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OCTOBER 2015

 

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Native American Day

Monday, September 07

Anti-Columbus Day

October

Yom Kippur

October

Eid Mubarak

Halloween Day

October 31

         

 

"Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with the rest of your life."  ~Golda Meir

 


 

Manataka Council Fire

 

Manataka is a Sacred Site

 

Once the Elder Council of the Manataka American Indian Council was reestablished in 1997, spiritual elders from many indigenous nations began recognizing Manataka with ceremony, personal pilgrimages, private declarations and legal documents such as the one written by the most honorable Chief Arvol Looking Horse Speaks About Manataka, and the great Lakota Elder Peter V. Catches Speaks About Manataka

 

This month we are proud to present Xielolixii, Council Chief and Spiritual Elder of the Salinan-Chumas Nation.    In her last paragraph, Chief Xielolixii says it all: "Over hundreds if not thousands of years, people of all nations have gone to Manataka to center themselves and pray, and are a living testimony to how well they were received and they blessings that they enjoyed. Continuing usage of this monument by our people is critical to the survival of our people, not only in terms of spirituality, but as a cornerstone of our daily lives..."   

 

We are for the first time publically revealing the sacred nature of Manataka as seen through the eyes of our most revered American Indian elders.  This series will continue for months and years to come. 

 

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SPIRITUAL MEDICINE

 

No Sin, No Guilt, Just Responsibility

by Rev. Thomas M. Haley, Manataka Elder

 

As a Christian pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), I have heard the term “sin” close to a million times. First, no one is sinless. Second, even if we did not sin, according to many denominations, we would still be sinners.

 

However, in the Native American belief system uses the word responsibility which seems more correct than sin. Sin is not in the Native American vocabulary.

 

The more I study, the more I understand the Native American way of life. There is a sharp parallel between Christianity and Native American culture. The Native American culture takes Christianity to a whole new level. Love Mother Earth without greed or possession. Christians have a responsibility to Mother Earth, but have failed their responsibility.

 

As I became part of the Manataka American Indian Council and THE MOMENT event, I realized I was among strangers who became brothers and sisters to me that offered me unconditional love. I scratched my head and thought, “Is Jesus a Native American?”    Read More...

 


 

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ELDERS SPEAK

 

"Laughter - that is something very sacred, especially for us Indians."   -- John (Fire) Lame Deer, Rosebud Lakota

 

Laughter is mental, laughter is emotional, laughter is physical, and laughter is spiritual. Laughter helps us find balance. If we get too angry, laughter will turn that emotion in a balanced direction. If we have a mental picture of someone who is too strong, laughter will help ease the tension. If the body is stressed, laughter will release natural relaxants into our muscles and our nervous system. Laughter often changes our attitude. We need to lighten up and laugh more.

 

Great Spirit, teach me to laugh.

 

Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 


LEGENDS

 

Ghost Dance Origin

Winnebago Legend

A young man lived in a village with his wife whom he loved so much that there was nothing he would not do for her. One day she fell ill and her condition rapidly deteriorated despite the treatment of many wâkdocewe (physicians). Finally, he called a very wákâtcâk man, blessed with many curative powers, to see what he could do. Even though he exerted himself mightily, he was powerless to reverse her decline, and she died.

 

That night they held the Ghost Lighting Rites (Wanághadajáhira) to light her way to Spiritland. He was much respected by the people, so everyone showed up for each of the Four Slumbers. After games were played in her honor, everyone went home.

However, the man could not accept the parting of his wife, and prepared for a journey to the west, as that is the direction that they say souls (wanâghi) take after death. So he set out the next morning in pursuit of his wife, traveling long and hard toward the setting sun until finally he became so fatigued that he had to use a cane. In time he became exhausted and fell to his hands and knees. Even so he did not give up, but began crawling westward. Soon his knees became so badly skinned that he tied basswood bark around them. In the distance he saw a little knoll surrounded by very beautiful country. He thought to himself, "If I could only make it to the top of that knoll, I would be content to die there." So he struggled mightily, and finally having reached the summit, rolled over on his back exhausted. There he waited for death to overtake him. When he closed his eyes,  unexpectedly, he heard a voice which said, "Let's go home. This is where I live." He opened his eyes, and there before him was a man covered with what looked like hair. At first he could not get up, but when the man said, "Come on!" he jumped right up and followed the man to his lodge nearby.  
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FEATURE

 

Mount McKinley name changed back to Denali


MUSIC

 

Manataka recently partnered with Canyon Records and its distributors to bring our members and supporters the very finest in American Indian Music.  Canyon Records of Phoenix, Arizona, producer and distributor of Native American music, is one of the oldest independent record labels in the music industry as well as one of the oldest cultural institutions in the state of Arizona.

 

 

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 Specialty Songs

Aboriginal Hard Rock

Healing Songs

Storytellers

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Christmas Music

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FOOD & NUTRITION

 

 

AMERICAN INDIAN SOUPS AND STEWS

From Momfeather Erickson ~

 

WAHANPI STEW

This is an old Sioux dish, and is a delicious combination of meat, vegetables and macaroni.  It can be prepared with just about anything you have available.

 

Turkey or chicken

Macaroni

Rice is optional

Vegetables:  potatoes, onions carrots, cabbage, and prairie turnips.

 

Cut meat into chunks if using whole pieces.  Place all ingredients into a large pot, and bring to a boil.  Lower heat.  Cover and cook according to whatever the meat used needs.  If you use prairie turnips, make sure to soak them overnight and cut them up before you add them to the wahanpi.  Cut all other vegetables and cook them until they are done.

 

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FEATURE

 

The Great Famine: Donegal Choctaw keeps Ireland link alive

When Native American Choctaw tribesman Waylon Gary White Deer came to Ireland for the first time, he described it as being like "an arrow shot through time".

 

"There is a teaching among the Choctaw that says feeding someone is the greatest thing you can do because you are extending human life," said the author and artist, who now lives in Donegal.

 

"The first thing Choctaw people do when a visitor comes to their home is offer them something to eat, or just fix them a plate."

In 1847, it was this generosity that prompted the Choctaw to donate £111 ($170 dollars), which in today's money would be

£5,200 ($8,200 dollars), to help starving Irish people during the Great Famine.

 

More than one million people died during the Great Famine, a period of mass starvation, illness, and emigration after disease blighted potato crops.    Read More...

 


 

ENVIRONMENT

 

Copper Profits vs. Sacred Sites, Round 3

On June 17, Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ) introduced H.R. 2811 to repeal a section of last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that traded a Native American sacred site in Southeast Arizona to a copper mining company. (See related story, Copper Profits vs. Sacred Sites, Round 2.) Fourteen co-sponsors joined Representative Grijalva on this bill, which is called the “Save Oak Flats Act.”

The bill includes a succinct summary of the amendment to the NDAA and its impact on tribes in the area:

“Congress finds as follows: 7 (1) Section 3003 of the ... National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113–291) authorizes approximately 2422 acres of Forest Service land known as ‘‘Oak Flat’’ in the Tonto National Forest in Southeastern Arizona that is sacred to Indian tribes in the region, including the San Carlos Apache Tribe and the Yavapai-Apache Nation, to be transferred to a mining company called Resolution Copper. That company plans to hold the Forest land privately for a mining project that will result in the physical destruction of tribal sacred areas and deprive American Indians from practicing their religions, ceremonies, and other traditional practices.

The mining project will also create significant negative environmental impacts by destroying the area and depleting and contaminating precious water resources.  
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HISTORY

 

American Indians Participation in the Civil War

by Patti Jo King

An account of Indians in the U.S. Civil War has been issued in paperback—and with it comes a now-familiar sense of letdown. That’s because such books invariably leave out Native voices, relying on academic research and accounts. Clarissa Confer’s The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War, first published in hardcover by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2008, is no exception.

American Indian participation in the Civil War tends to be seen as an anomaly. Yet scholars and tribal historians should not be surprised that Indians took part, with men from many nations fighting on both sides. Indigenous communities of the South found themselves caught between the two American factions, while tribes that had been removed from the South and the Plains and sent to Indian Territory were drawn into the very heart of the critical debates dividing the states: disputes over Free Soil, Bleeding Kansas, slavery and abolition, sectionalism and even secession.

A handful of scholars are recognized as authorities on this subject. Most notable was Annie Heloise Abel, who laid the foundation with her tripartite study The Slave-Holding Indians, published between 1915 and 1925 by Torch Press. Her three volumes—The American Indian as Slaveholder and Secessionist; American Indians as Participants in the Civil War; and American Indians Under ­Reconstruction—form the basis of all such research.   Read More...


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ELDERS SPEAK

 

"Search for the truth. Indian values teach the holistic approach to the use of technology for mankind's good." -- Al Qoyawayma, HOPI

 

The Great Spirit had given us certain values to live by. If we learn to think in harmony with these values such as; respect, love, patience, tolerance, commitment, trust, etc., we cannot get off track. No matter what we do, we will always be in harmony. For example, if we are respectful, then we will respect the earth, our children, our women, our men, and ourselves. Indian values help us walk under the guidance of the Great Spirit.

 

My Creator, today I search for the truth, Your truth. Please let me see it.

 

Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 


 

"Sometimes, you have to get angry to get things done." ~Ang Lee

 


 

 

 

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Nominations Open for Elder Council

The Manataka Elder Council needs two new members.  Self-nominations are permitted.  Requires at least one in-person meeting per year at Hot Springs, AR and tele-conference meetings monthly. MAIC dues must be current. Send you resume today!

 

Help Wanted:

Fund Raising Professional needed.  Experienced please.  Email us now.

 

Volunteer Counseling Positions Open: 

Are you a minister, psychologist, teacher or counselor?  Elder Robert Gray Hawk Coke announces that more professional volunteer counselors are needed for Manataka's free online Counseling program helping hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, family, marital and other issues -- anonymously and free!. There are education, professional experience and licensure requirements. http://www.manataka.org/Counseling.html Email:  counseling@manataka.org

 

Planning is in full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain into memorial gardens.  Everyone is excited!  http://www.manataka.org/page1392.html

 


 

ELDERS SPEAK

 

"Spiritual Values are an Attitude."  -- Leonard George, Chief Councilor

 

Attitude is a direction which we follow. If you have a positive attitude, it means you will lean towards a positive direction. If you have a negative attitude, it means you will lean away from the Spirit. Therefore, if we lean toward spiritual values, then our actions will become significant and important. If we lean away from spiritual values, our actions will become insignificant or unimportant. For example, if we value love, we will lean towards it; we will prefer to express and embrace it.

 

Great Spirit, teach me the significance of spiritual values.
 

Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 


 

OPINION PAGES - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

Letters to the Editor - OCTOBER 2015

 

Dear Manataka,

I feel so blessed to have found your site. My Paternal Grandfather was Cherokee and my maternal Grandmother was Cherokee. I have been looking and hopping for a way to connect. As a child I remember my mom using leaves and other natural products when we were ill. I have never forgotten that, and am now faced with a challenge. My 42 year old son had two massage heart failures....he coded two times, was not expected to make it, was on life support for almost two months. I found your site in search for natural ways to heal him. From the deepest part of my heart, I THANK YOU!  ~ Ruby deBraux

 

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