Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV Issue 08
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow\
Page 2 of 3 Pages
Contents of Page 2
|Legends of Old:||The Great Teachings of Mitapi Ha - The Frog Nation|
|Feature Story::||Ancient Maya Holy Time - Chapter 4|
Letters to the Editor:
|Looking Forward; Bitterroot and a lot more!|
|Feature Story:||Blue Star Prophecy of the Hopi|
|Organic Consumers:||Which Federal Politicians Oppose GMO Labeling?|
|Elder's Meditations:||Tom Porter, Mohawk|
|Warrior Society News:||Native American Heritage Heals Wounded Warriors|
|Earth Medicine:||Infections and Herbs|
|Fluoride:||Fluoride is Unsafe for Kidney Patients|
|Animal Rights and Wrongs:||A||The Great Spirit Bear|
|Sacred Sites:||Cherokee Citizens Oppose Kituwah Power Plant|
LEGENDS OF OLD:
The Great Teachings of Mitapi Ha - The Frog Nation
Submitted by Scott Treaty
A very long time ago, a small Mitapi Ha (Frog) of the Mitapi Ha Oyate (Frog Nation) wanted to show appreciation for the sheer beauty of Life and give thanks to Grand Mother Earth and Grand Father Sky for everything the Mitapi Ha had, so it was agreed during a Great Circle Meeting of the Mitapi Ha Nation that they would all climb to the top of a most beautiful and sacred Inyan (Rock) formation which stood out alone on the prairie, on the northwest side of the Center of the Universe, the Ho Coka (“Hearney Peak”) of the sacred He Sapa (Black, Rocky Mountains; “Black Hills”). Although the sides were very smooth on the great Inyan formation, the Mitapi Ha were blessed with “sticky” feet, which could easily grab the side of the steep rock wall.
Some of the Animals like the Capa (Beaver), some of the Wabluska (Insect) Nation like the Tusweca (Dragonfly), and some of the Ho Gan (Fish) People thought that the Mitapi Ha could not make such a great climb and told them not to try it. At the time, the Mitapi Ha Oyate walked very slowly and clumsily. They had long legs but they did not jump like they do today.
“The Hupahu (Winged) People will eat you!” Said the Capa. Read More >>>
This full-length book, Ancient Maya Holy Time and the Evolution of Creation Map by Robert Hackman will appear in serial form featuring one or two chapters in each edition of the Smoke Signal News in coming months. Enjoy this interesting journey in time!
Chapter 1 - May
Chapter 2 - June
Chapter 4 - Aug
Ancient Maya Holy Time
And the Evolution of Creation Map
Secrets of the Ancients
The key to overcoming our fears is to forget about them. If we forget, our fears will cease to exist in our physical world. (Matter follows vision and spirit. It is the Law.) "If you don’t mind it, it won’t matter."
Dreaming is going into the future; our dreams live in the shadows. In the shadows can be your fears, your hopes, or the very things you are resisting, and they always follow you around like an obedient dog. Shadow creatures, have you seen them?
Children are taught to behave according to the rules of a particular culture. Most orthodox religious systems create a mandate concerning acceptable behavior within the context of worldly affairs. Do this and so, and you will go to heaven. Do thus and so, and you will go to hell. Different formulas for salvation are demanded by each "true faith?"
Human Law is not the same as Sacred Law! More so than any other medicine Crow sees that the physical world and even the spiritual world, as humanity interpret them are an illusion! There are billions of worlds. There is infinitude of creatures. If you look into Crow’s eye you will have found the gateway to the supernatural. Crow is the protector of the "ogallah" or ancient records, and is keeper of all Sacred Law. Crow can bend the laws of the physical universe and "shape-shift." (We must transform the human collective consciousness, and allow the bending of physical laws, to aid in creating the shape-shifted world of peace.)Read More>>>
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
Manataka receives dozens of letters each week. Space does not allow us to publish all letters but we make a concerted effort to print letters that are representative of a majority. Let us know if there is a topic you feel needs to be addressed.
The Real Meaning of Charity
Is charity just giving money in an impersonal way? Or volunteering to help
the homeless, but not wanting to be bothered with the homeless people?
Because the pain and suffering is too hard to bear? Or is it giving of yourself,
your time, an ear?
"When the eagle of the
north and the condor of the south come together, the earth will
awake." South American Native Prophecy. When men
stop caring only about their own agendas, and work together.
Natives, and All Peoples from North, Central, and South America. And
the Peoples of the World. ~Anthony Silva
Wati keon ad ha tu! Thank you and all who are responsible for the wonder inspiring newsletter. Subirah and Myself Storm Crow Maluma Tunica El enjoy the connective nature of the articles we share with other of like mind and ancestry. Onay - Ma'luma and Subirah El - Torn Brown
My Dear Manataka Friends,
Looking for Rez Business Associates
We have not made turkey tracks for some time. I am looking for some help in locating some people from the Sioux Nation to produce authentic teepees and blankets for re-sale here in the north in OHIO. My desire is to create jobs in the Pine Ridge area to help them as a community. In other words I would like them to work together and to put the monies they receive in a community trust fund. I will supply the deer skins necessary for the teepees and sinew if need be. In fact I will supply whatever is needed and will pay the community and its people a very fair price for their efforts. We can also sell other items as well. I wish to do this to help them as a community, any other nations may also get involved. My desire is to see the monies go into urgent needs as well as saving to buy back the country my ancestors stole. I would also like to employ at a later date at my company which is named Wakinyan Industries a couple of people from the rez to work for me. I will pay all expenses and provide living accommodations as well as pay weekly. If you can help me in my endeavors it would be much appreciated. Also could you give me the proper way to spell Crazy Horse in Sioux. Thank you Manataka. We have spoken. ~Dave Conrad
Sacred Ceremonies for a Price?
I just finished your article called Sacred Ceremonies for a price, and I really appreciated it. But, I am left a question: One of the great sadnesses and problems in modern American society is the almost complete lack of community. There are so many who want to make a difference and who badly want to give of themselves so that the culture might heal; that our relations to ourselves, each other, and the earth might be brought back into a place of peacefulness and balance; and that we might reconcile some of the trauma of the past which so many of us are carrying. When there is no community around to support an individual who wants to be part of the healing, when the only means of survival available is currently (for most) the exchange of money, when the earth-based ceremonies of anglo ancestry have been all but completely lost, when there are so many out there with so many perspectives on what is "right or wrong" regarding spirituality and healing, and when there is a profound need amidst the mainstream culture to find a way to reconnect to self, other, and earth, when there are few if any who are working to correct this... what does one do if he or she is called to help people reconnect, has been mentored in practices or ceremonies that draw from many cultures (some of those being native American) but belong to none, and also needs to somehow make a living in order to put food on the table? Does that person ignore the call to respond to what he or she sees, even if it's authentic? Or do they move forward in the best way they know how given the truth of their situation? It seems a very big question and I do not expect you to have an answer... It's just what sits with me so strongly after reading your words... how do we move forward given the complexity of these times? Thank you for your time. ~ Will Scott
Blessings on this wonderful day the Creator made for you.
The questions you ask is not insurmountable -- because the questions have been answered for many people over eons of time.
They are the same questions all humanity has asked for thousands of years. How do we find peace amid chaos?
When we ask Manataka elders the same question, the answers are always different, as they should be, yet there is a common thread found within all wise elders, religions and philosophies. The silver thread that ties them together is difficult to see when it disappears against the white light of holy grace and we are overcome with emotions of the moment. Or the thread becomes indiscernible amid the plethora of "truths" discovered by those who have found their answer. The chaos of modern living with all its confusing and false messages forms a dark cloud obliterating the silver thread.
This is a question we will answer, to a degree, in good time. But, we know you will answer the question for yourself in time, so we may sit in the peace of knowing and agreement together. Your first question regarding how to make a living in order to put food on the table while helping people to reconnect is also a question asked for thousands of years. Organized religions answer this question by creating a bureaucracy woven through dogma and doctrine that provides a method of just compensation and consoles not only the conscience but also the pocket book. Lone individuals led to assist others on the spiritual path, especially those who do not profess a particular religious practice, find it much more difficult to reconcile the conflict. Below is a link to an article that we hope will move the question a bit more into the center.
"Is Paying for Ceremonies A Traditional Practice?" http://www.manataka.org/page1051.html
We personally do not charge people money who are in need for ceremonies (prayer, healings, weddings, funerals, etc.) and the Spirits and Creator have always provided for everything we truly need, or the desire is removed from our mind and heart. We have strong faith in this way. If we are faced with a physical need that has not been provided through our faith, we immediately begin the process of discovering our own hidden intent, purpose or fear, that is in conflict. If a need is not provided through our faith, it is no longer a focus of our attention. It is not an easy or simple process -- after all, we possesses all the frailties of character common among all humans -- selfish desire, greed, ego, etc. So, it is.
The answer to your last question, "...how do we move forward given the complexity of these times?" is easy to say, but not easy to accomplish. We require a sufficient amount of time on earth, in this mind and body, to find discernment, to find grace, wisdom, humility and the "silver thread" that connects us all to the Great Mystery. Through intense prayer, meditation, and inward soul-searching we can erase the clouds that confuse our vision. Giving of oneself in the aid of others is the greatest work of life and provides the path of our own revelation.
"Moving forward" may be unnecessary -- that is, if we remember the ancient wisdom of our great grandfathers and the indelible imprint placed in our soul by God, a master plan is revealed that gives us a spiritual map for our times. From the smallest thing on earth, the tiny cell, to the largest thing in the universe -- the circle is revealed as a holy symbol of our path as human spirits. In the circle of life, the cycles of the universe, the spirals of energies and spirits that surround us, we move toward the center of balance - peace. Thank you for asking Manataka. ~Editor
Wado my dear people. Than you so much for
your time and effort to send this monthly Smoke Signal New
out every month. I look forward every month to read this
wonderful news magazine. Until next time. ~Star Wanderingstar
I enjoyed reading your website article about bitterroot. I would be very interested in purchasing the root as described in the article. Could you please recommend a reputable source as I did not see it on your site. Please e-mail me. Thank you. Diane Lowery firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not have a recommendation for buying the live plant. It is best to grow from seeds. This is a difficult plant to grow. This plant should not be started from the roots, as digging them in the wilds kills the plant. Start the plant from seed in early October. After collecting or buying the seeds, place them in a paper bag until planting time. Place the seed on top of the soil in 4 to 6-inch pots. Sprinkle a light layer of soil over the seeds and place one-quarter inch gravel on top of the soil to hold the seeds in place. Give the pots no water. Let the rains water the pots. Place the containers outside in full sun and protect them from wildlife. The seeds will germinate in late winter or early spring. In May when the leaves turn yellow, stop watering and put the pots in the hottest spot you have until fall when the rains come. Bitter root requires hot, dry summer baking. Repeat this cycle over two years. During the summer or fall of the third year, when the plants are dormant, out-plant the plants in full sun and in well-drained soil. Crown the plants at the soil surface. Plant each plant 4-6 inches apart. Mark the spot where you plant bitter root and give the plants no water. Let the rains come. Protect the plants from deer and other wildlife. The results are well worth the wait for growing. Thank you for asking Manataka. ~ Editor
Jimi Hendrix Buckskin Shirt
I am in Toronto, Canada and am hoping you can help me. I found your beautiful site today and have definitely bookmarked it for the future. I am on a quest to find out as much as I can about the absolutely gorgeous white buckskin Jimi Hendrix wore for his performances in Woodstock in 1969. I've attached pictures that I found online for your reference. If you get a chance to see the 40th Anniversary Edition (Director's Cut) then you can see this amazing piece in much better detail than these pictures. I am in love with it. So much so, that one day I'd like to try to make it. A girl has to dream! Here are my unknowns and things I am desperately trying to get help with, if you could be so kind as to offer your opinion: What type of hide is it? Dyed horse? Dyed Deer? Dyed Elk? Any thoughts? (It seems more durable/thicker than deer, if you see the movie and it moving around) What tribe do you think made it for him? Cherokee? His grandmother was Cherokee, he had been getting to his roots around this time, so it is possible. I have recently seen some Cherokee War shirts online that are similar but not quite like Jimi's. Perhaps it was an artist from another tribe altogether? Again, any input would be very much appreciated. I have a great respect for Native American cultures, have spent time around various tribes in AZ, CO, UT, NM and CA, and all I can say is the southwest U.S. possesses part of my soul because of that. All blessings, and thanks again, ~Sue email@example.com
Looking for Bells
The Spirit of the Moment..
Dear Chief Arvol Looking Horse,
Manataka Supports First Nations Development Institute.
On behalf of the staff and board of First Nations Development Institute, thank you for your generous gift of $50. We are honored by your contribution and inspired that you share our vision of creating and sustaining strong, healthy, culturally vibrant Native American communities. At its core, First Nations is built on the underlying belief that: "When armed with appropriate resources, Native peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable economic, spiritual, and cultural well-being of their communities." Building upon this core belief, First Nations has encapsulated its development strategy into that three-pronged model – Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating Systemic Change and Capitalizing Indian Communities. Your generous gift will be acknowledged in our next annual report and on our web site at http://www.firstnations.org We sincerely appreciate your ongoing commitment to our mission. Please be assured that First Nations will continue to work hard to prove worthy of your continued support. Gunalchéesh (Thank you), Michael E. Roberts, President
Loves Manataka Counseling
Good People of Manataka:
I just want to thank you for giving us the oppotunity to talk to someone about our issue. the service is wonderful. Ms. Nina is a beautiful person who helped me through my hard time. ~K. Posul
BLUE STAR PROPHECY OF THE HOPI
An ancient Hopi prophecy states, “When the Blue Star Kachina makes its appearance in the heavens, the Fifth World will emerge.” This will be the Day of Purification. The Hopi name for the star Sirius is Blue Star Kachina. It will come when the Saquashohuh (Blue Star) Kachina dances in the plaza and removes her mask.
In the Final days we will look up in our heavens and we will witness the return of the two brothers who helped create this world in the birthing time. Poganghoya is the guardian of our North Pole and his Brother Palongawhoya is the guardian of the South Pole. In the final days the Blue Star Katchina will come to be with her nephews and they will return to the Earth to its natural rotation which is counter-clockwise.
This fact is evidenced in many petroglyphs that speak of the Zodiac, and within the Mayan and Egyptian pyramids. The rotation of the Earth has been manipulated by not so benevolent Star beings. The twins will be seen in North Western skies. They will come and visit to see who still remembers the original teachings flying in their Patuwvotas, or flying shield. They will bring many of their star family with them in the final days. Read More >>>
The Manataka American Indian Council supports:
"That is not our way, to set yourself apart and talk about who you are and what you've done. You let your life speak for you. With the Mohawk people, wisdom is how you live and how you interpret what your mother and father, what your grandmothers and grandfathers have told you about this world - and then how you interpret that into the fact of living every day." --Tom Porter, Mohawk
It is said, how you live your life makes so much noise that people can't hear what you are saying anyway. It is so easy to see people who do not walk the talk.
Creator, I ask you today to help me be humble. Let me spend the day listening. Help me to not brag or gossip. Help me today not to do those things that seek attention or approval from others. I am only accountable to You, Oh Great Spirit. You will tell me the things I need to know. Let me learn the lessons from my Elders. Let me teach the children by example. Today, let me walk the talk.
By Don Coyhis
By Don Coyhis
Fluoride is Unsafe for Kidney
National Kidney Foundation admits chemical could pose serious health risks
By Chelsea Schilling, WorldNetDaily
Fluoride may be harmful to people with chronic kidney disease, the National Kidney Foundation admits.
In a new report the National Kidney Foundation acknowledged patients with chronic kidney disease should be warned that fluoride may pose an additional risk to their condition, but it has not issued a press release to spread the word. Daniel Stockin of the Lillie Center, Inc., a public health training firm that has works to end fluoridation, said the effects of fluoride can be detrimental, and it is imperative that the foundation take responsibility and distribute the new information.
"The kidneys try very hard to eliminate fluoride from the body, but in doing so the kidney tissue is exposed to concentrated amounts of toxic fluoride." he told WND. "Kidney patients must be told the whole story about fluoride. Fluoride is acknowledged to be slightly less toxic than arsenic and slightly more than lead."
Dialysis machines cannot use fluoridated water because it is known to be potentially dangerous to patients. The NKF report indicates some people receiving dialysis treatments died or were poisoned from fluoride after it leeched through machine filters.Read More >>>
ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
See an amazing film about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.
Traditional Whale Dreamers http://www.whaledreamers.com
Cherokee Citizens Oppose Kituwah Power Plant
By Will Chavez, Senior Reporter,
(No one knows exactly how long the Cherokee have lived at Kituwah, but some estimates say 11,000 years. Cherokee American Indians in North Carolina are currently fighting the construction of an electrical station they say would impede the spiritual experience at Kituwah, a sacred mound that is cherished as the place where God gave the Cherokee their laws and their first fire. It is believed to have survived over ten thousand years.)
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Citizens to
Protect Kituwah Valley members met with Duke Energy
representatives on June 18 to discuss the company’s plans to
build an electricity tie station close to the historic Kituwah
mound site near Bryson City, N.C.
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