Manataka™ American Indian Council
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
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I had a thought recently,
and I'm still working on it ..... about projecting energies. There
is a matrix or energy grids that surrounds and moves through all
things. Sometimes, these grids or matrices "open" or "thin" for a
moment, for various reasons, during which times a few things can
happen. People can project energies into openings or "thinnings" of
these matrices or energy grids just with their emotions, thoughts,
etc. - good or bad - whether they are aware of it or not - by force
of intent - (which also may be how people like me 'read' others so
easily, whether we want to or not) ..........
My Respect for the Hopi People
Many moons ago, I travelled through America with my family, and visited the Grand Canyon. On leaving the Canyon, heading for Monument Valley, the top hose on my Econoline van burst due to the heat and altitude, leaving me in a really tricky situation.
By the roadside was a Native American woman selling Hopi Jewelry. She stood up from her sales stand and offered us the water she had set aside for drinking, so that we could limp to the garage some way off, which she told us about. I stripped a rubber-covered flashlight and spliced it into the broken hose, and filled up with the water we were so kindly offered, and for which I am eternally grateful. We managed to limp off to the garage, where we were helped by three members of the Hopi Tribe to fit a new hose. They then filled our cooling system again and sent us on our way. While they were being so helpful, one of them asked me if we were here for the dances, and invited us to attend. Sadly, we were on a tight schedule and did not do so, but nevertheless, I have maintained a deep interest in the decent, kind and helpful people I learned were the ‘Hopi’ People. I am so pleased to see that the teachings and decency exhibited by Dan Evehema in his Message to the People is so strongly evidenced in the kindness of the Hopi People I met and still remember fondly. May he rest with his Creator. With greatest respect. Dr. Nigel Williamson
Medicine Wheel Colors
You try to write as if you speak of the Cherokee wheel. But in fact, you use a Lakota wheel. Why is that? the Cherokee wheel is white south, black ,west, blue ,north and red east. If you are going to profess Cherokee ,at least use a true Cherokee medicine wheel. Jim Noble, Standing Wolf, EB, ani Waya...
Thank you Jim, Ah yes, this article was written by Jim Ewing, a book writer from MS. We in no way attempt to correct the author or you, however, this is another way to view the four sacred directions and their alleged associated colors.
When In use the medicine circle is not a flat object as you see it. When in use, the circle is a globe (180 degrees above the earth and 180 below) and its attributes move in cycles around the globe in 360 degrees. The cycles are interpreted in many ways, but they are in constant motion, pausing only long enough for connections and associations to be made and then moving on to the next for a new set of connections and associations. Therefore, colors (vibrations) assigned to specific directions have no meaning in practice. An individual practioner may assign a meaning when interpreting the associations and connections. Colors are a very recent phenomena of the wheel, not appearing in any stories, legends or practices prior to the European invasions. Of course, today some practioners of the medicine circle will assign specific colors to various directions as a matter of easy orientation.
There is another thing to consider. It is a good practice not to dogmatize or doctrinize indigenous spiritual beliefs. Once you set something in writing and say, “this is the law”, and no one can believe any other way, then spiritual freedom is erased and that is something that our spiritual elders have worked hard to prevent all their lives. Otherwise, indigenous spirituality becomes another organized religion – not good.
We are grateful for your comments about the medicine circle. It sure shows you are watching and listening – and that is a very good thing.
Blessings to you. ~Editor
Be The Rainbow
Dear Carol Spirit Dove,
Indian Spirituality is Big Business
I ran into James "Tyberonn"s webpage and was astounded at what a big corporate operation he appears to have going on. Very unsettling so see such BS taken to such a level with so many gullible people getting sucked into con man nonsense. Very disturbing indeed. So then I found your article Selling American Indian Spirituality is Big Business and you clarified so many things regarding this guy and so many others. I stayed in Sedona and had many genuine spiritual experiences of a personal and quiet nature there and ran into a lot of sincere people who were living in the woodwork and not in the limelight. Not surprising that this guy is Sedona based since Sedona for the most part has become the New Age Disneyland.
Here's my website: Pleiades 9/08/2012 - Home Hope you have enjoyed it. ---Tom Sanger Tucson, Az.
Comparing Native American Religious Practices
To Whom it
Rebecca, There are over 1,000 spiritual ceremonies among North American Indian tribes. To identify them all is impossible in this response. American Indian spiritual practices cannot be called a “religion” because it lacks:
1. A defined dogma or doctrine
2. A hierarchy of clergy
3. A central theological base
4. No formalized system of indoctrination and education
There are many other points that make clear distinctions between a formal religion and American Indian spirituality. American Indian spirituality is free from the tightly drawn precepts of religious dogma and doctrine that must be continually revised in order to adapt to changing social conditions. American Indian spirituality is Spiritual Freedom. There is no such freedom found within on confines of religions.
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Chief John Red Cloud Married to Mohalla
I'm not sure who I address this to so i address this to all of you . First hello, what a wonderful welcome to hear your music, see your documentary and to even know of your existence was to my very soul. I would like to first tell you a little of my story and then tell you what I would like to propose to your band.
What I would like to propose is a Greenville tour for XIT. I have an old map that shows the greenville treaty line"whereabouts" I also have a list of old "ghost towns" I also have a list of old settlement sites. Mohican also has a big Pow-wow in the summer/fall which is in this same location area as this was tecumpseh'sterritory. I can also show you where alot of the old sites were. But there are alot of folks in this area that are into their ancestry and heritage, and this was "Indian Territory" at one time by Government law. I saw on you're myspace site that other folks have already tried to bring you to Fredericktown, by 2 sons graduated from there. They are in the Marine Corp now. My youngest son, just looking at him, there is no doubt of his heritage. I have friends that say the same about me... they say quit dying your hair and there would be no doubt I reply but there would be alot of gray! We have alot of small county and local fairs and festivals in the summer and fall time. I have also worked managing bars for years(I don't now, I'm disabled) I know there are alot of bars that would have you on their venue as well. I think this would be good for us locally to remind us of who we are, what happened in this area, those of us that are descendants it would help revive that surge of honor and what happened to our people and to those that live here that aren't it will remind them of what their ancestors did. There is so much more I want to say but yet don't want to over whelm you. I have an idea on how to get land back, and so much more. I hope you will think on it. I wish you all the best of luck on you ventures and journeys in this life. I hope you and your families enjoy good health and much love. Sincerely, Christi L Taylor
Questions about Spirit Guides
My name is Shelby Noyes and I was reading your website and I had a small question about animal spirit guides.
What does it mean when you feel as though you can transform into the guide? I have a lot of dreams in which my guide and I work together, but there are many more in which I am actually able to be one with my guide and become for moments at a time the form of my guide. I read a lot about finding one's guide and it was very insiteful and helpful, but I think I've already found my guide. ~ Shelby Noyes
What does it mean when you feel as though you can transform into the guide? May be you are looking at your “guide” and yourself as two completely separate entities. Your soul and psychic are two separate entities within one body, so in the same way your “angle” or “guide” is also a separate entity from the human form of yourself within one body. In our own case, the wisdom and knowing of the Bear has been within this body for well over 50 years. Its spirit is a part of us and it is easy to ‘transform’ when needed. Many times our conscious mind is not aware when the transformation occurs but people see and feel the presence of the bear in many healing ways. We began dancing the bear in the sacred circle at the age of 13. Today the bear dances when he is needed by the human side of us or those around us. We hope this helps you. ~Editor
Thanks for your bit on tanning. I'm a hunter and i do hunt with rifles both on foot and in blinds. I can purchase meat from the local store so do not "need" the meat. I do use the meat, take it all, and eat it with the family. I have seen, having lived on a farm, how animals that are born and bread for meat live and die, and if I could pick a life I would chose that of wild and dead by hunter over that of imprisoned and dead by (various methods). I want to learn how to tan skins and such to use more of the animal, as you said, out of respect. I think this is a skill everyone should have- being reliant on stores for all of one's needs may work now but may not work always. Your article here along with some others should eventually help me learn how to tan a hide without the use of store-bought materials for practical purposes such as clothing. (lye can be made from ash, etc) thanks again. ~Shannon
Wedge Tail Eagles
I have always been attracted to our Wedge Tail Eagles, long before I became a spiritual person and when I used to ride a horse around our property to check the lambing ewes and at other times when I rode around the property. I had the pleasure to watch a pair of eagles teaching their young fledglings how to hunt and how to drop, they did this by using a thermal to gain height
and then they would close their wings and just drop and then they would open their wings and soar back up and drop again.
It has just been during the last 2 to 3 years that I have really felt a spiritual connection to our Wedge Tail Eagle. Now when ever I am by my self in a vehicle, I stop and get out and connect with the Eagle as it flies near me, even if it heads away from me, I still feel a connection. One Saturday when I was on my way home from Geelong, I had just spent 2 hours with my son and I was near home and I had the joyous moment to connect with not just one Eagle, but there were 5 Wedge Tail Eagles in the one place and they actually circled over and around my vehicle, before they went on their way.
I was forced by the family law court to sell our family property and moved to another property a few kilometres away from it and there are around 100 to 200 Grey Kangaroos and some have joeys and there are joeys that have recently left the pouch, I run my cattle and my 4 horses with the Kangaroos. There is also a resident pair of Wedge Tail Eagles that have a nest up in the bush near my property and I have had a very memorable experience with these Eagles I was working on my utility out in the yard when one of the Eagles flew very low over the yard and just a few meters away and above me, it must have seen and known that I was there and yet it still flew past without changing course. I have since been able to observe this pair of Eagles and been able to have spiritual contact and been allowed to get fairly close to them and been able to observe them at close range. When ever I work with spirit I usually see any of the following Rapture Birds :- Wedge Tail Eagle, Osprey, Hawk. Black Shouldered Kite, White Goshawk and Kestrel. Mitakuye Oyasin ~ Roger Brien, Australia
My Hope for the Earth Stays Strong
As I am of this earth, I do not pretend to be other
than what I am. I am earth and sky, wind and rain. I am love and
light, yet human. All of what was here and what came. They were
native, then they gave that away to be French. Then they gave their
French away to be American.
Rotten Bayou Cemetery
I was very shocked when I read about what was going on at the Rotten Bayou Cemetery. You see, I am part of the Cuevas family and this situation is very confusing to me. The Cuevas family owned the property in the 1800s.In the Hancock Co. Courthouse, records show that the Cuevas family heirs through Francoise and Filicity Cuevas; they deeded the property to the Catholic Church. For many years, the family maintained the cemetery, but the county helped along with the committee since Katrina. Now, I ask, why are your supervisors so interested in this cemetery while there are so many problems in Hancock County? The President of the Board has stated that the Board needs to see who legally owns the cemetery. How long should this take? Is something else planned for this property? Why has the committee been dissolved until proof of ownership? And again, I ask, what is the motovation behind this historally significant property? All these questions are still unanswered. ~Casey Sloan
American Holocaust Museum
Below you will find a link to the American Holocaust Museum. I would recommend that you read the first piece on the front page by, Michael J. Rutledge, entitled "Forgiveness in the Age of Forgetfulness".
As a primer for this piece I would like to offer the following:
In the US today we have the continued colonial domination of Indigenous peoples in law, policy, history, media. crime, property, health, ecocide, paper genocide, etc. How can you forgive, that which has not been acknowledged and corrected? Not only has this been a history denied, but the government and the dominant culture continue domination through the use of ancient racist precedents, (Doctrine of Discovery) in Supreme Court decisions, in education (history) and racist names, nicknames, logos and mascots, media, and in symbols, ideas, images etc. throughout the culture. The (Christian Doctrine of Discovery) has shaped an identity for the European-American as superior and master of this country and has shaped an identity for the Indigenous as worthless inferior. This has resulted in the highest violent crime rate in the country (70% perpetrated by European-Americans), highest school drop out rate, highest suicide rate, worst mortality, etc., etc.
Until the truth is admitted, the Christian Doctrine of Discovery is repudiated and new law estabished based upon fairness and remuneration for losses, and Tribes are made truly sovereign, then true forgiveness will not occur and does not make any sense.
That which is denied to consciousness will not influence future actions. The holocaust not only has been denied to consciousness, heroes have been made out of perpetrators of the longest, deadliest, most systematic holocaust in recorded history. Unless there is a consciousnes about these events, and present events influenced by the institutionalized colonialism of present day US, the crimes of oppression and subjugation will continue. ~Richard Wilson
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