Manataka Smoke Signal Newsletter  Volume V Issue 4 March, 2003

Manataka Smoke Signal Newsletter  Volume V Issue 4 March, 2003

 

CONTENTS:

1. PAY DUES OR MAKE A DONATION ON LINE!

2. MAIC COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

3. WEB SITE ADDITIONS

4. AWAKENING OF THE BEARS CEREMONY – 3/22

4. MANATAKA ENCAMPMENT – 4/12

5. CAN YOU SPEAK CHEROKEE?

6. MINI-CALENDAR OF EVENTS

7. LETTER FROM MAGDALA

8. UNSUBSCRIBE

 

NOW YOU CAN PAY YOUR DUES ONLINE!

Great new feature for your convenience!

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 or DONATE NOW

Click on either link to pay by credit card

 

REMEMBER: Regular Membership Meeting - 11:30 a.m., Sunday, March 16, Gulpha Gorge

 

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT JOINING THE MANATAKA AMERICAN INDIAN COUNCIL?

Check it out now! MANATAKA

 

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 Review – Colonel 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. See Village

Ceremonies and Events – Cuchi Davilla, Chair

Usually requires on-site (Hot Springs), hands-on coordination. A fun 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. See Task Force

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  

WEB SITE ADDITIONS

FEBRUARY

We spent the month upgrading the speed

and ease of operation for the website,

therefore no new stories this month.

Hang in there… we have new features coming:

* American Indian Book Reviews

The fourteen people on the new book review committee is hard at

work bringing you the latest books and resources information.

* History and Ceremony Sections

Too many ceremonies are being lost to modern culture.

Too many ceremonies are not being practiced. Hopefully, this section will change some of that.

JANUARY

American Indian Women Veterans

Birth of the Little People

Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin

Eden – Poetry

Nell Hampton’s Page

Spirit and Stardust

Ten Things to Say to A White Person

2003 Powwow - updated!

HEY! DID YOU GUYS READ ABOUT

Eating Flowers and BUGS! CHECK IT OUT!

 

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.

 

AWAKENING OF THE BEARS CEREMONY

March 21-23

Russellville, Arkansas

This beautiful ceremony celebrates the Spring awakening of Mother Earth. Several sweat lodge ceremonies are schedule throughout the weekend. Bring food, beverages, blankets, change of clothes, drums, rattles and you. The Bears dance on Saturday evening.

RSVP Contact: (please call or email if you plan to attend)

Jocelyn Summer Child Von Grund (479) 890-5739 voice (479) 890-5739 Fax Jpvongrud@msn.com

Doc ‘Chanter’ Davidson (479) 285-4683 docdavidson@msn.com

Directions:

From Exit 84 on I-40 East at Russellville

Take Exit 84 on to Hwy 64 – go toward Russellville

Turn RIGHT onto AR-331. 0.75 miles

Stay straight to go onto US-64/E MAIN ST. 0.24 miles

Turn RIGHT onto AR-326/PRAIRIE GROVE. Continue to follow AR-326. 1.50 miles

Turn RIGHT onto AR-124/AR-326. 0.93 miles to Buie Lane on Left.Total Estimated Time: 11 minutes Total Distance: 6.53 miles

 

MANATAKA ENCAMPMENT

APRIL 11 – 13

The new Manataka powwow drum is ready. Two new Manataka Tipis are almost ready. The Women’s Council cook pots are ready. Are you ready for a weekend campout? Bring camping gear, food/beverages and a big smile.

Traders welcome to set up tables. Big Trade Blanket event. Arrangements for entertainment are pending.

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.

Manataka needs more volunteers for grounds preparation work on Saturday, March 29 and Saturday April 5. Bring rakes, shovels, hoes, chain saw, beverages and a little elbow grease. Follow the directions above and arrive by 10 a.m.

 

CAN YOU SPEAK CHEROKEE?

We are sorry to announce that our shipment of tapes and books has been delayed. For those who have sent payment, your checks will not be cashed until the shipment is ready to send to you.

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

We will take only a few more 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.

 

MINI-CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Mar 01Women’s LuncheonRyan's Restaurant, Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR Judy Filmore 

Mar 08"Walking Through Dimensions" Tulsa, OK Doorways

Mar 16Membership MeetingGulpha Gorge MAIC

Mar 20-22 Bear Awakening CeremonyRussellville, AR Doc Davidson  479-285-4683  SummerChild 479-890-5739Mar 29"Union of Polarities" SeminarHot Springs, ARSusan

Mar 29Encampment Prep WorkBonnerdale, AR 

Apr 5"Union of Polarities" SeminarFayetteville, AR  Klaranisa

Apr 5 Encampment Prep WorkBonnerdale, AR  MAIC

Apr 11-13 Manataka EncampmentBonnerdale, AR MAIC

May 10-11 Dying and Beyond WorkshopCrystal Springs, MSJim Ewing 601-654-3301

Jun 28 – 30Summer Gathering at ManatakaCouncil Circle, Manataka  MAIC

 

Letter From Magdala

To My Beautiful Sisters and Brothers,

I am writing this letter today to speak about the important role Women have in the "Union of Polarities" which will mark the coming of the New World. Woman are Sacred, but much of this knowledge has been lost. Now is the time we need to remember our place in the Universe. Each of us needs to ask the Earth Mother to help us understand and reclaim our Sacredness.

In this time of great changes it is imperative for woman to stand up and put on the Medicine that was given Her from the Great Spirit to overcome any separation that the World of Illusion brings. She must understand the openness of her heart and bring compassion and unconditional Love into every heart she touches . For it is Love that brings healing to all people.

No matter what color your skin or where your People originally came from, Creator has given all Women ceremonies, and Women need to reclaim them. But what are the ceremonies and who will teach them to me you ask? It is simple. When we nutria our children, love our husbands, when we bathe, put on make up, feel, sense, sing, pray, all these things are women's ceremonies. For it is in the ordinary that the extraordinary takes place.

Women are Warriors of the Light. We have to remember this.... we are in charge of the dream..... it is up to us to bring forth the vision of Peace and Abundance that will mark the New Age. We can do this by coming together as Women. Perhaps you can form "dreaming sessions" with other women in your community. Do this once a month on the New Moon. Fast, pray, drum, sweat, talk with each other until you can see your sister inside yourself. Create gardens together. Plant seeds of food, medicine and hope. Celebrate the motherhood, sisterhood and medicine woman that lives inside every woman. Create ceremony for everything in your life. And most of all, teach your young Women how Wonderful and Sacred they are.

Invite your men to share in some of the ceremonies. Share with him your thoughts, feelings, medicine, and worries. Explain to him your connection to the Spirit and the reason for the ceremonies. Remember that the "New World", will be one of unity - not male dominance or female dominance. We all are giving birth. There is much hatred and war to be overcome. But women are strong and the love they carry in their hearts will over come all the darkness. Men are now beginning to honor the feminine ways. But many men don't know how. Women must first honor and respect herself. Then this will happen.

Brothers, support the woman’s work, for your own well-being and for the whole of Mother Earth. In that way you will see the beauty in yourselves. Know that you have been loved so much for so long and this is the time for men to receive the love from the feminine way, Mother Earth is talking now to your Woman and Daughters, Mothers, and Sisters. Listen to the Song of Life that Women carry my brothers! Follow the heart not the rules.

I am you,

Magdala

 

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