Senora de los Angeles Feast Day. Corn Dance at Jemez Pueblo. For
information: in New Mexico (505) 843-7270; out of state (800) 766-4405.
and Corn Dance. Santo Domingo Pueblo. For information: (505)
Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. At Red Rock State Park near Gallup.
Parades, rodeo, arts and crafts, dances, food, golf tourney, auctions, more.
Parking and admission fees at Red Rock State Park. For information: (505)
Aug. 9, 10
Aug. 9 San
Lorenzo Feast Day; Aug. 10 Trade Fair and Races at the Picuris
Pueblo. For information: in New Mexico (505) 843-7270; out of state (800)
Lorenzo Feast Day. Throw Day and dances at Acoma Pueblo. For
information: (505) 252-1139 or (800) 747-0181.
San Lorenzo Feast Day. Cochiti
Pueblo. For information: (505) 465-2244.
San Lorenzo Feast Day. Throw Day
and dancing at Laguna Pueblo where people named Lawrence or Lorenzo throw gifts
to visitors. For information: (505) 552-6654.
Clara Feast Day. Buffalo and other dances at Santa Clara Pueblo. For
information: (505) 753-7326.
of Our Blessed Mother's Feast Day. Harvest and other dances at Mesita,
Laguna Pueblo. For information: (505) 552-6654.
Feast Day and Corn Dance. Zia
Pueblo. For information: (505) 867-3304.
3rd week of August.
Zuni Tribal Fair. Zuni Pueblo. For
information: (505) 782-4403.
Indian Market. At the Plaza in Santa Fe. Native American artists and
craftspeople from all over the country exhibit. Juried competition, dances,
food. No admission fee. For information:
www.swaia.org or (505) 983-5220.
August 18, Saturday
– 4:00 p.m.
Native & Adirondack
23 Middle Grove
Greenfield Center, NY
Powatan Swift Eagle, Matoaka Little
Dennis Yerry in concert.
seating is limited, bring a folding chair.
Concert will benefit the Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke
Tri-Cultural Arts & Crafts Show. At Picuris Pueblo. For information:
Parade, powwow, arts and crafts, sanctioned and open show rodeos, queen's
contest, barbeque, baby contest, 5k run, more. At Pinehill Chapter House, Ramah,
New Mexico, Navajo Reservation.
Augustine Feast Day. Morning mass followed by a procession. Dances in
the afternoon at the Isleta Pueblo. For information: (505) 869-3111.
Union of Polarities
St. Croix Valley Area
20 - 21, 2007
Drum Project Coming to Manataka
Drum will be played for 48 hours straight while at Manataka. The
one-year anniversary of the World Drum project will be at Manataka
October 20-21 according to Amanda Morningstar Moore, coordinator of
the Manataka event. Watch for future announcements regarding this
November 05, 2007
Live and Learn Seminars - Maya
December 7 - 9, 2007
Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
NativeGatherings.com lists hundreds of Native American events including
concerts, seminars, conferences, sporting events, and more.
"The hearts of
little children are pure, and therefore, the Great Spirit may show to
them many things which older people miss." -Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa)
Sometimes adults think they
know more than the children. But the children are closer to the truth.
Have you ever noticed how they can read people? Have you ever noticed
how quickly they can let go of resentments? Have you ever noticed how
free they are of prejudice? Have you ever noticed how well the children
listen to their bodies? Maybe adults need to be more like children. They
are so innocent. The children pray to the Creator and trust that He will
take care of them.
(Manataka, AR) The Council of Elders unanimously decided
during their July meeting to restrict attendance to 'members
only' for the upcoming Fall Gathering. The
by-invitation-only gathering will not be advertised or otherwise
announced to the public.
David Quiet Wind Furr, MAIC Chairman said, "This
move will help us return to our original purpose
and traditions. Our time together will be dedicated to
spiritual, family and cultural pursuits. Some say,
the gathering has become an entertainment event with too many
tourists and otherwise negative influences while away from our
traditional sacred grounds."
requests for an invitation will be accepted until October 5.
The number of participants will be limited. Once our
capacity is reached no further invitations will be issued.
Invited guests will receive a packet of information to prepare
for the gathering.
accommodation will be made for the elderly and physically
challenged. Grandfather Robert Gray Hawk Coke said, "Our backs will be turned against gate
Red Jacket stood
tall and proud, surveying the audience with sharp, watchful eyes, the only male
in a circle of women. The women around the campfire sat in appropriate silence
and awe. The raucous calls from nearby crows made him nervous, hyper-alert.
Like his namesake, Chief Red Jacket, he was ‘always ready’. Red Jacket is a
majestic red-tail hawk with only one wing.
Jacket was just one of the animal relatives that the women at the Strawberry
Moon Gathering in Lily Dale, New York, were honored to greet. Red Jackets
family includes a Gidget, a small kestrel hawk; Sweetie, a pigeon whose had been
almost totally plucked naked by crows; Peanut, a lop-eared rabbit that had been
abandoned by a local school and found starving by a janitor; a full grown grey
wolf named Shaman and two women with hearts the size of the moon.
Cathy Eimers and
her partner, Dee Garrido, live in Brant, New York. Almost all their time is
spent growing food – all organic – and taking care of their animals. Cathy and
Dee own and run The Rehab Rez, a 24 hour wildlife hospital for injured and
orphaned wild life. “To the best of my knowledge we are the only wildlife
hospital run by native people on Turtle Island,” Cathy writes.
Not all the
animals that find their way to Cathy’s hospital can be released back into the
wild. This single, simple fact speaks to the dedication of two wonderful women.
Many animals have life spans of twenty years or longer. If they can’t be
released, they become a part of Cathy and Dee’s family.
Red Jacket was
named for one of Cathy’s heroes, Chief Red Jacket, the great Seneca orator known
for his tolerance. Red Jacket argued for religious tolerance, pointing out that
if Creator made so many different people, why would he not also make many
different religions? Cathy’s Red Jacket is also a spokesman for his kind and
participates in wildlife handling training. “That’s one of the reason I called
him Red Jacket,” says Cathy. “He has to tolerate everything I put him through.”
tolerate a wide variety of habitats and altitudes. They live throughout North
America in deserts, grasslands,
agricultural fields and cities. Popular for
red-tail hawks account for 60% of all raptors under one year of age taken from
the wild, in spite of being ‘protected’ by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of
Jacket had been illegally taken from the wild. When his captors were on verge
of being arrested they threw him out of their vehicle. And shot him. This
sacred, winged relation will never fly again. He will live with Cathy and Dee
for the rest of his life.
permanent member of the family, is a full grown grey wolf. Shaman was the runt
of an illegally bred litter of wolf pups. Being the runt, he was abandoned.
One of Shaman’s brothers, Arrow, was rescued later, but did not live. Shaman
loves to sing. He not only howled when Cathy did, to demonstrate his musical
ability, he joined other songs at the gathering.
Solid Waste Energy
Laundry detergent and fabric
softener ingredients pose a variety of health risks, ranging from relatively
minor—like skin irritants and allergens—to the severe—cancer, poisoning and
neurological problems. Knowing which ingredients to avoid, however, will help
you control the number of toxins entering your home.
Laundry detergents and laundry
stain removers frequently contain alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs),
which are common surfactants. Surfactants, or surface active agents, are
chemicals that make surfaces more susceptible to water, allowing cleaners to
easily penetrate stains and wash them away. APEs can damage the immune system,
and they're suspected hormone disruptors, which means they can mimic hormones in
the body that regulate reproduction and development. The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has also warned that ethoxylated alcohol surfactants, such
as APEs, may be contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane, which penetrates
skin. Tests conducted in 1997 by the Washington Toxics Coalition found that
supermarket or drugstore labels are more likely to contain APEs than name
Linear alkylate sulfonate
(LAS), another surfactant used in laundry powders and liquids, causes
contact dermatitis, respiratory irritation and, if ingested, nausea, vomiting
and diarrhea. It is also corrosive to the eyes. In the environment, LAS
substance decomposes on heating, producing toxic and corrosive fumes such as
water-softening mineral additives that were once widely used in laundry
detergents and are sometimes referred to as builders, ingredients that enhance
the performance of surfactants. Sodium tripolyphosphate, one of the more common
phosphates used, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested, and
because it is corrosive, it can cause severe skin irritation. Because of their
damaging environmental impact (see below), many states have banned the use of
phosphates in laundry detergents; as a result most mainstream detergent
manufacturers have eliminated them. However, on products that do use them, the
percentage used should be disclosed on labels.
The fragrances in
detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets may provoke skin irritation,
allergic reactions and asthma, and they can contain phthalates, chemicals that
have been linked to cancer and reproductive system harm in lab tests. Unless
they are labeled otherwise, laundry detergents contain synthetic fragrances.
Fragrances can cling to fabrics for weeks after washing and may cause stuffy
nose, sneezing, headache and other allergic symptoms in sensitive individuals,
especially on clothing or bedding that's in close proximity to nose and mouth
for extended periods of time.
Other ingredients turn dangerous
when combined: Diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine
(TEA), which are found in liquid detergents and used to cut through
oils, can react with nitrites (an often-undisclosed preservative) to form
am often asked the question… "What are the living Indigenous
elders and spiritual teachers telling us about this time?"…. The
late Chief Dan Evehema, was a personal friend, as well as an
advisor and mentor to me since the Early 70’s.
Dan was also known as the eldest Hopi up in Hopi Land...I like
to remember him taking me on journeys as he told stories of what
Hopi Land and Arizona was like back in the days before
automobiles, and high flying jets spewing "Chemtrails " over the
once pristine desert.
Before his passing in 1999 Dan left this message to mankind his
Final Warning: it was Chief Dan who worked with me and gave
sanction to my writing and delivering the Hopi Messages, in my
book Last Cry which was originally to include a documentary
film… But life happens. The film was made but the Hopi elected
not to release it… only my friend Ingrid know what happened to
it, as she holds the original masters.
An Open Letter to
Hotevilla, Arizona, Hopi Sovereign Nation
“I am very glad to have this time to send a message to you. We
are celebrating a time in our history, which is both filled with
joy and sadness we know many of you are
having the same troubles.
“ We Hopi believe that the human race has passed through three
different worlds and life ways since the beginning. At the end
of each prior world, human life has been purified or punished by
the Great Spirit “Massauu” due mainly to corruption, greed and
turning away from the Great Spirit’s teachings.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I
should get it fixed.
But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the truck, the
car, or golf - always something I thought more important to do. Finally
she thought of a clever way to make her point.
When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily
snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for
a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a few minutes when I
came out again and handed her a toothbrush.
I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the
The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.
Moral to the story: Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always
right, and the other is the husband
February 1928, The New York Times reported that, ''Owing
to the power of Will Rogers's name, Claremore, Okla.,
the humorist's old home, seems likely to have a $50,000
Government hospital.'' In large part because of Rogers -
in addition to the passage of the 1924 Snyder Act - the
first Indian hospital in the country was built near
Rogers' hometown of Oolagah in the Cherokee Nation.
After its establishment,
Rogers donated radios and headsets for each bed in the
facility. He also joked about the hospital in a 1930
radio show: ''You know Columbus discovered this country
about 400 years ago or something, and it took 400 years
for the government to build a hospital for Indians. Look
what the Indians have got to look forward to in the next
400 years. They are liable to build us a cemetery or
something, I guess.'' Such references to the history of
American colonialism often found their way into Rogers'
contributions to journalism, radio, film and stage.
While Rogers is now touted as the Favorite Son of
Oklahoma, he never lived there. Born in the Cherokee
Nation in 1879, Rogers grew up among his people. He left
home to travel the world in 1902, five years before
Indian Territory - renamed Oklahoma - was subsumed into
the United States. ''We spoiled the best Territory in
the World to make a State,'' Rogers wrote. Only later
would he master the lariat and become one of the most
popular men in the country. He would return home
throughout his life and always hoped to reside there
after his stint in popular culture. Unfortunately, he
died in a 1935 plane crash before he was able to retire.
welcomes Carol Elk Looks Back Petersen who has been
featured in several past Smoke Signal issues. Carol was
born on the Temple of Mars in the solar complex called Tlamco by
the ancient Toltec. The ancient abode is in a city of seven
hills located in Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco,
California - in the West. Carol's father is American and
her mother is from Nicaragua. As a visionary, author and
artist, Carol has traveled extensively and performed ceremony in
Mexico’s Yucatan, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Slovenia.
Petersen is founder of the Rainbow Medicine Blanket Thunderbird
Gatherings. According to
Petersen, in civilizations past Thunderbirds were said to come
from the Pleiades. The Rainbow Bridge as noted in Norse
Mythology is the Bi-Frost and the only means for the giants to
come to earth or to appear. Thus the Thunderbirds are
associated with Rainbows. Thunderbird Gatherings are
fundraisers and volunteer supported. The Rainbow Medicine
Blanket sustains communities through micro-fund lending. We are
a council always learning to co-create with respect and to
mutually empower everyone.
"...I bring a basket oval in shape
like the egg with gifts. I place it on the ground before you
with respect for allowing my presence to be received. I send a
joyful and tearful song of gratitude to the Grandmothers who
hold the space of the North, East and South. I take a moment to
step into the presence of love and hold the place of the West.
I honor the Grandmothers and the words you speak on behalf of
the experiences and wisdom you impart..."
TRANSFORMATION OF THE SPIRIT
By Carol Elk Looks Back Petersen
am in constant transformation. I had a strong vision
holding me to the winds that I call the "Thunderbirds of the
Rainbow Medicine Blanket" in the Temple of the Sun in Bolivia
during the 2007 Summer Solstice. I have had many
visions before, during and after that experience.
Three days before the journey was to
begin my passport arrived and the Creator showed me the face of
the person whom I was to contact for funding my pilgrimage to
the Temple of the Sun. I followed this spirit and within
eight hours all the funds needed for the journey to La Paz were
provided. I did not know where I would sleep and I had no
planned itinerary, but I had become accustomed to jumping off
cliffs of faith.
Many women wrote for information
before the journey began but only three accepted the challenge
to travel with me to Bolivia. One was from the East, two
from the Northwest and me from the West. We love each
other immediately. We laughed, cried and became
excited together. We came to stand in the place of love
and to become transparent and vulnerable for unconditional
servitude. How sweet was this offering. We quickly
understood the tonal frequencies of languages unfamiliar to us.
Of course, navigating frequencies while flying is what
Thunderbirds do. We live on thermals diving and shape-shifting
into women to the calling of love.
We caravanned to Copacabana sitting
on the edge of Lake Titicaca. This village reveres the Madonna
who is known as the Dark Virgin of the Lake - "she who walks on
stars." People celebrate her image and regularly parade her
about the plaza. As we arrived, some very cool reggae
music was blasting loudly and I could not help myself to some
dancing. It was as if I was a virgin coming home for the first
Beautiful Sisters and Brothers
All Over the
The Unique Vibration
Human beings are born with a unique
vibration, a vibration that they are supposed to holds and
grow into higher octaves from that original vibration.
This vibration hold the key, the key that can
only work for that human being. It cannot work for anybody
else, it is indeed, as unique as you.
Through that original vibration, the key,
human beings are able to realize their own authenticity,
for they hold what they truly are, for they hold their own
divinity inside of themselves. For human beings are, indeed,
God and Goddesess in their true natures. Through that
original vibration human beings are able to walk into many
dimensions within the self, as well to realize of all the
connection with the multiverse, and of course to embrace
their real teacher, which is themselves.
But what happened? When a child is born in
the dysfunctional system, the parents and relatives begin
to bombarded the child to exchange some of those notes that
hold that vibration. That bombarding continues all their
lives, and they are suppose to be like somebody else,
belong to groups, religions, fashion, schools and families
that would not respect their original vibration because they
have also lost their own. The whole system is designed to
break that original vibration because the system does not
want authentic human beings that can think for their own,
that can have an original creation; they want people that
are able to be controlled and manipulated. The system does
not like human beings to realize their goddesshood or
godhood because they will express their freedom, and the
system does not want free people; the system will only
produce mediocre people.
For so long this distortion of the vibration
has been everywhere and with everybody, and in all the
creations of the people, even nature changed and went
into that distortion, for a distorted human being will
distort everything where he walks in his path. In the
running of times, trees and flowers and rivers and all
beauty of the planet have been distorted, too, for humans
have seen everything with distorted eyes, eyes that lie,
that can only see the things through their distortion.
Then, all was transformed to fit into that distortion of
The original vibration holds the
enlightenment, the divine order in the body, mind and
spirit; the original vibration will open the doors for
others and hold the understanding of Oneness that resides
in the essence of that vibration. One true vibration
contains all the vibrations through the essence.
This is the time of the awakening of the
true human beings, the ones that are able to go back to the
original vibration within the self, the place of the absence
of fear, the place where human being are able to grow
towards light, creating experiences of light. Instead of
painful experiences, they will begin to grow into higher
octaves through the vibration of the mother, 3.1416; the
mother will give all life forms the growth of the octaves
that people must embrace within the self, for indeed,
embracing is about the self, to become one with the self,
for human beings are, indeed, the Gods and Goddess that they
have always been.
All beautiful people need to go to the
original vibration, and from this place begin to create a
better place inside and outside of human perception. If you
are interested in knowing your own unique, original holy
song, I can find it for you. You will need to answer a
questionnaire and I will find the mathematics in the Mayan
ways, and translate your original vibration into music. This
will be your song for you to remember who you truly are.
Usually families have some tones in common;
you can find this very interesting….
LITTLE ROCK - Trees and grasses
like those that members of the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations saw when
they stopped along a stretch of Coleman Creek may soon grow again at the
site where the Indians rested during the Trail of Tears relocation.
The University of Arkansas at
Little Rock on Thursday started tearing down buildings on the five-acre
site on the southeastern border of its campus. The buildings, including
a former restaurant with pilings driven into the creek, are in the
The area will be restored with
native trees, rocks and grasses, with the intent of making it look as it
did when members of the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations used the spot for
a water stop during their forced migration to what is now Oklahoma.
Nearby Asher Avenue now
occupies part of the route of the Old Southwest Trail, which was a foot,
horse and wagon path traveled by the Indians.
Footpaths at the site will
include three markers noting the area's significance, said Dan
Littlefield, director of UALR's Sequoyah Research Center.
The campus master plan calls
for creation of a 47-acre greenway that stretches the full length of the
campus and has walking and bicycle trails.
"Landscape engineers tell us
this will be the biggest project of de-urbanization in the history of
the state," said Dave Millay, director of UALR's physical plant and
chair of the Coleman Creek Greenway Project.
The university acquired the
land in 2004 when it bought the University Plaza Shopping Center, which
extended UALR's border to Asher Avenue.
On Thursday, university and
city officials walked among pieces of heavy equipment to break ground
for the project.
Audubon Arkansas donated
$75,000 toward the project, a foundation for the family of Johnnie
Chamberlin gave $30,000 and FTN Associates, a water resources
environmental consultant firm, gave $135,000 in the form of 1,500 hours
of volunteer service on the Coleman Creek project.
UALR spokeswoman Joan Duffy
says the restoration does not have a firm price tag. The entire project
is funded by private donations and work will occur as money comes in,
Officials said the project is
ideal for teaching and research for biologists, earth scientists, and
hydrologists. The work will tie the campus and Coleman Creek with a
regional open space system that includes the Fourche Creek Wetlands and
War Memorial Park.
"The restoration of Coleman
Creek is the single most important conservation project undertaken thus
far in the Fourche Creek watershed," Audubon Arkansas board member
Robert Shults said.
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