Manataka Smoke Signal Newsletter  Volume V

Manataka Smoke Signal Newsletter Volume V, Issue 6, March 26, 2003

CONTENTS:

1. TRADITIONAL ARTISTS NEEDED!

2. MANATAKA ENCAMPMENT – 4/12

3. OPEN LETTER TO MANATAKA

4. LIVE A BETTER, HAPPIER LIFE

5. NEW WEB SITE FEATURES

6. SPEAK CHEROKEE NOW!

7. MINI-CALENDAR OF EVENTS

8. DADDY'S DAY AT SCHOOL

9. LAKOTA PLAN SPIRIT WALK

10. UNSUBSCRIBE

 

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Attention Traditional Artists/Craftspersons

Parkin Mound State Archeological Park, Arkansas will host a "Living History Day" on Oct. 4, 2003. They seek traditional American Indian artists and crafters to demonstrate their work. Demonstrators will be permitted to sell their work and be paid $75.00. Candidates will be juried. "We are looking for traditional work but we are interested in education the public that we keep our arts and traditions alive." Info: Valarie: 501 330-2418 – vgcarving@cs.com

 

MANATAKA ENCAMPMENT

APRIL 11 – 13

Camp set up will begin on Friday, April 11. A 6 p.m. potluck dinner is sponsored by the Women's Council (see notice below).

Chief Gray Wolf Henson, (ret) of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma will lead ceremonies during the Encampment and, as a special treat, he will teach a class in the Cherokee language on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday morning.

Bring tents, camping gear, food/beverages and a big smile. Everyone welcome regardless if you camp overnight or not.

Bring crafts and goodies to the Big Trade Blanket event on Saturday. Vendors are welcome to set up tables.

Directions: Go 9.5 miles past the Lake Hamilton bridge on Hwy 70 West out of Hot Springs. Turn left on South Pearcy Road next to Pearcy Grocery. (Watch for sign) Go 1/4 mile to first small bridge, see white mail box on left, turn in driveway to the right at 2050 South Pearcy Road.

 

Women's Council Members:

This is the list of meals that we are going to have at the encampment. I have included a needs list. Please consult this list when bringing food for the encampment. Bring extra for the noon meal on Saturday we may have guests to feed over and above the people camping.

ENCAMPMENT MEALS

FRIDAY: hot dogs, chips, cookies or cakes, bread or buns relish, mustard, ketchup, mayo, onions chopped, chili, shredded cheese . For those who do not like hot dogs please bring sandwich fixings.
marshmallows, graham crackers, Hershey bars, roasting sticks
SATURDAY: BREAKFAST
French toast, bacon, sausage, coffee, hot chocolate
NEED: eggs, bread, syrup, jelly, honey, bacon, sausage, coffee, hot chocolate mix

LUNCH
Indian tacos
NEED: ground beef or other ground meat, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, cheese refried beans, S R flour, eggs, milk,
cakes cookies or sweets of some kind
SUPPER
stew
NEED: stew meat of any kind, vegetables for stew pot, french bread, crackers, beverages
SUNDAY: BREAKFAST
breakfast burritos
NEED: eggs, sausage, bacon, bell peppers, onion, shredded cheese, salsa flour tortillas beverages
LUNCH
cornbread and beans
NEED: cornbread and beans, ham hocks or ham bone for beans
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WOMEN'S COUNCIL MEETING CHANGE

For the month of April our meeting place has changed. Western Sizzlin Steak House at 1206 Albert Pike, Hot Springs. If you are coming west on Albert Pike it on the right just before you come to the 70-270 split. If you would like to meet up with women and go as a group please call Sharon Baugh at sbaugh8@excite.com 262-9273 or Judy Fillmore jfilmore@msn.com 922-4468.

 

AN OPEN LETTER TO MANATAKA

----- Original Message -----

From: Jeremy Francisco Atkinson Fredericks

To: manataka@myexcel.com

Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2003 4:07 PM

Subject: GUAYANA MOVEMENT

Halaykoha, Honored Brother Bear,

Greetings in the name of the Indigenous Movement of Guayana [Venezulea] and it's seventeen member tribes, and may the Great Spirit shine blessings on Manataka.

I'ts been a long time my brother, since we heard from each other. We have been working very hard towards our participation in the Summer Gathering at Manataka on June 27-29. Our elders sugested that we now proceed to aproach the American Embassy for the issuing of our visas since we're still interested in meeting with Manataka and taking part in ceremonies. Our delegation is composed of five representatives of different peoples. our names and titles are as follows:

ARGENIS VACARO.............................President of MIG (Carib Nation)

JOSE MANUEL CHIROCO................Chief Carib Confederacy (Carib Nation)

LINO PAEZ...........................................Elder (Pemon Tribe)

GERARDO ATKINSON.......................Elder (Arawak Tribe)

JEREMY ATKINSON..........................Chief Arawak Confederacy (Arawak Tribe)

We look foward to your positive response as early as possible. Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Jeremy Atkinson

 

UPCOMING TV MINI- SERIES MOVIE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: "Dreamkeepers" mini-series, ABC Television, Sunday, May 11, 8:00 p.m. EST; Monday, May 12, 9:00 p.m. EST. Legends of the Native American nations come to life in this epic mini-series from Hallmark Entertainment as two generations—a century-old storyteller and his grandson, a troubled 16-year-old boy—embark on a cross-country journey toward self-discovery.

 

UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM

April 4 - 5 - First Sequoyah Symposium, "Southeastern Indians – Then and Now" Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. The conference will feature noted scholars Theda Perdue, Michael Green, Katherine Holland Braund and Tom Hatley. The event will include a Friday night traditional dinner in Cherokee. The conference is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to pre-register. The Friday night dinner and entertainment will cost $20 paid in advance. Info: Bill Anderson, Director of Cherokee Studies, 227-3838 anderson@wcu.edu

 

SAVE BEAR BUTTE

Bear Butte is a holy place to the Lakota and other Plains nations. There is a proposal to construct a firing range adjacent to it. To sign the petition against the range: http://www.petitiononline.com/1851Site/petition.html See Bear Butte State Park: http://www.state.sd.us/gfp/sdparks/bearbutt.htm

 

LIVE A BETTER, HAPPIER LIFE...

10 WAYS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

1. Listen to your inner voice. It takes practice to hear your true desires. Your passion will often come as a whisper or serendipitous event that reminds you of what's important and what makes you happy.

2. Recognize crisis. Does your job feel like a grind? Are you spending your free time on something you love? Take an opportunity to appraise your happiness. One of the keys to living a purposeful life is seeing that you feel unfulfilled.

3. Dwell in possibilities. Your passions could lead you in a lot of different directions to find fulfillment. Explore your life and unearth all of the things that bring you joy.

4. Tune out the voice of the world. Make the strongest voice in your life your own. Finding your purpose could mean going against the advice of close friends and family. Take a leap of faith and trust in your dreams.

5. Decide what kind of person you want to be. Rather than concentrating on what you want to do, think in terms of what kind of person you want to be. Let that guide your choices.

6. Bring your heart to your work. It takes passion and courage to find a profession that you love. Spending the time to discover that job is time well spent—it could make all the difference in your life!

7. Trust transformation. Hard times are a natural part of life. Don't be afraid to change because of your experiences. Instead, let them shape and steer your course.

8. Have no regrets. According to the experts, it's easy to regret the time you've spent being unhappy or unfulfilled. Realize that during that time, you developed the skills you need to succeed!

9. Take the first step. Destiny can't help you until you are willing to step out of your comfort zone. Get prepared to make changes in your life…and start making them!

10. Be patient. Finding your life purpose won't happen overnight. In every life, there's a fast road and a slow road. Most of us take the slow road! Keep your commitment and take small steps to make it happen.

Submitted by Butterfly

 

PAY YOUR DUES ONLINE!

Manataka needs your help now. Our programs, services and gatherings require funds to operate. Without your cooperation, we die. Please send your annual dues or a donation now.

MANATAKA DUES DONATE NOW

Click on either link to pay by credit card or check

 

WEB SITE ADDITIONS

MARCH

Black Elk's Vision  Medicine Lodge

Cherokee Dictionary  Easier Format

Chief Arvol Looking Horse - Updated

Federally Recognized Tribes  New Format

Hopi Prophesy - Updated Article

Little People of the Cherokee - Children's Story

Potawatomie History - History

FEBRUARY

We spent the month upgrading the speed and ease of operation for the website, therefore no new stories this month.

JANUARY

American Indian Women Veterans – Women’s Council

Birth of the Little People  Legend

Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin  24 Feature Story

Eden – Poetry - Women’s Council

Nell Hampton’s Page  Women’s Council

Spirit and Stardust  Feature Story

Ten Things to Say to A White Person  Fun Page

2003 Powwow Listings  Powwow Now!

HEY! DID YOU GUYS READ ABOUT

Eating Flowers and BUGS!

CHECK IT OUT!

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.

 

CAN YOU SPEAK CHEROKEE?

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

We are still taking orders for

LEARN TO SPEAK TSALAGI EASY

Tapes and Book

Learn to speak the beautiful Cherokee language with these easy to use, easy-to-learn tapes and handy instruction manual from THE master. 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

Sorry to our new shipment of tapes and books has been delayed, but will arrive on April 12.

 

MINI-CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Mar 29  "Union of Polarities" SeminarHot Springs, AR  Susan

Mar 29  Encampment Prep WorkBonnerdale, AR  MAIC

Apr 5  "Union of Polarities" SeminarFayetteville, AR  Klaranisa

Apr 5  Women’s Council 11:30 a.m.Western Sizzlin Baugh or Filmore

Apr 5 Encampment Prep WorkBonnerdale, AR  MAIC

Apr 11-13 Manataka EncampmentBonnerdale, AR  MAIC

May 10-11 Dying and Beyond Workshop Crystal Springs, MS  Jim Ewing 601-654-3301

Jun 28 – 30Summer Gathering at ManatakaCircle, Manataka  MAIC

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 and remember to send it
Also to the person that sent it to you. 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. God bless.

Author Unknown

Submitted by Stella Fisher, MAIC Member

 

ATTENTION MANATAKA MEMBERS

A new system to enhance member participation in various facets of Manataka’s educational and cultural program has been developed to insure that everyone has an opportunity to get involved. Every member will be assigned to a committee position regardless of where you live, your experience, or the amount of time you may have to devote.

This new program will work in a way similar to tribal culture of old, every member of the tribe, from young to old had a job, a position of purpose to fulfill for the common good of all.

Below is are brief explanations of each committee and the name of the chairperson. Please send a return email indicating your top three choices for committee assignment.

Committee Explanations (Select 3 Top Choices)

? American Indian Book ReviewColonel John Mountain Wind Outler, Chair

Members research, read and write regular book reviews for publication on this web site.

? Manataka American Indian Village Project– Dr. Bob Eagle Horse McFarlin, Chair

This project is long-term and requires expertise of many disciplines.

? Ceremonies and Events – Cuchi Davilla, Chair

Usually requires on-site (Hot Springs), hands-on coordination. A fun but very serious committee.

? Counseling and Assistance – Colonel John Mountain Wind Outler, Chair

People in need find Manataka a welcome haven. May require a background in social/human services.

? Fund Raising & Events – (NO chair yet)

Here is where the action is regardless of where you live. No special skills needed except a voice and a happy face. This is a fun committee. Experienced grant writers needed.

? Education Task Force – Dr. Bob Tsalagi Digadoli Swindell, Chair

This committee developing programs for presentation in public schools nationwide. Lots of research and coordination work. Great for teachers from all walks of life.

? Grave Preservation and Repatriation – James Thunder Walker Sirak, Chair

Honoring our ancestors is the focus of this committee. Members collect data on sacred sites, burial grounds, petroglyphs/pictographs and artifacts to assist tribes, state and federal agencies to implement laws and regulations.

? Lodge Keepers – David Avery, Chair

The Manataka Tipi is a gathering place for elders of many nations. This committee designs, constructs and maintains tipis and other structures. They also keep an eye on protocol and the comfort of guests.

? Manataka.Org – Web Site – Lee Standing Bear Moore, Chair

Manataka.org is among the top American Indian web sites in the country. Members research, write and create web pages; develop new features and promote the website.

? Membership Committee – (NO chair yet)

Help keep track of members and their status. Develops programs and services. Provides first contact support and serve as hosts during gatherings and other events.

? Public Relations & Communications – David Quiet Wind Furr, Chair

Volunteer your writing, communication and public relations skills shine here. Committee writes and distributes press releases and hosts various events.

? Program Committee – Pat Yellow Hawk Carter

Interesting live programs on dozens of topics are presented during regular membership meetings at Manataka and other locations. Members contact knowledgeable presenters and schedule programs.

? Smoke Signals Newsletter – Lee Standing Bear Moore, Chair

This committee research and write articles for release to members and subscribers.

? Women's Council – Sharon Kamama Baugh, Chair

The ladies are always busy learning, teaching and supporting the people of Manataka. The Women’s Council is one of the most important functions of MAIC.

? Warrior Society – James Lone Wolf Black, Chair

Open to men, women and teens, this group participates in many outdoor activities, learn survival skills and stresses good moral character.

? Youth Activities – Michael Unger, Chair

Having fun while learning about American Indian culture and traditions at Gatherings and other events is the focus of this committee.

 

LAKOTA PLAN SPIRIT WALK TO SAVE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

SPIRIT WALK 2003 A RACE AGAINST TIME


1700 Mile Walk to Raise Awareness and Funding for the Preservation of Lakota Language and Culture

Time is running out for the Lakota Nation. Their language, once the most widely spoken Native language in North America, is now in danger of becoming extinct. On July 11th, a group of concerned people will take the first steps of a 1700 mile journey they call "Spirit Walk" to help raise donations for The Seven Fires Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Lakota people preserve their culture and language by bringing elders and children together to teach their native language.

Besides raising money, the goal for the Spirit Walk, according to John LaFountaine, President of the Board of Directors, is to show the world "what the Lakota people have given to this Nation and to humanity and the desperate situation in which their culture, their language and their way of living is at risk right now."

Less than 25% of the Lakota population currently speak or understand their native tongue and fewer than that are fluent. The Oglala Lakota College predicts that within the next generation more than 90% of the population will no longer be able to speak or understand Lakota at all. The Seven Fires Foundation believes that the imminent loss of the Lakota language has important consequences for the Lakota Nation both today and in the future. Once a culture loses its language, the loss of its cherished cultural ways is often not far behind. The impact of this on a culture is devastating.

With the right support, The Lakota language has a realistic chance for long-term survival due to the available documentation and the fact that there are still people alive who speak the original language. Because most of these people are elders, the time to act is now. There are over 100,000 people in the Lakota Nation and the majority of them live in areas on and off reservations near the Sacred Black Hills of South Dakota. With the bicentennial celebration of Lewis and Clarke's western expedition beginning this year, awareness is growing about the current challenges facing the Lakota and other tribes whose way of life was vastly changed by the opening of the western passage 200 years ago.

The Spirit Walk starts on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Porcupine, South Dakota and will travel through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia before landing in Washington D.C. in late September where the organizers will meet with government representatives and request assistance for all programs that preserve Lakota and other indigenous cultures in the United States. The walkers plan to average 20-30 miles per day, stopping in communities to share their message of hope through storytelling and music.

Seven Fires Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide humanitarian services and preserve the ancient traditions for the generations to come. A vital part of this mission is to extend supportive services, by helping to raise support, for children, traditional medicine people and traditional cultures in need.

For more information, visit their website at
www.7fires.org
Tammy Van at 541-347-7801 or email:
dir@7fires.org

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