Manataka American Indian Council


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Manataka Council Fire


Water and Seed Blessing Ceremony

~Mike Eye of the Eagle Feather Burton, Chairman, Manataka American Indian Council


On Saturday, March 21, 2015 the Manataka American Indian Council and the Adamah Kedosha (Sacred Space) organization sponsored the Water and Seed Blessing Ceremony in conjunction with the vernal equinox.  


According to, there were over 424 World Water Day celebrations from Turkey to Hong Kong, Australia to Norway, across the North and South America, and so many places in between!


Lee Standing Bear Moore mixes sacred waters of ten vials of sacred waters obtained from around the world. (photo by Joy Harms) (see list of sacred waters below).

A long processional moves through the woods

to the South Saline River, an all-year creek

adjoining Adamah Kedosha land where sacred

waters from around the world was placed in the fast moving creek to awaken waters all over earth. (photo by Joy Harms)

At the waters edge, those seeking healing, giving love and healing, hold the water high and pray as they slowly approach the flowing creek where they gently pour cups of sacred water into the stream of life. (photo by Joy Harms)
Happiness abounds as Hawk speaks with Monroe Loy, vice-chairman of MAIC (photo by Joy Harms)
Rocky Thunderwolf Miller shakes his rattle bringing good vibrations to the Water and Seed Ceremony at Adamha Kedosha.  Thunderwolf cleared a path to the river, gathered springs waters and opened the ceremonies.
Mike Eye-of-the Eagle Feather Burton, Chairman of MAIC and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, led the Seed Ceremony with prayers and gave a packet of the "Three Sisters" (Corn, Squash and Beans) to all. 

Because of welcomed media and internet promotion, there is a common belief that the World Water Day celebrations began with a edict of the United Nations in 1993 to highlight the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 


The truth is ceremonies to honor water actually began thousands of years ago -- almost simultaneously around the world among hundreds of indigenous people. 


Manataka continues the traditions of our ancestors to honor both water and seeds during the same ceremony each year at the time of the vernal equinox.


In 2015, the theme for UN World Water Day 'Water and Sustainable Development', focusing on how water is at the core of sustainable economic progress. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. 


The United Nations defined purpose of World Water Day is all well and good, but it focuses on what water can do for humans, not what we as humans can do for water.  Yes, water is vital to economic development, reducing poverty and saving lives, but the UN's focus fails to recognize water is sacred.


It is our understanding and belief that all water is indeed holy. If we continue to take water for granted, it will rebel against man and poison our bodies, or it will recede in to the depths of the Earth Mother and hide its treasurers from us.  It will refrain from pouring down over large geographic areas causing desolation and famine. A thousand-year drought is now happening in California that supplies a majority of the vegetables and fruit we consume in the USA. 


When we hold water high in our love and take steps every day to preserve and protect the purity of water, we give it our respect and honor.  When we sing and dance to the water, we are giving life back and helping to purify the water.  When we give our thanks in prayer to the water, we evoke the Great Spirit and the Earth Mother to join our prayer and healing appears deep within each and every water molecule.


So, at the time of the vernal equinox each year, members and friends of Manataka gather to give our power to the powerful water.  We give thanks and offer up blessings for the beautiful water.



While water is sacred in its own right, certain sites are considered more sacred because they are connected to waters that are said to have the ability to heal.  St. John described the people seeking healing who used to wait to be the first to enter the pool of Bethesda when the water was stirred.  Sacred waters are everywhere on earth, whether coming from rivers, lakes, springs, or wells.


This year's ceremonies were especially powerful because all the sacred waters that have arrived at Manataka over the past were mixed and used in ceremonial blessings.  Starting in 1989 and continuing over the course of many years, sacred waters from around the world found their way to Manataka. 


The first to arrive was a beautiful vial of sacred water from a grotto at Lourdes, France The spring that developed healing properties after Bernadette Soubirou, a Christian girl had a vision of the Virgin Mary there in the mid-19th century.  In her vision, the Blessed Virgin pointed to a previously unknown spring and told Bernadette to drink from it.  Millions of people are healed at Lourdes.

The second came one year later from near Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.  A noted sacred spring is Cenote Sagrado, a natural underground sinkhole created from a limestone cave, with steep sides rising 60 feet above the water.  It was used for Mayan ceremonies and human sacrifices were thrown in during droughts to appease the water gods. In the Highlands of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán still hosts Mayan ceremonies, without human sacrifice. We call this the Waters of our Lady of the Guadalupe”

The third  sacred water arrived in June 1992 during a gathering in Gulpha Gorge campgrounds.  A small elderly lady dressed in blue placed a bottle of water on the stones surrounding the sacred circle.  She said the offering she placed was from the  Acirvati, an ancient river flowing through what is now Nepal and the northern portion of Uttar Pradesh. The Aciravati was also known as the Ajiravati or the Airavati. The Chinese pilgrim Yuan Chwang knew it as A-chi-lo. Jain texts mention it as Eravai. It was one of the sacred rivers of the Buddhist midland  Lake Manasarovar in Tibet, famed for its beauty, is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists who consider it to be a source of purity.

In 1994, the fourth world sacred water made its way to the Place of Peace. The       Cibeet River is a river in Dayeuhluhur, Cilacap Regency, Indonesia.   The river source is at The Forbidden Forest of the Upper Cibeet River, Dayeuhluhur Mountain. The Cibeet River has the purest river water in Cilacap Regency, because it comes from a dense and undeveloped tropical forest.  Cijolian waterfall is a sacred place on the Cibeet River   This river has a Keeper key (juru kunci) for guarding its spirituality. In Dayeuhluhuran (Sundanese Religion), this river is sacred.

In 1995, Lee Standing Bear Moore was chosen to visit India.  While there he visited the home of Mahatma Gandhi at Ahmedabad and sat where the famous 'Father of India' spun cloth on his spinning wheel. Also while in India Bear made a pilgrimage to southern India to visit the magnificent temples and went north to see the great temple of Taj Mahal and the Ganges (GAN-jeez) River.  While at the Ganges, Bear was given a vile of this sacred water by a swami (master).  According to the Hindu, bathing in it is said to wipe out the karma of lifetimes and facilitate liberation. 

In 1998, the sixth sacred water came from the Indus River (Urdu: Darya-e Sindh, Hindi:) is one of the longest rivers in Asia. It flows through Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir and western Tibet.  Originating in the Tibetan Plateau s Pakistan's longest river. The Indus River are considered sacred by Tibetan people because it heals the spirits. 

In 2010, the  seventh came from the Jordan River (sometimes River Jordan) (Hebrew: Nehar haYarden; Arabic: Nahr al-Urdun) is a 251-kilometre (156 mi)-long river in West Asia flowing to the Dead Sea. Israel and Palestine border the river to the west, while Jordan lies to its east. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan takes its name from this river.  Jordan River has significance in Judaism, Christianity and Islam as the site where the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land and where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist. 

The eighth water came in 2011 from the Manas River in Bhutan Drangme Chhu; in China Niamjang is a transboundary river in the Himalayan foothills between southern Bhutan and India. It is named after Manasa, the serpent god in Hindu mythology. It is the largest river system of Bhutan, among its four major river systems. 

In 2012, during an event on the sacred Manataka Mountain, a small vial of sacred water from Itasca, the head waters of the Mississippi River was delivered to Manataka.  Itasca is considered sacred grounds by several American Indian tribes.

Sample sacred water from the hot springs at Manataka (Hot Springs Reservation - Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas) made the tenth sacred water to be mixed into a single glass container during the Water and Seed Ceremony. Waters from other local springs were added to the mixture of holy waters by Rocky Thunderwolf Miller.  As participants in the Water and Seed Ceremony sat in the sacred circle, each one dipped their fingers into the container and touched the foreheads of the person sitting next to them.  According to Lee Standing Bear Moore, touching the "third-eye" with the mixture of sacred holy waters from around the world was intended to open the portal of the mind, body and spirit to the glory and power of the Creator of All Things.  "It was our intention to heal one another through the power love by using the universal conductor of the 'great purifier' - water.  We believe the water healing ceremony worked wonderfully!"


According to, there were over 424 World Water Day celebrations from Turkey to Hong Kong, Australia to Norway, across the North and South America, and so many place in between!

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