Manataka American Indian Council
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
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Wizard of Oz
Thank you for the informative article on the origins of the movie, The Wizard of Oz. With all of the negative things in the movie about Native Americans, why would an Indian casino name itself The Yellow Brick Road? (just asking) I thoroughly enjoy reading Smoke Signals and look forward to more enlightening articles. ~Wes Stevens
I was hoping you would take a moment to help me learn a few things. I'm relatively new to the Middle Tennessee area and have been slowly finding good powwows to visit. Fancy Dancer: Jennifer Attaway http://www.manataka.org/page147.html
I am not Native American but was blessed to meet a teacher in college named Gloria Bogdan while attending Orange Coast College many years ago when I still lived in Southern California. Mrs. Bogdan taught Native American Anthropology, a humanities class that focused on Native cultures before white contact, and during the course she invited our class to attend the annual SCIC powwow. I've been going to powwow ever since.
I would love to dance, but apart from Inter-tribals, it seems that it isn't appropriate to adopt a style and compete. Is that always true? I lost contact with Mrs. Bogdan after I left school and recently tried to look her up to ask her about dancing but found out that she passed away several years ago. I'm asking you because I ran across your website while looking for a powwow within a three hour drive radius of where I live. (When I go alone, I try not to go too far. )
So I guess I have two questions. If I want to dance, but dance respectfully and properly, how do I do that? Are there any semi-local powwow in this region of the country that you consider particularly good? I attend the Mt. Juliette, and Long Hunter State Park regularly, and attended one Hopkinsville not too long ago. Three good powwow a year is killing me though. In California I had a circle that darn near kept me busy with at least one per month. Any advise? I sure would appreciate it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read a strangers' email! Sincerely, Christy-Lee Lowe, Spring Hill, TN
The best advise we can give you is to dress appropriately – according to the tribal traditions of the powwow you plan to attend AND the type of dance you wish to participate. Most powwows do not require dancers to register, unless there is a contest. If there is a contest, simply register if you wish to compete. Remember that in your part of the country, long dresses are most appropriate and wearing a shawl is recommended, especially when inside the dance circle. Short dresses, shorts, jeans, pants, etc. are not recommended. Dancing at powwows as you may have discovered is a great deal of fun. Many powwows have a time when open dancing is allowed – provided that you are dressed appropriately. This does not mean that you must wear regalia. It would be best if you do an internet search for “Powwow Calendar – Tennessee:” Thank you. ~Editor
I believe the Ulterior Motive(s)...Although I have read complaints, many from "card-holding" Native American people who have objections (some legitimate) to large groups who call themselves "the rainbow people" or by other names (often labeled as hippies, wannabes, twinkies, etc) who are simply irresponsible and do wreak havoc on natural places when they camp or hold events there, I believe there is a deeper motive behind banning ceremonies and access to the Valley of Vapors beyond simple micromanaging stewardship of a Federally mandated park area. In any large group there are bound to be irresponsible people, and we simply have to deal with them on an individual basis (defacing property, littering, etc) and educate them as best we can in order to foster respect for the place and the people.
If micromanaging and conservation were the only motivators, the powers that be would have already dealt with any troublemakers on an individual basis and they would not be attempting to "wipe out" any trace of Manataka or ancient evidence. Additionally, Dawes would not matter.
That is, unless they are afraid of setting a precedent. If they acknowledge Manataka membership as being a legitimate member of a Native American group or association, it may be perceived that this validates unregistered or low-quotient members, therefore they may be able to file a suit in order to gain government benefits. To us, it doesn't matter, we simply want to be able to worship and frequent our sacred place, but to them, it's an entirely different matter.
That's one theory. But wanna know what I really think? I really think that way, way back when they explored the area, they saw the benefit available in this sacred place. They didn't see why it offered benefits, because they saw only profit and self, and so they decimated the place in the same way they have so many other very special areas, and what was left was a dismantled wreck that more resembled a Rte. 66 sideshow attraction than anything sacred and consecrated, as it used to be.
By destroying sacred caves, looting artifacts, redirecting the springs and capping off the rainbow, they left themselves open to litigation and the Restoration and Religious Freedom acts as well as the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and possibly even the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Since this involves multiple tribes from across the continent, they could be subject to multiple lawsuits over these artifacts and sacred areas. Regardless of when it happened or at the hands of whom, admitting the existence of the "Rain God Dolls" or any other artifacts, including any evidence of the existence of Dale's cave or the other five for that matter, puts them in a vulnerable position.
If they can disprove any connection to Native tradition or worship, or if they can at lease attribute any findings to the forced migration thereby discounting any claims that more ancient people worshiped or lived there, they can "justify" the destruction by saying anything there was not innate to the area (government can say we brought it there via the Trail of Tears, therefore we had the right to move, alter or otherwise destroy it., if they can convince that it wasn't natural to the area).
They fear Manataka because 1) if they allow gatherings on the grounds it provides the appearance of legitimacy to the legends-the People still gather there even after all of these years 2) If they allow Manataka members to frequent the area, we might just find evidence that proves what they have done. One other footnote, they might have to admit that there is a metaphysical presence there, whether it be from the abundance of crystal formations, the connection to inner earth, the Spirit who resides there, or simply the Peace that lives on there. ~Charlet Estes
Dear Manataka Team,
Still yet I like the website www.manataka.org so far but... who are you? There is nothing like an [about] or [impressum]. To be true: this anonymity is a little bit suspect. ~best regards, I'm looking for an answer. Gudrun Hofer, Germany
There are over 4,000 web pages on Manataka’s website. ALL of them depict who we are. We are the sum of all that we hold upward in praise. There are some areas that will help you to know us better: This index page contains a great deal to help you: http://www.manataka.org/membership.html
There is zero anonymity about Manataka. You just have to know where to look. Is that not true with all good wisdom?
Let me know if you have any other specific questions – I am one of many volunteers who will be happy to assist. Thank you. ~Editor
Just found this site. Thank you for the information, it is invaluable.
My interest is the use of fire by Indigenous peoples and it’s use in
landscape manipulation and management.
An observation regarding science, please correct me if my thoughts are in error.
Western Science and specifically “peer reviewed science” is in essence a trial and error process as you have pointed out. I come up with a theory, I apply it, I come to conclusions, write a paper, have it peer reviewed and published… Someone else reads the paper, emulates my research, comes to different conclusions, writes a paper, has it peer reviewed, and published…
who’s right? Takes a long time to find the answers. There are many problems with peer reviewed science including limited knowledge in the subject from peer reviewers, broad assumptions, and perhaps the most serious… is that it is mostly inward looking with limited experience and practice in the subject field.
My understanding of Indigenous science is that it is generational. Knowledge gained from one generation was passed on to the next and refined over time. In respect to the use of fire specifically, not everyone used fire, it was limited to specific people and even those, for specific purpose. The knowledge of fire behavior, fire effects, etc. was extensive, much has been lost.
Thanks again for the information.
Hello Rick Arthur,
Your conclusions are partially correct. All tribes from the far reaches of the North among the Inuit to the southern most tribes in South America used fire. Not all tribes used fire to clear land and improve growing. It was unnecessary in some cases. Fire is sacred. In the center of all lodges was the fire circle that represented the power of the Creator of All Things. No child or adult was allowed to cross between the fire circle and another person -- a subtle act of separating the soul from the heart of the Creator. The "knowing" of fire was never lost. It is simply not part of modern day understanding. There are literally hundreds of fire ceremonies that celebrate this knowing. ~Editor
Laser replication of medicines and herbs
I am writing to share two inexpensive and powerful healing break through with the community. I'm just trying to help people with this information, derived from my research.
A) Titanium Dioxide food grade powder has a decades long history of curing all types of cancer and all contagious diseases.. This FDA approved food additive has zero toxicity, meaning it can't hurt you. A most interesting property of TiO2, from the OSHA data on the substance is that, "TiO2 presents a permanently sterile surface..". What this means is that TiO2 kills all one celled organisms on contact. No more infections, no more athletes foot or fungus infections. It is recommended to stir 1 teaspoon of the powder into water 3 times per day to eliminate many different kinds of diseases. Alternatively, the powder can be put into 500 mg gel caps taken 3 times per day. No drug interactions. It can be purchased for about $35 per pound from http://www.naturesflavors.com
For one thing, the TiO2 is an artificial immune system that is uncompromisable. Not only does it cure all diseases caused by one celled organisms of all varieties, including cancer, but it makes people immune to all biological terror weapons, if taken regularly. The body likes TiO2. It accumulates and stores it, and gets rid of any excess. 15 years of cancer cures have verified that it cures all kinds of cancer, if the person has at least 2 weeks to live.
B) Laser replication of medicines and herbs. Form a cone out of aluminum foil around a laser pointer at the end where the light comes out. Place the medicine or herb in your skin. Get the laser-cone as close as possible to the item, then turn the laser pointer on. Leave it on there for 10 or 15 minutes. The laser light bounces off the herb or medicine, then off the aluminum cone, then into your skin. The information of the herb or medicine is conveyed by the laser light, into the skin, and into the blood stream. The benefits of the herb or medicine are then available without side effects or addictive tendencies. The Ambient Intelligence sees to it that no harmful information is allowed to be carried by the light as it reflects from the aluinum foil cone, into your skin. The effects will vary with the individual and the substance being used this way. It doesn't help with alcohol addition, but it can remove drug addictions. See my recent articles on the Zen Gardner website for more information on the science behind this breakthrough, or see my website at http://www.worldswithinworlds
I've performed an experiment which has produced very good results. Using this
method, the information of any beneficial herb or medication can be copied
directly into the body, while the Ambient Intelligence removes all the side
effects and after effects of the given substance, so that untoward influences
are not present in the body or the psyche.
It's like the spin field, only better, because laser pointers are much cheaper than spin field generators.
The experiment is rather simple: Get a laser pointer (I bought a red one). Get some aluminum foil and form a cone of aluminum foil around the light emitting end so that the base of the aluminum cone (the larger end of the cone) widens out where the light comes out. The small end of the cone is wrapped around the barrel of the laser pointer, so you end up with an aluminum cone surrounding the light-emitting end of the laser. Then, select any herb or medication, and place it on the back of your hand. Then place the aluminum-coned laser so that the laser light is aimed directly at the herb or medication.
Turn on the laser. Get the laser, with its cone, as close as possible to the medication, in the vertical sense, and keep it centered on the medication. Keep the laser on that spot for at least 5 minutes. The laser light bounces off the medication, then bounces off the aluminum cone, then radiates into the skin, for as long as the aim is accurate and the laser light is on. The information of that medication is now inside your body, in your blood stream, and so on.
The Ambient Intelligence removes all undesirable effects. It appears that laser-induced medication, results in effects which are better than the original substance. The effects of the laser-induced medication have lasted for hours longer than the effects of the actual medication is expected to last, when the medicine is consumed. No drug interactions can occur, since no drugs are ingested. Overdose seems impossible, since there is no dose of any chemicals.
Surely this can save you money, if you are taking any medication :) All you need is one. And you can copy it over and over and over. Probably this will work until the "use by" date of the medication has expired. And it can save you side effects, as well. :)
R.N.B Ph D
Warning:Titanium dioxide dust, when inhaled, has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen, meaning it is possibly carcinogenic to humans.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanium_dioxide