Manataka American Indian Council
Volume VII Issue 3 March
Volume VII Issue 3 March 2005
Manataka - Preserving the past today for tomorrow.
Non-human eyes met mine... Lizard Love Letters to the Editor Rainbow Warriors Feel like going bananas? Gotta have an Indian Name Male fish lay eggs... Editorial - Indian Country Today
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8,000 Sacred Drums Call For Earth Healing, March 26
The Council of Elders and Guardians of the Otoma’a, Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan Tradition International Indigenous University have issued a worldwide call The Indigenous Peoples, Nations, Communities and Organizations of the World and all Humankind for a Planetary Ceremony For the Healing of Mother Earth and Ensure Pace and Life, March 26, through 8,000 Sacred Drums. With the vision of the Elders, Guardians of the Earth and the Ancestral Wisdom, we are dedicating our life for this great Planetary Harmonic Connection. In order to solidify this, it is required to unite all our energies full of love. More information: 01-722-291-0748 or email@example.com
Magdala & Mario to Perform Ceremonies
Magdala has been working with the ancient knowledge of the feminine ways, warrior woman and Sacred Dance for 35 Years in the Maya and Aztec traditions. Mario is a Sundance pipe carrier and teaches the Aztec warrior ways. He is also a Reiki Master and is a symbol of freedom and unity, a living bridge of the Union of Polaries.
Both have done many workshops and lectures in Mexico and the United States. Elders and members of the Manataka American Indian Council are deeply honored to welcome them into the sacred circle again during the upcoming Manataka Encampment at Bald Mountain in Hot Springs on April 23.
All Encampment events are free and open to the public. Manataka Encampment
Women's Council Cooking Corner:
Grandma's Healing Soup
tablespoons olive oil
1 large leek, well-washed, white parts only, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 large potato, diced
1 parsnip, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups vegetable stock
Salt to taste
Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Large handful fresh spinach leaves (around 4 ounces), rinsed and coarsely chopped
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1. In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the leeks, carrot, potato, parsnip, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add stock and salt to taste, then bring to a simmer.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
Your article snippet entitled, Judge decides money is out for Sun Dance
I am writing to point out that the above- metioned article snippet which you included in your 9/2004 newsletter was originally from an Indian Country Today article dated
August 11, 1997. In my opinion, not only is it extremely outdated but incredibly incorrect in its presentations of facts.
Mr. David Swallow, Jr. was never censored or convicted by the Oglala Tribal Courts of these charges or of any misconduct. He is not responsible for the actions of his brothers, Tim and Richard. At the time of this article, David Swallow was not Sundance chief of the Standing Buffalo Sundance. However, he continues, to this day, to lead the Medicine Wheel Sundance on his family's ancestral lands near Porcupine,
on the Pine Ridge Reservation and is a Headsman of the Broken Bow Society. He does not charge money to participate in his ceremonies. South Dakota
Since others known to you sundance in Mr. Swallow's ceremony (such as Woableza, Robert LaBatte), I'm sure you can verify this to be true.
I hope that you will consider removing this misleading news article from your website.
I have copied and pasted the entire article below for your information despite the fact that, as I said, it is a woeful misrepresentation of the facts of the matter at that time.
Stephanie M. Schwartz
Wambli Ho News
Wambli Ho, Voice of the Eagles
P.S. I have no right to speak for the Lakota People.... I am not a registered member of the Nation. However, since I took it upon myself to write you as an individual then I guess I must also be willing to stand by my words to everyone. I am speaking as an individual and that I do not present myself as a representative of the Oglala Lakota.
[Editor's Note: We are grateful for comments such as the one above. It is refreshing to receive information that helps bring clarity to an issue, especially when an honorable individual such as David Swallow, Jr. is involved. We cannot go back and change the article -- just like we cannot change the past, but we can give thanks for people who help correct errors. The Oyate will be grateful as well Stephanie -- regardless of weather the federal government hands you a piece of paper saying you are a member or not. We know that you are a beautiful member of the five-fingered race!]
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
I'm doing my research for the Ph.D. thesis titled "Native Americans in the U.S. Socio-Cultural Policies of the Late XXth - Early XXIst Centuries".
I'd like to get the results of the questionnaire that I have just posted on the Internet - this would greatly help me in this research. The main idea is to ask American Indians their own opinion on several questions (the details are stated in the introductory words on the site). For this purpose, I should distribute that questionnaire as widely as possible, so that a maximum number of the U.S. Native Americans could participate. The procedure is very simple, it takes just a few minutes. Thus, I do ask you for assistance: if you have anyone of American Indian descent among your friends, acquaintances, colleagues, fellow-students, neighbors, etc., please send them this link! I would greatly appreciate your help!
Thank you in advance!
MSPU, Moscow, Russia
Question is Asked...
"Is there anything more beautiful in life than a young couple clasping hands and pure hearts in the path of marriage? Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?"
And the answer is given.
"Yes, there is a more beautiful thing. It is the spectacle of an old man and an old woman finishing their journey together on that path. Their hands are gnarled, but still clasped; their faces are seamed, but still radiant; their hearts are physically bowed and tired, but still strong with love and devotion for one another. Yes, there is a more beautiful thing than young love. Old love." Author Unknown~
Submitted by Sheri Burnett
FEEL LIKE GOING BANANAS? NOW IS THE TIME...
This is interesting. After Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas have three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood. Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system. Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of >Medicine", eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of >death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!
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Arizona tribes oppose English as official language
© Indian Country Today January 21, 2005. All Rights Reserved
- Arizona Indian tribal leaders opposed new legislation that would make English
the official state language, as they struggled for solutions to meet the needs
of economic development and housing, during the 10th annual Indian Nations and
Tribes Legislative Day.
Arizona Indian women leaders received standing ovations at the Arizona State Capitol when they objected to the proposal to make English the state language.
''In plain English, sir, we don't like it, and we don't want it,'' said San Carlos Apache Chairwoman Kathy Kitcheyan. ''As the first Americans, we never asked anyone to speak a specific language.''
Tohono O'odham Chairperson Vivian Juan-Saunders said the proposal was reminiscent of BIA boarding schools, where Indian children were verbally and physically abused for speaking their Native languages.
Juan-Saunders, also president of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, said Navajos and other American Indian soldiers used their Native languages as unbreakable codes to pass messages, which helped win World War II.
House Concurrent Resolution 2030, being considered during this year's legislative session, would allow Arizona voters to declare English the official state language.
Speaking before a luncheon crowd of 500 representatives on the lawn in front of Senate Building, Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. said Indian tribes are beginning to feel like endangered species.
''We've been a true sovereign, but we're doing everything we can to save ourselves and our culture,'' President Shirley said, criticizing the English measure. ''One hundred years from now, 500 years from now, we will continue to be Navajo people telling our stories in the Navajo language.''
However, Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, sponsor of the legislation, criticized tribal leaders for their comments. In the audience, Pearce accused tribal leaders of not reading the proposed law. He said there is nothing in the proposal that affects how tribes conduct their own business.
Please visit the Indian Country Today website for more articles related to this topic
-- Submitted by Kim Summer Moon
National Native American
Every veteran deserves representationwhich understands their unique needs, and Native American
Veterans have long been overlooked in this regard. Tribal and local veteran's organizations have long
sought to fill this void, but now for the first time a National Association has been started, specifically for
the Native American Veteran!
Started in Oklahoma in 2004, the National Native American Veteran Association is spreading throughout
the USA. With members in 22 states, representing 18 different Tribes, we are striving to represent all
Native American Veterans. Our goal is to provide the Native American Veteran the tools to make a real
difference in their lives by helping them learn and obtain the rights and entitlements they have earned
through military service.
We understand the Heritage, the Pride, and the Commitment made by the Native American Veteran for
this country. As an organization, we wish to honor this sacrifice and ensure that all Native American
Veterans and their unique needs and problems are addressed. We are striving to improve the social
and spiritual needs of these American Warriors utilizing our Native Heritage and Traditions.
Your help and support is needed with this task we have started. If you are a Native American Veteran,
join us in this endeavor. If you are not a Native American Veteran, show your support for these Warriors
by making a donation to the National Native American Veterans Association so we may continue to
support our Native American Veterans and current Armed Forces members.
Women are like apples on trees
The best ones are
at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because
they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just take the
rotten apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy...... The apples
at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're
amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who's
brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree.
Now Men.... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the - - - - out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
When asked by an anthropologist what the Indian called America before the white man came, an Indian simply said, "Ours" - from Vine Deloria
Time Has Come To Gather
By Keith Rabin
"A Prayer Poem for The Missing Native Women's Web Site"
For: Amber in her fight for Honor
For Anna Mae Aquash and family,
For Leonard Peltier, In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse
For those chosen to bear the cost
For those who did the deed,
and for all those yet to come.
"Who Will Be Innocent Next"
all My relations:
The time Has come to Gather,
and come together,
this for all our missing, for all indigenous peoples.
Welcome to a moment in your lives.
As Indigenous women, As indigenous people,
As part of the human race.
It is time to gather, It is time...
We are a part of the creators plan.
We are the creators Plan.
Without us, the indigenous women,
the plan ends here. No more indigenous children.
Today we've come to take back......
Our position in our nations,
Our position in our families.
Our position is, we turn away no more.....
We've come here today to join together as one people.
Gather together our indigenous pride.
We've come to save our children, from another year,
of murder, of rape. We've come to heal our unsafe nations.
Creator, We are praying to you.
We ask with respect, and Reverence.
We offer the sacred, The sweet grass.
In its blue smoke we pray.
We humble ourselves this day to you,
So our prayers may be heard.
In the essence of the cedar,
In the smudge of the sage we pray.
Grandfather , Grandmother.
So many have gone, too many have fallen early.
Too many have gone silent, and are quiet still.
Gather together my people, all nations, one stand.
My heart today is as an eagle,
It calls to your heart, listen we ask.
Their hearts are missed, and their spirits,
are here with us today, and in your arms.
Our words are as prayers for your ears.
The time has come for us as a people,
A time when the warriors stand up,
A time as long ago they stood together.
For the people, for the women and children.
Too many have gone, Too many have closed their eyes.
We are bleeding for a hope, and can bleed no more alone.
We are crying for a vision, and our tears run dry.
Bless these spirits, and our humble gathering.
We ask for your guidance and your vision for our children.
We ask for peace and an end to our missing.
In our gathering together we are asking for peace.
Pilamayaye [as in the female voice]
Pilamaya [as in the male voice]
Please Visit: www.missingnativewomen.ca
It is the year 2005, and Noah lives in the United States. The Lord speaks to Noah and says, "In one year I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all is destroyed. But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on the earth. Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark."
In a flash of lightning, God delivered the specifications for an Ark. Fearful and trembling, Noah took the plans and agreed to build the Ark.
"Remember," said the Lord, "You must complete the Ark and bring everything aboard in one year."
Exactly one year later, a fierce storm cloud covered the earth and all the seas of the earth went into a tumult. The Lord saw Noah sitting in his front yard weeping. "Noah," He shouted, "Where is the Ark?"
forgive me!" cried Noah. "I did my best but there were big problems.
First I had to get a permit for construction, and Your plans did not comply
with the codes. I had to hire an engineering firm to redraw the plans. Then I
got into a fight with OSHA over whether or not the Ark needed a fire sprinkler
system and floatation devices. Then my neighbor objected, claiming I was
violating zoning ordinances by building the Ark in my front yard, so I had to
get a variance from the city planning commission. I had problems getting
enough wood for the Ark, because there was a ban on cutting trees to protect
the Spotted Owl. I finally convinced the US Forest Service that I needed the
wood to save the owls. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service won¹t let me
catch any owls. So, no owls. The carpenters formed a union and went out on
strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the National Labor Union. Now I
have 16 carpenters on the Ark, but still no owls. When I started rounding up
the other animals, I got sued by an animal rights group. They objected to me
only taking two of each kind aboard. Just when I got the suit dismissed, the
EPA notified me that I could not complete the Ark without filing an
environmental impact statement on your proposed flood. They didn¹t take very
kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the
Creator of the Universe. Then the Army Corps of Engineers demanded a map of
the proposed new flood plans. I sent them a globe. Right now, I am trying to
resolve a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
that I am practicing discrimination by not taking godless, unbelieving people
aboard! The IRS has seized all my assets, claiming that I¹m building the Ark
in preparation to flee the country to avoid paying taxes. I just got a notice
from the State that I owe some kind of "user tax" and failed to
register the Ark as a "recreational water craft." Finally, the
ACLU got the courts to issue an injunction against further construction of the
Ark, saying that since God is flooding the earth, it is a religious event and
therefore unconstitutional. I really don¹t think I can finish the Ark for
another 5 or 6 years!" Noah wailed.
The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine, and the seas began to calm. A rainbow arched across the sky. Noah looked up hopefully. "You mean you are not going to destroy the earth, Lord?"
"No," said the Lord sadly, "The government already has."
Arthur Medicine Eagle
"Things would go well for us if we would think positively about everything." --Mary Hayes, Claoquot
of our thoughts are like individual seeds. These thoughts will plant our life
garden. Whatever our thoughts, they grow in our gardens. Each day we will
process about 50,000 thoughts or thought seeds. Positive thoughts will
produce positive results. Have you ever been aware of what you are thinking
about during the day? Of the possible 50,000 thoughts in one day-if the positive
thoughts were flowers and the negative thoughts were weeds-how would your garden
look at the end of the day?
Great Spirit, let me plant positive seeds.
SOMETHING EXTRA TO THINK ABOUT
Msit Nókmaq/All My Relations,
A man once told me "In order for us to have a good life we must weed our garden daily". If you watch the
field weeds grow you will see they most always have a pod that expells thousands of seeds in a season. Five
plants will produce approximate 50,000 seeds or more so what does that do to the world? We have the birds
who help keep things in check and then only a few seeds get planted. But we must see that in our heads
even if we have been called bird brained we do not have birds to do the weeding so we must do it ourselves.
Please help me to look more positive and weed my garden more often on a daily basis.
- Thank You, Chi-Miigwetch
"Just a little more for today" Replace the word animals with humans If you talk to the animals/HUMANS they will talk with you And you will know each other.If you do not talk to them You will not know them, And what you do not know you will fear. What one fears, One destroys." -- Chief Dan George
When Non-human Eyes Met Mine...
By Juli Maltagliati
I walk through thy woods,
my right foot and my left foot
harmless to the little creatures
move in its grasses; as it is said
the mouth of thy prophet,
shall not hurt nor destroy
all my holy mountain.
~Rabbi Moshe Hakotun
I was 7 years old, I never thought to question things that came naturally to
me. As young children tend to do,
I assumed everyone felt and thought much the same way.
So, it wasn’t at all strange to me to keep a vigil beside the tiny
yellow butterfly that I discovered dying in the grass beside our house.
I remember sitting in the sun, watching it flutter weakly from one spot
to the next, willing it to live, but heartsick with my inner knowing that it
would not … that it was surely dying. But
I didn’t want it to die alone, and so I sat beside it in the grass for
whatever time I could over three days until I came outside to find its still
and lifeless form. As I cradled
the delicate creature in my hands and wept, the thought occurred to me that
probably no one else in the entire world had ever wept for this one small
being. This felt like a very
important and very special thing to me.
was decades later when just last year, a beautiful argiope spider—one of the
large black and bright yellow garden spiders—made her home on my covered
front porch by the picture window. I
called her Sharona. Her large web
encompassed a wide area, and I gently cleared enough of it so that people’s
heads wouldn’t walk into the web, tearing it.
I "explained" to Sharona that this would keep her nest from
being disturbed. She never did
spin it in that direction again, and seemed content to stay, much to my
delight. I taped a large
hand-written sign in the window beneath her web for the benefit of less
understanding humans: "Please
do not harm the spider. She is a
beneficial garden spider and is harmless.
We like her."
day, I would sing to Sharona and talk to her.
I even had a friend take a photograph of Sharona and me as I stood
behind her web on a ladder, so that I could be eye-level with my spider
Maybe to some people. But
not to me.
weeks, I looked forward to the possibility of a batch of spider babies, and
eagerly checked for the telltale egg sac, but I never saw it.
Then one day I noticed that Sharona wasn’t moving much and was
looking rather frail. I feared
the worst, and that fear was soon realized.
I found her dead in her web one morning.
I buried Sharona, and grieved.
times in the 45 years between my little butterfly and Sharona, the same
experience has come to me: The sense of sacredness in knowing that at a moment in time,
I may be the only human in all the wide world to feel a personal love for this
one particular small creature. And
I discovered while very young that this kind of love for individual
butterflies, or spiders, or lizards, or snakes, or any little crawling or
flying insect — while shared by some people like me — is by no means a
universal thing. Yet without
effort or orchestration, time and again, all these non-human eyes have met
mine and it’s as if we have breathed each other.
I don’t know why it’s that way.
I only know I consider it a gift for which I’m inexpressibly
This is a true story that happened in Japan.
In order to renovate the house, someone in Japan tore open the wall. Japanese houses normally have a hollow space between the wooden walls. When tearing down the walls, he found that there was a lizard stuck there because a nail from outside was hammered into one of its feet. He saw this, felt pity, and at the same time he was curious. When he checked the nail, turns out, it was nailed 10 years ago when the house was first built.
lizard had survived in such a position for 10 years! In a dark wall partition
for 10 years without moving, it is impossible and mind boggling. Then he
wondered how this lizard survived for 10 years without moving a single
step--since its foot was nailed!
he stopped his work and observed the lizard, what it had been doing, and what
and how it has been eating. Later, not knowing from where it came, appeared
another lizard, with food in its mouth.
He was stunned and at the same time, touched deeply. Another lizard had
been feeding the stuck one for the past 10 years...
love, such a beautiful love! Such love happened with this tiny creature...
What can love do?
It can do wonders! Love can do miracles! Just think about it; one lizard had been feeding the other one untiringly for 10 long years, without giving up hope on its partner. If a small creature like a lizard can love like this... just imagine how we can love if we try.
Submitted by Sheri Burnett
RAINBOW WARRIORS WEAR A RAINBOW BLANKET
By Carol Petersen
The scouts have been called rainbow warriors. They have traveled high in to the mountains and deep into the canyons following the North Star. They have left their signal etched on cliffs and painted on stones. This living language preserved by the rainbow runners mirrors the language of the heavenly prayers ladled with hope. It is a rainbow blanket.
Wise elders and healers watch the stars and commune with them. What can I do to help my people ease their suffering, they pray. How can I protect my people from those who live in fear and take without visiting?
The people held council and would send a scout in many directions to seek others like themselves who were willing to sit and share stories and food with each other. The feelings that stirred their hearts became threads woven with shimmering images into a blanket.
Our prayers will follow you like a warming blanket the elders proclaim. Look to the sky and breathe the colors of the rainbow into your heart. The mother will lead the way. She has daughters who weave with rainbow tears and sons who protect the blanket.
The scouts have been called rainbow warriors. They have traveled high in to the mountains and deep into the canyons following the North Star. They have left their signal etched on cliffs and painted on stones. This living language preserved by the rainbow runners mirrors the language of the heavenly prayers ladled with hope. It is a rainbow blanket.
You are invited to join as an active participant. Bring Down the Rainbow Medicine Blanket. Spring / Autumn Equinox 2005 – 2012 at 12pm PST -- Carol Petersen
GOTTA HAVE AN INDIAN NAME...
did not receive my name in the traditional way, but I did not "make it
up" either - it was given to me. Other names have come to me in dreams or
in visions or during meditations, names that tell me of work I am to do or
part of my purpose here. I still hold Emmy's name (the name she heard being
called out to her one day) in my heart, not sure what to do with it yet, but I
remember it well. I've had people ask me about this before - one person even
asked me if "Summer Moon" was my 'Reiki' name (I have never heard of
a Reiki name?), or they've asked me how they can get a name or to help them
pick one. I never know how to answer these questions without it sounding like
a brush off, I can only tell them that it does not work that way.
Passing this along in case it is useful, and I see things in Emmy's school (both kindergarten AND preschool) that upset me, some crafts they've done and the lies they teach about American "history" ...
Indian Crafts and Indian Names for Students
Many teachers try to teach about Native peoples through crafts projects or assignments such as letting students choose Indian names for themselves. Here is a letter that Richie wrote to a teacher in Connecticut. Hopefully, it will help you understand how important it is to have an understanding of Native people, cultures, history and traditions before an assignment is given that can be construed as insensitive.
December 6, 2002
Dear Mrs. Christensen,
I am writing this letter in response to an assignment you gave your class on choosing Indian names for themselves. Because I am from Wisconsin and I don't know your nationality, I will explain to you our tribe's way of getting Indian names.
I am a Menominee, Stockbridge/Munsee Indian from the Menominee Indian Reservation in north eastern Wisconsin. Our traditional religion is called, "Big Drum." There is a process in obtaining or getting an Indian name. As you told your class, we do not just randomly choose a name. When we want one of our children to get their name, we make an offering of tobacco to the person who is in a position to give Indian names. You see, not everyone can give names. It is an honor and position that is earned.
Once we make our offering, the person will ask who the name is for. They will then ask to meet and/or hold the child or person. As with the case of my oldest daughter, she was four years old, and the gentleman I asked to name her already knew her and our family, so he gave me the time and place to bring her. It is our tradition that names are given on Easter or Thanksgiving, so we were to bring her to that particular ceremony.
During these ceremonies, our language is spoken. When our daughter was called, she went to his side and he told her story, the story of where her name came from and what it meant. When he was finished, he called me to his side and told me that during the feast he would tell me her name, what it meant and what we should do. Her Menominee name is, "Waupanokiew-matamo," which means, "Lady of the East," or "Woman of the East." He also told us that from that day forward we should call her by her name at least once a day.
Our son's Menominee name is, "Wapekeniew," which means, "White Eagle Spirit," and our youngest daughter's Menominee name is, "Ahwapahqokiew, which means, "Happy Woman." The reason I mentioned that the children get their names first is because I never got my Indian name until 1990. You see, when I was a young boy, my parents went to a gentleman, made their offering and they were told to bring me to the Easter ceremony. But, the ceremony was so big that day and so many people were getting their names that they did not have time to get to me. So when the day ended, he told my Mom and Dad to bring me back on Thanksgiving and he would give me my name then. But between those two dates, this gentleman passed away, so my name went with him on his journey. For whatever reason, my parents chose not to have me named. I remember asking one of my friends who gives names why I don't have a name yet, and he told me that when the time was right, it would happen. Plus, he reminded me that the children come first.
Well, in February of 1990 my Mother passed away, and my Dad had died in 1983. My children had gotten their names, and 1 wanted to get mine. You see, it is our belief that when we die and we go on our journey to that better place (most Indians do not believe in heaven or hell), we will come to a major fork in the road. While we are standing there wondering which way to choose, a voice will ask us if we have an Indian name. We then tell the spirit our name and we are directed to the proper path. You see, it is our belief that if you do not have an Indian name, when you get to this fork and you cannot give your name, you will wonder endlessly on your journey.
I went to the widow of the gentleman my parents had asked those many years ago to name me, made my offering and asked if she'd name me. She looked at me and said she would be honored. Now, I do not speak our language very well, so when she called me to her side at the ceremony, she gently held my hand, told my story and told my name. She then reached into her pocket, gave me a piece of paper with my name on it and also what it meant. My Menominee name is, "Powekonnay," which means, "One who changes his feathers." It refers to the Eagle. When the Eagle is perched and cleans themselves of their old feathers, that action is my name. You see, part of our tradition is to name people not after animals but what an animal may do.
Two years ago a cousin of mine asked me if she could adopt me in our traditional way. You see, she lost a son many years ago, and because both of my parents are no longer walking Mother Earth, there is a ceremony we have where she will then be my Mother here on Earth. So we had the ceremony and I now have the added honor of carrying her son's name. His name was, "Mayawhakasic," which means, "That purple color in the sky." During sunrise or sunset, certain times a purple hew will come across the sky... that, too is my name.
Now, one more thing I would like to share with you. My Mom's parents were fullblooded Menominee, and my Dad's Mom was Stockbridge/Munsee. But my Dad's father came from Czechoslovakia. My Grandfather came to this country when he was fourteen years old and he was a certified Blacksmith. He knew his language, a slur of German and a little bit of English. When he died he knew seven languages fluently. But, when he came to America, his last name was spelled, "Plasova." As was the norm in those days, his name was changed to Plass. The reason I share this with you is that I am in contact with my family in Czechoslovakia. I write to then quite often and my life long dream is to one day go there and meet them.
In conclusion, I hope you now have a better understanding of "Indian names" and the importance and significance of their origins. I have tried to live as traditional a life as I can since I was a young boy. I am proud and honored that my parents taught me the things they did and that my children now know the things they do. So when I see or hear of teachers, people, Boy Scouts or whoever telling children to "choose" an Indian name like you have with your class, I get quite upset. We continue to do things in our traditional ways because that is what makes and keeps us Indian. There are over 535 tribes in the United States, and they all have their own identities, traditions and ways. Our traditions are not to be taken lightly or used as a class "project." I have written this letter to try to share with you one tribe's way, belief and tradition. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me any time.
Thank you kindly,
by Kim Summer Moon
I.C.A. Needs Help Now!
The Institute for Cosmic Awareness (ICA) is a non-profit organization that sponsors alternative healers, annual drummers and singer’s gatherings, quests to sacred sites, holistic educational workshops, and the International Multi-cultural Gathering’s like Earth Dance. ICA focuses on providing a safe and healthy environment for cultural exchange, healing, preserving sacred sites, bridging a gap between elders and children and returning to the natural world.
Earth Dance, now in its eighth year, provides a ceremonial and community experience of cultural diversity. People have gathered from all over the world as they come together to share their stories, dance, song, and sacred ways in different parts of the U.S. and Mexico. Plans are in the works to bring the message of Earth Dance to other continents so that the knowledge of the Elders can be shared with Everyone!
Find out how you can help in 2005! Contact I.C.A. at: I.C.A. P.O. Box 1502 Cornville, AZ. 86325 / phone 928-646-3000, fax 928- 646-0299, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also check out Earth Dance at: www.earthdance8.org
Male fish bear eggs in Potomac
Sewage or factory effluent may be cause of 'intersex' abnormality
CNN NEWS, Tuesday, December 21, 2004
SHARPSBURG, Maryland (AP) -- Male fish that are growing eggs have been found in the Potomac River near Sharpsburg, a sign that a little-understood type of pollution is spreading downstream from West Virginia, a federal scientist says.
The so-called intersex abnormality may be caused by pollutants from sewage plants, feedlots and factories that can interfere with animals' hormone systems, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Nine male smallmouth bass taken from the Potomac near Sharpsburg, about 60 miles upstream from Washington, were found to have developed eggs inside their sex organs, said Vicki S. Blazer, a scientist overseeing the research for the U.S. Geological Survey.
Authorities say the problems are likely related to a class of pollutants called endocrine disruptors, which short-circuit animals' natural systems of hormone chemical messages.Officials are awaiting the results of water-quality testing that might point to a specific chemical behind the fish problems, Blazer said.
The Potomac River is the main source of drinking water for the Washington metropolitan area and many upstream communities. It provides about 75 percent of the water supply to the 3.6 million residents of Washington and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs.
Endocrine disruptors comprise a vast universe of pollutants capable of driving a hormone system haywire. Some are hormones themselves -- such as human estrogen from women taking birth-control pills or animal hormones washed downstream with manure -- that can pass through sewage plants untouched.
In Hardy County, officials were especially concerned about chicken waste from poultry farms. Others endocrine disruptors are hormone "mimics" -- industrial chemicals or factory byproducts which confuse the body because they are chemically similar to natural hormones. These pollutants are often found in very low concentrations, so until recently no equipment could detect them. But the first nationwide survey, in 1999 and 2000, found hormones in about 37 percent of streams tested. Many scientists are concerned that people, as well as other animals, might be affected. "It's not good news that there's something that feminizes male fish in your water," said Gina Solomon, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
But the Environmental Protection Agency has not set standards for many of these pollutants. Because of this, many drinking-water plants make no special efforts to remove them.
"The practice of discernment is part of higher consciousness. Discernment is not just a step up from judgment. In life's curriculum, it is the opposite of judgment. Through judgment a man reveals what he needs to confront and learn. Through discernment, one reveals what he has mastered." -- Glenda Green
EDITORIAL - INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY
Once they came for us - Descending into ignorance
© Indian Country Today January 27, 2005. All Rights Reserved
they came for me
''First they came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up,
because I wasn't a Communist.
they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up,
because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.''
- Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945
the same way America's CIA in the 1980s unleashed the violent aspirations of the
Mujahidin in Afghanistan, letting the terrorist genie out of that bottle, the
call to fundamentalist Christian movement in American politics, encouraged by
the current leadership of the GOP, holds the potential to unleash consequences
that diminish the open society concept in America, perhaps irrevocably.
It is always a dangerous thing when a country's government turns increasingly fundamentalist around one particular faith, including Christianity. Whatever the attacks on the liberal philosophy, which the ''Christian'' right harshly condemns as the work of the devil on earth, the notion of a secular, tolerant, open-minded society remains the best possible way to democratic intelligence and truth in decision making.
We believe this to be a self-evident truth and one of the most genial of all the foundational elements of the American republic. Formed socially and intellectually from the social climate of the European enlightenment and influenced by American Indian social and governmental examples, the political thought of the U.S. founding fathers rode on some wonderful ''new'' notions of human intellectual, social and personal freedoms. Dominant among these was the freedom of intellectual, scientific pursuit of knowledge, free, precisely, from the dogma of the major Christian churches, given as these were to condemn all new knowledge that might contradict any of their faith-based dictums and mandates.
This was the best of the freedom that America pledged to sustain. Indian people early joined this debate over their own spiritual concepts and traditions with Christian missionaries and what comes across from those early documents is how versatile and free the Indian thinkers were relative to the ''black robes'' who came among them. Indian people died in large numbers to maintain their independence of culture and ownership of their own lands, even as many chose to embrace the narratives of Christian culture beyond or in addition to their own indigenous narratives of emergence and Creation.
Reducing social truth to a literal interpretation of the Bible is a surefire way to dumb down the American populace and diminish or retard the many advances made in education and general public enlightenment (including public policy) for several generations. There are those who are inspired by the wish to manipulate others who are prone to homily as a political bloc. The new Christian religious exposition is not benign - not because the Christian faith lacks wisdom or compassion - but because those who would manipulate these spiritual sentiments politically are usually political activists bent on acquiring power irrespective of the proliferation of ignorance.
The strategy, employed again and again, is to create national and international crisis out of particular problems and complex social situations. Howard Dean, with whom we had our differences, identified this during the recent presidential campaign: ''Guns, God and Gays are the fear-factor issues.'' When these are used and abused to trigger powerful emotions in people, careful discussion becomes impossible and only tense, browbeating argumentation follows.
We are encouraged that more and more voices are challenging this notion of what represents the American republic. There is alarm, finally, that religious faith-based belief is seriously challenging scientific method and the diffusion of knowledge across many school districts in a wide variety of states. The theory of evolution for one is widely challenged by creationists dressed under the banner of ''intelligent design.'' What concerns is not the challenge itself, as scientific assertion must always be ready for ongoing challenge, but the fact that the challenge has no such basis in the intellectually accepted scientific method of rigorous inquiry. Rather, ''intelligent design'' is simply well conceptualized and crafted ideological garbage.
It shocked many people recently when CBS polling revealed that 55 percent of Americans do not believe in evolution. This jumps by 12 percent to 67 percent for people who voted for President Bush. But this should not surprise, considering that, according to Gallup, one third of Americans believe the Bible literally. Professing tolerance for the possible truth of other religious points of view is nearly impossible for this mindset. In the states of Wisconsin, Montana, South Carolina, Kansas, Arkansas and Mississippi, organized parent groups of this persuasion have consistently pressured against the teaching of evolution. Usually they substitute the term ''intelligent design'' for creationism in their curriculums, but they are really talking about the genesis of the Christian Bible as literal truth - a position from which they will not deviate.
That ''intelligent design'' as euphemism for direct divine intervention as science in public schools is a clear violation of the principle of separation of church and state is apparently not much of an issue yet, but it needs to be. As religious faith overlays public policy debate, the very science of government, compromise and negotiation, become moot. The principle that guides religious faith has no compatibility with the leeway and tolerance required of legislators. Other recent research (Public Agenda) points out that support for political compromise is diminishing rapidly among American evangelicals of a literal-Bible persuasion, indeed, among all Christians. These are people for whom, as columnist William Raspberry wrote, ''compromise between righteousness and sin is: Sin.''
The most ominous of all these trends is the ''millions of Christian fundamentalists,'' as Bill Moyers the journalist-philosopher recently remarked, who ''believe that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed - even hastened - as a sign of the coming apocalypse.'' America and the world do not deserve to be guided by such ignorance.
Moyers reminds us this trend goes back to James Watt, President Reagan's first secretary of the Interior, who: ''Told the U.S. Congress that protecting natural resources was unimportant in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ.'' In public testimony he said, ''after the last tree is felled, Christ will come back.'' These days, the belief resonates strongly, Moyers goes on, with ''nearly half the U.S. Congress before the recent election - 231 legislators in total - more since the election - [who] are backed by the religious right.''
The Washington Post (Jan. 23) complains that a dumbing down of America is the result of the faith-based government, warning that it can leave our country's science flank vulnerable to the new waves of scientists coming out of Asia and Europe. We agree, but would add that a public bigotry against science goes hand in hand with a public bigotry and ignorance against other, non-Christian faiths. The underlying aggression of militant missionizing, that is, the willingness to accost others directly in order to proselytize and impose a religious view - this has been suffered greatly by Indian peoples of the Americas.
And once before, as conquering saviors, they came for us en masse. Under the notion of militant Christianity was institutionalized this country's greatest misguided social experiment: The Indian boarding schools of the early 20th century, whose official intent was to destroy all that was core in American Indian spiritual belief and ritual, in order to ''kill the Indian and save the man.''
Indeed, for American Indian tribal peoples, the experience of the Christian mission has been difficult to digest. The good that it has brought is shrouded in substantial darkness and abuse. Christianization often imposed itself with the intent to fill the full glass of the Indian mind, intending to drown out the indigenous intelligence, sometimes as an invention of the devil himself. This was the general social premise of an imposed ''educational'' experience where various Christian denominations bid for ''their Indians'' region by region and reservation by reservation, until most were divided for each particular brand of evangelism. This system (as overwhelming force) lasted more than half the century in various ways and it was accompanied by the formal criminalizing of Indian ceremonial spiritual practices that reflected comprehensive and pragmatic religious traditions.
We suggest that dogma and truth are completely different things. There is religious dogma. There is scientific dogma. And there is truth.
Dogma - scientific or religious - is not truth. Truth is elusive. Dogma is not elusive at all. Dogma is always concrete in the mind of the dogmatic. While truth reveals itself sparingly, and best to those with humble attitude, dogma is the brick that hits you in the head from both sides. Dogma does not reveal but imposes itself upon all weary- and weak-minded people, convincing all who will listen of their worthlessness and presumed damnation, but for the power and the path of light offered only by itself. Dogma seeks converts to justify itself. Truth is, and can be found, by intuition and by method. Elusive, it will yield itself always to serious intent and respectful treatment. It has huge natural power that directs itself.
When dogma leads, times become hard and suffering increases. Truth is given by the hand of nature to the open and curious mind of the human being but it can only come to where it is sought, where it can be useful, where it is appreciated.
Let no one be fooled. The religious fundamentalism that is sweeping America poses a serious threat to the advancement of an American culture that learns and grows from rationally applied inquiry and investigation. From an American Indian perspective derived from cultural roots that reach back to the earliest consciousness of these lands, we state clearly that what we are witnessing in America is not American at all. The time has come for all Americans of mature intelligence and courage to speak out against fundamentalist religious doctrine and intolerance and those who would benefit from America's descent into ignorance.
Please visit the Indian Country Today website for more articles related to this topic.
HEALING PRAYER BASKET
Jerime Brown - Prayer for a warriors protection needed.
Bobby Joe Runninbear - Hospitalized with a heart attack. This is a wonderful Cherokee who loves his people and walks the good red road in a good way. Pray for this honored brother. Submitted by BabblingBrook.
Jesse William Devereaux - My oldest son and my youngest son, Mark Kenneth Devereaux. Thank you for the prayers for my family. Thank you for praying for my family. Submitted by Eagle Star.
Lolla - daughter of Diane Brown recently hospitalized with bleeding problems at Lake Mead hospital in Las Vegas, NV. has turned out to be an hernia. Prayers still needed for Lolla and granddaughter Julisa -- a troubled young lady. Submitted by Red Wing Vinson.
Brian Goodson - Bear's been praying for him daily for three weeks but needs yours too. Submitted by Ruth King.
Kelle Ammerman - Young lady diagnosed with fast spreading cancer. Submitted by Juli Maltagliati
Marian Dunn of Smyrna, TN suffered a severe stroke. Remember her in your prayers. - Helen Red Wing Vinson.
James Greason - Suffered with stroke. Prayers from Manataka has him healed and back to work.
Sheila Grandmother Wolf Pierce - Back was broken in an auto accident. Now walking a bit but needs prayers.
Amanda Smiddy - daughter of Memi K. Smiddy involved in car accident and in great pain.
Bobby Powell - friend of Kimberly Stronczek stricken with crippling arthritis.
Rebecca Douglas Niece of Leo and Flora Causey has cancer.
Qua Ti Si Monahon Recent surgery with TMJ.
Frances McAdams: Hospitalized with cancer.
Baker: Mother of Henrietta
EagleStar. Getting much better, now having more problems.
Larry Zink Hota Irons - Michigan: Diagnosed with cancer.
Sharon Kamama Baugh - Arkansas: Diagnosed with cancer. Doing much better after surgery. Sharon was chair of the Manataka Women's Council for many years and is now enjoys Most Honored Grandmother status.
Mother of Charles Lone Wolf Black: Diagnosed with cancer. Holding up well.
Tommie Love A 4 years old who doctors give no prognosis - diagnosed with 2 large brain tumors - untreatable at Barnes Children's Hospital of St Louis. I ask for prayers for her healing and prayers for her family. From Alison Klose
ELDER COUNCIL MINUTES
This is a new section created to keep members informed on Elder Council actions.
1. The position of Ambassador to Spiritual Elders of Latin America was created.
2. A report was delivered on the upcoming Encampment. Honored Grandmothers will
participate in the Encampment.
3. One letter was read from dozens received from Spiritual Elders from across the
continent declaring Manataka a sacred site.
4. A 38-page Rainbow Warrior Powwow proposal was submitted.
5. A proposal on the Manataka American Indian Cultural Center was presented.
6. New Officers were elected: Doc Davidson, Chairman; David Furr, Vice Chair; Lee
Standing Bear, Secretary; Betty Frey, Treasurer.
7. A resolution to endorse Arkansas Citizens for Clean Water was approved.
8. A resolution to endorse the Health Freedom Coalition failed.
9. Committee Reports:
Women's Council: Will host a yard-sale on March 5;
Membership: Reorganized and moving forward with plans to revitalize pathways;
NAGPRA: A new chair - Jim Path Finder Ewing;
Website: Over 100 pages added in February.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & NOTICES:
NOTICE 1: FOOD BASKET 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.
NOTICE 2: ENCAMPMENT & POWWOW EVENTS NEED VOLUNTEERS
Call 501-627-0555 to volunteer for the April 22-24 Encampment and the September Powwow. The job is tough but FUN!!
NOTICE 3: REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Always on the 3rd Sunday of each month at Gulpha Gorge - bad weather at Phil's Restaurant.
NOTICE 4: WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month. Contact: Judy White Feather Filmore
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