Manataka American Indian Council                                    Volume XI  Issue 08  AUGUST  2007


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

 

        Dedicated this month to:

                       

HONORING OUR RELATIONS

Animal People

Earth Mother

Ancestor Spirit People

 

 

 

Faster download!  The Smoke Signal this month is on 3 web pages.


 

 

Contents:              

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Upcoming Events: 

Let's Get Going

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Elder's Meditation:

Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) Oglala Lakota 

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Website Updates: 

Plenty Good Stories

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Feature Stories:

A Call from the Wild

1 The Message: Important: Fall Gathering Announcement

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Mother Earth Watch:

The Dirty Problem with Laundry Supplies

Grandmothers Speak

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Grandmother Waynonaha:    EAST

Grandmother Selma: SOUTH

Grandmother Carol:   WEST

Grandmother Magdala:: NORTH

A Hopi Chiefs’. Last Cry

Will Rogers' Overlooked Cherokee Roots

A Transformation of the Spirit

The Unique Vibration

Notable News: Historic Indian Trail Recreated in Arkansas
1 Inspirational Thoughts:: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life

2 Legends of Old: Chipmunk and Bear
2 Feature Story: The Navajo Enemy Way Ceremony
In The News: The World Drum Project: In Kansas City

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Letters to the Editor:

Australians, Gatherings and Buffalos
2 Politics: Choctaws Elect New Chief after 3 Decades

Government:  It Never Victimized Indians

2 Organic Consumer Watch: Organic Farming Can Feed the World
2 Elder's Meditations: John (Fire) Lame Deer – Rosebud Lakota
Member Recognition: Tammy Timberlake - Hands Down
2 Health:  Authorities Ignored Vioxx Warnings
2 Herbs: Kitchen Herbs That Heal
2 Fluoride: Warning by Dentists: Fluoride Damages Teeth
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Save Belugas!!
2 Sacred Sites: Connecticut-based tribe reclaims its past

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Hill & Holler: Cherokees Re-elect Smith to 3rd Term

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History: Removal and Seminole War

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Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather Bennie Lebeau:

Parents: How Do You Treat Your Children?

Message To The Elders To Be Shared

3 Feature Story: The Spirit on the Mountain 2007 Gathering

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Elder's Meditations: Haida Gwaii - Traditional Circle of Elders

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Women's Circle: How the Female Eagle Choose Her Mate

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Women's Council: Circle of Friends

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Diet Watch: Anti-Obesity Compound Found in Seaweed

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Book Reviews: Big Medicine from Six Nations

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Poetry Circle: Remembrance

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Inspirational Thought:: Chief Aupumut, Mohican. 1725

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Healing Prayer Basket: Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

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Manataka  Business: Gatherings to Change

 

 


 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug. 2

Nuestra 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.

 

Aug. 4

Feast Day and Corn Dance. Santo Domingo Pueblo. For information: (505) 465-2214.

 

Aug. 8-12

Gallup 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) 722-3839.

 

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) 766-4405.

 

Aug. 10

San 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.

 

Aug. 12

Santa Clara Feast Day. Buffalo and other dances at Santa Clara Pueblo. For information: (505) 753-7326.

 

Aug. 15

Assumption 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.

 

Aug. TBA

3rd week of August. Zuni Tribal Fair. Zuni Pueblo. For information: (505) 782-4403.

 

Aug. 18, 19

Santa Fe 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  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Native & Adirondack Performance Series.

Ndakinna Education Center,23 Middle Grove Road, Greenfield Center, NY

Ndakinna Education Center Presents Powatan Swift Eagle, Matoaka Little Eagle, Dennis Yerry in concert.

seating is limited, bring a folding chair.  Concert will benefit the Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke. (518) 583-9958  www.ndcenter.org

 

Aug. Last Weekend

Picuris Tri-Cultural Arts & Crafts Show. At Picuris Pueblo. For information: (505) 587-2519.

 

Aug. TBA

Ramah Fair. 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.

 

Aug. 28

Saint Augustine Feast Day. Morning mass followed by a procession. Dances in the afternoon at the Isleta Pueblo. For information: (505) 869-3111.

 

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October  08, 2007  

Union of Polarities -- St. Croix Valley Area

 

October  20 - 21, 2007

World Drum Project Coming to Manataka

The World 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 event.

 

November 05, 2007  

Live and Learn Seminars - Maya Journey

 

December 7 - 9, 2007

Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference 

                                           Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 

See More Non-Powwow Events Here

2007 Powwow Now Calendar

 

NativeGatherings.com lists hundreds of Native American events including concerts, seminars, conferences, sporting events, and more.   

                

 

 


 

ELDER MEDITATION

"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) Oglala Lakota 

 

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.

 

Grandfather,

today let the

children be my

teacher.

By Don Coyhis

 


THE MESSAGE...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANATAKA FALL GATHERING ANNOUNCEMENT

 

(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."

 

Written 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.

 

Special accommodation will be made for the elderly and physically challenged.  Grandfather Robert Gray Hawk Coke said, "Our backs will be turned against gate crashers."

 


 

JULY WEBSITE UPDATES

 

  NEW STORIES   NEW TRADING POST ITEMS
  Amaranth: Food of the Gods   Arts & Craft Books 
  Aussies Impose Martial Law on Aborgines   Buffalo, Bear, Deer Robes
  Black-and-White World of Walter Plecker   Ceremonial Supplies
  Chickamauga Cherokee seek Recognition   Cherokee Legends and Stories on CD
  Gem Stones - Beautiful and Valuable   Children's Coloring Books & Activities
  Keep Bullets out of Indian Sacred Sites    
  Listen to the Earth   Clothing Store
  Messages for Clearing the Spiritual Body   Gift Basket Specials - Music Store
  New Human Pesticide Testing Rule   Native Remedies - Mother's and Babies
  Our Illusion of Separateness   Owl Feather Creations
  The Dance of Time - Waynonaha   Reference, Maps Books
  Temple of Union Crystal Healing Ceremony   Spiritual Path Books
  Seafood from China raised in sewage   Women's Gifts - Beautiful
       

HONORING OUR RELATIONS

- The Animal People 

FEATURE

 

 

 

 

A Call from the Wild

By Linda Bear Heart

 

 

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.  

 

Red 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.”

 

Red-tail hawks tolerate a wide variety of habitats and altitudes.  They  live throughout North America in deserts, grasslands, coniferous and deciduous forests, tropical rainforests, agricultural fields and cities. Popular for falconry, 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 1918.

 

Red 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.

 

Shaman, another 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.

 

 

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MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 

THE DIRTY PROBLEM WITH LAUNDRY SUPPLIES

 

Personal Health        Laundry Detergents        Bleaching Agents

Environmental          Solid Waste                        Energy

 

 

Personal Health

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

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 brands.

 

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 sulfur oxides.

 

Phosphates are 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 carcinogenic nitrosamines.

 

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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK - EAST

 

 

A Hopi Chiefs’ Last Cry                       

 

I 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.

 

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FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

The lawnmower

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 driveway."
 
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
 



GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK - SOUTH

 

 

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From Grandmother Selma

Will Rogers' Overlooked Cherokee Roots

Posted: June 28, 2007 by Amy Ware

 

In 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.

 

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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK - WEST

 

 

                  

 

Carol Perez Petersen

Manataka 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

 

I 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 time. 

 

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GRANDMOTHER'S SPEAK - NORTH

 

 

                  

 

Magdala Rameriz

Maya Priestess

Beautiful Sisters and Brothers All Over the World:

 

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 manifestation.

 

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….

 

I am you

 

Magdala

 

Upcoming Events

July 28 - August 5 Colorado Seminar Tour Nancy  nhzgreentri@hotmail.com
August 25 Minnesota Seminar Kimberly   kpilgrim@clcmn.edu
September Cahokia, IL Solstice Ceremony quetzalkina@ritternet.com
September Europe Tour quetzalkina@ritternet.com
September 28 Fayetteville, AR Seminar Susan  susanlattadesign@aol.com
September 7 McAllen, Texas Seminar Monica ramirez_monica_art@yahoo.com
October 8 - 9 Wisconsin - Minnesota Tour - Mario Conroy Little Flame spiritacres@cltcomm.net
November 5 Yucatan, Mexico Tour - 800-622 5041

Diane Davalos explearn@aol.com

www.expandedlearning.com.

 

Seminar Booking: quetzalkina@ritternet.com   http://www.unionofpolarities.com

 

Books by Magdala -- "Sacredness of the Union of Polarities", "I Am You", "Sacred Sex",  "Mayan Runes"

http://www.manataka.org/page996.html

 


NEWS

 

Historic Indian Trail Recreated in Arkansas

By Associated Press

 

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 waterway's floodplain.

 

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, she said.

 

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.


 

 

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...  

 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.  It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

 

~Submitted by Romaine Garcia

 

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Basket Making

Bead Working

Genealogy

Powwow

Brain Tanning

Code Talkers

Flute Making

History, Myth

Moccasin Making

Ribbon Making 

Cradleboards

Healing Medicine

Regalia Making

Tipi Construction

Powwow Dance

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Ghost Trails to Manataka

Stirring music. Intense, emotional and beautiful. Hear the legends of the Place of Peace. A Moving Experience. Only $19.95  Read More

Manataka Flag

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Two Feathers Creations by Bonnie Two Feathers, is a unique experience.  Bonnie's hand craft work is an excellent example of  traditional and modern art, jewelry and crafts.

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