Indian in a Former Life
I just read an article you posted recently by Andrea Smith "For all
those of you who were Indian in a former life". I am blown away by
how much I needed to read this. I just cut ties with a teaching
partner because I felt she was falling victim to these problems
Andrea outlines (appropriating things- she is a white woman with a
medicine name) I don't know if you or if possible Andrea, could view
the website of this person for me and let me know your thoughts. I
would gratefully appreciate your feed back. I really respect that
you posted this article. Thank you so much. (I am a singer in
Toronto who is facebook friends with another singer named Tanya
Gillis who posted it on her wall- she is Indian) The website/woman
in question is:
www.circlewisdom.ca (person's name is Sandra Moon Dancer) thanks
so much, ~Leah Salomaa
Thank you for sharing
this fascinating news, which is professionally laid out. All of
those involved should be proud of the work you have done and to
share with others; it is indeed a tribute to ancestors. I know the
hard-dedicated work involved, and applaud you all. Sincerely, Hazel
Choices about Death, Dying, Grief, and Loss
Okay .... after numerous attempts to write ..... it is not meant to
be. I must respect the spirits' wishes. I can say that I
really enjoyed the article - from my own perspective and experiences
with dying, death, and the Other Side. Also, from what I have
witnessed and listened to how others view death, and how they feel
about the Other Side. Also, from what I have witnessed and assisted
with how those on the Other Side interact with us - and how some
struggle (need help) in between. It is an important article,
and thank you to Dr. Cheryl Dusty. with love, gratitude &
respect for a Gift I've been blessed with, Kim / Shemandoah
Choices about Death, Dying, Grief, and Loss
I like this piece by
Cherly Dusty. The night before I delivered Marian, I had an
"epidural malfunction", my blood pressure dropped into the low 30s,
and I began to journey down a long dark tunnel. Everything
around me vanished. (During this time, my mother in law was fighting
with the night nurse to "do something, she's gray, get some help!!"
as she pumped ice chips into my mouth). All I was aware
of was .... nothing. I had no body, no physicality, only my
consciousness - it was nothingness, but I was floating towards
something. My children's names began to float towards me, one
at a time ..... and then I realized - I was not supposed to be here.
An awareness, or a question - I still don't know which - came to me
- it was not my time to go yet. I still had much work to do. Go back
now! I stopped as the awareness came into me and I realized I
was crossing over. I went no further. My eyes opened, I gasped
air (didn't realize I had stopped breathing), and I felt the
freezing ice chips in my mouth and heard my mother in law screaming
for help - she was shaking me hard.
Funny how I was completely unaware of the commotion in the room (my
mother in law told me) - and only aware of the silence and peace of
the Tunnel .... and no fear. Later on Marian's heart rate
dropped, but then a team of nurses was there instantly to take care
of it - no more "night nurse" ignoring my dying situation ......
BTW .... yes, I reported the night nurse's lack of response because
there was religious discrimination involved (she did not like my
spiritual beliefs and told me so - she was a born again Christian).
I had prayed that I would survive the night shift, and I know my
prayers were heard - at one point I opened my eyes and saw a "Circle
of Ancestors" surrounding me ...... Marian is now 7 years old
..... and how my spiritual walk has evolved. ~ Kim Summermoon
Little Shell Pembina Band
I'm Wayne Fearnside,
member # 80135. One of my daughters and her son would like to know
if memberships are still being accepted and if so a link where the
application [papers can be found. Are you not the Little Shell and
Pembina band of Fargo, ND? I tried to find them online but I guess
not. Do you know them/us? Are you accepting new members? Thanx
We are sorry to inform you, but the Little Shell Pembina do not and
never have solicited membership from people outside their family.
The do not have a membership roll with numbers. They do not have
anyone on their roll with your last name.
You have been scammed. There is a group of ex-federal prison inmates
who set up a scam a few years ago to sell phony memberships, license
plates, insurance and land swap deals -- that is still operating in
some states, because they are smart enough to keep moving, changing
names and addresses. The are phonies. They sucker people in by
promising them all sorts of benefits and they have absolutely no
association whatsoever with the real Pembina people. Sorry. ~Editor
Deeply Grateful for Manataka's Presence
I wish to thank Manataka for its continued openness and ability to
present all viewpoints, and its balance in publishing. Many
times I have seen something in the newsletter and in the website
'search' that appears "simple enough" - but 'something' pokes me
Then over days, weeks, months - I am led - thinking, dreaming,
reflecting - learning about myself, others, our worlds, my place in
them. Sometimes I can share what I've learned and
experienced. Usually, I can't.
There are things I wish I could share about my walk, but out of
respect for privacy and the spirit worlds - I cannot. Bound by a
sacred trust. But - I am deeply grateful for Manataka's presence in
my life - because I wouldn't be "here" (at this point on my journey)
without it. So I decided to write a 'thank you' message
instead .... I figured 'thank you' is always good! With love &
respect, Kim Wilson
Hello Manataka and
David Three Dogs,
I gave up long ago want
the approval of mankind, they are all at different stages of growth.
In our big family and our own lord of the manor and the mother the
hub of the wheel. When we lost poppa after he and mom had been
married for 65 years , it was a glorious time in the lord even at
his and also her funeral.
At the wake her old precious parents looked like the guardian angel
that lay asleep finally at rest knowing she the real mom was in
heaven as I had personally witnessed oh yes I actually seen her
ascend into the heavens right through thee ceiling of the hospital.
She had regained her sight just ere she left, she has always warned
me to ''never let anyone or anything draw me away from my Lord," so
I never did. ~Jenny Wren
Dear Editor and David Three Dogs,
This is so awesome! I
actually forwarded this to many people that don't understand my
spiritual belief. I have never been comfortable with the different
denominations. I have tried many churches, they didn't work for me.
Thank You for this article!
Elizabeth Romine, Indiana
Dear David Armstrong --
OMG , Not you David ,
but your Spirit for sure! This was the best reading I've had
in a long time! Thank you so much , My heart was blessed over
and over as I could not stop reading ! There was not one jot
that I disagreed with or did not understand .
I feel so bad for what we did to your people, now my people .
Please come back and visit us here , when you can! And may I
have your permission to share your link on other forums , please!
TTYL , okay ! Frank Phenix email@example.com
I am an ordained minister and an Iroquois Indian and have never read
a more enlightening discussion of the reconciliation of the Indian
and Christian beliefs. the creator has gifted you greatly with the
ability to express in words how He feels always remain humble before
Him and He will reward you with the power of the sacred center of
the circle of life. White Bear
Anasazi Equinox Marker and Connections to Lakota Star Knowledge
The article on the
Lakota Star Knowledge - interesting - reminds me of "children with
autism" - the ones who seem lost and the ones who wander. Quite a
few of them seem as though they are looking for something, or
communicating with something that we can't see. Many love colors and
lights and "spinny things."
Incidentally, my kids and I all can see colors (in different forms)
and also see flashing lights sometimes. I learned this recently.
Quite a bit in that article reminded me of various aspects of what
is called autism - but autism itself seems a misnomer to me.
Many children diagnosed with autism, or with the markers of it, seem
(to me) to be operating at a different level. The way their hands
move, what they look at, and how they interact with the environment.
It's not that they're "not there" - they ARE, but in a different
way. They sense things that others don't.
Many behave in this world as though they are 'aliens' trying to
understand where they are and what they are doing here. Others
interact with people and kids as though from a much higher
intelligence. I think most, if not all of them are highly
intelligent. Unfortunately, dominant society (and school systems)
continue to use verbal ability as a mark of intelligence, and so the
"MR" label is still used if a child is nonverbal :(
While I was reading the article, I couldn't help but wonder .... I
often feel that the diagnoses given by doctors are really because
"modern medicine" doesn't have a good understanding of the ancient
wonders that are walking among us (or the walking wounded, depending
on how one views things).
Then there is the families themselves, along with the school
systems, the teachers and the classrooms. I have seen this on all
levels. I mentioned to a few families recently that our school
system is not set up for children with autism and their needs - that
they don't need "fixing" but we need to work with them at their
level to learn about the gifts they have already, and to help them
express their gifts in good ways. Dominant society is not equipped
to offer real support. Some parents looked at me like I had three
heads, others agreed with me.
I know the article was not about autism, but I couldn't help but see
the correlations in what happens to the children. I would
attract many flaming arrows by saying that autism may be connected
to the nagi detaching as described in this article - and it could be
generational as well (not just the parents, but the residual energy
and spirits of ancestors also) - but there is also growing evidence
(?) now that the environment plays a larger role in autism than
genetics, biomedical .... (DNA, vaccines, etc.).
Usually I have not had a problem connecting with autistic children
(moving away, for a moment, from "person first"). It is mostly
dominant society I have trouble understanding and relating to.
Love the pictures and graphics of the Stone People with the drawings
and the descriptions. I've heard of the Anasazi before, but I don't
recall where. ~ K.S.W.