Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIlI
Issue 05 May 2009
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
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Upcoming Manataka Event
The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers and
Grandfather Jorge Ortega will perform the sacred dances at Manataka at 1 p.m. on
June 20 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Free and open admission. Members and
non-members and guests are welcome to join in the prayerful ceremonies and
witness the colorful and exciting ancient dance of the Aztec.
Timucua Indians of the Southeast
Pre-contact distribution of TimucuaThe Timucua were an American Indian people
who lived in Northeast and North Central Florida and southeast Georgia.
various groups of Timucua spoke dialects of the Timucua language. At the time of
European first contact, the territory occupied by speakers of Timucuan dialects
stretched from the Altamaha River and Cumberland Island in present-day Georgia
as far south as Orlando in the interior of Florida, and from the Atlantic coast
to the Aucilla River, yet never reaching the Gulf of Mexico.
"Timucua" (from "Thimogna")
was originally the term used by the Saturiwa (of the area near present-day
Jacksonville) to refer to the related people living north of the Santa Fe River
between the St. Johns River and the Suwannee River. The Timucua Province of the
Spanish mission system originally was this area. This was also the area of the
Timucua proper dialect of the Timucuan language. During the 17th century the
Spanish mission Province of Timucua was extended to include the area between the
Suwannee River and the Aucilla River. The population of the Timucuan people at
the time of European contact was around 50,000 people by one estimate, around
200,000 by another. The Timucua were organized into at least 35 chiefdoms at the
time. While alliances and confederacies arose between the chiefdoms from time to
time, the Timucua were never organized into a single political unit. The
various groups of Timucua speakers practiced several different cultural
One of the engravings based on Le Moyne's drawings, depicting Athore, son of the
Timucuan chief Saturiwa, showing René Laudonnière a monument placed by Jean
Ribault.The pre-Columbian era was marked by regular, routine, and probably small
tribal wars with neighbors. The Timucua may have been the first American Indians
to see the landing of Juan Ponce de León near St. Augustine in 1513. Later, in
1528, Pánfilo de Narváez's expedition passed along the western fringes of the
A proposed route for the first leg of the de Soto Expedition, based on Charles
M. Hudson map of 1997In 1539, Hernando de Soto led an army of more than 500 men
through the western parts of Timucua territory, stopping in a series of villages
of the Ocale, Potano, Northern Utino, Uzachile and Yustaga branches of the
Timucua on his way to the Apalachee domain. His army seized the food
stored in the villages, took women for consorts and forced men and boys to serve
as guides and bearers. The army fought two battles with the Timucua, resulting
in heavy Timucua casualties. De Soto was in a hurry to reach the Apalachee
domain, where he expected to find gold and sufficient food to support his army
through the winter, and did not linger in Timucua territory.]
L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH
Seven Sacred Fires of Wisdom
Cota Nupah Makah
The morning promised to be warmer with the mud
drying up in the back of the house so I decided to
go to the river to seek some guidance.
I dressed as quickly as I could layering my clothes to help keep out the
cold air and yet allow me freedom to move around.
Pulling on my old boots and lacing them up I got out my nap sack and filled
it with a bottle of water and some bread and cheese.
In the back of the cupboard I found a small bag of dried meat. Tossing it in
I pulled the top string tight and went to the door. Very carefully I opened
the door, the old leather straps that served as hinges always made a kind of
creaky noise and I did not want to wake anyone today.
Stepping out into the cold of the spring morning I felt the cold wind whip
at my hair. I took out my scarf and wrapped it around my head and face to
keep warm then headed off down the road to the river.
My hands were jammed deep in my pockets and the back pack strapped across my
shoulders felt good. I had the whole day ahead of me and did not want to
waste it sitting in the house.
My had brought digging stick, and a small basket in case I found some early
spring treasures were all I needed. The sun was crawling up over the pine
trees on the other side of the river and crows were scolding in the oak
At the end of the road that leads right up to the river I made a left turn
and continued to walk along the deep cut path where deer and other larger
animals came down to drink. The path was slippery with wet clay and I had to
hang on to the low hanging pine limbs to keep my footing.
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan
Maya Land Journey
We are back home, and all my flowers are
awakening! I have many emails asking how was Maya land…. It is so hard
to put it in words what happened, it was powerful, and beautiful, an
incredible journey in the inside as well as the outside…. In the 3 years
count down for 2012.
We had witness the new world being born, we
have live the day of the enlightenment. That we live everyday.
It happened that the ancestors are calling for
unity of all tribes, for all religions and traditions come together in
perfect harmony, love is the avenue, love is the connector love in personal
and impersonal way, no fear for love no more…. Now we create and recreate in
the world of the enchanted flower, the peace of unity….
It happens that the world of the enchanted
flower is the world that we are living in, it is a beautiful world inside
and outside where the male-female meet, it happens when finally human being
is able to understand the wedding, the unity that is happening all the time
inside of the self.
It happened that we have enter into the
ancient golden city … guided by a quetzal at the time of prayer…
It happened that we have enter in the path of
the non-time, and walked, where the grandmother has touch our hearts and
awake the knowledge of all true human beings, just like my flowers an
spring, the path is open at the place where the gate, the bridge resides,
the bridge inside of the self that knows where you stand.
By Grandmother Selma
Peace and Cooperation
There seems to be
an upswing in the number of individuals who express an interest in
Native Indian teachings and traditions. This is understandable due to
the world situation and the economy, not to mention the ecological
impact being felt world wide.
While the interest
is a grand thing, the lack of dedication and commitment by those seeking
is somewhat alarming! It is like they think it is a year long course at
the local university and then they are degreed in that field of
discipline. Fast food mentality of the masses.
They fail to
understand that the teachings have to be incorporated into their own
being and they foster almost forced growth in the individual. They
must deal with their own hidden issues and overcome some serious and
complex notions about the universe at large and how society is suppose
to work as opposed to how it does work or not work.
It is much easier
to take an individual who is interested who knows nothing and expose
them to the teachings and traditions, than it is to take an individual
who thinks they know part of it and expose them to the traditions and
teachings. The latter has to unlearn a great deal in order to be open
to the truths of the teachings without seeing them tainted from a biased
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FEATURE STORY 5
2012 & Beyond, Rainbow Warriors the Stars are
Fenton, April 2009
centuries the peoples of the Americas have expected the
coming of a warrior
generation. They knew that the eagle’s claw of
European civilisation would inflict terrible torments on
their own communities.
was an horrendous experience but one that many accepted as
part of the process
of man’s journey. It was a very grave sacrifice that would
one-day lead to an upsurge of compassion and
own part my ancestors were amongst those who suffered most.
It is easy to cry picturing my forbears of the
Arawak tribes suffering
genocide. It is equally painful to picture my
ancestors toiling to the whip under the harsh Caribbean sun.
This horror was all perpetrated to
profit a tiny few
families seeking to feed the European craving for
sugar in their tea.
The suffering of
other indigenous communities
continues all over
the globe. Unseen tribes are
burned alive in
the Amazon so that they won’t hamper the expanding of farms
for our Soya and cattle.
Island nations suffer the
pollution of their shores by
Minority indigenous populace are still being marginalized
and stripped of their land rights and voices. Their
histories are erased from
textbooks and their knowledge kept from mainstream
first contact with
these peoples was often accompanied by
orders to destroy
any evidence of their being civilised and intelligent. Kill
the chiefs, kill the wise, kill the history keepers, kill
the story tellers burn all
the evidence of their achievements.
The methodology was very obvious. There would be far greater
up-cry from the average European citizen if they realised
cultures as advanced as
their own were being put to the sword or enslaved
for profit. They could easier accept the stories of
to stupid for anything but cheap labour.
we inhabit seemingly always leaves some space for
After a forest burns the shoots of new life grow faster and
stronger than ever before. This is why the remaining
knowledge from some of the devastated human communities
around the world has now
exploded outward. Where the soil of the soul was
stripped bear is where we should expect the most powerful
push toward a brighter
The prophets and
visionaries of many tribes saw not only the
devastation to come, but also the
it would activate in mankind. Casting their view forward by
such means as they had developed in their mystery traditions
they noted likely futures.
In an extraordinary case of
mass synchronicity dozens of separate tribal
peoples noted visions of a coming
The time of their arrival would be made clear by certain
destructive global events.
Manataka Spiritual Gathering
Numinbah Valley, S.E. Queensland, Australia
September 26 - 28, 2009
The inaugural MANATAKA Spring Equinox Gathering in Australia coincides with
September School holidays in Australia allowing families to participate. Camp Bornhofen
is an easily accessible, beautiful and well equipped facility that will provide
an excellent opportunity for spiritual growth, relaxation, and fun for the
Come join us in ceremony
and interactive events to promote peace and unity.
Limited to 120 participants
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
A Great NEW Gift IDEA for the Holidays
THE SOAP THAT GROWS ON TREESTM
"We must relearn how to cry. A strong man cries; it is the weak man who
holds back his tears." --Archie Fire Lame Deer,
Indian men and other men should really meditate on this Elder's saying. So many
men have been taught it is unmanly to cry, to show emotions or to feel. When
people cry, the Elders say there are two types of tears – one type will taste
salty; the other type will taste sweet. One is caused by pain, and the other is
caused by the release from the pain, or joy tears. A strong man knows himself
and knows his relationship with the Great Spirit. The release of tears is a
spiritual act. Our bodies are designed to cry. We should honor our bodies and
use them as the Creator intended.
Great Spirit, Grandfather, today, teach me to cry.
By Don Coyhis
(working on Elements of Her Being)
Photograph by Tom Fields.
Anita Fields, born in 1951, belongs to the Osage and Plains
Indian community in the Midwest. She was probably the first
Indian potter to create conceptual installation pieces, and she
often incorporates abstracted images of traditional clothing and
artifacts. Her use of domestic motifs is intended to honor all
women, particularly those of Indian descent.
Raised in Hominy, Oklahoma, Anita is one of a few American
Indian potters who do not live in the Southwest. Although the
entire country we now call the United States of America was once
populated with potters of all Indian groups, the mainstream of
continuous clay tradition exists today in the twenty
southwestern pueblos in New Mexico and Arizona and in the Navajo
Anita was influenced by traditional Osage ribbon work,
clothing, and blankets. She also studied the objects and
ceremonial dress of other tribes. The personal and emotional
elements in these textile designs led Anita to use them
symbolically in clay, translating the personality of these
vestments into her work. About one of her recent series, Native
American Dresses, which are coil-and slab-built installations,
Anita says: "The dresses convey my attitudes toward the strength
of women and how native peoples show remarkable resourcefulness
and adaptability toward their environment. The clothing Indian
women created shows great pride, dignity, and hope in a culture
facing insurmountable odds."
Elements of Her Being, 1994, by Anita Fields.
Polychrome with terra sigillata, gold leaf, and sawdust; 6 x 5 x
Collection of the artist. Photograph by Tom Fields.
30 CHEROKEE RECIPES
From Momfeather Erickson
I do not remember where I got
these, but some of it was written in Tsalagi
cups brown beans
4 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
(soda is used in place of lye water)
Boil beans in salted water until tender. Put cornmeal, flour and
soda in large mixing bowl. Mix well. Add boiled beans and some
of the juice to the cornmeal/flour mixture to form a stiff
dough. Roll in balls and drop into pot of boiling hot water. Let
cook for 30 minutes at a slow boil.
Bean Bread (tu-ya
about 2 quarts of brown beans until thick and soupy, add salt to
your taste Add 1/4 cup of oil or two tablespoons of pure grease.
When beans are done and
still boiling, place in a bowl 4-8 cups of yellow corn meal and
1/2 cup of oil, stir this until well incorporated, pour the
boiling beans into the corn meal about 4-6 cups or more. Pour
into a well oiled pan and bake in 350 degree oven. When it is
done, cut into squares and enjoy.
(Se-lu I-sa U-ga-na-s-da)
3/4 cup margarine
3/4 cup sugar
Add the following ingredients until smooth:
1 tsp. vanilla
Add and mix well:
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tsp. baking powered
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup raisins
dough from tablespoon on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350
degrees about 15 minutes until lightly browned. Makes about 1
Crawfish - (Ge-Dv-Nv)
Cabbage - (U-S-Ge-Wi)
Corn and Beans -
(Se-Lu A-Su-Yi Tsu-Ya)
Cornmeal Gravy (selu'si
Cornmeal Mush - (Selu'sa
Crawfish - (Ge-Dv-Nv)
Dried Apples -
Greens Salad -
Hominy Corn Drink -
Bread (gadu guwa)
Breeches - (Anikayosvhi Tsuya)
Potato Soup -
Ramps - (Wa-s-di)
Drink - (Qua-lo-ga)
Succotash - (Iyatsuyadisuyi Selu)
- (Tlawatsuhi'anehi Nunv)
Mixture - (Sedi Tsuya Selu)
Possum Grape Drink
Old Field Apricot Drink (Uwaga (Oo-Wa-Ga)
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Lighting a candle sets the
mood for many things.
The most beautiful for me
is getting in touch with myself.
I want to
celebrate my being, my
path, my life, how much I have learned,
and the mistakes that I
The rewards can be seen in
the warm glow of the candle.
I cradle myself in fetal
form to create the once presence of my mother’s
The precious time of purity
and innocence of birth.
The soft glow of the candle
reminds me to return in gentle spirit to a peaceful
I know that I am never
The Creator is forever at
my side and divinity flows through all things.
Returning my thoughts to
the candle glow
I am again reminded of the
precious gifts of life.
and ceremony work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury,
Zach Yellow Jacket Kehler (IL)
Diagnosed with a very serious medical
problem. I am asking that you include him in
prayer. Many of you know Yellow Jacket, he
has been involved in our Powwow for many
years. His mother said he will still be able
to be our 2009 Arena Director but he will
most likely be in a lot of pain. Please pray
for him. Wado ~Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes
Brian Leviticus, Memphis, TN
informed today that cancer has gone into his
bone marrow and has about five weeks to
live. We know where there is still
life there is hope. We also know that
if God made us he can heal us. So I am
asking all to help us pray for Brian and
pray he keeps the faith. ~Helen Red
50, Hot Springs, AR is at St. Joseph
Hospital in critical condition. Ernie is
well-known as the audio producer for Manataka
Gatherings. His giving, happy spirit is a
blessing to many people. Please offer up
prayers for this kind and gentle man. ~Bear
Grandfather William Commanda
- Admitted to the Queensway Carleton Hospital in
Canada where he is undergoing treatment for a
sudden attack of internal bleeding. 05-12-09
Dennis Banks, American Indian activist, had
a heart attack on the plane to Phoenix May 11
and is in the hospital there for minor surgery
to place two stints in his heart. Doctors say
Banks will make a full recovery. Put him
on your prayer list.
Well-wishers may send cards and flowers to:
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center,
1111 E. McDowell Road,
Phoenix, AZ 85006-2612,
but he is expected to be released from the
hospital soon. ~Tashina Banks Moore 05-11-09
Banning, CA - Underwent gall bladder surgery
and doctors discovered an intestinal hernia so two
surgeries were performed. Stella is recovering at
home, but remains in much pain. Please pray for
the speedy recovery of our blessed sister. ~Bear
Linda VanBibber, Independence, MO - underwent
gall bladder surgery and is recovering at home.
Linda is the grandmother matriarch of her family and
holds responsible position with her career work, family
and at Manataka. We offer up our prayers and well
wishes to our beloved and wonderful sister. ~Bear,
Becky, Amanda 05-10-09
Thomas (Tommy) E. Young, Center Director, Arkansas
Native Plant & Wildlife Center, also Ornithologist,
was in the hospital 3 weeks, has a hospital bill of
$25,000 and no medical insurance due to Rocky Mountain
Spotted Fever. Tommy's house was hit by a tornado
April 8, 2009, and due to severe damage, cannot be
renovated though he and his wife will continue to live
in it until it is condemned because they have no other
housing or resources with which to move. Many
birds at Tommy's Wildlife Center were housed on his home
property at the time of the tornado because he was in
the process of rebuilding their accommodations at the
Wildlife Center; thus they were all destroyed by the
storm. When he is well, he will have to confront the
rebuilding of the Wildlife Center. ~Caryl F. Burnett
Jay King, West Virginia
Jay is doing fine his mind is clear but when he lies
down in the bedroom and the TV is off he sees a man on
it talking but he can't understand what he is saying.
Please pray for him. ~Ruth King 05-01-09
has pain underneath her feet, when
her bone is touches the ground. Now, she is going
medicine man, getting help. Please pray for her, that
she heals up soon. I’m single parent, of four kids. She
works to pay her car and works everyday, even though She
is in pain. Please pray for her. I love my daughter.
~Carlena Tuni 04-30-09
Daniel Hawk Hoffman (IL) Fell and busted a rib
-- from our experience, we know it is very painful. At
nearly 70, Hawk is a beloved elder of Manataka and serves on
the Membership Committee. ~ Bear 04-27-09
Preston Lloyd, This little
boy was in a terrible accident when his grandfather backed
over him with a lawn mower. He has a severe open wound on
his left side. The doctors did surgery to get the bleeding
stopped and more surgery is scheduled. His esophagus was
completely ripped from his stomach and they have already had
to remove one of his kidneys, his spleen and part of his
lung. We need to pray for the wisdom and steady hands for
the doctors performing this surgery. Pray that there are
more organ tissues that are usable than the doctors seem to
think. We also need to pray for his grandfather who
backed over him and the entire family. Once again please
remember this child in your prayers and send up a special
prayer for Gods touch - Helen RedWing Vinson 04-26-09
Carlena Joe. Two good friends separated by
space and time need your prayers to keep their
relationship strong with clear communication, love,
respect, and patience. Carlena's mother is
diabetic and needs your prayers as well.
We are praying these two beautiful people are
allowed to be One. ~Bonnie Whitecloud 04-21-09
Update: "...With your Healing Basket prayer, a man came
into my life out of nowhere.
weekends, he helps me around the house, etc. Cook together and share a
things together, our religious is the same, we just enjoying our selves,
he makes me happy. ~Carlena 04-30-09
(California Head Bear Dancer) fluid built up around a small bump
head injury and had to be rushed for emergency surgery in
Bakersfield. The symptoms caused him to lose mobility and
stability of his legs. He came through surgery well. We
do not know when he will be released, so prayers for his full
recovery are needed.
Love and blessings to each of you
as you send out to Kaya your love and
Thornton (Independence, MO) has had pneumonia for over 3 weeks
now and has been in the hospital since Monday. Her condition is not
improving. Please let Becky and Amanda know. Prayers for her are
much appreciated. Many blessings. Linda VanBibber 04-05-09
Sumrall (Gainesville, FL) Please hold our dear friend in prayer and
healing thoughts. She is receiving treatment tomorrow (Friday, April
3rd) for an aggressive form of leukemia -- a bone marrow transplant at
Shands Medical Center.
Thanks so much... Juli
Terri Ann Miller
(York PA) Terri is a 14 year old in
hospital in PA with a very high fever doctors cannot get down.
She is under emotional stress and needs our prayers. Sickness may
have been sent to the child in an envelop. I am very
worried and concerned for this child. Red Wing 04-01-09
Frank Shapins - A very dear and precious friend is dealing
with a very big challenge with cancer and needing to open some doors so
he can get the treatment he needs. I ask for your prayers to support him
in this challenge, knowing how truly much your prayers held me when I
was in a similar situation.
Many years ago, he saved my
life. I am here in part, due to his care. If possible, I would like to
return a bit of the favor. ~Rev
Betsy Stang 03-29-09
Grandfather Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman
(IL) Suffered a stroke in early March
(see related story) -- here is an update: "I just returned from seeing
my doctors. I made a full recovery. I want to thank everyone at my Manataka
family for all the prayers, they really work! I also have many close friends
up North in Minnesota and South Dakota who are 'Pipe Carriers' and they also
helped by doing a full circle pipe ceremony for me. The weather here is
going to be in the high 60's so I may get to turn over some dirt this
FL Grandparents Adopting Grandkids in TN -
Linda and Dave want to "get
our grandkids out of harms was and with us... to give them a loving home and
the family they need..."
But we are going to do all
they ask and pray that it all works out. So keep us in your thoughts and
prayers because we need all that we can get and so do Courtney and Robert.
~Helen RedWing Vinson 03-12-09
Joseph Fernandez (FL) - Heart and stomach problems are causing many
problems - financial, emotional and family, not just physical. Pray
the light reaches him in his time of need. ~Faith Waters
Pray for Jose Fernandez, Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park -
Mental, emotional anguish with some physical issues. 03-11-09
Pray For The Animals, Plants and People in Northern Australia
In the northern part of Queensland and in
central New South Wales the animals, plants and people have been living
floods for the past 4 weeks or
more with little relief or support. We ask for prayer please.
Lynn Guy 03-04-09
Pray For Rain In
Victoria, Southern Australia - We received this request from an
Aboriginal Elder: As you may know from news reports, bush
fires in southern Australia due to severe drought have devastated
towns, farms and ranches all across the country. 'Relief
funds' are in full swing for those homeless and bereft from the very
worst fire experienced.
encourage you to pray for rain. Pray
for rain by simply imagining rain falling on on all our Victorian
forests and bush land areas. See and feel the rain falling, dripping
from the trees and falling on the dry carpet beneath and in places
the ravishing fires. Feel this happening in your heart and give
thanks and gratitude for the continuation of this sacred gift as the
rain saturates and satisfies mother earths deep thirst in this
state, extinguishes the flames and ends any further fire activity.
For most of us fighting the
fires physically is not possible but we can assist by joining
together in collective consciousness not so much praying for rain
but praying RAIN.
In love for our earth and all
that she provides.
~Barbara Gipple, John and Grace.
My Sister Gloria,
(Georgetown, WV) Not too good. We can't get an oncologist at
Georgetown to see my sister to treat the lung tumor her and Medicare
will not cover the doctor bills. The doctors want money up front
she had to cancel
If she doesn't get treated soon cancer may travel again to her brain.
Social Services called yesterday and said they are sending her a medical
card but can take 10 days and not sure what it will cover got bill for
the cyber knife treatments at $52,000 dollars each. Please
pray they get the help that is needed. Helen Redwing Vinson
Evan, an Abused Child I
have been talking to another abused child at a home of people I know who
are the foster parents. Two weeks ago he told me he had a brother
and sister he had not seen in a while as his Dad had throwed the boy
out. Another brother, Jake that was older he saw asleep but
couldn't wake him. Last night I found out the police found a grave in a
backyard where Jake (the sleeping boy) was in and the little girl.
Said to say just their bones left. The other boy Dustin is still
missing. The boy in the foster home knows that the missing kids
were reported to the police and every day he said no word yet.. The
foster parents don't know how to tell him the truth and asked my advice.
I am willing to tell him since he told me first But I want the foster
parents there when i do This boy needs all the prayers we can pray for
Redwing Vinson 02-27-09
Judy's Mother Yesterday
was a very difficult day. They were able remove my mom from the respirator
and she was able to breath on her own with just using oxygen, however her
level of being awake is very slight. She shakes her head yes or no to ??
asked but does not open her eyes nor does she try and talk. They found
that she had a blood clot in her lung which was the reason for the
breathing difficulty . But she also suffered from a stroke which affected
both the right and left side of the brain ( the part of the brain that
controls your awareness ) So we are honoring her wishes that she set
forth years ago. As of 7:00 PM last night we started what is called
comfort care only. Which means no IV's no feeding tubes just pain
management . My family and I just want this part of her journey to be as
peaceful as possible, We know that my dad ( who died 6 yrs ago) is
waiting for her. I love you all. Judy 02-20-09
I ask for prayers for a wonderful Cherokee
elder that is battling cancer in the hospital. Rachael has been our head
lady for wonderful events at the old plantation and she is currently
battling cancer in her brain. This is her third battle with cancer and
prayer has been there to support her. I am asking that she be added to
everyone's prayer list in this time of need. Many thanks.
Matti Little Bear Nachreiner 02-19-09
Debi Red Hawk Pulido (IL) Underwent surgery and is recovering at home. Thank
all Manataka for their prayers. Nicci Evans
Doctor Robert Trapp (IL)
My arthritis doctor contracted a cancer. Please add his name to those who
need prayers. Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman. 02-11-09
Mary Ellen McQuown. Update: The wound on her bottom is healed and her body
is now balanced! Also, my diabetes is under control with medication and diet!!
My blood sugar went from 300 to 180! Sally McQuown. 01-17-09 The
power of prayer is wonderful!
Ernesto and Yellow Stone Bird, Arizona. Both members of Manataka were
struck down with leukemia and are walking their last days on Mother Earth.
They made a good path for their many grandchildren to follow. Please offer
up prayer in ceremony for this couple. ~J. C. Cougar 01-16-09
Did you submit a prayer request above? If
so, please send us an update.
We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing
if more prayers are needed.
American Indians Crossing Over...
50, Hot Springs, AR is passed away May 20 at St. Joseph
Hospital in Hot Springs, AR Ernie is
well-known as the audio producer for Manataka
Gatherings. His giving, happy spirit is a
blessing to many people.
Please offer up
prayers for this kind and gentle man.
Timothy (Tim) Wapato: 1935 – 2009,
entered the Spirit World at his home in Rapid City, S.D. Sunday, April 19, 2009
as a result of heart failure. He was an enrolled member of the Colville
Confederated Tribe in Eastern Washington.
During the 21 years Wapato served with the LAPD, he volunteered his off-duty
time to work for the City of Los Angeles including serving as chairman of the
Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission; member of the Council
for Peace and Equality in Education; member of the board for the LA Indian
Center; president, United American Indian Council; and president, American
Indian Welcome House.
1989, Wapato accepted a Senior Executive Service political appointment and
became the commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans in the
Department of Health and Human Services. He led ANA from 1989 – 1993. In
his fourth retirement, Wapato served as executive director of the InterTribal
Bison Cooperative in Rapid City until he experienced a stroke in August 2000.
Red Hawk ) Riley,
Cumming, GA - Started
his journey to the land of the ancestors as he passed away in his
sleep. My brother is eternally grateful for all the love, prayers
and healing energy because it gave him the chance to be around a
week longer to make all the connections with everyone that he needed
to make. Our family will miss him along with others whose life he
touched along the road of life. He helped save some children from
the streets of Atlanta after the Olympics there. He is at peace and
smiling as he journeys with the ancestors. My family and myself are
very grateful also for all the outpouring of love, prayers and
healing energy that was sent from around the world to my brother.
Jean Vigil died at Tesuque Pueblo, NM
at the age of 61. Family
members say she died in her sleep at home and had a number of health
problems. Vigil was elected to New Mexico's 1st Judicial District,
which includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties, in June
1998. Santa Fe attorney Bryant Rogers says she was very serious
about her work, thoughtful and well prepared. Vigil received
her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1977. She
was the first pueblo Indian woman to be admitted to the state bar.
Her husband, Philip Palmer, says she served as assistant state
attorney general under Jeff Bingaman, who is now a U.S. senator.
Vigil retired from district court in 2005.
Ray Fadden, 98, Mohawk. Fadden taught social studies at the St. Regis
Mohawk School from 1936 to 1957 and later founded the Six Nations Indian Museum
in Onchiota, New York. He was adopted into the Mohawk Nation's wolf clan
and given the name Tehanetorens (He Walks Through the Pines).
Mary McDowell Hansen, 86, Samish. Hansen played
an instrumental role in the battle for federal recognition of her tribe who were
dispersed by the federal government in the late 1800's.
Rosella Hightower, 88, Choctaw. Hightower was a
world-renowned ballerina and started of the world's top ballet schools.
Hightower was the recipient of many honors including the Chevalier de la Legion
d'Honneur, France's premier honor.
Main Sr., elder and warrior was an
integral part in the founding and creation of IEN, and was a long term National
Council member for IEN. He was also a member of the International Indigenous
Treaty Council and the Grand Governing Council of the American Indian Movement.
His teachings of wisdom and the memory of his humor and traditional songs will
stay with us. Ga-a-woo-wuss
(Coyote Bear), a.k.a. James Main, Sr., of the White Clay Nation died peacefully
in his sleep at approximately 4:30 a.m. on January 29, 2009. His hard-fought
battle with End-Stage Congestive Heart Failure over the past several years
finally took its toll about two weeks ago. ~Scott Treaty
Vi Hilbert, 90, Salish. Hilbert devoted her life
to preserving the Coast Salish and Lushootseed languages. In 1989 she was
selected as Washington State Living Treasure and in 1994 was presented a
National Heritage Fellowship.
Ernest Moore, Jr., 73, Hopi. Moore was a
talented katsina carver. Although he started his craft late in life, he
garnered many awards and accolades for his excellent creative work.
J.B. Tanner, 84, Navajo. An influential Indian trader
from Gallup, NM, Tanner spent more than 50 years improving the quality and
quantity of American Indian-made art and crafts. He spoke the Navajo
In Memory of Bill Prezwoznik
was one of the four founders
of Manataka. His
wisdom and love guided
Manataka through its infancy
and his words and unselfish
deeds are often remembered.
In Memory of
Harney Spiritual Leader of the Western Shoshone Nation who
dedicated his life to fighting the nuclear testing and dumping. He loved
and cared for his family, friends and all creation.
In Memory of Granny Messenger
She had over
a 1,000 grandchildren but never
bore a child. Her memory will live with us
forever. Veronica Messenger was a wonderful school teacher, political
activist, owner of "Granny's
Junkology" and constant
supporter of Manataka.
She was loved greatly.
In Memory of
Webster’s definition of a Martyr: 1: A person who voluntarily
suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a belief.
2: A person who sacrifices something of great value, especially life itself for
the sake of principle. Lance, we are all better because you walked this
world, we will all become better because you look back with eyes from the angels
world. Thank You. The Selvidge Family. Little River Rock.
In Memory of Ruby Gilliham
always remember this gracious and beautiful woman in our hearts. She will
remain a part of Manataka forever. (picture:
Members of the Kootenai-Salish Tribe
assist with her funeral. Greg Gilliham, Little
ELDER COUNCIL MEETING
The Elder Council meeting scheduled for March 15 was postponed as some
elders traveled out of state. Elders frequently communicate by telephone
Any member who
wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda.
Council - Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore, committee leader
- Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette, committee leader
Secretary / Historian / Counseling - Lee
Standing Bear, committee leader
Relations - Linda VanBibber,
Robert Gray Hawk Coke, committee leader
- Bobby Runninbear, committee leader,
- Daniel Hawk Hoffman , co-leader
Details of the Elder Council meetings are presented to the general membership
following the meeting.
NOTICE 1: REGULAR MEMBERSHIP
1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday each month at Gulpha Gorge. In
case of inclement weather (rain, sleet, snow, below 40 degrees) we meet
Ryan's Restaurant located at 4538 Central Avenue across from Hot Springs
Gatherings are normally held on the 3rd weekend of June (closest to the Summer
Solstice) and the 3rd weekend of October (closest to the Winter Solstice).
The date of the Spring Encampment is usually the 3rd weekend of April but varies from year to year.
NOTICE 2: WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS -
11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month. Contact:
PAID YOUR DUES?
Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and events of MAIC.
We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card online. It's easy,
secure and fast!
Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902
MATERIAL DONATIONS NEEDED BY
1. 30 gallon plastic storage boxes
LAND - Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build
a cultural center. Any size/location is acceptable. Tax benefits may apply.
MEMORIAL GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and
send a tax deductible contribution to MAIC and we will send the family
a beautiful letter and memorial certificate in your name.
Memorial ceremonies are given several times a year on the sacred mountain.
FOOD BASKETS NEEDED NOW!
people are hungry often throughout the year. Please bring
or send non-perishable food items. Gift cards for food from Walmart, Safeway and
other stores are great.
YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED
STAMPS, PAPER AND OTHER SUPPLIES!
Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476
Lee Standing Bear Moore
Jennifer Attaway, Alabama
Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett,
Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas
Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire
Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham
Crystal Harvey, Arkansas
Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois
John James, Missouri
Julie Maltagliati, Florida
Carol Perez Petersen, California
Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee
RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson,
Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia
Waynonaha Two Worlds, New York
Linda VanBibber, Missouri
Liora Leah Zack, California
Blue Panther Keeper of Stories
David Cornsilk, Oklahoma
Andrea Crambit, California
Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.,
Romaine Garcia, Colorado
Dr. Donald A. Grinde, Jr.
Valerie Eagle Heart
Dr. Bruce E. Johansen
Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Organic Consumers Association
Elvina Jean Paulson
Corina Roberts, California
Union of Concerned Scientists
Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute
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