Manataka American Indian Council

 

 

Manataka

WARRIOR
SOCIETY
Handbook

INTRODUCTION

A new member of the Manataka Warrior Society is given a copy of this handbook as a guide on their new journey.  As a Manataka Warrior you will be given an opportunity to assume a place in time and space that transcends your physical being in this world.   

Being a true warrior has nothing to do with slaying the enemy, being physically superior.  In history, both men and women were warriors as the Creator and their people called them to perform extraordinary deeds of skill, bravery and heart.  There are many differences between a warrior and a fighter, but the main quality that separates the two is heart.

Both the warrior and fighter killed enemies in battle, but the warrior always seriously considered his/her actions before a pending conflict with prayers, ceremony and dance.  As a survivor, the warrior gave offering to the enemy's family and was cleansed in holy ceremony.  The true warrior most preferred 'taking coup' to taking a life needlessly.  A  fighter cared for the blood of battle and bragging rights. 

A warrior put family and tribe above all else - ego was not important.  A warrior strictly observed codes and traditions, assisted the poor.  A warrior was humble, kind, gentle, honest, fair and patient in all affairs.   The warrior was a teacher and guide to others when the path became narrow or steep.  The warrior forged the way for others to follow.

The journeys you are about to undertake will also be narrow and steep at times.   Are you prepared?  If not, the Elders, spiritual leaders and members of Manataka are here to help you along the path to attain balance in your life, strength in your resolve, and happiness in your spirit.

The Creator with many gifts will honor those who take this life-changing step.  Your brothers, sisters, and your children's children will celebrate you in ceremony.  Together, we will dance the song of life as Manataka Warriors!

WARNING:  Those who have not made the decision to walk the Warrior path should stop here.   The Creator and the people do not want a pretender or one who wishes to feed an ego.  Seek counseling of your brothers and sisters, a spiritual leader or elder before making a commitment.   

This handbook is a newborn creation and will evolve in time to encompass many more subjects and issues than are currently presented here.  If you have suggestions for improving this publication or any questions, please let us know.     Aho!                                                         

The Elder Council


MANATAKA WARRIOR SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

An applicant, inductee and sponsor must be a member in good standing of the Manataka American Indian Council (MAIC).

Membership is by invitation only by the Warrior Society Leadership.

 

Membership requires a four (4) year commitment. 

 

Membership is dependent on active participation.

 

Members swear to uphold the Manataka Oath and Creed.

 

Members take an oath to uphold the Warrior Society Codes of Conduct and Ethics.    


MANATAKA WARRIOR SOCIETY ORGANIZATION
The MAIC Elder Council will appoint two officers of the WS. 
WS Officers are: Spirit Keeper (Chair)  and Fire Keeper (Vice-Chair)

WS officers will nominate and members will select a Lodge Keeper (Secretary/ Treasurer) to maintain accurate records of all WS activities.

The WS Spirit Keeper or another WS officer will act as liaison to the Elder Council and attend all its meetings.

WS membership may create any positions and committees deemed necessary,  however, no position or title of Chief, Medicine Man, Holy Man or Elder shall be created without the specific written permission of the Elder Council.

Levels of achievement based on specific skills, knowledge and accomplishments may be recognized and honored by the membership by establishing specific non-discriminatory tests and standards;  thus creating a hierarchy among its members.   

All fundraising activities must be approved by the Elder Council, however, all other activities of the WS will be the decision of its members, notwithstanding the instructions and provisions as outline in this handbook or as may be amended from time to time by the Elder Council.


OF THE HEART

Native Americans have a very high code of ethics and rules of good behavior.  Our ancestors did not imprison each other or lock up valuables and depended on one another to be honest.  All contracts and agreements were verbal promises and they depended on one another to keep promises.  They also had to count on one another to be fair; to not take more from the earth than was needed to survive, and to care for one another.  

The Manataka Oath, Creed and Code are the essence of the standards our honored ancestors lived by.  They are based on honesty, integrity, helping one another in work and play,    making the best of things, being friendly and kind, respecting elders, and taking care of Mother Earth that gives us food and shelter needed to survive.


LOYALTY TO THE CREATOR AND MOTHER EARTH
CREED

"As members of Manataka, we pray twice every day, perform sacred ceremony, and honor all laws of the Creator.  We love and keep Mother Earth and all things on her.  We respect and honor our ancestors, the Elders and each other.  We learn  ancient traditions and pass our wisdom to our children and others."



LOYALTY TO ONESELF

CODE OF CONDUCT

"I am one with Manataka, all Creation and the Creator.  I am learning to walk the good red road and the seven steps of our sacred Fire Circle.  As a member, I keep the creed, oath and code of conduct of Manataka sacred and inviolate.  I have strong faith in Creator, the Great Mystery and All-Mighty God. I love and respect all things.  I am truthful,  honest and fair.  I am a teacher of sacred wisdom and beauty.  Material possessions are not mine for avarice and gluttony are without honor.   I tread lightly on our Mother Earth and hold no dominion over her plants, creatures and elements. I am a giving and caring person who respects all races, religions and people without judgment.  I am a rainbow warrior and I come to spread our love, light, peace and joy amongst all our relations."  



LOYALTY TO THE NATION - ORGANIZATION

MANATAKA OATH

I hereby swear to uphold and support the Constitution of the Manataka American Indian Council, the Constitutions of the State of Arkansas and the United States of America.  I swear to do everything within my individual power to promote the laws, traditions and goals of the Manataka American Indian Council. I swear to advance American     Indian cultural, heritage and traditions.  I swear to represent this organization with fidelity, truth, and honor. 


A Manataka member should be able to:
*    Recite the Manataka Oath and Creed.
*    Explain the meaning of the Oath and Creed.
*    Explain the meaning of the Code of Conduct.
*    Be a role model for other members, peers, and community  through deeds,  words,    

     and actions.



CODE OF ETHICS

Upon rising each morning and before retiring each night, give thanks to the Creator for the life within you and all life.  Thank the Creator for the good things and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day.  Consider your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek the courage and strength to be a better person. Seek for the things that will benefit others (everyone).

Respect: Respect means "To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy".  Showing respect is a basic law of life.

Sharing the Learning

Children of indigenous people of North, Central and South America learned survival skills, traditions, history and cultural customs from their relatives and elders.  Their knowledge, passed down through the generations, was gifted by means of stories and experiential teaching.  Some knowledge was reserved only for those who possessed a high degree of respect and honor.

Today, we, the people of Manataka are the repositories of all the knowledge of the ages.  This knowledge is a sacred trust, an awesome responsibility, an obligation and commitment to become teachers.  As teachers, our knowledge will be shared with only those who will listen. 

As a member of the Manataka Warrior Society, you must be willing to demonstrate your acquired wisdom by sharing it with others through planned group and individual activities.

You are expected to assist in the planning of special events and attending appropriate events planned by others.  You will be called upon to teach through live presentations, exhibits, and demonstrations.

Requirements for Sharing the Learning

You are expected to:

Often practice your presentation skills to become comfortable with teaching others.
Plan and carry out at least one event annually outside the Warrior Society and MAIC.
Document your Sharing event, activities and experiences.


IN A WARRIOR'S EYES

The eyes;
The portals of the soul
The vessels of the truth
The essence of the man

I looked in a warrior's eyes
And saw the pride of a nation
One man, standing tall, shoulders broad;
Upholding the history and inherent dignity
Of his people

I looked in a warrior's eyes
And saw the honor of a nation
The morality
The humility
The spirituality
Of his people

I looked in a warrior's eyes
And saw the protector of a nation
The first and last lines of defense
For the children and the aged
For the women and the weak

I looked in a warrior's eyes
And saw the frailty of the man
Staggering under the weight of his burdens
Staggering, yet still standing
Without shame

I looked in a warrior's eyes
And saw the vision of the man
His dreams racing faster than
His impatient footsteps could match

I looked in a warrior's eyes
And saw the man