kana'ka Maolis, Hawai'i's stout-hearted, honorable indigenous people, have never recognized the jurisdiction of the United States over our lives, lands, seas, customs, and our fortunes. Many Kana'ka Maolis have been destroyed attempting to free themselves from the cruelty and the injustices of an American government that cares nothing for the rights of the indigenous people of Hawai'i, but only for the richness of the lands and seas and Hawai'i's strategic military potential. Many Kana'ka Maolis have been molested, raped, beaten, imprisoned, and murdered in the furtherance of American imperialism. Yet we live."

"We, as with the many Peoples of Oceania with whom we share a common heritage, feel it is eminently indisputable, based upon all evidences extant, that the unlawful overthrow of the kingdom of Hawai'i and the forcing of the Kana'ka Maolis into servitude cannot be denied.  Historical records, particularly those concerning biography and genealogy, document a general consensus affirming Hawai'i's independence. Tradition, history, literary analysis, and, above all of these, the test of prayerful research and truth-seeking investigation unite to demonstrate the authenticity of the facts proving that the kingdom of Hawai'i was destroyed by the United States government."

"The culture of the United States is inimical to our ancestral traditions and customs. For nearly 2,000 years we determined our lives under the laws of our kingdom and by the sanctity of our lands, but the
United States imposed its will on us through deceit, fraud, theft, conspiracy, and military force."

"We, the indigenous people of Hawai'i, emphatically reject incorporation into the United States of America, and hereby announce secession. We do this with clarity of mind, good conscience, and a determined will. We are ready to sacrifice our worldly assets and our very lives to see the kingdom of Hawai'i restored. So say we all. ........................"

We call on all honorable and honest peoples of the world to support us in this just cause. We call upon these nations to recognize our government and our sovereignty, while we call upon those who have
desecrated our seas, stolen our lands, and mutilated our bodies to hear our righteous plea. We call upon Almighty God to guide us as we proceed."
"May Almighty God's will be done.
Aei'a Ke Akua Mano Lo'a Kauo'ha ha'na, ho'oko."


NOTICE 4
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General Motors Purchases Indian Languages
 
[IS THIS A JOKE OR WHAT?  SOMEBODY WANT TO FIND OUT?]
 
 
(DETROIT)  General Motors (GM) has announced the purchase of exclusive rights to the entire Algonquian language family, including such well-known tongues as Cheyenne, Cree, and Mohican, in a $1.6 billion dollar deal. 
 
"We are confident that this acquisition will benefit both the peoples who speak these languages and GM," said company spokesman Karl Hennessey. "This is truly a rare win-win situation."
 
GM acquired the languages in an apparent effort to secure the rights to potentially thousands of cool-sounding names for automobiles. With one of the least creative management structures in the automotive industry, GM has for years produced cars with increasingly lame names that have hurt sales.
 
"The problem is almost everything is getting used up," GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz told Reuters recently. "If you have a good name, it can help. I've seen a lot of stupid names in my life." These would presumably include the 2003 Buick GoThing, the 2002 GM Pustule, and
the 2003 Oldsmobile Scab.
 
By purchasing exclusive rights to an Amerindian language family which includes over 30 different languages, GM is hoping to counter similar efforts by competing companies such as Daimler Chrysler, which recently purchased Portuguese.
 
"The GM arrangement is very generous," said Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Secretary Gerald Howton. "It permits the tribes to continue using the languages free of charge through 2030, after which point, if there are any surviving native speakers, they can continue to use the
language under attractive subscription terms." Any names which GM adopts as automobile names will be removed from eligibility, but GM has agreed to provide a list of no fewer than three synonyms for any word removed from circulation.
 
"This is incredibly insulting," said Powhatan tribal elder Mark Matoaka before scaring this reporter away with stern glances.
 
"The BIA will do everything it can to ensure that the funds from GM are distributed fairly and equitably," said Howton. "Our record speaks for itself."
 
[IS THIS A JOKE OR WHAT?  SOMEBODY WANT TO FIND OUT?]
 
Editor's Note:  If this story turns out to be true, we will never, ever buy another GM product.
 

 
CHEROKEE NEEDS BONE MARROW DONOR
 
 
The American Red Cross seeks a bone marrow donor for a man who has Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is in desperate need of a marrow transplant.    He is critical right now so time is of the essence.
A search of the registry has been conducted and no match was found, but frequent registry searches will continue to be done.  His race is Cherokee and European. Because he is of Cherokee descent,
his chances of finding a match are very slim due to the under representation of American Indians on the registry.   The Red Cross would like to put out a plea to the Cherokee communities and other Native American communities to sign up for the registry.
Contact the American Red Cross at:
Carole Connor, RN
Program Manager, Bone Marrow Department
Southwest Region Blood Services
918-249-9988
Our thanks to Phil Konstantin and Susan Bates

 
 
 

 

 
NOTICE 6
LEARN TO SPEAK CHEROKEE... EASY

Learn the Tsalagi language the easy way...  The See, Say, Write method works!

Cassette Tape and 211 page Book are designed to have you speaking Cherokee quickly and easily.

Reserve your set of Chief Jim Gray Wolf Henson’s Cherokee language tapes and book today!

Send $40. Check/money order to MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476
 

 

 
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