Manataka American Indian Council                 Volume VII  Issue 6          JUNE 2005


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWSLETTER

Manataka - Preserving the past today for tomorrow

   

 


 

Contents:                                

Upcoming Events 

Letters to the Editor
Web Site Updates  What is An Indian?

Prophecy Keepers and Pathfinder 

News and Notes From Indian Country
Respect, Humility, Honor Petersen Appointed to South Amer Elder Council
Elder's Meditations The Children's Story
Nanticoke Leni-Lenape Reclaim Their Identity

Healing Prayer Basket 

Mayan Elders Give Urgent Warning

Manataka Messages 

                           



UPCOMING EVENTS

Date and location changed! Read Now!

Summer Gathering at 

Manataka 

July 1, 2, 3, 4

Bald Mountain Park 

and 

Gulpha Gorge National Park Campgrounds

 

 

For circumstances beyond our control, the date and location of the 25,905th Annual Summer Gathering at Manataka has been changed to July 1-4 at Bald Mountain Park. Ceremonies will also take place at Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds as we are required by our traditions and faith.

 

 

 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER JULY 2!

Author of

"A Cherokee Elder's Guide to Parenting"

 

 

FIREWORKS SHOW ON JULY 3!

You are invited to bring your own fireworks too!

 

 

RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES JULY 2

Grand Entry - Pipe Ceremony, Flag Ceremony, Fire Ceremony, 

Naming Ceremony, Making Of A Relative

Sweat Lodge Ceremonies will be held all weekend

 

 

"DEL LILLARD & GHOST TRAILS TO MANATAKA" CONCERT

 

 

BEAR DANCE SOCIETY HEALING CEREMONY

Come dance with the Bears

 

 

Admission is free.  $2.00 parking donation.  $5.00 camping donation. 

All guests are required to register.

 

 

TRADE BLANKET

CHILDREN'S GAMES

GRANDMOTHER & GRANDFATHER STORYTELLING

DRUMMING & SINGING SESSIONS

WOMEN'S COUNCIL HEALING RETREAT SEMINAR

BEAR DANCE CEREMONY

JOURNEY TO MANATAKA

 

 

OTHER EVENTS, A SCHEDULE AND PROTOCOLS 

WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THIS PAGE SOON!

 

 

Vendors are welcome to display at this event except 

during sacred ceremonies.  Due-paid members display 

free. Other vendors: $25.  Vendors Contact: 501-627-0555

 

 

Plenty of level parking for RV's and Campers. 100 individual primitive campsites available.

Bring lawn chairs, folding tables, picnic supply -- and honey for the bears.  

 

 

July 1 and July 4 are move-in and move-out days. Events will take place on these days.

 

 


    

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"A warrior is challenged to assume responsibility, practice humility, and display the power of giving, and then center his or her life around a core of spirituality. I challenge today's youth to live like a warrior." - Billy Mills

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JUNE 21 SET FOR NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

TO PROTECT SACRED PLACES

[
This is an old press release from 2003 -- but the issue remains and grows larger.]

 

Washington, DC —Leaders of a nationwide coalition have set June 20 as the National Day of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places. Observances will be held on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and in several locations throughout the United States.

“Native and non-Native people across the country will greet the sun on June 20 with prayers, songs, talks and moments of silence dedicated to the health and well being of our sacred places,” said Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee), President of The Morning Star Institute.

The Morning Star Institute, a leading national organization in the protection of Native American cultural property rights and religious freedom, is coordinating the Day of Prayer events for the Sacred Places Protection Coalition. The national Coalition was formed to address the growing number of Native American holy places that are facing serious assaults.

Native Americans have been trying since the 1960s to gain protections for sacred lands and waters. While numerous Native American sacred places have been returned or otherwise protected by federal law, there is no specific cause of action that will allow Native Peoples to defend sacred places in court. The national Coalition has identified a cause of action to protect sacred places as a top legislative priority.

“We deserve the legal tools that are available to all non-Native Americans to protect their churches,” said Ms. Harjo. “Without these, many federal and state representatives do not take us seriously and are increasingly comfortable in making unilateral decisions that impede our religious freedom and damage or destroy our sacred places. We hope to change that.” 

Prayer Day on the U.S. Capitol Grounds
Gathering at the U.S. Capitol will be representatives of organizations that form the Sacred Places Protection Coalition. Among these are the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA), the Indigenous Nations Network, the Medicine Wheel Coalition on Sacred Sites of North America, The Morning Star Institute, the National Congress of American Indians, the Native American Rights Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). Other tribal and organizational members of the Sacred Places Protection Coalition will be represented at Prayer Day activities in other parts of the country.  

Representing the Medicine Wheel Coalition at the Capitol Grounds will be President Francis Brown, a Traditional Elder of the Northern Arapaho Tribe; Steve Brady, Sr., a Headsman of the Northern Cheyenne Crazy Dogs Society; and Vice President George Sutton, a Traditional Southern Cheyenne Chief. The Medicine Wheel Coalition, represented by the AAIA, has intervened on the federal side of a case to defend the Historic Preservation Plan designed to protect the sacred Bighorn Medicine Wheel and Medicine Mountain in Wyoming.

Also joining the circle on the Capitol Grounds will be representatives from Capitol Hill, from the National Museum of the American Indian and from the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, the River Road Unitarian Church, the United Methodist Church Global Board for Church and Society and other churches and religious organizations in the Washington area. 

Among the endangered sacred places identified in California are the following:
* Medicine Lake, a Pitt River Nation ceremonial and healing place in the Modoc National Forest in northeastern California, is threatened by the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service decision to permit the state-funded Calpine Corporation to build a network of geothermal power plant facilities to produce electricity to export to Bonneville Power Administration for consumers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. 
* Indian Pass, which was named on the 2002 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, is a sacred place in the California Desert area that is threatened by the BLM’s decision permitting Glamis Gold, Ltd., to undertake what the Quechan Indian Tribe calls a “massive, open-pit cyanide heap-leach gold mine on 1,600 acres.”
* Coastal Chumash lands in the Gaviota Coastal region in southern California. 
* Yurok Nation’s salmon fisheries in the Klamath River affected by the Interior Department’s waterflow decreases.
* Berry Creek, Moore Town and Enterprise Rancherias’ lands impacted by the California Water Project’s fluctuation 

  zone at the Oroville Dam Reservoir.
* the sacred Puvungna of the Tongva and Acjachemen Peoples.
* the sacred Katuktu (Morro Hill) of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians.   

The groups called for the protection and recovery of these identified sacred places in the Southwest:

* in Arizona – Apache holy land, Mount Graham, from the FS and the University of Arizona’s development of a massive telescope project; Hualapai Nation landforms in Truxton and Crozier Canyons from private extraction of boulders for decorative landscaping; Hopi and Navajo lands and the Navajo aquifer from slurry coal mining by Peabody Coal Company; the San Francisco Peaks from FS and private expansion of the Arizona Snow Bowl; and the Boboquivari Mountain of the Tohono O’Odham Nation.
* New Mexico -- the micaceous clay-gathering place of the Picuris Pueblo from mica mining by Oglebay Norton Specialty Minerals; and Zuni Salt Lake, also on the 2003 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, from coal strip mining by the Salt River Project.  
* Texas -- Carrizo/Comecrudo lands flooded by Amistad Lake and Falcon Dam.

Other sacred places identified as under attack now, include the following:

* Badlands, Black Hills, Medicine Wheel and Missouri River in the Plains.
* Semiahmah Village burial ground and Snoqualmie Falls in Washington.
* Pipestone National Monument and Cold Water Springs in Minnesota.
* Hickory Ground ceremonial and burial ground in Alabama.
* Ocmulgee National Monument and Ocmulgee Old Fields in Georgia.
* Taino Caguana ceremonial site in Puerto Rico.
* Yaqui Zona Indigena in Sonora, Mexico.

Added 2005: 

* Manataka ceremonial site at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.

 


 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR...

 

 

I was at the Manataka Encampment.  We arrived on Saturday and set up my table to be a vendor.. But that's not why I came I came to be with the people and the spirits.


I sold little but gained much I was given the privilege to drum and sing a song for the Maya Priestess Magdala and Priestess they came by and stopped as I sung.. It was an Honor to-do so.. 

 

I felt something Lacking though as it was not Manataka Mountain and the familiar spirits of the fire  circle... I thought.. same people there yet different..

We returned Sunday as they were breaking up camp I set in the fire circle watching .. Soon others came as my husband Graybeard ask If I wanted a drum. So, I drummed some and ask others who had drums to also sing a song. Soon Doc Davidson came to circle after he had set awhile I ask him to sing me a song offered my drum. But he told me to drum and he sung since I don't drum a powwow drum I was afraid I would mess up as I drum different. Doc said follow his hand, (Lol) I closed my eyes and let spirit drum so I can't watch his hand.

  

Others came and the Manataka drum was opened and Doc, Quiet Wind Standing Bear and the fire keeper drummed a few songs and I asked for "Amazing Grace" to be sung in Cherokee and they sang it.  People talking among themselves I sing Amazing Grace in English they all were quiet.

  

I looked up saw Becky in the circle and Hurvie. It was time to sing "When we get to Heaven," Becky's favorite song as she is quiet and stands in one place when I sing this song. Then the drum sang "The Women's Power Song."  I listen and I knew the spirits were moving me trying to hold back because I saw  old ones and those that have walked on make a circle around me.


The drum finished the song and I begin to sing in an ancient language.  Spirit took over my voice and he sung and talked as he did so the chair started moving but yet it wasn't my feet flat on the ground. Mother Earth started vibrating under me the drum took up the beat while the old one had voice and more I sung the further the vibration went around the circle.

  

When the voice finished his message. The drum took a couple more beats and I was back in the circle the old ones gone and the drums stopped. 

 

It was a good day a day of bringing the spirits to Bald Mountain. 

 

On Monday we called bear before leaving Hot Springs he said he had my chair so we went by there to get it.  Bear was going to pick up the Manataka Ambassador To Latin America, Otto Riollano Davia for lunch and he invited us so we went to lunch.  When we were all in the car, Senor Davila asked me to sing a song I had sung in the circle, the song I wrote "When We Get To Heaven."  After lunch we drove back to Bear's.  Becky was home and she came outside and I sung the song for both of them.  Both stood with eyes closed. When the song was through we headed home.  It was a good week end to spend with my Manataka Family.  

 

Red Wing AKA Mama Bear


 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR...

 

Hau Kolas!

 

I read a small notation near the bottom of the May issue of the Smoke Signal that Betty Winter White Moon Frey  delivered Manataka's Treasurer's Report for 2004 and the first quarter of 2005.  It says she reported the books of MAIC are "...balanced to the penny..."  That's great news.  Hopefully, this will stop the false accusations and shut the mouths of the gossips who were forced to resign last year.  If not, we could demand they resign again.

 

B. ThunderWolf

 


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ProphecyKeepers.com interviewed Jim PathFinder Ewing (Nvnehi Awatisgi), 52, an enrolled member of the Southern Cherokee Tribe & Associated Bands in Texas, an Elder of the Manataka American Indian Council (Hot Springs, Ark.), a member of the Bear Clan Medicine Society (Russelville, Ark), a Bear Dancer (Yona Galisgisgia) and Water Pourer with training in Shamanism, Reiki and other forms of energy medicine.  

 

He alternates living in Buffalo, Texas, at the tribe’s Ceremonial Grounds, and in Lena, Mississippi, where he practices, teaches, and holds Bear Lodge (Asi/Inipi) and leads a monthly Drum Circle, a prayer ceremony honoring the Native American Medicine Wheel.  

 

A Registered Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher, Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher and sponsor of workshops by The Foundation For Shamanic Studies, he writes a monthly newsletter (“Keeping In Touch …”) that has subscribers across the United States and in several foreign countries.

 


Respect, Humility, Honor
By David L. Maack - hrlytopr@execpc.com

I was once asked by a native elder, what do you mean by "walking the "Red Road"? People throw that term
loosely around, but what do you mean?" I was caught by surprise but had to agree. Many people I knew would
use "walking the "Red Road" as some sort of cliché but when pressed, could not offer an explanation of went
that meant.

As I see it, we are all on a journey until we walk on to the Spirit World. Though people will walk with us at various times, we are on this journey by ourselves. As I continue to walk and grow, there are three things that I have learned-respect, humility and honor-and they go hand in hand.

Respect
Fool's Crow was once asked what makes a leader and he thought for a while and then answered: "First I would
say respect. Respect for the responsibility and for the people."

Respect (Mawnawjiwin) is one of the seven major teachings of the Ojibwa people. It is also one of the four pillars of the Lakota.

We are taught to show respect for our elders, for other people, for the gifts the Creator has given us and for the world around us. Life is cyclical and there is a cause and effect to our actions. If we treat others with respect, we ourselves will gain respect but if we are disrespectful, people will be disrespectful to us.

Our elders have earned our respect because of their age and the wisdom they have acquired. We let them go
first, giving them the places of honor in our gatherings. According to the Midewiwin Code for Lifelong Wisdom, we are to "Honor the aged, in honoring them, you honor life and wisdom."

Lloyd Shearer said, "Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these." Sadly many talk about respect but they do not "walk the talk."

We must also respect the world around us. When we get up in the morning, we offer our tobacco (semah), when
we go out on the lake, we offer our tobacco (semah), when we take the life of an animal, we offer our tobacco (semah) because we acknowledge that we are caretakers of that which is around us; there is interdependency between us and the environment.

We need to be careful that we take only what we need, not what we want. Over the years, areas have been stripped clean because of greed and invasive species have been introduced. A classic example of an "eco-system" run amok is Lake Michigan. "On the surface, Lake Michigan remains one of the world's biggest and wildest bodies of freshwater and one of its most popular fishing destinations. But under water, it is largely a man-made production Most ominous, there is mounting evidence that the lake could be on the brink of "ecosystem shock," a food chain collapse caused by a non-stop invasion of foreign species."

Humility
The second trait that Fools Crow speaks about is humbleness or humility. "Remembering the leader is a
hollow bone that the creator uses to do good for his people. His life is for his people. His life is dedicated to them and serving them." Humility (Duhbuhsaynimoowin) is also one of the seven major teachings of the Ojibwa.

Lao-Tzu understood this principle. "I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men."

Humility is an interesting trait because it goes against human nature. The world around us is driven by greed, competition and the desire to excel. We want it all and we want it now. To be humble, one must see beyond themselves. We can compare ourselves with our neighbor and walk away thinking we are better than them. We can boast about being a big shot and think we are something greater than we really are. But if we would travel to the moon and look down, we would not even appear as a speck. If we hold our life up against eternity, it is but a wisp of smoke. A Serbian Proverb admonishes us to be humble. "Be humble for you are made of earth."

There are many in Indian Country who I look at with respect and awe for the knowledge they hold but then when you talk with them, you learn they are simply on that same journey and they often admit that though it seems like they know much, they know very little in light of all the knowledge that is out there. Helen Keller said, "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble."

The challenge is to remain sincerely humble. Unfortunately, there are many who say, "Look at me, I am a humble man." However, a humble man would not draw attention to his humility. The humble man sees himself as he is.... The man who is falsely humble, we know from our own experience, is one who is falsely proud." 

I have learned that is best to walk humbly before our Creator and before our fellow man. 

If we walk humbly, we are less likely to get in trouble with those around us, we will care for the needs of others before we tend to our own wants and desires and we will hear Creator's voice, calling to us all so gently.

Honor
Honor is an oxymoron in Indian country because it is those who are being honored who are the ones who turn around and honor others for the privilege of being honored.

Honor can either be a noun or a verb. As a noun, it connotes recognition and as a verb, it means to pay tribute to someone. When we honor someone, we hold them and their accomplishments up for all to see. These people are often seated in the most prominent spots and often showered with gifts and titles. As with a King or Queen, they are the ones served, bowed to and shown honor by all who enter their court. They make decrees and people are expected to follow them. There is a tradition, however, within "Indian Country" that when a person is honored, they give something away. This past summer we attended a wedding on the Lac Du Flambeau Reservation and the couple held a "give away." Each person who attended the wedding took home a gift from the bridal couple. When we held my wife's graduation party in August, we did the same thing. We wanted to honor those who had come to honor my wife.

My daughter was honored as a Jr. Princess and with that title and crown came great responsibility. Royalty, as they are called, are allowed to dance behind the head dancers and at most give aways they are called up to receive a special gift. The girls are also role models for other girls and as role models; they are expected to serve the people. It may be helping an elder find a seat at the Pow Wow, helping out as needed or serving food at the evening feast.

In the same way we should look at leadership in the same vain. In many tribal villages, the poorest member of the tribe was the chief because he was constantly giving away and meeting the needs of the people. In essence, servant leaders should look at what they can bring to the table, not what they will take away from the table. Leaders are called to serve the people.

"(Joe) Bush (White Earth Pipe Carrier) lives in a small two-story home near the White Earth community of Pine Point in northwestern Minnesota. People knock on his door at any hour of the day or night, seeking his help. "They'll offer me tobacco. Can you say a prayer for me. I'm having family problems. I'm having a drinking problem. I want to get out of drugs. Can you help me." Joe Bush will climb the stairs to his bedroom, and bring down his pipe. He'll smoke and pray with the person who wants help. Then he sends them away, confident the Creator is listening. Joe Bush says he will carry the pipe until just before he dies."

Max Dupree said, "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader."

If we commit ourselves to showing respect for all those around us, seek to walk with humility, lest we become proud and arrogant, give honor to those who should be honored and when honored, taking that responsibility seriously, than this world would be a little better for all us.

 

David L. Maack - hrlytopr@execpc.com



 

Nanticoke Leni-Lenape reclaim their identity
By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer


BRIDGETON, N.J. - From the time she was a child, Tina Pierce Fragoso was told to keep the family secret.

That her parents and grandparents and their ancestors had carried on the traditions of the Nanticoke Leni-Lenape - believed to be the original inhabitants of what is now New Jersey, Delaware, and parts of Pennsylvania - was something that needed to remain hidden.

Afraid of racial discrimination and decades of what they perceived as government tactics to disperse American Indians, the Nanticokes closely guarded the secret of their heritage.

Until now.
Pierce Fragoso, her tribal elders, and other members of the Nanticoke tribe have begun, for the first time in their 10,000-year history, a push to raise public awareness about the Nanticoke Leni-Lenape, an offshoot of the
Delaware tribal nation.

Members are now making dozens of appearances in schools throughout the state each year to lecture about the Nanticoke Leni-Lenape. And the tribe has mounted a drive to raise about $1.5 million through special events and
private donations to build a cultural and educational center on 28 acres it owns in nearby Fairton, Cumberland County.

The 3,000-member Nanticoke tribe is part of pending legislation being cosponsored by Assembly members Bonnie Watson Coleman (D., Mercer) and Douglas Fisher (D., Cumberland). The legislation also involves the Powhatan
Renape Nation in Burlington County and the Ramapough Mountain People in Bergen County.

Although the tribes were officially recognized in an informal joint resolution of the state Legislature in 1980, the new bill would formally recognize them and thereby allow them to market their handcrafts under an "authentic Indian" label.

The legislation could also lead to federal recognition of the tribes, making them eligible for government loans and grants for education, health care and housing.  

Fisher said the Nanticoke Leni-Lenape have added much to the cultural fabric of the region.

"These are families that have been here for generations, for hundreds and hundreds of years," he said. "They are a group that in recent times had lost their identity, but through the foresight of their elders are now taking
opportunities to regain that identity."

Opponents of the bill, including State Sen. William Gormley (R., Atlantic), say the legislation could open the door to American Indian casino gaming in New Jersey.

Pierce Fragoso, 32, said the Nanticokes are focused on preserving their culture and do not want to build a casino. They want to erect a three-story structure that would take on the symbolic shape of a turtle - their revered
symbol of "mother" - to house a museum and library. 


The building would also provide an outreach location for health care and other assistance, which have been administered to tribe members from a small storefront on Commerce Street for the last 25 years.

Pierce Fragoso said the center provides food, medical care, and social-service referrals and operates on a shoestring budget of less than $40,000 a year. It also houses a small gift shop where members sell their
works, such as native pottery, dolls and clothing.

"We have a lot that we need to preserve and share, and now is that time that it needs to be done before our heritage slips away and is lost forever," said Pierce Fragoso, a cultural anthropologist with a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree from Stanford University.

Pierce Fragoso, who worked briefly in anthropological consulting before returning to Cumberland County to coordinate the tribe's nonprofit corporation and administer its outreach programs, says the tribe previously
hid its heritage as a means of preserving it.

"To deny who we were, to just not let it become an issue, was the only way we knew how to survive," said Mark Gould, 66, the tribe's chief.

Seared deep into the memories of the tribe's elders were images of their brethren, as recently as 1924, being stripped of their lands by the government and loaded into railcars in Salem by government agents to be
shipped off to a reservation in Oklahoma, Gould said. 


And it wasn't until 1978, when Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, that it became legal to practice their sacred rites.

If no one knew they were Nanticoke Leni-Lenape, then they would not be rounded up and carted off or arrested, reasoned Lew Pierce, Pierce Fragoso's father, who is the tribe's spiritual leader and conducts many of the
Leni-Lenape religious ceremonies.

"You were told [by your parents] to keep your mouth shut and not talk about who you were," Pierce said. "If someone thought you were black or Hispanic, you just went along with it. Indians come in all shades, so it was easy to hide. It wasn't the time to make a stand."

So Pierce Fragoso was told by her parents to just "blend in" with the crowd at school or with friends.

And she was to ignore the small-town chatter and racial slurs that linked her to a tiny settlement just over the city limits called Gouldtown, where "all the high yellows" supposedly lived.

"But I couldn't keep my mouth shut much of the time, and I wanted to correct the wrongs that people were saying," Pierce Fragoso said. "Sometimes teachers listened, sometimes they just told me to sit down and be quiet."

Historically, Gouldtown was an "Indian town," where many residents could trace their lineage back more than a dozen generations to the Nanticokes, Pierce said.

In federal census data from the 1800s through the 20th century, many of those living in Gouldtown described themselves as "mulatto." 

And their worship centered on a little white church on Fordville Road called St. John's United Methodist Church.

With a congregation still largely made up of Nanticoke descendants, regular Methodist worship takes place on four Sundays each month. But in months with five Sundays, traditional American Indian ceremonies are held. Until 1978, these ceremonies were held in secret.

But things have changed over the last decade. Although some curriculums haven't quite caught up, the tribe gets more than 300 requests a year to travel to schools throughout the region to talk about Nanticoke Leni-Lenape
heritage.

"I've never let the negative comments impact how I see myself or my people," Pierce Fragoso said.

Instead, she decided to arm herself with credentials that can help her play a vital role in preserving the tribe's heritage.

"When you look at the pieces of our people scattered about, it doesn't look like we have much," Pierce Fragoso said. "But put together, we have a lot. We have a story to tell."

jurgo@phillynews.com.
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Leni-Lenape Facts

The Leni-Lenape are believed to be the original inhabitants of the Mid-Atlantic region, including what is now New Jersey and Delaware, and parts of New York and Pennsylvania.

American Indians were not officially granted U.S. citizenship until 1924. Until 1978, they were banned by law from publicly holding traditional religious ceremonies.

Traditionally, the Nanticoke Leni-Lenape were split into three clans: the turtle, the turkey and the wolf. Each is connected with various stories revolving around native life.

The language spoken by the Leni-Lenape is called Lenape Delaware, or Unami, and is an Algonquian language. It was once common in New Jersey and Delaware, but the nuances of the language have been lost to the ages because no fluent speakers of it remain. A recent resurgence in interest about Unami is helping to revive the language among younger tribe members.

The Leni-Lenape historically were a farming people, with the women of the tribe doing most of the harvesting of corn, squash and beans. Nanticoke foods include corn bread and succotash.


SOURCE: The Nanticoke Leni-Lenape Indians of New Jersey

 



Elder's Meditation

 

"Bright days and dark days were both expressions of the Great Mystery, and the Indian reveled in being close to the Great Holiness."  -- Chief Luther Standing Bear, Sioux

 

The Great Spirit created a world of harmony, a world of justice, a world that is interconnected, a balanced world that has positive and negative, this way and that way, up and down, man and woman, boy and girl, honest and dishonest, responsible and irresponsible, day and night. In other words, He created a polarity system. Both sides are to be respected. Both sides or anything are sacred. We need to do good and we need to learn from our mistakes. We need to honor what takes place in the daytime and we need to honor what takes place in the nighttime. WE learn that we need to learn and we see what we are supposed to see by staying close to the Great Spirit. We need to be talking to Him all the time, saying "Grandfather, what is it you want me to learn?"  

 

Great Spirit, let me learn today that all things are sacred. Help me stay close to You, my Creator.

 

 -- Elders.meditation@whitebison.org


 

THE MIRACLE OF WD-40 

 

I thought that you might like to know more about this well-known WD-40 product.  

When you read the "shower door" part, try it. It's the first thing that has cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. It's a miracle!

Then try it on your stovetop... Viola!  It's now shinier than it's ever been.  You'll be amazed.

The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and de-greaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a "Water Displacement" compound. They were successful with the Fortieth formulation, thus WD-40.

The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their Atlas missile parts.  The workers were so pleased with the pro- duct they began smuggling (also known as "shrinkage" or "stealing") it out to use at home.  The executives decided there might be a consumer market for it and put it in aerosol cans.  The rest is history.  Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would  hurt you.

Here are a few of the 1000s of uses:

~Protects silver from tarnishing.

~Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

~Keeps flies off cows.

~Gets oil spots off concrete driveways.

~Restores and cleans chalkboards.

~Removes lipstick stains.

~Removes tomato stains from clothing.

~Keeps scissors working smoothly.

~Loosens stubborn zippers.

~Removes splattered grease on stove.

~Keeps chiggers away from the kids.

~Untangles jewelry chains.

~Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

~Stops squeaks in electric fans.

~Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

~Restores roof racks on vehicles.

~Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.

~Removes stains on stainless sinks.

~Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.

~Removes grime from barbecue grills.

~Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.

~Keeps shower doors water spot free.

~Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

~Rids swings of squeaky noises.

~Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

~Spray umbrella stem - easier to open.

~Spraying it on arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

~Removes all traces of duct tape.

~WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.

~Removes crayon from walls.

~Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately, and stops the itch.

~Keeps pigeons off balcony. (they hate smell)

~WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures  - catch big one in no time. 

~Lubricates gear shift and mower-deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.

~Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.

~Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards and vinyl bumpers.

~Lubricates wheel sprockets on tri-cycles, wagons and bicycles for easy handling.

~Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

~Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

~Florida's favorite use was "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.

~Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately, and stops the itch.

~Saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!

~If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.  
~WD-40, long known for its ability to remove leftover tape smudges (sticky label tape), is also a lovely 

perfume and air freshener! Sprayed liberally on every hinge in the house, it leaves that distinctive clean
fresh scent for up to two days!
~Seriously though, it removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor!  Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring.  It doesn't seem to harm the finish, and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard
to get them off .  Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
~Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!  Use WD-40!

 


Mayan Elders Give Urgent Warning

 

Consejo Nacional de Ancianos Mayas de Guatemala

Sexta Calle 0-31, Zona 1, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

January 27-2005

 

CLARIFICATION FROM THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF MAYA ELDERS XINCAS AND GARIFUNAS OF GUATEMALA

 

A message to the world in regards to the resent URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE MAYAN ELDERS OF GUATEMALA dated Jan. 10.2005.

 

 We want to let you know that he Maya Elders have never authorized anyone outside Guatemala to represent them or speak for them.  It is with certain degree of sadness that we, the Council of Elders, see how a few individuals, with no more than personal interests behind, are claiming to be Mayas and, or claiming to carry their messages.  It is in their benefit to take advantage of the circumstances to confuse people.  Mr. Carlos Barrios is not a speaker for the Mayas nor is he a member of the National Council of Elders.

 

The ceremonies to be celebrated in Guatemala on February 12, 8 Baatz in the Maya Calendar, is an event that happens every year.   We celebrate the Transmission of Power to the new Spiritual Guides, known by the outside world as Maya New Year.  This is the only purpose of all those ceremonies to be carried out on that day, February 12, 2005.  In no way they are for what they claim to be, to stop or soften up the effects of Nature.

 

What is happening now is not new, it had already been predicted and made public in the year 2002.  It came in the form of a revelation,THE XIII REVELATION, received by 7 Maya Elders on June 23rd 2002 while they celebrated the day of the Solstice.

 

Attached is the XIII REVELATION. [Not attached]

Mayan Elders Give Urgent Warning

by Mitch Battros – Earth Changes TV Newsletter

 

I have just received an urgent notice from Adam Rubel of Saq Be’. Adam states he has just received word from Carlos Barrios (Mayan Elder), that earth changing events are “in motion” to escalate. No, not next year, not next month, but next week or next day.

 

The first thing Adam reminds us “not” do is hit the panic button. What is unfolding is in perfect order and the Earth has seen this many times before. However, it is suggested, and I am personally suggesting to you, that our collective influence can make a difference. I believe this is what our ancestors have told us all along. It says so in the Bible, in the Mayan Calendar, in Tibetan Sanskrit, Hopi Petroglyphs, Egyptian Hieroglyphs and the list is endless. No, this is not woo-woo, it is science. More on this below.

 

Mayan elders have specifically given warning to five continents. Three of which are named. 1) North America 2) Europe 3) Central America .

 

Through the ancient techniques of divination and tools of prophecy, the Mayan elders are calling forth to pay close attention to messages being set forth by ongoing earth changing events. The recent destruction that manifested in Indonesia is predicted to now occur rapidly upon five continents of the earth.  This message is not meant to induce fear, but to give warning of preparation and remain aware of your surroundings.  The elders are concerned about what has been presented in their recent divinations and they call to all humanity to warn their leaders and to work very hard at a spiritual level to prevent the impending destruction. 

 

Adam reports this message has been verified and brought forth by various Mayan elders in Guatemala , and is meant for distribution to all humanity. Last years record breaking hurricanes and the 9.0 mag. earthquake with following tsunami in Indonesia have been warnings of possible coming floods in Europe and the US West Coast.

 

Prayer/Meditation Not Woo-Woo But Scientifically Grounded

 

Professor Richard Davidson ( University of Wisconsin ) just released his latest research on the power of meditation. I have sent word to Dr. Davidson to arrange an upcoming interview on Earth Changes TV ‘Radio Hour’. In a Washington Post article released earlier today, Professor Davidson reports over the past few years researchers at the University of Wisconsin have been working with Tibetan monks were able to translate those mental experiences into the scientific language of high-frequency gamma waves and brain synchrony, or coordination. They have pinpointed the left prefrontal cortex, an area just behind the left forehead, as the place where brain activity associated with meditation is especially intense. Many have long believed it is the “Pineal Gland”.

 

Davidson says his newest results from the meditation study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November shows that mental training through meditation (and presumably other disciplines) can itself change the inner workings and circuitry of the brain. 

 

Mayan Elders have put out a specific call for people around the world to join in prayer, meditation or whatever method of spirituality one engages in to unite on January 18th at the time of their local sunset (approx 6:00PM).  This date is (9) Keme according to the sacred Mayan Cholq'ij calendar available at: http://www.sacredroad.org has the potential for protecting humanity from disaster. 

 

There will be many major ceremonies in the Mayan communities for this purpose.  An open invitation is extended to humanity that wish to join the Mayan people for the Waxa'qib B'atz' ceremonies on February 12th in Guatemala  

 



 

What Is An Indian?

How much Indian are you? This question was asked of a group of American Indian children at Anderson Elementary School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Their answers were quite interesting and very disturbing. In this circle of black, brown, and blondish hair of black, brown, green, blue, and hazel eyes of wiry, curly, kinky, and straight hair, they were very percent-of-blood oriented. 

 

From 15/32 to ¼ to ½ they were calling out their individual percents, that is, until they began to laugh. Especially when one child was asked to point to the half of him that was Indian and the half that wasn't. Yes, it is ridiculous. Is this form of identifying our identity shared by other people? When did we ever hear a Jew state that he was half Jewish? What makes a Jew a Jew is his religion. 

 

American Indian authors Walter Peek and Thomas Sanders explain it this way: "To define the American Indian is as impossible as it is to define the Jews and for many of the same reasons. A Jew knows he is a Jew because he recognizes himself within the framework of a historical-cultural setting that allows him identity. "The Native American, the Indian, the Navajo call him what you will knows he is an Indian because of the mystic tie to the land, the dim memory of his people's literature that has been denied him, the awareness of his relationship to Sakoiatisan, Maintou, Huaca, Wakan Tanka (depending on his being Iroquois, Algonquin, Inca, or Lakota-Sioux) somehow manifests itself within him and conscientiously calls him back to his ancestors. 

 

Bill Charfield, elder teacher and historian, agrees with this philosophy. 'My cultural identity makes me what I am. It is my beliefs that make me Indian.' '' This brings up an interesting point: Can an individual be Jewish and Catholic at the same time? Can an Indian? According to Charfield, an individual's sacred regard for language, his concept of Creation, and his desire to live in harmony with the natural world all must be applied when seeking to define an Indian. 

 

While addressing a college audience, LaDonna Harris was asked to define the Indian. LaDonna replied, "I can't define the Indian anymore than you can define what you are.  Different governmental agencies define him by amount of blood. I had a Comanche mother and an Irish father. But I am Comanche, I'm not Irish and I'm not Indian first. I'm Comanche first, Indian second. When the Comanche took in someone, he became Comanche. He wasn't part this, part that. He was all Comanche or he wasn't Comanche at all. Blood runs the heart. The heart knows what it is." Elizabeth Hallmark, an Ojibwa and Director of the Minneapolis American Indian Center, thinks along these lines: "Just because an individual has a tribal enrollment number entitling him to certain services does not, in my mind, define this person as an Indian. It is the heart of this person that speaks to me. That's where my Indianness is in my heart." One of the great Lakota-Sioux holy men of our time was John Fire Lame Deer. He associated Indianness with the heart also. His beliefs in the concepts symbolized in the pipe identified him as an Indian. 

 

He recollected at a time in his life when the meaning of the pipe filled his senses. He stated that at that moment he realized that to truly understand what it meant to be an Indian was to understand the pipe. He went on to say that even as an old man he was still learning. We must ask ourselves then what bureaucrat has the right to say who is and who isn't an Indian? Or who is more of an Indian? To be an Indian is a way of life, a looking within and feeling a part of all life, an allegiance to and love for this earth.  Historically we did not judge whether someone was Indian based on the color of their eyes or the color of their hair, but by how they conducted and lived their lives. 

 

To debase our identity by reducing us to percentages of  blood is another version of genocide. To deny our tribal nations the right to traditionally adopt and naturalize citizens is relinquishing our tribal sovereignty. The last time some of us were required to show papers for proof of blood was when we wanted to breed dogs or horses. The confusion of attempting to define what is Indian will persist in governmental bureaucracies but will not be shared by many American Indians who know what they are. 

 

For many of us, to be Indian is not heritage granted by legislation, percents of blood, bureaucratic studies, or even by a community's consideration. It comes from the heart and the heart knows what it is. It seems that if the traditional American is to remain at all visible and have a voice in the affairs of the people, then traditional thinking American Indians must challenge the bureaucratic system of identifying Indians if for anyone, for their children.

 

Submitted by Manataka Correspondent - Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway



From Susan Bates' Hill & Holler Column....

 

 

NEWS AND NOTES FROM INDIAN COUNTRY


Donald Trump Suing To Become Seminole Casino Partner

 
According to an article in the Miami Herald, Millionaire Donald Trump is suing the Cordish Company, developers of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, claiming they used his name to promote the project.  According to Frank Fantini, publisher of the Gaming Morning Report, a casino industry trade publication, said that after studying the court documents that Trump likely filed suit once he learned the Tampa and Hollywood casinos were making a profit. The Cordish Company is expected to earn at least $120 million after just one year of partnership with the Seminoles. Trump's Atlantic City Casinos are in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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TVA LAND SWAP DEAL WOULD JEOPARDIZE CULTURAL SITES

According to a report from www.Indianz.com, a move is under way to swap land between the Tennessee Valley Association and a private land developer. The proposed golf coarse, lake front homes and condos would defile many cultural sites. Tribal leaders are mounting protests.

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INDIANS PROTEST ENGLISH ONLY BILL


According to an article which appeared in the Arizona Republic, more than 500 representatives of Arizona's 22 Indian tribes met at the state Capitol to voice their opposition to the English only proposal which is
now before the legislature.  " Vivian Juan-Saunders, chairwoman of the Tohono O'odham Nation and
president of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, called the measure "divisive, objectionable and unnecessary" and was " reminiscent of government boarding schools where Indian children suffered verbal and
physical abuse for using their Native languages." "Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr., said he was beginning to feel like tribes are an endangered species. 'One hundred years from now, 500 years from now, we want to be Navajo people, talking in our Navajo language, telling our stories in our Navajo language.' "

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Ancient Burial Site Uncovered

 

Meanwhile, down in Corpus Christi,Texas, a road widening project connecting South Padre Island Drive to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, has been slowed because of an ancient
burial site. Carbon dating is expected to show these people lived from 2500 B.C. to 1000 A.D. and were probably relatives of the Karankawas.  Although the transportation department knew about the burial grounds
before construction began in June 2000, officials said they didn't mention the burial ground earlier because they were concerned looters might scavenge bones and ancient tools.  The road work is scheduled to be finished in September of this year. Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

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LEPROSY RAVISHES WORLD

 

On a personal note, I'd like to tell you a little about a project I'm involved in. There is a terrible disease ravishing parts of this world -- much worse than AIDS. It's called Leprosy and it has been around for thousands of years. I doubt if any of my readers know a leper. I don't.  But leprosy runs rampant in 3rd world countries. Ostracized by family and society, these people's bodies literally rot away.  I found an organization that donates hand made bandages to the lepers of the world. These are easily crocheted or knitted out of un-dyed bedspread cotton. I know some of you are busy making baby clothes for newborns in need. Maybe a few more of you will find it in your hearts to make bandages for the lowest of the low. Millions of bandages are needed.  If you are interested, you can check out the web site at http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html  or contact: Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center, 1665 Bennett Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84104 USA, (801) 240-6060, OR Rising Star Outreach, c/o Becky Douglas, 6241 Indian River Dr, Norcross, GA 30092

 

 


 

The Children's Story

By Carol Perez Petersen

 

On Sat November 13, 2004  a purification lodge in Morongo Valley was prepared for a 12 year old Apache warrior boy.

It started with an earthquake in Big Bear.  There were 13 children who journeyed into the womb of Earth Mother along with him.  The fire was tended by a child and the born and ancient ones received their heart song.  It was a children's lodge.

 

The child elders sat with a passion to purify.  Mother help us they prayed.  We need a place to grow without prejudices.  It is hard to play.  Our parents are very stressed and I can’t breathe the air.  We do not need medication.  We need help from supernatural powers.  

 

The Big Bear rose from the grove of pine trees to listen.  I am awake I have heard your prayers.  I am as the below and as the above the big dipper, Ursa Major.  I am the guardian of the seven sisters.  Big Bear said, "You must come to me to open heaven's gate." 

 

With that said the adults went scrambling and phoning each other to make sure the earth bear ship had the crystals in place for the sunrise ceremony on November 15.  The 8 infinity wheels fired up with radiance not of this world but in the world. The love songs penetrated into mother earth like the hands of a gentle midwife singing.

 

Up at the Big Bear medicine wheel just before Grandfather Sun would break free from the night time, when all is still before you’ve had your coffee, everywhere in the silence there came a stirring. Songs were waiting in the ethers to be awakened and they were sent through the voices of many natives gathered on hallowed ground. The dancers held their drums and went into ecstasy.  It was a birthing. 

 

The gateway revealed held steadfast by the bear is Polaris, True North, it is the hub of heaven breathing open. There appeared in the sky 7 blue star Kachinas.   We honor you ghost dancers, your song has traveled deep into our mother.  We honor you ghost dancers.    The songs shared was a great healing, a mending of an ancient law set by we sisters.

 

This is what I heard.  We have been crying for your return.   You set a pathway with your prayers in the dark nights of your soul and we have wove them with your memories into frequencies channeled in golden currencies to form a grid matrix that you will remember with love all is possible.  They appeared at once in 7 centers on the earth for all the children wait at each and every one of them.  You must be as a child to see the kingdom of heaven. 

 

Many gentle hands in song and prayer lifted Mother Earth out of the distress of everyone’s worry about her.  “There is no lack of rumors that I am in peril becoming a poisoned waste land she said.”  The seven sister’s attendant’s hummed music only heard by the heavenly heart of the spheres and leaned inward in perfect synchronic alignment.  The music spun a rainbow glowing birthing net with all of us inside.  

You were there.  You are there and now heaven is upon Earth.  Look with shining eyes at new beginnings. 

 

All the bears, the bear clan, the bear grandmothers and bear grandfathers, the bear cubs looked at each other and rolled on their backs on the mother.  Winter is coming; the stars are winking the smell of honey in the air.   Will you remember this birthday when we stood gallantly warriors in the mystery trusting there is grace?  In the beginning there were women who traveled from deep within their wombs.  They brought the spiral double woven stairway, whole and perfect that is what you are made of Gaia said.  We are starlight we are golden you’ve heard the song.  Now we are in the garden.  Learn to cultivate. 

 

The children sat long listening to the rocks whose steam found the passages into which to breathe deeply and they were nourished.  The door to the lodge flew open and the song of the birds was sweet raising the sun on its journey across the sky. We will feed the earth with a fire in our hearts they said. We will feed the earth.  The lone boy in the womb of Earth Mother was left behind to seek a vision.  There was a lot to think about.  I’m use to not saying anything out loud but I am also use to distractions.  He sat by himself for 8 hours until his parents came for him.  His mother with very long white hair crawled inside and sat by the fire pit while his father who also had long white hair but not as long as his woman mate had  carried more rocks for the final prayers of gratitude to complete his vision.  It was up to him now.  No longer just a lad but a warrior boy in training, he stepped out of the lodge with vision on his body like a gentle rain from the heaven. 

 

November 16, 2004, www.stargrail.net, Copyright © 2004 Stargrail: Carol Perez Petersen All publication rights reserved.


 

Paranormal Disturbance at Lincoln Dog Track... 

Bad Medicine Warns Wampanoag Chief

 

Wampanoag Chief Wilfred “Eagle Heart” Greene, was “shocked” to hear of increased paranormal activity in and around the racetrack in Lincoln and the Monastery in Cumberland .

 

”This could be very bad medicine.” the chief exclaimed.  “Medicine men have told me to expect this, but, well, you know, who wants to seriously talk about ghosts today?”

 

The report was publicly released yesterday by the Valley Rangers Paranormal Investigators, a research group based in Cranston who has investigated paranormal activity throughout RI, CT and MA, but has concentrated on the paranormal energy in and around the Monastery in Cumberland and the Dog Track in Lincoln for over ten years.  They have nothing to do with the Wampanoag tribe and were not known to the tribe until the report was released.

 

The report summarizes that Wampanoag Ancestors may be responsible for this increasingly active paranormal activity in and around their ancient lands.

 

“Yes there was a very old Wampanoag settlement there”, the Chief said.  There was also a Wampanoag fort that pre-dated the American Revolution.”  “One day family members discovered the fort was just ‘gone’ as contractors had torn it down without permission to make way for the racetrack around 1954.”

 

That land is sacred Wampanoag land dating back to antiquity.  Even when they invented the “unsigned deed” that descendents of the Colonists filed 50 years after the date of the alleged transaction, they dared not take the land around what is now the racetrack.  It was specifically held for the Wampanoags because back then everyone knew it was sacred ground to us.”

 

As to the apparitions, Chief Greene responded, “I suppose it’s possible, but I’d have to see it for myself.”  He then went on, “Actually there may be a reason for this.  You have to understand that during King Philip's War in 1675, EVERY Indian Tribe on the Eastern Seaboard and Canada was either neutral or fought for and under the great Wampanoag Chief Metacom (King Philip) son of Massasoit.”  “Every tribe . . . EXCEPT the Mohegans . . . who fought against their fellow Native Americans under Chief Uncas.”

 

”Uncas and his people executed many Native Americans, and while history shows that King Philip’s hiding place was betrayed by an Indian in the service of Captain Church, it is most likely that that Indian was also Mohegan.”

 

“You can see why our ancestral spirits may be a little miffed even at the mention of the Mohegans!” Chief Greene said with a wry smile.  That land is Wampanoag ancestral land.  It is our history, and it is our future.  It must not be soiled by Mohegans or any other tribe.  If spirits ARE at work there, the worst thing to do would be to violate Native American Indian law and take part in putting another Indian tribe on Wampanoag land.”  “That would be very bad medicine.”

 

Submitted by Bob Cooper prguynow@yahoo.com


TRAVEL TO EGYPT
Star Elders Pilgrimage and Conference
October 25 - November 6, 2005


Guest Speakers
Stephen Mehler, MA, author of The Land of Osiris
Shoshone Elder Bennie LeBeau, Sr.
Rocky Thunder Wolf Miller of the Wolf Clan of Arkansas
Egyptologist Ms. Soha Mahmoud.

Join Body Mind Spirit Journeys and The Native American Star Elders and share this incomparable experience with others of like mind!  Explore the ancient indigenous traditions of Egypt, the hidden mysteries of this great civilization that has left its imprint and impact on humanity forever. Participate in sacred ceremonies for world peace conducted by The Star Elders.

During your time on the Giza Plateau
your home base will be the 5* Mena House Oberoi Hotel, located in the shadow of the pyramids !  You will visit the Sphinx, the Great Pyramid & the Giza Plateau, as well as the ancient sites of Sakkara & Dashur, Cairo Museum, and ancient Khan El Khalili Market Place.

During the Nile Cruise 

You will visit sacred temples that lie along her banks from Luxor to Aswan.

SPECIAL OFFERING!
Private Closing Ceremony and meditation in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid.

Complete Information

www.BodyMindSpiritJourneys.com click on Body Mind Spirit Journeys, Egypt, October 2005 departure.


Today's Recipe- Preserving Children

1 large grassy field
6 children-all sizes
3 small dogs
a narrow strip, a brook (pebbly if possible)
a blue sky
a hot sun
Flowers

Mix children with dogs and then empty into field, stirring constantly. Sprinkle field with flowers. Pour gently over pebbles in the shallow brook. Cover all with deep blue sky and bake in the hot sun. When children are browned, they may be removed and placed in a cool tub.

Submitted by Manataka Correspondent Sheri Burnett - Wolflady


 

I want to know...  It does not interest me 

 

It does not interest me what you do for a living. 

I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of your hearts longing. 

It does not interest me how old you are. 

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream and for the adventure of being alive.

 

It does not interest me what planets are squaring your moon.  

I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow. 

If you have been open by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from further pain. 

 

I want to know if you can sit with pain mine or your own without moving to hide it, fade it or fix it.  

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, or to be realistic or to remember the limitations of being human. 

 

It does not interest me if the story you are telling me is true, I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy. 

 

I want to know if you can see beauty even if it is not pretty, everyday, and if you can source your own life with it's presence.  I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine and still stand on the edge of the lake and still shout to the silver of the moon, "YES!"

  

It does not interest me where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and still do what must be done. 

 

It does not interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the fire with me and not shrink back.  

 

It does not interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.  I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else fades away. 

 

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments. 

 

Submitted by Romaine Garcia

 


Work like you don't need money, 

Love like you never been hurt, 

and Dance like no one is watching!


Ready for a laugh?

http://www.riversongs.com/Flas/indian.html


 

New Appointments...

 

Carol Perez Petersen Appointed to Qulla Elder Council 

 

Manataka Member Carol Perez Petersen recently accepted appointment to the Consejo del Saber Oulla (Council of Knowledge) El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia and  Spiritual Elders, Guides y Bridge Beings Council based in South America.   

 

Petersen has just returned to the United States in late April, after an intensive mission in Argentina, South America.  She was invited to attend the International Re-Gathering of Original Wise People of Abya Yala [Western Hemisphere].  Her mission was accomplished when she returned with a very important letter signed by twenty-one South American spiritual elders who declared Manataka a sacred site.  The letter was accompanied by other declarations concerning the goals and aspirations of the Elder Council drafted during the Gathering.  Petersen also returned to the United States with a gift for Manataka of a beautiful Rainbow Flag used by the pre-Incan Aymaras people of Bolivia.

 

The following is a letter from Valentin Mejillones Acarapi Simon Florencio Merlo, a spiritual elder and head of the Spiritual Guides y Bridge Beings Council:  

 

To Our Brothers & Sisters of North America:

 

"Devoted Sister Carol Perez Petersen is considered a part of Consejo del Saber Qulla (Knowledge Qulla Council) and of the South Americans Elders, Spiritual Guides y Bridge Beings Council. Therefore, she´s invited to share both Boards like a full member with voice and vote right since the very moment of her agreement to this charge.

 

According to our exhaustive conversation in San Juan de los Andes in Patagonia, where the 2º International Re-Gathering of Original Wise People of Abya-Yala took place, we planned together several activities to avoid our ancestral cultural values to get lost, forgotten and mis-valued. 

It’s time to face the future with a creative eye and effective action  and not with misunderstanding or words that can be carried away by slight winds.

 

We also invite you to share her 2nd Consecration in Tiwanaku on June the 21st. You can come with other Elders brothers, pilgrims from the north.

So too, she is given full authorization to get in contact with persons or financial organizations to carry out productive, service and spiritual projects according to our ancestral knowledge.  With our recognition, we greet you."  

 

Sincerely, 

Valentin Mejillones Acarapi Simon Florencio Merlo
South American Spiritual Guide Aymara Therapist and Andean Artist
Al Alto, La Paz, Bolivia on April 2005

 

 

The Elders and members of the Manataka American Indian Council are proud of Carol Oshe Waheton Perez Petersen and support her special mission of peace to our brothers and sisters of the South.

 



HEALING PRAYER

BASKET

 

Jessica -- The face of this teenager was bitten by a huge dog near her eye. The bite is severe and ripped and torn skin around the eye including the eyelid requiring 35 stitches.  No prognosis yet. Please say some prayers for her tonight, -- submitted by Sam White Eagle Soars. 5-24-05
Baker, Alida -  Mother of Henrietta EagleStar.  Getting much better, now having more problems.  

Baugh, Sharon Kamama - Diagnosed with cancer. Doing much better after surgery. Sharon was chair of the Manataka Women's Council for many years and is now enjoys Most Honored Grandmother status.

Beane, Brandi - Dental problems and severe headaches.  Submitted by TwoBears.

Black, Mother of Charles Lone Wolf Black -  Diagnosed with cancer.  Holding up well.  

DeJarnette, Delsin David Windwalker - 3-year old having a difficult time with asthma and bronchitis.  Submitted by Lynn Gill.  

Devereaux Family - Jesse William, my oldest son and my youngest son, Mark Kenneth Devereaux need prayers.  Update 5-1-05: Jesse is receiving healing and Mark is now well.  Eagle Star needs prayer for allergic reactions to her local environment.  Thank you Manataka for all the prayers.   Submitted by Eagle Star.  

Douglas, Rebecca - Niece of Leo and Flora Causey has cancer.

Dunn, Marian -  Smyrna, TN suffered a severe stroke. Remember her in your prayers.  - Helen Red Wing.

Goodson, Brian - Bear's been praying for him daily for three weeks but needs yours too.  Ruth King.

Greason, James - Suffered with stroke.  Prayers from Manataka has him healed and back to work. 

Filmore, Judy - Honored Grandmother of Manataka diagnosed with lupis.  Pray for her relief.

Fowler, Sarah, 9 yr old girl with a gastrointestinal disease needs prayers now.  Paul & Teressa Fowler. 

Irons, Larry Zink Hota Irons - Michigan:  Diagnosed with cancer. 

King, Jeremy -  12 yr old broke an upper leg bone.  Prayers and healing needed please.  Send a card to:  Jeremy King  555 Dabneys Road,  Raphine, Va 24472     Submitted by Grandmother Ruth King

Love, Tommie -  A 4 years old with 2 large brain tumors  - untreatable at Barnes Children's Hospital of St Louis. I ask for prayers for her healing and prayers for her family. From Alison Klose

Marie, Anne - A 19 yr. old daughter of a friend in Scotland has a tumor. It is wrapped around a main artery. The mother has asked to put her in your prayers. Submitted by Eagle Star.

McAdams, Frances -  Hospitalized with cancer.

Monahon, Qua Ti Si - Recent surgery with TMJ. She is talking and smiling. Expected to make a full recovery.

Pierce, Sheila Grandmother Wolf - Back was hurt in an auto accident. Now walking a bit but needs prayers.

Powell, Bobby - friend of Kimberly Stronczek stricken with crippling arthritis.

Runninbear, Bobby Joe - Hospitalized with a heart attack.  This is a wonderful Cherokee who loves his people and walks the red road in a good way.  Pray for this honored brother.  Submitted by BabblingBrook. 

Skidmore Family - Barbra Skidmore's youngest daughter, Stacy, 22, had surgery. She has a few complications. But with prayer they will heal. She had cancer surgery in the winter but is in remission at this time. 

Smiddy, Amanda - daughter of Memi K. Smiddy involved in car accident and in great pain.

Solorio, Ashley - Problems - legal, financial, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Submitted by TwoBears.

Vinson Family - Helen RedWing and GrayBeard - RedWing having problems with neck and back pain - rotator cup misalignment.  Walking better without a cane some.  Helen has had other symptoms crop up that are concerning everyone.  Graybeard general health ailments.  Pray for these good people. 

 

Did you submit a prayer request above?  If so, please send us an update.  We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing if more prayers are needed. 

 


 

MANATAKA ORGANIZATION MESSAGES

 

ELDER COUNCIL MINUTES

A short meeting was held during the annual Encampment at Bald (Eagle) Mountain Park.  All nine Elders were present.

 

1.  The Treasurer's Report from Betty Frey and Secretary's Report were approved as read. Frey reported that all of 2004 and the first quarter of 2005 are "...balanced to the penny..."  Moore's report covered minutes of the last meeting.

 

2.    A motion by David Quiet Wind Furr to approve a proposal from Gary Frischer was passed with one abstention.  The proposal authorizes Frischer to recommend MAIC legal counsel for 2005.

 

3.    A motion by Jim Pathfinder Ewing to file letters from Spiritual Elders with the county clerks office was approved with one abstention. 

 

4.    A motion by Jim Pathfinder Ewing to authorize the payment of $100 per week for the reimbursement of office facilities was approved with one abstention. 

 

5.    Committee Reports: None were delivered. 

 

The next meeting of the Elder Council will be May 15 prior to the regular membership meeting.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & NOTICES:

 

NOTICE 1:     FOOD BASKET NEEDED NOW!  people are hungry often throughout the year.  Please bring or send non-perishable food items. Gift cards for food from Walmart, Safeway and other stores are great. 

 

NOTICE 2:    REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 3rd Sunday of each month at Gulpha Gorge - bad weather at Phil's Restaurant on E. Grand.  

 

NOTICE 3:    WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month.  Contact: Judy

 

NOTICE 4:       PAID YOUR DUES?
Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and events of MAIC. We can always use a small donation. Now you can pay by check or credit card online. It's easy, secure and fast!   Click Here  Or...

 

NOTICE 7:      MATERIAL DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA

1.  Computer needed.  No key board, monitor or mouse are needed.  A larger mother board is needed for in-office work.

 

2.  Reams of ink jet paper

3.  Postage stamps

4.  15 - 30 gallon plastic storage boxes with lids

 

5.  LAND -  Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build a cultural center. Any size or location is  acceptable. Certain tax benefits may apply.

 

6.  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 a beautiful letter and memorial certificate in your name.

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED STAMPS, PAPER AND OTHER SUPPLIES!

 

Betty Winter White Moon Frey and John Shooting Star Fire Kirby donated a new computer printer!

 


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