Manataka American Indian Council         Volume V Issue 7    June, 2003

CONTENTS:

  1. PILGRIMAGE DATE
  2. WEB SITE ADDITIONS
  3. NOTICES - 9
  4. SUMMER GATHERING!
  5. BURIAL GROUNDS
  6. DADDY'S DAY IN SCHOOL
  7. SPEAK CHEROKEE?
  8. UNSUBSCRIBE

 O'Siyo Elders, Leaders, and Friends of Manataka,

PILGRIMAGE
There may be some confusion as to the date when we will ascend the sacred Manataka to pray, drum and perform ceremonies as a family.

The date is Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m. This date coincides with the summer solstice and it has become a tradition for us to go to the mountain during the summer and winter solstices.

Some had thought the date was set for June 14 - the day before the third Sunday in the month - and time for our regular membership meeting at the Gorge.

You are advised to:
1) Prepare yourself spiritually:
A. Fast for at least 24 hours prior to ascending the mountain.
B. Perform cleansing and ceremonies before coming to the Fire Circle.
C. Enter into prayer often in the days and hours before coming.

2) Do not bring food, flashlights, metal objects or money.
(car keys and cash money will be secured)
3) Bring a blanket and water is acceptable.
4) Bring an offering to the mountain to leave as a gift.
5) Bring a drum, rattles, or flute if you wish.

There is no set time for leaving the mountain. Most will stay all night on the mountain and many will stay into the next day and night or more. Some people have gone to the mountain for three days and nights during personal journeys.

6) Some members of the Women's Council have agreed to stay at the Gorge or arrive by early morning (Sunday, June 22) to prepare a breakfast meal for those who leave the mountain.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

ALL ELDERS, LEADERS, AND COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND - unless on your death bed.

 

WEB PAGE:

Take a look at some of the new areas created during the past two weeks:

Book Reviews - American Indian Books
History, Philosophy, Religion, etc.
When you make a purchase, MAIC earns a commission
http://www.manataka.org/page132.html
Cookin' With Three Sisters -
Traditional corn, squash, beans, fish, wild rice, syrup recipes. (large pages)
http://www.manataka.org/page175.

Manataka Code of Conduct, Creed and Oath
Information every member should learn.
http://www.manataka.org/page182.

Native Games -
Games for children and adults (big area)
http://www.manataka.org/page103.
Teepees - Construction, Painting, Erecting and more
All you need to know. Designs, Pictures, See the World's Largest Teepee
http://www.manataka.org/page186.html

Teepees, Etc. - Purchase a teepee and accessories
When you buy a Teepee, MAIC makes a commission!
http://www.manataka.org/page39.html

And that ain't all! Check out some of the new stories, legends and features!

 

NOTICE 1:

The Women's Council Meeting

Saturday, June 7, 2003 11:00 a.m.

Gulpha Gorge Fire Circle

Everyone is Welcome! Bring your favorite dish or snack! Much to talk about....

 

NOTICE 2:
We will be bidding farewell (for the third time) to our beautiful friend, spirit keeper, and Manataka member Charles Lone Wolf Black during the regular membership meeting on Sunday, June 15. He will be leaving (temporarily we hope) to Florida. He will fly back for meetings on a regular basis and stay in contact by telephone and email.

 

NOTICE 3:

UPCOMING GATHERING NOTES
If you plan to speak with one of the honored guests during the gathering, it is a traditional custom to bring a gift to leave on the blanket. Your gift may be a small handcraft, tobacco, cash or anything you choose. Please honor them with your respect.

 

NOTICE 4:

FINANCIAL
We are $375.50 short on covering expenses for the Gathering, if everyone who has made a pledge contributes. We must fill this gap before June 15. Please make a pledge today for any amount now by check or credit card: Gathering

 

NOTICE 5:

MUSIC
QUATISI! Has a new CD out - "Ride Choctaw Girl - Ride!" Check her out!

Webpage: http://www.quatisi.com/ Email: info@quatisi.com

 

NOTICE 6:

OTHER EVENTS
David Quiet Wind Furr asks everyone to come to his land on Locket Mountain off Hwy 7 N. near Hot Springs) on Saturday, June 7 to help with the ceremonies initiating a new sweat lodge. Come help clean up the property. For time and directions contact: David Furr

NOTICE 7:

TRAVELING

A female member in Georgia desires a traveling companion to share expenses for the Gathering. Contact: Manataka

A male priest in Colorado seek a ride (owns no car) to the Gathering. Will share expenses. Contact: ncordova@catholicexchange.com

 Two ladies in New York looking for some one to share a ride and expenses. Will camp out along the route. Contact: Manataka

 

NOTICE 8:

PRAYER REQUESTS

1. The mother of Joe Quiet Wolf Whitfield and Floyd White Bear Whitfield had an accident.

2. Jeremy Atkinson, Chief of the Arawak Nation of Venezuela and head of the Indigenous Movement seventeen member nations of the Indigenous Movement in Guayana became very ill during a visit

to the United Nations. He is now hospitalized in New York. His condition is critical. The

people of Venezuela need this wonderful man. May the Creator bless him.

 

SUMMER GATHERING AT MANATAKA!

Traditional American Indian Religious Ceremonies

http://www.manataka.org/page151.html

June 27- 29 - Fire Circle, Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds, Hot Springs, AR

This event promises to be one you will never forget! We are blessed to have two spiritual leaders who will bring important messages from far off lands. The Painted Horse War Dance Society will dance into the Fire Circle in full regalia dancing to ancient drum beats and Jennifer Agi-Da-Tla-Unega Attaway will bring the beautiful Butterfly dance. Many activities are planned.

Grand Chief Woableza, a Lakota spiritual leader and member of MAIC and head of the World Council of Spiritual Elders will preside over ceremonies. Omeakaehekatl, a Maya high priest and Day Keeper will conduct ancient rites. Members of the Painted Horse War Dance Society of Oklahoma will act as color guard and perform a dance exhibitions. Chief Gray Wolf Henson (ret.), former chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians will lead the Fire Ceremony. Cuchi Davila, a Lakota member of MAIC, presides over all activities in the Fire Circle along with Hurvie Chism, a Cherokee member of MAIC, Fire Keeper.

Featured guests will include a delegation of elders from the Indigenous Nations Movement of Guayana, Venezuela. Chief Jeremy Atkinson of the Arawak Nation in Venezuela leads seventeen member nations of the Indigenous Movement in Guayana. Members of the delegation will perform ancient dance ceremonies and present gifts to Manataka.

One of the many performers at the Gathering is Jennifer Agi-Da-Tla-Unega Attaway, of Warrior, Alabama and a member of the Eastern Cherokee Nation will perform a Fancy Shawl exhibition dance on Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Bob McFarlin, MAIC Chairman and Dr. Bob Digadoli Tsalagi Swindell, MAIC Vice Chairman, will make special presentations to visiting elders and honored guests. Lee Standing Bear Moore, MAIC Secretary and storyteller will preside over new member induction, or "Making of a Relative" ceremonies and Indian Naming Rites.

Dr. Swindell, promises the annual event will be one to remember. "Our members across the nation work very hard to support the preservation of traditional American Indian customs. The Summer Gathering at Manataka is a celebration of those values and traditions. This year's event is filled with good, family oriented activities that promise to be colorful, fun and educational," said Swindell.

Born in Guatemala, OmeAkaEhekatl, Erick Gonzalez, MA is a Ajq'ij - a Mayan Day Keeper. He was initiated into Native sacred rites over a twenty three-year period with direct participation, teachings and guidance from Native spiritual elders from Guatemala, Mexico, Columbia, and North America. OmeAkaEhekatl is a member and representative of various councils of indigenous elders, youth, and spiritual guides. He works as an advocate of native sovereign rights under the guidance and cooperation of indigenous spiritual elders and leaders. OmeAkaEhekatl will teach about the sacred Tzolkin, the Mayan/Meso-American calendar) and the Tzite, the Mayan Oracle or sacred bundle of the AjQ'ij. The Maya calendar is a product of scientific observation using sacred math and astronomy and was considered for thousands of years to be among the most accurate calendars in world. The Tzolkin is used in Maya culture as a guide for ceremonies, healing, divination, and harmonizing with the universe. The sacred bundle of the Maya, the Tzite, is used as a way of consulting and communicating with the spirit guides, divinities and the natural forces of the universe.

MAIC organizers will provide the public a rare opportunity for dialogue and questions and answers with this insightful teacher during the weekend event.

The world-renowned American Indian dance group, the Painted Horse War Dance Society, dressed in colorful feathered regalia will dance several traditional dances and exhibit the various styles of American Indian dance. The Painted Horse War Dance Society is a nonprofit organization with volunteer members from various tribes including Quapaw, Wyandotte and Cherokee. In addition to dancing at powwows and other event across the country, owns and operates the Painted Horse Native Museum in the Indian Territory Cultural Center near Wyandotte, Oklahoma where elders at the center teach powwow dances, stomp dances, social dances and traditions of the dance. During the Gathering at Manataka, members of the Painted Horse War Dance Society the Mantaka American Indian Council will give free dance lessons to the public.

Jennifer Agi Da Tla Unega Attaway of Warrior, Alabama, a well-known and respected American Indian dancer, will perform an individual dance exhibition on Saturday. Attaway, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Manataka American Indian Council will exhibit the Fancy Shawl Dance. This dance style is the most modern and newest style of American Indian dances and originated in the early 1950's among the Northern tribes along the U.S. - Canadian border.

Other activities during the weekend event include an Indian-style potluck picnic at 12 noon, Saturday, sponsored by the MAIC Women's Council. A series of mini-seminars will be presented in the amphitheater starting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Seminar subjects include Indian herbal medicine, history, Indian customs, and crafting. The MAIC Education committee will sponsor children's stories and games at various locations in the campgrounds. Two large and colorful teepees will be set up for the public to learn more about Indian culture. A favorite activity is the trade blanket spread out for participants to show various Indian hand-made crafts.

On Friday evening, June 27, at 6:00 p.m., the MAIC Women's Council will sponsor a mini-potluck picnic for members and early arrivals. At 7:30 p.m., storytelling, singing and drumming will begin around the campfire. At 9 p.m., guests and elders will ascend the Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain to participate in ancient prayer ceremonies, storytelling and singing. Manataka Elders will conduct Sunrise prayer services on Sunday, June 29.

Admission to all weekend events is free. Alcohol, other drugs or weapons are not permitted. Security and parking assistance will be present. All guests must register to enter.

For more information contact MAIC, P.O. Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476, 501-627-0555,
manataka@myexcel.

MAIC is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), cultural and educational organization.

 

STANDOFF IN NATIVE BURIAL GROUNDS


Bulldozers and heavy earth-moving equipment contracted by the State of South Dakota moved into the North Point Ihanktonwan Burial Grounds in Eastern South Dakota at 7:00 this morning, two hours earlier than they promised the Ihanktonwan Nation yesterday afternoon. Members of the Nation were awakened from their spiritual encampment of tipis this morning by the sound of a bulldozer in their burial ground and dumptrucks hauling off burial earth.

They ran out into the burial to try to talk with the state of South Dakota's Department of Game Fish & Parks and the US Army Corps of Engineers, and convey the message that there had been no consultation with the tribe and due to the disrespect shown, that the tribe was refusing to cooperate any further, and that they wanted them out of their burial grounds immediately.

The people stated they were there to peacefully protect their relatives' remains. Bulldozers continued to destroy the burial. Within minutes, a Yankton tribal member along with a WBAI Pacifica radio journalist jumped in front of the bulldozer as it went in for more fill. After a brief attempt to maneuver
around the two protesters, the bulldozer stopped and waited for direction from the authorities.

Two more tribal people showed up and jumped in front of the bulldozers, and a standoff occurred: as tribal people rushed to the site, more and more South Dakota Parks law enforcement and Army Corps officials gathered along the perimeters of the burial ground, and were joined by State Highway Patrol,
who hid in a wooded area behind the burials. The standoff area became tense as law enforcement threatened arrest of anyone who refused to move.

Spiritual people and a drum arrived, and the Ihanktonwan began to sing their traditional songs of prayer and protection, as they held signs that read "Ancestors and Sewage Don't Mix," "Respect Our Sacred Grounds and We Will Respect Yours," "Our Burials are NOT Your Playgrounds," and "How would you like it if WE picnicked on YOUR Grandmas."

After several hours of uncertainty and impending arrest of tribal people, a Corps official indicated they would not do any further earthmoving work until they heard from a court. Tribal attorney Mary Wynne filed papers in court today to get an injunction stopping all desecration. Tribal people have little faith in the legal process, as desecration of their relatives has continued with court sanction.

The outcome now is unpredictable. The people say that public outcry is the only form of protection they have against the state and US Army. They send their great thanks for all the prayers of support and phone calls, emails and faxes to governmental officials informing them of the human rights abuses
they are suffering. They are asking for continued support from the outside world as they maintain their spiritual activism with the tipi encampment, the solidarity of other tribes, and the call for witnesses to their Homelands.

They are asking for people to keep the pressure on public officials from their own states and from South Dakota until the time comes that their ancestral homeland and sacred areas are respected, as is only just for the First Nations of this land.

Tribal people commented today how much their fight for their burial grounds reminded them of the history of Native oppression experienced by their ancestors on this Land, the ancestors they are trying so hard to protect and remember and honor.

PLEASE CONTACT the Persons listed below, and express your concerns and protests against this horrendous behavior:

From: LAKOTAWAN
605-840-2700
605-491-1664, 914-325-2308

North Point Negotiating Team (605) 487-7769

South Dakota Governor
M. Michael Rounds 605-773-3661 Fax 605-773-5844 governor@state.sd.us

Senator Tom Daschle (D)
202-224-2321 fax 202-224-6603 daschle.senate.gov

Senator Tim Johnson (D)
202-224-5842 fx 202-228-5765 johnson.senate.gov

Representative Bill Janklow (R)
202-225-2801 fx 202-225-5823

SD Game Fish & Parks Department
605-773-3391

US Army Corps of Engineers
Colonel Kurt Ubbelohde, Omaha, Nebraska

 

Republished by Request

DADDY'S DAY AT SCHOOL

Her hair was up in a ponytail
Her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy's Day at school,
And she couldn't wait to go.
But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid;
She knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
Of why he wasn't there today.
But still her mother worried,
For her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.

But the little girl went to school,
Eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees
A dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back,
For everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
Anxious in their seats.
One by one the teacher called,
A student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
As seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name,
Every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
For a man who wasn't there.

"Where's her daddy at?"
She heard a boy call out.
"She probably doesn't have one,"
Another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back,
She heard a daddy say,
"Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day."

The words did not offend her,
As she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher,
Who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
Came words incredibly unique.

"My Daddy couldn't be here,
Because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
Since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
And how much he loves me so.
He loved to tell me stories
He taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
And taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes,
And ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him,
I'm not standing here alone.

Cause my daddy's always with me,
Even though we are apart
I know because he told me,
He'll forever be in my heart"

With that, her little hand reached up,
And lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
Beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere in the crowd of dads,
Her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
Who was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love
Of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was right.

And when she dropped her hand back down,
Staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
But its message clear and loud.

"I love my daddy very much,
He's my shining star.
And if he could, he'd be here,
But heaven's just too far.
You see he was a fireman
And died just this past year
When airplanes hit the towers
And taught Americans to fear.
But sometimes when I close my eyes,
It's like he never went away."

And then she closed her eyes,
And saw him there that day.
And to her mother's amazement,
She witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
All starting to close their eyes.

Who knows what they saw before them,
Who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
they saw him at her side.
"I know you're with me Daddy,"
To the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
Of those once filled with doubt.
Not one in that room could explain it,
For each of their eyes had been closed.

But there on the desk beside her,
Was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,
By the love of her shining bright star.
And given the gift of believing,
That heaven is never too far
They say it takes a minute to find a special
person, an hour to appreciate
them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

***

Send this phrase to the people you'll never forget. It's a short message to let them
Know that you'll never forget them. If you don't send it to anyone, it
means you're in a hurry and that you've forgotten your friends.
Take the time...to live and love.
Until eternity. May the Creator bless.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! - JUNE 15

 

OTHER WEB SITE

JUNE ADDITIONS

Fancy Dancing – Jennifer Attaway

How Chipmunk Got Stripes – Children’s Story

Indian Prophesies – Medicine Lodge

Red Nations Code of Ethics – Medicine Lodge

Unconditional Love – Beautiful Words

MAY ADDITIONS

Bear and the Badger – Children’s story

Bear Man – Children’s story

Black Elk’s Visions – Medicine Lodge

Cherokee Dictionary – Updated!

Combing Snakes Out of Atotarho’s Hair

Constitution of the Six Nations Confederacy – History

Essays of Frank J. King III – Feature article

Fun Page – New jokes!

Honoring Lori Piestawa – Women’s Council

Hopi Chief Dan Euehema – Medicine Lodge

Links Page – Over 350 Updated links!

Minominee Clans – Feature story

My Pilgrimage to Manataka – Feature story

Native Games – Children’s story

Search Engine – Search Manataka

State of Indian Nations – Special Report

10 American Indians You Should Know – Feature story

The First Totem Pole – Legends

The Old Rez Road – Beautiful Words

Turtle Makes War On Men – Children’s story

Yaqui Nation – History

COMING SOON!

CHECK THESE FEATURES AND MORE!

http://www.manataka

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.

 

CAN YOU SPEAK CHEROKEE?

If you would like to learn the easy way...

The See, Say, Write method works!

cassette tape and book

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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