Manataka American Indian Council Volume VIII Issue 1 JANUARY 2006
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWSLETTER
Manataka - Preserving the past today for tomorrow
42 printed pages in this issue
Book Review: Keeping the Circle
Legends of Old:
Old Man Sea, Butterfly, Blackbird
Letters to the Editor:
Gayle Sexauer Appointed
Wallace Black Elk
I Stayed with the Land
WOMEN AND DRUMMING!
Manataka Goes Latin!
Gifts from the Ground
Blessing of the Waters
Marcine Quenzer's Report
No Sugar Coating
15 new features!
Hill & Holler:
Cherokee Drowning Place
Warrior Woman Teton Rainbows: Bennie LeBeau Sr.
Conception time has come
Protest March - Voting Violations Prayer Basket: Memorial Gift...
A BRAND NEW MUSIC CD
Ghost Trails to Manataka
Si Habla Español
Acercamiento A La American Latina
Manataka Goes Latin!
FELIZ ANO NUEVO!!!!!
Outreach To Latin America . . .
Otto Riollano Dávila, Manataka Ambassador to Spiritual Elders of Latin America and Jim Path Finder Ewing, Ceremonial Elder of Manataka recently released the first section of their work to bring a new and powerful communication tool to Manataka's efforts to reach out to our brothers and sisters to the South.
Dávila suggested the idea to the Elder Council after the Summer Gathering and Ewing was asked to begin the conceptualization and coordination process. Ewing developed an outline of necessary elements, researched and wrote articles and served as a liaison to Dávila who provided his invaluable services to translate portions of the Manataka website and created a platform for that he will use to discover the minds and hearts of our Southern family counterparts.
The Elders are thankful to Dávila and Ewing for their professional contributions and their commitment to the ideals of Manataka.
The Elders of The Manataka American Indian Council extend their warmest greetings to our indigenous neighbors to the South and offer a welcome hand of friendship and invitation to join our Circle.
To read the words of Dávila and Ewing, written both in English and Español about who we are, where we are, what we do and what we hope to accomplish with the exchange of information and fellowship offered, please read more below.
NOTICE: Wolf Dancers
Wolf Dancers Needed. Rocky Thunder Wolf Miller of the Manataka Wolf Society is asking people who dance the Wolf or those who wish to learn to contact him. The Wolf Society will dance in April 2006. A wolf pelt is not required to dance, but we have them if needed -- cost $400-$500. Powerful stuff. email@example.com
Also See Powwow Now! One of the largest powwow calendars on the Internet today!
Owl Medicine Society Flocks Together...
By Jim PathFinder Ewing (Nvnehi Awatisgi)
My friend Choctaw Shaman Boe Glasschild and I have for a couple of years discussed finding a way to disseminate shamanic teachings in a good way. It seems there are so many barriers to teaching the ways, so many people who want to say, "...you can do it this way, but not that way..." and so forth. Or that only "this way" is the right way.
We finally decided that maybe it is good to just teach what we know and not count on others for defining which is the way. If these are things we’ve done or know or have seen, and our hearts tell us it’s true, and it’s a good thing, that is the way. So, we are announcing….
Owl Medicine Society
The Owl Medicine Society is an informal, intertribal, cross-cultural fellowship dedicated to sharing healing knowledge and shamanic practices. It meets quarterly in Lena, Miss. Membership is by invitation.
"Sacred Owl Medicine"
by Sue Blondell
Dues are one cord of wood per year for the Asi/Inipi and all members are expected to provide food for gatherings.
The Society is headed by Boe Many Knives Glasschild of McCool, Miss., and Jim Pathfinder Ewing of Lena, Miss. It is not affiliated with any other group or single tradition but seeks and promotes an eclectic mix of knowledge. For information, write:
P.O. Box 387
Lena, MS 39094
Boe Many Knives Glasschild (Bvshpo Lawa) is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Jim PathFinder Ewing (Nvnehi Awatisgi) is an enrolled member of the Southern Cherokee Tribe & Associated Bands in Texas.
BIG TIME NOTICE...
People of the Manataka Longhouse,
We have a fun and worthwhile project to present for your consideration.
Marcine Quenzer came to Manataka during the Fall Gathering and gave a weekend long presentation of her wonderful art. See Media Release below
She spoke to us and gave us the wisdom of the great Peace Keeper. She shared in our ceremonies and gave a most wonderful gift to the people of Manataka and to Elder David Quiet Wind. See Report on Manataka below - a long but wonderful message
Marcine travels the North American continent delivering her special message of peace. During her travels she meets many spiritual elders, tribal leaders, and thousands of other people who participate in ceremonies. We asked how Manataka could aid in her journeys.
Marcine needs our assistance making 'honoring' gifts for Elders across the country.
People of Manataka,
"...There are occasions in which I need to "honor" people. This is an important native custom. I often leave pieces of my art with them and they seem to be happy with this but there have been times when I would have liked to honor them with something more personal.
The Wyandotte Nation has agreed to sponsor me with flags from the nation and this is good for formal presentations but I meet people along the way that go the extra mile so to speak for me or who need a boost in some way. I do not have time to "make" gifts to give these people... Small items because I do not have room for large things. Whatever spirit guides them to make will be fine.
anyone who is guided to contribute in this way. If they are not
impressed with a desire to make something, let them know this is OK.
For those who do accept, please include name and address so that they
can be notified as to whom and what situation their gift was
Now the decision is yours. Will you go the "extra mile" to make small honor gifts?
If so, please send us a brief message to PeaceGifts@manataka.org saying what you plan to make and how many of each item.
Our goal is 444 small crafts. This will be a fun and worthwhile project.
P.S. Spread this message around. Thanks. We might just make it to 4444 gifts.
October 7, 2005
American Indian Artist to Speak at Gathering
As part of a full line-up of free seminars, entertainment and ceremonies, nationally known artist, lecturer and author, Marcine Quenzer of Oklahoma will present a free seminar entitled “The Great Law of Peace” during the Manataka Fall Gathering, October 15 at Bald Mountain Park.
Quenzer will demonstrate her painting technique and display a selection of her famous paintings during the event. As an accomplished storyteller, Quenzer will present a number of fascinating and amusing stories.
Marcine is an accomplished artist in many mediums, concentrating on graphite, oils and acrylics. Her work is at home in Europe, as it is in Canada, Hawaii and other places around the nation.
Marcine's early years growing up on a farm in southwestern Idaho instilled a deep and enduring appreciation for the relationship between man and nature. Her father sat her down at the age of four, and helped her draw her first picture. Little did he know that she had a natural gift and it would be the beginning of a life long pursuit.
Marcine takes her inspiration from the traditions and legends of the Native Americans amongst whom she has lived the last 15 years. She combines her artistic talents and personal knowledge of Native American tradition to produce art that preserves the culture of America's Indigenous People. Learning the Native American Life Ways has been the most exciting journey of all. Being able to share it through her art is one of the greatest delights of her life.
In 1996, Marcine did an after school project with the children of the Wyandotte Schools. The art the children created was put on T-shirts and hung in exhibition for the parents. She has worked on many art projects, children's art, calendars, and T-shirts in connection with the Tribal Efforts Against Lead from 1996 until 2001.
Marcine facilitated a cultural center where young people learned to do Native American social dancing, singing and powwow dancing. Often ancient songs could be heard late into the night while young people enjoyed learning traditional ways.
During this time, she created a museum filled with art depicting many Native American stories, creating a special section on Iroquoian woodland culture.
Marcine's family oral history says she is of Blackfoot decent, but has been residing in Oklahoma for the last 10 years, among the Eight Tribes of Ottawa County. She met Kennesatah, an Oneida Elder in 1988. She was given the Indian name, Neawesee, which means the "Creator will answer His way". In 1994 Hubert Sky of Six Nations Reserve officiated in an adoption ceremony between Marcine and Susie Lord as sisters in the family of Rosie Lord, daughter of Amanda Greenback, daughter of Rosie Fox, daughter of Amanda Whitewing, Seneca. Grandma Mandy has the distinction of having maintained the visitor's camp at the stomp grounds for some 80 years. In 1998, Marcine was adopted by Leonard "Catfish" Smith as his "sister" in the Maude Smith Family of the Seneca/Quapaw. And in 1999, in a medicine ceremony, she became "sister" to Bill King, Apache and to Ron Wahwassuck, Potawatamie. Marcine also has an "Uncle", Nahum Hershom, Ojibway.
Marcine's latest endeavor is a series of paintings on the Great Laws that were created by Dekaniwida and Jikohnsaseh, both Hurons of the Northern Great Lakes, and an Onondaga Indian, Hayenwatha hundreds of years ago. This series was first exhibited at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Later that summer, the display toured Germany in the "Good Medicine Tour" sponsored by the City of Tulsa. Because of this work she was named "Associate Artist for the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma". Marcine's work has been invited to participate in the International Peace Festival in Onondaga, the place of the beginning of Peace. She is moving to the very location where the story in her series of paintings takes place. The opportunity to walk the sacred path of the Peace Woman is a dream come true.
Marcine's work instills the desire to create a lasting Peace among all mankind. She says: "Peace is the result of celebrating and enjoying our differences while recognizing our oneness. We are all on this planet together. Let's share and protect it, by being the brothers and sisters we truly are. There is only one Creator by whatever name we call Him and we all are his children."
Quenzer’s presentation is part of a weekend long line up of free seminars, entertainment and ceremonies scheduled to take place at both Bald Mountain Park and Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds.
The theme of this year’s event is “Native American Traditional Learning Weekend” and is sponsored by the Manataka American Indian Council (MAIC), a nonprofit educational, cultural and religious organization based in Hot Springs.
According to the event chairman, Rick Wind Call-er Porea of Little Rock, teaching the “old ways” is important to keep American Indian culture and philosophy alive amid strong influences of modern society.
“Manataka is dedicated to preserving the past today for the sake of tomorrow’s children. We have assembled over a dozen American Indian elders and teachers who will provide some very interesting lessons on a wide variety of subjects – all intended to bring understanding and dispel stereotypical notions about our culture. At the same time, we will have fun participating in dances, crafting and ceremonies,” said Porea.
Religious ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the Grand Entry and Flag Ceremony followed by the Pipe Ceremony, Fire Ceremony, and special elder teachings. The Grand Entry will feature the Flag Ceremony with over 15 tribal flags donated to MAIC.
The Naming Ceremony and Making Of A Relative Rites will be begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday. A traditional American Indian wedding is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday and another wedding will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday in the Manataka Medicine Lodge Tipi. Purification (Sweat) Lodge ceremonies will be held at various times all weekend. A special Honoring Ceremony will be conducted for members and friends of Manataka who have recently crossed the stream of life. The Journey to Manataka prayer ceremonies are not scheduled but will take place at Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds as required by tradition and faith. Over 275 Manataka members and guests prayed at the Fire Circle in Gulpha Gorge last July.
A Gourd Dance and Wolf Dance will precede the traditional Healing Bear Dance ceremony after dark on Saturday evening. Six bear dancers, three wingmen and drummers and singers from the Bear Dance Society of Arkansas are expected to perform this ancient rite. The public is invited to participate in the Bear Dance.
A free concert by Del Lillard of Hot Springs will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. Lillard will perform selections from his new release “Ghost Trails to Manataka” CD. Other events planned during the weekend include the popular Trade Blanket event, children’s games, storytelling, drumming and singing.
Admission is free. A $1.00 parking donation and $5.00 camping donation are requested. All guests are required to register. There is plenty of level parking for RV's and campers. 75 individual primitive campsites and showers are available at Bald Mountain Park. Food concessions will be open all weekend. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, folding tables and picnic supplies.
Vendors are invited to display original crafts. The fee for booth space is $30.00 for non-members and $5.00 for members. Electrical hook-ups are available on a limited basis at $15 per day.
The Manataka American Indian Council (MAIC) is the largest American Indian organization in Arkansas with members in 45 states and six foreign countries. MAIC’s website, www.manataka.org features over 3,500 printed pages of American Indian history and culture.
For more information or a list of supplies needed for some classes contact Rick Wind Call-er Porea, Event Chairman at 501-821-3120, firstname.lastname@example.org or the MAIC Hot Springs office at 501-627-0555, email@example.com or log on to http://www.manataka.org
Report of what has transpired since leaving NY state. Seems like Creator saves the best for last..... minute.
NJ was great. I got to spend a week with Indians and had such a great time. I was impressed with the ones I met and gifted an eagle feather to a young man who has a great spirit. The first time I looked into his eyes and his spirit, I saw a true spirit and his parents are bringing him up on Red Road. This college event also gave me the money to go home on.
From there, I went to Syracuse to visit with Sainte Marie and that seemed to be promising for next summer. It looks like they will sponsor me next year. Along with a 15% royalty off all things produced from my art. Nothing right now but down the road could be very good $ wise. Since I am still on the road without a landing site available, I have not yet followed up on communication with them.
Then I went to Manataka, Arkansas
This is an intertribal organization so it had the mix of some real Indian type stuff and wannabe stuff. Over all, I liked the organization Lee Standing Bear had, as he had dispersed "authority" through out the group so that people had positions and they seemed to function autonomously according to the strength and power of their Orenda spirit. It was actually ran very similar to what I imagine would have been done 200 years ago.
The gathering was not just for socialization. It was a weekend of ceremony... of course from different tribes. It brought in a spirit that was overwhelming to me. I felt their sincerity whatever "traditional" faults they may have, their hearts are in what they are trying to do there and so in my view, spirit is with them.
I have not heard any direct criticism of this group, only praise, but when ever Ongwehowe shares with others include whites, there is always criticism.
Friday night was storytelling, and I shared the creation story. Lee Standing Bear told some but the real stories came from questions of the group assembled as Lee unfolded the story of Manataka, the care takers that have protected the sacred space. Lee is no slouch when it comes to memory and knowledge. However, the spirit in his eyes and face told me what I needed to know.
I witnessed a Naming Ceremony...
Haudenosaunee way, family names are used of past relatives. This has definitely had its drawbacks as people forget the language, have many relatives living, and naming authority gets mixed up.
My husband gave me my Indian name. Trained in ceremonial ways of the Seneca Cayuga, and that I had no family to take names from, I felt he was inspired when he gave it to me and have no desire to change it even with what has transpired between us in the last 5 years.
In the Manataka Ceremony it was required that the person seeking a name to make something. This imbued the article with their energy so that when an Elder takes it for prayerfully seeking the Indian spirit name, the persons energy goes with. These prayers sought earnestly and often reflected the gifts the person brings forth for their life journey. The effort put in these names was impressive and the ceremony became an honoring ceremony of that person. Perhaps not traditional but in today's world, we need to have ceremony and traditions and must be open to creating new traditions when needed. The fact that this ceremony honored the people and their personal path was really keen to me. There are too few opportunities to acknowledge the good in people and to do so publicly in a way that does not become a status seeking event, and I thought that Manataka had held to the sincerity of it all.
There was a ceremony for accepting new members
When it was done, I had 15 minutes to share the Peacemaker story so I chose to share a Haudenosaunee Ceremony, the Thanksgiving Address with their intertribal organization.
Here I met Carol Orr, Seneca, student of Grandma Twila, Seneca, for 20 years. We connected, she is someone I am most anxious to begin dialog with. She spoke of the end times and that she in a vision saw a crystal cave we will go into if the next ice age becomes a reality but she knew not where it was at. She was at Manataka because she is marrying the chief of the Southern Cherokee Confederation. When I learned that Manataka mountain has 7 crystal caves which were used by the people last time it was necessary to go into the earth, I shared that with her. Of course, I believe that we still have time to turn the transition easily instead of cataclysmic.
Saturday night was a Bear dance
Used to the Bear Dance of the Utes, I was looking forward to it. BUT it was nothing like it. It was a healing ceremony received from the Yokuts and Kituwah. I was told that 3 days sweats and prayers and fasting were required by the "bears". In the ceremony, the men wore bear skins, and at times incredibly "looked" like bears taking on the bear persona. I witnessed "bears" taking on "stuff" from the people and helpers using eagle wings to sweep the "stuff" off of them. I recognized it from doing medicine sweats with Bill King, Tuba City, and Ron Wahwassuck, Pottawatamie where often I have taken on "stuff" during healing of others.
Michael, Spirit Dancer, had to leave before the ceremony began. Michael is in severe physical pain and I offered to stand in the circle for him and he accepted. I thought this would give me an opportunity to see how valid the ceremony was. I was involved in a conversation with Quiet Wind in the circle when I got seized with the coughing out of "stuff" I was familiar with in the sweat. One "bear", Pathfinder and pipe holder, came and lifted it off of me so that it quit. I hope that it was for Michael.
One "Bear", Doc also pipe holder, went around to every person and did healing work. When he came to me, he started out as usual but shorly picked up the broken back I have and at that time was experiencing excruciating discomfort from it. His eyes got big and then he lifted the pain from me. In my estimation the ceremony was real.
Sunday, was more ceremony
How ever my opportunity to tell the Peacemaker story did not happen. Three times I had gotten the opportunity to speak and then someone else spoke and it did not come back to me. I was getting miffed to travel so far and not do what I came to do. I wondered if this was for me to stand in my feminine power and declare my space, but I chose not to.
The day wore on and I never got a chance to speak all day. Okay I thought, what is the purpose of all this.
I had told Bear earlier in the day that I was the holder of the Whirling Rainbow. It had been given to me by the ET's on the mountain above Salt Lake City in 2002 and I had been impressed to establish this for Manataka but it was not to be done at the baseball field but at the mountain.
They were to choose the place. When the day was over and we were packed up, the three of us, me, Lee and Dave Quiet Wind went to the mountain. They showed me a sacred spot before the mountain which has now been taken over by the park system and now has a concrete fire pit and benches surrounding it. Then we went to Quiet Winds property where he had discovered [five] ancient medicine wheels and had a sweat lodge set up. We looked and I decided to use the space by the sweat lodge to establish the Whirling Rainbow for Manataka. If the sweat lodge was set up right and since the lodge was the gift of a Lakota Elder (I think) I figured it was set on Mothers heartbeat.
They received twin rainbows, one at the park and one near these medicine wheels. When I left, "they" (spirit) began showing me many things, things I can't share at this time but I began to realize that was the whole purpose of my going to Manataka and I had achieved what I had been sent to do.
It reminded me of 2002 when spirit provided a way for me to go to the Olympics at Salt Lake from Wyandotte. I thought I was going to "sell art" and get rich. LOL Many TV stations set up in front of my work ...aimed the other way.... And when it was over, there was only the experience of going upon the mountain side by the five Olympic rings to await the Inter-galactic Federation Mother Ship. All I came away with was this Peace Virus the ET's had telepathically given 12 of us that February night.
What in the world am I suppose to do with this in Wyandotte Ok?????
However since leaving OK I have established the Whirling Rainbow as spirit has directed. At the House of Mica, at Onondaga Lake; At Vermont; and now at Manataka with the realization that this was different... it now took on the form of a real ceremony. A rainbow blanket representing the Rainbow Woman of Manataka was provided. I took out my personal medicine bundle and laid it out. This became serious. This became the beginning of the "new"..... for who ever understands this.... It proclaimed the end of all old and the beginning of the new.... I would use the word dispensation.... Age...... The column of tornado energy going down into Mother and up into the universe, and it began to pulsate in time to Mother's heart beat, and into the earth spirit (etheric) grid and into the earth physical (ley lines) grid forever changing/ enhancing/ empowering the peace imbued within this land.
And for the first time, I was told that the work I do of establishing the Whirling Rainbow and Peace, is under the Divine Spirit of Creation, as she spins, weaves, and we, the people, together create the New. The ceremony holds the energy of the First Mother of all Ongwehowe, -The Earth Mother, -the Rainbow Woman of Turtle Island (White Buffalo Calf Woman; Mother Mary), And the Great Peace Woman officiating. It is imbued with the feminine energy. It is now serious; reverent, powerful.
Wow. I was awed. My knees shaking. Never did I expect it to become this..... where is this heading???? Where is this going???? I haven't a clue and it is best that way... cause you can't run and hide...... one innocently just keep following Spirit and look behind to see the path that has led to it and say Wow. Awesome.
I am now in Missouri where I will be until Thanksgiving.
Making Customs & Traditions
Memories of the 2005 Manataka Fall Gathering
i stayed with the land...
As i smoothed over the hoop below the sweat lodge on my knees with my hands, i knew that i was kneeling on hundreds of holy prayers. Not prayers for personal gain or needs, mostly for Mother Earth and the Universe, as they are most needy. i planted corn, oats and chickpeas at the site. i stayed with the land.
The water from the creek germinated the seed and they sprouted within days. i saw the deer return, i heard them say a prayer of thanks, as they grazed on the wonderful greens. Thank you to the kind two legged that broke the soil as they sat touching the earth, which grew these sprouts. Rare when the leaves are falling. They said thank you to the rooted tribe for providing the seeds that grew into their favorite foods. They said thank you to the moving water along beside, to the birds that sang the songs leading them there, to the Sun that provides for all. They said all of that in their footprints as that was all they left behind. i stayed with the land.
The loud hawk perched often on a dead tree outside my camp, screeching as he did at the Gathering. He was always there when i returned from the Mountain, telling me he already knew the things i learned while i was amongst the trees. He told me this was a holy place, made holy by our prayers and motivations. He told me this has always been a holy place, he told me it always would be. He told me that with his screams, that was all he left behind. i stayed with the land.
The footprints of the deer and the screech of the hawk will always be there. The running water, the trees, the seeds, the birds, the sun, will always be there. The drums, the weddings and flutes, the wolves and the bears will always be there. The sacred hoop will tell the next ones to come, that they are on holy ground, the stone tribe told me so. i stayed with the land.
As i looked back to make sure their was no litter or signs of our passing, the trees told me to come again soon, and to bring more friends to the next Gathering because they like our singing, especially the Bear Songs. i said farewell to the land.
Why had i stayed with the land? i had stayed with the land for all the people at the Gathering. i stayed with the land because i learned from the Gathering and i learned from all the people at the Gathering and then i learned from the land.
By Laughing Crow
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Winter officially started December 21, and we are well into cold and flu season. Next time you reach for a Kleenex brand facial tissue to blow your nose....STOP! and honor Greenpeace's efforts to boycott Kleenex and other Kimberly-Clark products!
Greenpeace is urging consumers to boycott Kimberly-Clark, the largest tissue-products company in the world, makers of Kleenex, Scott, Viva and Cottonelle brand products, because the company is clear-cutting ancient forests in Canada, including the Heart of the Boreal Forest, to produce their paper products. Additionally, the company uses chlorine to whiten their paper products; chlorine used during the wood pulp bleaching process produces dioxin, a highly toxic substance in the environment.
"Kimberly-Clark produces 4 million tons of tissue products annually and generates net sales of $14.3 billion. The company has offices, factories and mills in 38 countries and its products are sold in 150 countries. In North America, less than 19% of the pulp that Kimberly-Clark uses for its disposable tissue products comes from recycled sources. The rest comes directly from forests like Canada’s Boreal. Most of the consumer products sold in local grocery stores, including Kleenex brand products, contain no recycled fiber whatsoever. Despite the fact that it has the capacity to make a much higher percentage of its products from post-consumer recycled fiber, Kimberly-Clark chose, in 2004, to use 3.3 million tons of virgin fiber to produce its tissue paper products globally" (information from Greenpeace e-newsletter).
Alternatives to Kleenex and other "mainstream" commercial tissues is to buy toilet paper and facial tissue from companies that use recycled paper! The July/August 2005 issue of Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club, states that Americans use 400 million miles of toilet paper each year! "If none of it were made from recycled paper, we would use up the equivalent of 50 million trees"!
The magazine goes on to explain the terms "post-consumer" when it applies to recycled paper: post-consumer paper is "paper that's been recycled after people actually use it. Otherwise, papermakers can use the word 'recycled' for scraps and trimmings that never even left the mill. Calling such stuff recycled is like a food label screaming 'cholesterol free' on a product that didn't have it in the first place."
Many big-name companies have toilet paper stating they do contain 20% authentic post-consumer waste. However, Sierra cites the company Seventh Generation as having the highest post-consumer content in its 100% recycled paper toilet tissue--80 percent (with 20% pre-consumer). I have been using Seventh Generation products for years, and find it to be an environmentally responsible company that not only uses recycled paper, but uses hydrogen peroxide (breaks down into hydrogen and water in the environment) and sodium hydrosulfite, a non-toxic biodegradable bleach made from salt and oxygen, to bleach their toilet and facial tissue. Their paper products are also free of dyes, inks, and fragrances.
I do want to note that the box of Seventh Generation's facial tissue states that it is "100% recycled paper, 20% minimum post-consumer, 80% pre-consumer"; in other words, the post-consumer amount is not as high as in their toilet paper. Suggestion: don't buy the facial tissue, and use the toilet paper to blow your nose.
Better yet, don't use tissue to blow your nose with at all! At a retreat I attended, we got around to talking about ways to be responsible to the environment, and the following suggestions were made in order to use less facial tissue and save trees:
1)use cloth handkerchiefs instead of facial tissue and throw the used cloth in the washing machine with your clothes; 2) go in the bathroom, turn on the tap, and blow your nose in your hand and then rinse and wash your hands well in the sink (wash for at least 15 seconds with soap under hot running water to kill viruses); 3) blow your nose on any convenient piece of apparel you are wearing, such as a scarf, and throw it in with the wash. Personally, I prefer the cloth handkerchief.
One woman at the retreat told of how she'd given up using toilet paper. She uses TP for "poop" as she put it (why are adults so squeemish about saying "bowel movement" and "urinate"?) but uses a soft cloth to wipe with for "pee", then rinses it out after each use. I grimaced when she said this-- I don't think I'm going to go this far, but I have tried to use less toilet paper squares per wipe, and I have been recycling the empty cardboard toilet paper rolls for years.
May you, your loved ones, and Great Mother Earth be well this season of sneezin'!
~Liora Leah Zack
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If you can't find Seventh Generation products in your local stores, go to http://www.treecycle.com/cattissue.html to purchase paper products in bulk from Treecycle, a wholesaler. They also have information about other paper products, including computer paper.
Or try Cari Amici for Seventh Generation paper and cleaning products: http://cariamici.net/seventh-generation-m-25.html?page=2&sort=4a&osCsid=7a4af8e9b202752d017ae00566d497
"How to shop for household paper products"; NRDC lists other eco-friendly companies and their paper products: http://www.nrdc.org/land/forests/gtissue.asp
For excellent information about the hazards of chlorine, and alternatives to its use: http://www.seventhgeneration.com/site/pp.asp?c=coIHKTMHF&b=84419#4
Greepeace Action Campaign to Boycott Kimberly-Clark: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/kimberly-clark
National Resources Defense Council Action Campaign to Save the Heart of the Boreal Forest in Canada: http://www.savebiogems.org/boreal/
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WOMEN AND DRUMMING
By Grandmother Selma - Ocali Nation
Traditional teaching is as relevant today as it was in the time of my Ancestors. It is a blueprint for human behavior - it connects us to the teachers of the natural and supernatural worlds, celestial beings, plants, animals, earth, air, fire, water -- respected equals, in other words, whose unique traits provide models for living in a "good way." There are lessons to be learned from both the seen and unseen worlds -- to be passed down from generation to generation through songs, drumming, stories, sharing, caring, medicine wheel teachings and ceremony." --
Grandmother Selma - Ocali Nation
THE PERFECT HARMONY OF THE DRUM AND THE EARTH MOTHER
The magic of the Drum and its relation to Mother Earth's heartbeat moves one's consciousness into the inner worlds of vision, experience, and learning. It is often a time and place for Medicine Wheel teachings, of power animals and spirit guides of inner reflection and connection or re-connection to
those things that really matter.
The Drum takes us to that special place where we can reconnect to those things that truly matter to our spirits, minds, emotions and body.
In other words, Spiritual and Physical integrity follows nerve, blood flows according to deepest cell needs, our spirits are fed, we are in rhythm with the Earth Mother.
THE DRUM IS FEMALE AND HUMAN
For Native people, the drum represents the universal heartbeat of Noo Halidzoks (Mother Earth) - the universal goddess and mother to us all. Her heartbeat on the drum can be done in a variety of ways, here are two suggestions:
Tsimshian: Four steady beats, followed for two quick beats - one, two three, four, one/two, two three four, one/two, two, three, four.....)
Anishinabe - two rhythmic beats - one/two - one/two - one/two.....
The first sound that was heard in the world was the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Native people manifest this heart beat through playing a special rhythm on the drum. This rhythm facilitates healing and realignment of the four realms of human existence (Mental, Spiritual, Emotional, Physical) because the Creator revolves around the rhythm. The drum when combined with the voice, creates a hum that rests between the voice and the drum and is thought to be the spirits of the Ancestors.
Therefore, Native hand drums are not percussion instruments per se or a toy, they are considered female and human because of their direct tie to the earth.
When playing a drum, it should never be hammered in an aggressive way, this suggests giving it a 'beating' and one must never 'hit' a woman in this manner! The teaching goes even further by stating that the drum mallet should not be referred to as a 'beater' because of the suggestion of aggression contained in the word. Ms Thunderbird refers to all her drum mallets as 'Feather Joe'.
The Big Drum was a gift from the women to the men a very long time ago, so that men could experience a resonant connection to the Earth Mother that naturally occurs with women. Therefore, it has been tribal custom for the most part, that women not sit at the big drum or play it. As Native history has evolved, this practice has changed from tribe to tribe, and there are more and more instances where women are taking back the big drum, and raising their voices in joy. Also, this in some part has been borne out of the fact that many families who had only girl children, continued to pass down the important teachings.
THE DESTRUCTION OF MOTHER EARTH
One of the reasons that the earth is being destroyed at such an alarming rate, is the disconnect that humans have with her. We no longer hear her heartbeat. We lose ourselves in our quest for security through the acquisition of material possessions, paying little heed to the devastating cost to the environment in our zeal to have stuff, and look good. The drum is a constant reminder of the responsibility humans have toward the preservation and health of the Earth Mother
WOMEN PLAYING THE BIG DRUM
In the twenty-first century, as Indigenous cultures continued to adapt, evolve and move forward, and given the fact that women are taking back the drum which is their right to do because of the lack of leadership shown by Native men, it is becoming more common to see women big drum groups at
powwows. This is a slow evolution because of the fierce patrilineal protection of turf (unfortunately learned behavior by Native Men).
There has been much animosity and outright refusal to allow women drum groups to participate at certain powwows and other events. If women think they are "offending" men by playing the big drum, Thunderbird suggests that those men who are offended are hanging onto territory which they do not own and, therefore, have no right to claim ownership, for the simple reason that the drum (no matter the size) is a universal symbol of healing, harmony, dignity, honor and wisdom.
Wherein, it is true that women, a long time ago, gave the big drum to men so they could feel the resonant connection to the Earth Mother that women, naturally feel, the gift did come with some strings attached.
That is, men were to respect women, and women's leadership role in the community; they were never to raise their voices or hands against women or children, they were to protect the "giver of life" at all costs.
Alas, this has not come to pass, and the prophecy that states, "when the maple trees start dying from the top, women will take back the drum" is starting to happen. Men have not fulfilled their promises, and women must now re-assert themselves in order to save themselves, their children and the
"Get with it, times have changed, women's voices must be heard by whatever means if Mother Earth has any chance of survival."
OWNERSHIP OF THE DRUM AND DRUM ETIQUETTE
The drum is the exclusive property of the person who made it; or purchased it; or traded for it; or had it given to them as a gift OR prayed for it. It is not community property unless that is its purpose. If the drum belongs to an individual, then permission must be given by that individual for anyone else to even touch it much less play it. In other words, look but do not touch unless permission has been given. Keep reminding yourself that the drum is human and one does not fondle other humans without
permission! Accord the drum the same respect.
THE VOICE OF THE DRUM
Just like humans, each drum has its own very unique voice and vibration. Each animal from which the drum is made has its own unique medicine; its spirit is part of the drum. In order to give a drum its voice it needs to woken' in sacred ceremony. Until the ceremony takes place the drum should not be played.
ceremony the drum is first dedicated to the Original Creator. The drum is
a sacred object, therefore, when not in use it should be shrouded in its own bag
made of natural materials, i.e. 100% cotton, animal hide). Hanging the drum on a
wall as an art piece diminishes its voice and purpose. You wouldn't hang a human
on a wall to be admired, and as the drum is human, it should not be put there
either. The drum should always be placed skin-side up as a sign of respect.
PLAYING THE DRUM
"The drum is the Great Spirit's favorite instrument. That's why we were all given a heartbeat." --Mano, Navajo Elder
Prayers are said each time the drum is used.
Prayers that ask Original Creator for the ability to sing in a good way.
Prayers that thank the Creator for the animal that gave it's life to become the hide for the drum.
Prayers for the people who hear, that they would be blessed and feel good when they hear the songs played.
In other words the drum is prayed for before it comes to the person, dedicated in prayer before it is used and prayed for before each use.
MAGIC OF DRUMMING CIRCLES
People from many different backgrounds are getting together to create connections through the sheer joy of drum rhythms. Drumming circles are the ultimate stress reducer, the Prozac of the natural world if you will. It is a time for everyone to get together and just be. Natural bio-chemicals in the body are released which help boost the immune system, among other things Inner chatter is instantly quieted, and a peaceful meditative state is often the result, as the drum connects with your own heartbeat. Adults re-learn how to play and have fun because remember, the drum is the ear of the Great Mystery. Peace on earth becomes a reality.
MESSAGES FROM THE DRUM
I am Mother Earth's heartbeat and the sacred gift of Creation.
I am the universal heartbeat of the seen and unseen worlds.
I put the drummer in touch with creation itself.
I speak to all people equally and peacefully.
I fulfill and create spiritual, mental, emotional and physical balance.
I am a powerful non-verbal form of peaceful communication.
I am the practice of peace.
I am renewal, re-growth and fulfillment.
I am the pulse of the Universe.
I am alert, alive and ready to move the drummer to another state of consciousness.
My top represents the sky.
My bottom represents the earth.
My stitching represents the warriors for peace who play me.
I am the ancient wisdom of the Ancestors.
The hand of the drummer is never raised in anger.
The hand of the drummer should not be raised above the heart, for I am peace, I release tension, emotional stress and mental fatigue.
I reconnect with the natural rhythms of the drummer.
I remind you that Creation is alive and sacred.
I take you to the dream world to let your unconscious speak with your conscious in safety and harmony.
When you play with me there is a synchronization of energy, a unity and a common purpose.
you hear the rhythm of the group drumming and contribute your beat, you are
listening and playing, receptive and creative at the same time. All My Relations
Hugs, Gram Selma
Legends of Old:
A long time ago as the mighty sea rolled along the land, a butterfly flew over and landed on a wave close to the shore. Butterfly tickled Old Man Sea and his wave withdrew just as a RedWing Blackbird flew over. Another wave came up from the depths and made itself taller trying to get a worm from Redwing Blackbird's beak. Beautiful Butterfly landed on the tall wave and tickled it ever so lightly and Old Man Sea lost his grasp on the worm as he laughed.
Old Man Sea said, "Forget it, I will put my waves back inside the shore!" Soon the sea was smooth as glass.
As Butterfly and Redwing Blackbird sat on the land, a big ship came by sending huge water waves up onto the shore tickling both winged friends.
With a big laugh Old Man Sea said, "...Now I got you two lovely fly creatures!" Then with a sigh Old Man Sea returned to his domain and was calm and happy the rest of the day and into the night. Has he laid back within his banks, the Wind Woman heard Old Man Sea chuckling to himself about his encounter with the Butterfly and Redwing Blackbird.
As time passed, Old Man Sea lay eternally looking up at the sky, sun, moon and stars. Because Old Man Sea's waters are all over the earth, he could see everywhere, all at the same time, over the Earth Mother.
He thought to himself, ""0h our Creator has made so many beautiful things; I can lie here see all around me flying in the heavens. They fly between Heaven and Mother Earth in Father Sky."
"I see all because my children flow into me and we become one. I see all the land and all things on the land as I roll along in my banks, or drift upwards into the sky as fog and cloud, or I gently sprinkle myself across the body of our Mother. I see the animals, four legged and two legged. I see the grass blowing in the wind. Sometimes, I like to fly through the air and sit on the Wise Ones, the trees. I see the winged ones in their nest or flying high above. I see humans walking and running day and night.
"I am like Creator, I keep watch night and day. I keep my ears open and I hear everything that is said in different languages of the people, the animals, fish and birds.
"I hear and feel Wind Woman from the four sacred directions, North, East, South, and West.
"Wind Woman brings the vibration and the voice of Creator who whispers to me, "Many forms I have created on Mother Earth. I made all things both male and female so that they may walk together, love each other and all things. In this way, they are as I created. All things are of one body, one blood and one soul. Man must become one in spirit and in harmony with the Mother Earth. Without harmony on Mother Earth and respect for all things, Man is not one in Spirit.
"Then Old Man Sea heard Wind Woman breath the words of the Creator, "Soon it will come to pass that the lands will be as I made them. At that time, all nations will be as one. Peace be still -- for it is at hand and it shall be so!"
LETTER TO THE EDITOR...
As enrolled members of the Choctaw Nation, my family and I are so very happy to also be members of the Manataka American Indian Council. We have learned a great deal about our culture in the past three years, made so many new friends, and enjoyed attending the events. We all have grown spiritually and intellectually. We cannot say enough good about Manataka and its wonderful leadership.
~J. Smith and family.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR...
It is a Shame...
It is a shame that the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affair (BIA) and the National Park Service (NPS) are committing so many atrocities against our people. They exploit our land for the benefit of big corporations and feed our poor "commodity" garbage that poisons their health. They steal our trust fund monies, and turn our tribal leaders into cowering dogs with threats of financial retribution. They no longer use bullets against us -- much too messy, but instead use economic blackmail, power politics and insane bureaucratic regulations to control our populations.
Now is the time to bring an end to this 'civilized' form of genocide. It is time to resist and remove the economic threats. It is time for tribes and all Americans to rely upon themselves and community organizations they create instead of a accepting the so-called authority of a bunch of power and money hungry idiots in Washington. Let your voice be known!
~Mato Medicine Eagle
[Editor's Note: Did Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and other freedom fighters in history had the right idea?]
Keeping the Circle:
American Indian Identity in Eastern North Carolina, 1885-2004"
GREENVILLE, NC - Until last month, little had been published about the history of the Native American tribes in eastern North Carolina. In his new book, "Keeping the Circle: American Indian Identity in Eastern North Carolina, 1885-2004" (University of Nebraska Press), East Carolina University history professor Christopher Arris Oakley examines this segment of the region's population and the efforts they have made to maintain their distinctive identity.
"I became intrigued how the Indian communities in eastern North Carolina have maintained their identities, especially since the Jim Crow era," he said.
"I found that they employed several strategies during the past 100 years and those strategies have changed over time."
Drawing from a range of research material, including interviews, news clippings, state and federal archives and personal papers, Oakley found that segregated churches and schools in the 1900s initially provided a means for Native Americans to maintain their cultural identity. Economic and social conditions have inspired modern day Native Americans to protect and celebrate their identity primarily through the powwow.
"In the last 30 years, the powwow celebrations have been a combination of different tribal cultures," he said. "The traditions are not necessarily indigenous to the region, and some of the traditions are from the west or the Plains culture. But the powwow is designed to promote internal unity and it serves as an assertion of culture to outsiders, even though it might play off of what people tend to think
what a 'traditional' Indian is."
The isolated farming communities at the turn of the century had enabled Native Americans to maintain their identity from the black and white populations in eastern North Carolina.
Segregated school systems and churches helped to maintain that identity, Oakley said. As farming waned and industrialization grew after World War II, the communities became less isolated and their "Indianness" was challenged continually.
After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling began to take effect, in the 1960s, Oakley saw that powwows and the naming of local tribes surfaced as another strategy for maintaining and keeping alive Native American culture and customs.
For example, Oakley noted that the tribal name, Lumbee, did not exist in the 1880s, but continual challenges from outsiders to the heritage in these eastern communities helped to form structures of kinship and acceptance in the 1940s and 1950s under that name.
"Some have ancestral ties and some are new to tribal organizations," he said. "Many of them are not descendents of a single origin, but rather from many origins."
The tribes of eastern North Carolina, which include Lumbees, the Tuscaroras, the Waccamaw Sioux, the Occaneechis, the Meherrins, the Haliwa-Saponis, and the Coharies, are not federally recognized, although some have state recognition and have sought to be recognized federally. The Cherokee of western North Carolina, said Oakley, is the only federally recognized tribe in the state.
"Keeping the Circle" was welcomed Nov. 16 by several of ECU's Native American student organizations, as well as the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity.
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~Sumbitted by Andre Cramblit, Indigenous News Network
Hardcover, 305pp University of Nebraska Press
[Smoke Signals is proud to welcome Bennie E. "Blue Thunder" LeBeau Sr., an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Nation, to our growing family of MAIC Newsletter Correspondents. His "Teton Rainbow" column will become a regular feature on these pages starting in February 2006.]
Greetings my bothers and sisters, sending you love and peace today.
I pray in my thoughts that you have great blessings today and everyday. Peace be with you always in your minds, body and spirit for the future depends on working for peace upon Mother Earth.
Mother needs our love and healing of all her creations. She is calling for us to move to action and cleanse her. The past trauma of the history of the America's needs cleansed, including the whole world. Using our minds and in sacred vibrations of our drums and songs will cleanse those bad things out of all the elements. Mother Earth is waiting for us to move forward in love and peace bring harmony.
Many blessings to us all for we are the people we are waiting for. Do not forget we need help to bring peace to our families for the next seven generations, we are all related in nature with the same spirit. The energy called electrical magnetic energy the spirit of all life upon Mother Earth allowing everything to hold consciousness, spirit, we can communicate with every form of rock, tree, air, water, animals, birds, bears, mountain lions, whales, dolphins ect.
Love, peace and harmony to us all. Many Zahaunts and Thank Yous. ~Bennie Blue Thunder
E. LeBeau Sr. is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Nation from Fort
Washakie, Wyoming. He is a member
of the Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth and the federally recognized Indigenous
Nations of the United States. He is a Sundance Leader, Purification Sweat
Lodge Leader, Healer and Advisor within his Eastern Shoshone Nation.]
The Official Rez Dictionary
Alter-native (alter NAY TIV) - an individual who was born and raised in the non-Indian culture but recently "discovered" a "hidden" Indian ancestor so now assumes a name such as Laughing Rainbow, White Wolf or Dreams of Eagles, calls all Indian people Brother and Sister and wears genuine Hong Kong beadwork; usually found in the East and West coast region but with documented sighting in other regions as well.
BI-ailment (BEE EYE ALE ment) - an affliction within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, characterized by the inability to keep track of millions of dollars.
Commodify (kah MOD if eye) - uncanny ability of Indian women to convert the ingredients of any standard cookbook recipe to commodity ingredients such as powdered milk, powdered eggs and canned meat.
Councilmenopause (cown sil MEN oh paws) - a disorder characterized by hot flashes, profuse sweating impairment of speech and loss of memory; normally occurs only to tribal councilmen when cornered by a constituent.
(DISS inder stand ing) - when non-Indians think that they understand why tribes
and individual Indians are the way they are, but attribute any and all
behavior to the overall culture or the race.
Fordrum (FORD drum) - the instrument used for singing purposes when a regular drum is not available; usually the dented hood of a one-eyed Ford.
Frybreadth (FRY bredth) - a unit of measurement based on the standard size of a piece of auntie's frybread.
Indinferior (IN din FEER ee your) - a manifestation of self-oppression; the practice of Indians who look down on other Indians either for not speaking the language or not being full blood or not participating in ceremonies or not living on the rez or not wearing braids or not dancing in pow-wows or not having -- etc., etc., blah-blah.
(Mock ah shoe) - contemporary dance footwear designed by beading the top
of tennis shoes or aqua-socks instead of making moccasins the old-fashioned way.
Pow-wow-vow (pow wow vow) - the standard pledge of the pow-wow Romeo: "Sure, baby, I'll meet you at the next pow-wow. You're the only jingle-dress dancer for me. Really! Look at this face. Would I lie?"
Rezercize (REZ er size) - the involuntary health regime of walking everywhere on the rez since your ndn car broke down for good.
Skinship (SKIN-ship) - the eventual relative connection that all Indian people discover within ten minutes of meeting each other.
Triballistic (tribal ISS tik) - to become irrational and incoherent upon hearing the latest self-serving, short-sighted and illogical decision made by the local tribal council.
(VEES ah cheez) - mode of exchange in which a block of commodity cheese can
purchase other goods or services.
~Submitted by Andre Cramblit, Indigenous News Network, digest, issue 565
"So unbelievable things like that happen. But you have to believe it first. Not wait until you see it first, then touch it, then believe it... You have to say it from the heart."
Black Elk, Lakota
power of our belief system is incredible. The power of faith is a very natural
power. How do we have faith? Inside of our minds we form a mental picture with
our self talk. Self talk is recorded in our minds in three dimensions - words
that trigger a picture, which has a feeling or an emotion attached to it. Once
we get the words and the picture, it is the emotion that makes the idea turn
into a belief. You get the right emotion by
saying things from the heart. The heart is the source of emotions which can cause unbelievable things to happen.
Great Spirit, with You everything is possible.
WHAT PEACE REALLY LOOKS LIKE...
~submitted by Juli Maltagliati
Health Watch... Nutrition
No Sugar Coating
There's no sugar-coating it
By Monique Beeler, STAFF WRITER Inside Bay Area
STROLLING DOWN the condiments aisle at a Rockridge supermarket, Erselener Burrus' Gore and Susan L. Nelson pause in front of a row of salad dressings.
"Salad dressing is a way we get a lot of fat in our diets," says Nelson, a dietitian, who leads nutrition classes for Kaiser Permanente. "When we look at the nutrition label, we see 6 grams of fat. Where are the carbs? Can you tell me where the carbs are?"
Nelson holds up a bottle of light Italian dressing for 61-year-old Burrus' Gore to study.
"Ten grams," reads Burrus' Gore through her red-and-blue flecked eye glasses.
"Right, we have to look at our carbohydrates," says Nelson as she puts the bottle back on the shelf. "That wouldn't necessarily be a bad choice for a salad dressing."
Reading the nutritional labels on food packages, from whole wheat pasta to sugar-free ice cream, is a new pastime for Kaiser patient Burrus' Gore of Berkeley, who earlier in the year learned she has diabetes.
Like many people who later develop the disease, Burrus' Gore first got a warning that her health was in trouble. A few months before her diabetes diagnosis, Burrus' Gore's doctor told her she had pre-diabetes.
Pre-diabetes, a precursor to diabetes, is a condition that Bay Area healthcare professionals increasingly see in their patients. In the past year alone, Nelson says, Kaiser has added three pre-diabetes classes to its East Bay patient education roster. Experts place much of the blame for the rise in pre-diabetes on obesity and a lack of physical activity.
"Pre-diabetes and diabetes are reaching epidemic proportions," says Kaiser endocrinologist Dr. Marina Basina, an expert in diabetes and metabolism. "It is frightening."
Overweight people over 45 who have a diabetic parent or sibling are at a higher risk for pre-diabetes and diabetes. Those belonging to certain ethnic groups, including African American, Native American, Latino and Asian, are at greater risk. But people in their 20s and younger also are developing pre-diabetes and diabetes at an alarming rate.
"This (20-something) age population is the hardest to target," Basina says. "They're not paying attention to their health as much as people reaching their 40s and late 50s."
About 20.8 million Americans, or 7 percent of the population, have diabetes. Another 41 million people have pre-diabetes, meaning their blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not at diabetic levels.
Glucose, the main type of sugar that circulates in the blood, is the body's primary source of energy. When there's too much glucose in the blood, it's a sign that the body's cells aren't opening up fully and allowing in the glucose, or food, the cells need to function properly.
Doctors sometimes call pre-diabetes impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG), depending which test they use to diagnose the disease. For IGT, blood glucose levels for pre-diabetics fall between 140 to 200 mg/dl. For IFG, a pre-diabetic's blood glucose levels are between 100 and 126 mg/dl. A patient with a higher score for either test has diabetes.
Until about three years ago, doctors also referred to pre-diabetes as borderline diabetes, a diagnosis that patients frequently misinterpreted as nothing to worry about.
"Now, when you say pre-diabetes, it hits home a little more," Nelson says. "That has changed people's mindset."
Left untreated, a person with pre-diabetes is likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, within five to 10 years.
People with Type 2 diabetes either don't produce enough insulin or their body's cells ignore the insulin. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. Without it the body's cells become starved for energy.
By eating healthier, dropping about 15 pounds and taking a daily walk, Burrus' Gore might have kept her blood sugar within a normal range.
"I should have exercised," she says. "I should have immediately changed my diet. And I didn't do that."
For some pre-diabetes patients, dramatically improving their eating habits and getting fit aren't easy. But for others, it's worth the effort to avoid getting diabetes.
Diabetes is a major cause of life-threatening conditions, including heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Other ailments caused by the disease include blindness and poor circulation, which can lead to the need for toe, foot or leg amputation.
"The most effective way to prevent or turn back the clock on diabetes is lifestyle modification," Basina says. And if pre-diabetic patients don't make changes soon, they'll likely have to make them later as Burrus' Gore is finding out.
As she trails Nelson through the grocery store, she struggles to adjust to the fact that it's out with butter, in with low-trans fat margarine, Splenda instead of sugar and no more whole milk. And she'll have to satisfy her sweet tooth with a no-sugar version of her family's traditional Jell-O, cream cheese and pineapple dessert this holiday season.
"It all feels unreal," she says. "All of the foods that are suggested are created (or manufactured). Instead of using regular milk, it's been through some process. That's the part that's most registering."
Registered nurse Karen Aeschliman teaches pre-diabetes classes at Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, part of Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Once her patients hear about the serious complications that can accompany diabetes, most of them get motivated to eat better and drop some pounds.
Research shows exercising 30 minutes a day five times a week significantly lowers blood glucose levels and one's risk of developing diabetes.
"It will help open up those cell doors, so things work better," Aeschliman says. "We're talking about brisk walking or biking.
"You don't have to go to a pharmacy," she says. "You can go out your front door. You don't have to pay anyone to do it. It's free, and you can do it."
Aeschliman and Basina know from their own patients' experiences that slimming down and working out can make a big difference in the health of people with pre-diabetes.
The results of a major 2001 diabetes prevention study, which followed 3,234 pre-diabetic patients for three years, backs up their personal observations.
Study participants who dropped 5 to 7 percent of their body weight and exercised 21/2 hours per week reduced their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Those who took a drug called metformin reduced their chance of getting the disease by 31 percent.
|[Editor's note: This study does not say how many participants who exercised also took the drug metformin -- which could mean those who took the drug and also exercised actually increased their risk of developing diabetes - the difference between 58% and 31%. Synthetic drugs produce unwanted side-affects. Natural herbal medicine are by far the best choice here. See Diabeticine™]|
"You can stave it off," Nelson says. "It's not that we can guarantee that you'll never get (diabetes). But if we can put it off, it can improve your health profile later on.
For more information, visit: -
http://www.diabetes.org: American Diabetes Association -
http://www.niddk.nih.gov: Diabetes Prevention Program study - http://www.kaiserpermanente.org: Search the health encyclopedia for pre-diabetes.
You can e-mail Monique Beeler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (925) 416-4860.
Submitted by: Andre Cramblit, Indigenous News Network
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Among American Indians
According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC), "...diabetes is a chronic epidemic among American Indians." On average, they are 2.8 times as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. For example, among the Pima Indians of Arizona, about 50 percent of people between the ages of 30 and 64 have diabetes. From 1984 to 1986, diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Between 1986 and 1988, the death rate for diabetes in American Indians is estimated to be 4.3 times the rate in non-Hispanic whites. Diabetes contributes to several of the leading causes of death in American Indians: heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, pneumonia, and influenza.
Manataka is deeply committed to helping our brothers and sisters combat this terrible disease. Here are two suggestions that will help:
1. Fight One Cause: There are several causes for diabetes. Maintaining a healthy diet is mandatory in fight the causes. Therefore, stop eating government commodities - especially white flour, white sugar, white salt, white rice -- if it is white -- it ain't right!
2. Treat Diabetes Effectively: Take Diabeticine™ tablets daily for at least three months.
Diabeticine™ is proven to be successful and goes to the cellular level to lower your blood sugar level, lower your insulin resistance, and increase insulin production. It contains all-natural ingredients, in its purest form, that are essential to making it gentle and effective, unlike prescription drugs that may have harmful side-effects to you. Diabeticine™ has been scientifically engineered and a partial list of the ingredients are:
Banaba, Guggle, Bitter Melon, Licorice extract, Cinnamon herb powder, Gymnema Sylvestre, Yarrow, Cayenne, Juniper Berries, Huckleberry, Vanadyl Sulfate
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Tribal Politics... California Protest March
JOIN US IN A PROTEST TO STOP
CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
Western Indian Gaming Conference
We are requesting your presence at a demonstration to stop Tribal Governments from violating the civil and human rights of American Indians and Non-Indians in Indian Country.
Help us stop corrupt Tribal leaders, Tribal Councils and persons that aide Tribal Officials who disregard tribal traditions and laws, deny Indians their Tribal identity and heritage, deny basic voting rights to their members, disenroll, disenfranchise, reclassify, place in moratoriums or any other method that manipulates Tribal membership for the purpose of maintaining a dictatorship or creating an atmosphere that oppresses Indian people from expressing opposing viewpoints.
us stop corrupt Tribal Leaders who strip Indians of liberty and personal
property, equal rights protections and the right to due process, all rights
we take for granted outside Indian Country.
join us in this demonstration highlighting the need for basic Human and Civil
Rights protections for all American Indians.
more information contact:
and Carla Maslin (530) 365-1282
Gene and Alice Sloan (707) 984-6163
contact your local, state and federal congressional representatives stating you
are opposed to human and civil rights violations occurring within Indian
Country and that Indians are entitled to the same basic protections enjoyed by
other residents within the
BLESSING OF THE WATERS
by Liora Leah
As I drink of this water
may it co-mingle
with the waters of my body
bringing health and wholeness to my being.
Just as I am made pure and whole again,
may the waters of the Earth's body
be made pure again
so that every drop of water
from the tiniest puddle
to the mightiest ocean
be cleansed and made whole again.
May every living being upon the planet
from the smallest microorganism
to the largest beast
partake of Earth's purified waters
and be made whole and well again.
May praise and thanks be given at this time
to the One who has no name and many names
for allowing this to happen.
And so it is.
By Susan Bates
Cherokee Drowning Place
were two main "Trail Of Tears" routes which passed through
Arkansas. The southern route ran from Memphis to near Little Rock where
it joined with the Arkansas River and ended at Fort
Washington, D.C., had decreed that they must be driven West and their lands given to the white man, and in May 1838, an army of 4000 regulars, and 3000 volunteer soldiers under command of General Winfield Scott, marched into the Indian country and wrote the blackest chapter on the pages of American history.
murder, and somebody must answer. Somebody must explain the streams of
blood that flowed in the Indian country in the summer of 1838. Somebody
THE HAWK SPEAKS
Gifts From The Ground
As children of the Great Spirit, we have been given a commission to care for this great land on which we live. Our Mother 'The Earth' has supplied and will continue to supply food for all mankind. In these modern days it is inconceivable that some people continue to starve to death. Even in this land in which we live there are those who do not follow instructions as to how to survive.
Watch the animals, they do not toil for nothing but have instilled within themselves how to survive. It is not without effort that the squirrels gather food all summer long in order to prepare for the long winter months. We can learn many things from the animals.
When I was growing up in the 40's each spring my parents hired an old man and his mule to turn over a one-acre plot of ground that we used for a garden. With nine children and my parents the family worked hard but had the promise of the harvest to look forward to. We grew every type of vegetable there was and at harvest time mother and my sisters canned all that they could. In the winter time my brothers and I hunted rabbits and deer and in the summer fishing was a must if the family was to survive. We never went hungry and our family was among the poorest having no electricity or inside plumbing at that time. Just as the animals, we learned how to survive off the land. It is imperative that we teach others how to plant and harvest as well as how to save for those long winter months. In these modern times many foods purchased from the stores are full of preservatives that are harmful to our bodies. The 'Gifts From The Ground' supplied by Our Mother 'The Earth' is full of life sustaining nutrition that are essential for survival. Do you not agree then, that we as children of the Great Spirit should respect and care for this land and teach others to do the same? The time is coming, and it is not far off, when many other people will starve due to the lack of the knowledge of planting and harvesting the 'Gifts From The Ground'.
~Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman
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minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday
Four worms were placed into four separate jars. The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol - Dead.
The second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead.
Third worm in chocolate syrup - Dead.
Fourth worm in good clean soil - Alive.
So the Minister asked the congregation - What can you learn from this demonstration?
A little old woman in the back quickly raised her hand and said, "As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!"
This women has been kind, gentle and has much love. All of this has been given with the blessing of the Great Spirit above. But Great Spirit gave her something else, but she did not know it. The Great Spirit gave the blessing of being a "Warrior Woman," as now her light is lit!
This Warrior Woman has become fully alive today, She is no longer anyone's slave or prey, She is taking back her life today, And those who truly know who she is can stay.
No longer will she live the lives of others, She will give back the blames and responsibilities of others where it belongs, For she also has the wolf and bear inside her, Which is now uniquely powerful and strong.
The Warrior Woman now knows what road she must follow, for others it may be hard to swallow, her life was unknowingly taken from her many years ago, and this Warrior Woman is taking back her life before the next winds blow!
Oh, sister moon you gave me the strength, as a Warrior Woman to conquer what is on my path, high above and way beneath, the much needed strength to take on the wrath.
This Warrior Woman if fully awaken and is taking a stand, taking problems by the horns with my hand, I will conquer that all is there, and all that comes if they dare.
Warrior Woman has fully awaken, and many will see what they have mistaken, of robbing her of her life, they as a thief, Warrior Woman will conquer! And have no grief!
Warrior Woman will protect her people, her son, and those who need her, if anyone hurts me, look out!! they will hear a GRRRRRRRR, as they run and shout!
This Warrior Woman is taking back her life, taking back the respect that was taken from her, throughout the years ever so slow, this Warrior Woman is removing pain and hurt within her heart caused by the knife, from all those who are both family and foe.
I am claiming what is mine, and my dignity, from those who live in this society of vanity, I am claiming back in full of my heritage, and as warrior woman, I am going to clean up many years of carnage!
For now standing in front of you, you see this Warrior Woman, you see me, someone special has taught me to be free, from this day forward for me no more slavery, gentleness, kindness and love are a part of me, and so is my dignity. This is NOT WEAKNESS, as others believe, but is strength in you and me.
I will listen to the spirits grow, I will travel in the whispering winds as they blow, All the work that I do will be for Our People and all nations, I will protect and guide all future generations.
Now it is time for me to travel on my new path, As a Warrior Woman conquering all wrath, if you ever see me and want to meet me, Please come, I will also teach and share with you how to be free.
MAIC Correspondent, Romaine Garcia, Arizona
WOMEN'S MEDICINE CIRCLE
By Magdala, Maya Priestess
My Beautiful Sisters all over the world,
Conception time has come to all of us, as a global meditation, understanding, acceptance, renunciation, it is to be able to conceive in all our being the power of giving birth to the new world.
Can we conceive ourselves in such a freedom of the old paradigms? can we conceive the human being in such a freedom and bonding with nature, can we conceive ourselves full of light? Can we embrace the thought of the magnificence of the creation and the power to create a new world that comes out from the very center of our essence? Can we conceive a perfect peace in our heart?
Can we realize the divine perception of the order and the perfect harmony that it brings into the spirit of all human beings?
Oh my sisters, we all need to make the same dance, all together, the dance of the celebration of life as sacred, the celebration of the freedom of human being in the original form, perfection, and lovable, and magnificent human being, the perfect reflection of the god-goddess, that born into the realm of a perfect world, in the perfect harmony with all the cosmos.
Lets all conceive all this beauty at the same time, lets all manifest the conception of the true human being, the one that has nothing to hide, that is the biggest achievement of human being is all about.
Can we conceive in all our being, with every single cell in our body, making love the connection of every part of our body, and use our body to give birth to such a perfect world?
YES, we can, yes we all wan to, yes we all can embrace the conception, the re-birth is always there.
Lets all prepare the new world and we need to make a lots of preparations to welcome the new realm of consciousness.
All our body is already changing to receive the new conception, the vibration is there and we all feel in a rush for preparation, lets put beautiful the place, cleaning temple is necessary, we need colors, lets bring the rainbows, lets invite all the creatures of the creation, and our neighbors, and all our family, lets make everybody participate in the giving birth of the perfect conception! lets created!
Bless be the fruit of thy conception. It is indeed a blessing for the whole world! ...you are a blessing!
Be Merry @ the New Year.
I am you, Magdala
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Life offers us the opportunity to become a Spiritual Warrior. A warrior is one who bravely goes into those dark areas within themselves to ferret out the Truth of their being. It takes great courage, stamina and endurance to become a Spiritual Warrior.
The path is narrow, the terrain rough and rocky. You will walk alone; through the dark caves and up those steep climbs and through the dense, thick forest. You will meet your dark side as I have. The faces of deceit, fear and sadness all await your arrival!
No one can take this journey but you. There comes a time in each of our lives, when we are given the choice to follow this path. Should we decide to embark on this journey, we should never turn back.....our lives are changed forever.
On this journey there are many places we can choose to slip into and hide. But the path goes on. The Spiritual Warrior stays the course, wounded at times, exhausted and out of energy. Many times, the Warrior will struggle back to their feet to take only a few steps before falling again.
Rested, they forge on, continuing on the treacherous path. The journey continues. The spiritual warrior stays the path. Weakened but never broken! One day the battle, the loneliness, and the desperate fights are over.
The sun breaks through the clouds; the birds begin to sing their sweet melodies.
Their is a change in energy. A deep change within the self. The Warrior has fought the courageous fight. The battle of the dark night of the soul has won! New energy now fills the Warrior. A new path is now laid before them. A gentler path filled with the inner-knowing of one who has personal empowerment. With their personal battle won, they are filled with joy! A new awareness that they are one with the Spirit beams
as they go forth to show others the way. They are not permitted to walk the path of others. They can only love, guide and be a living example of the Truth of their being.
Submitted by Romaine Garcia, Arizona
HEALING PRAYER BASKET
Prayer and ceremony work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Lance Selvidge - Lance passed away in May 2004. "...We think about him daily and wish more than anything we could have told him and showed him in more ways that we loved him. He touched many lives during his short time here on earth. Everyone who met him knew at first sight that he was kind and loving. His Dad read him stories about American Indians before he was born. In fact, that is where his name came from.
Hunters first isolated a buffalo by riding between it and the rest of the herd; then, riding at full speed alongside the animal, they shot it with a bow and arrow or a lance. [In battle, Plains warriors bravely tethered the 'selvidge' edge of their war bonnets to a immovable lance driven into the ground.] It only seems appropriate that Manataka would the place to remember him.
I invite others to make a Memorial Gift in honor of a loved one they have lost...." Anonymous 11-29-05
Dr. Robert Ghost Wolf made his transition into his beloved spirit-world in the early morning hours of Solstice, December 21, 2005, while visiting his daughter in Oakland, California. ~Blue Otter 12-23-05
Pete Many Horses Mares - A dear friend and Spiritual Advisor in Southern California. ~Corine Quezada Staley 12-20-05
Julian Hays - 08-22-22 -- 11-28-05. 83-year old White County, Arkansas rancher and truck driver stricken with cancer earned three bronze Stars in WWII. ~Ken Riehle 11-28-05
Deloria Jr., Champion of Indian Rights, Dies at 72 in Golden, Co.
Deloria a Standing Rock Sioux who burst into the American consciousness in 1969
with his book "Custer Died for Your Sins" and later amplified his
message through 20 more books about the Native American. In "God is
Red" (1973), he took that position of deliverance-through-Indian-ways
further, arguing that American Indian spiritual traditions, far from being
dated, were in fact more in tune with the needs of the modern world than
Christianity, which Mr. Deloria said fostered imperialism and disregard for the
planet's ecology. 11-14-05
Ralph F. Christnot passed on into the spirit world. Born June 25, 1937, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SD and was an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Since 1975, Ralph was an out-spoken educator and ambassador of Native American culture, traditions and the rights of tribes. He is survived by his 9 children and 9 grandchildren. ~Submitted by Helen RedWing. 11/09/05
Sickness and Injuries...
DiDonato, 85 years old grandfather and diabetic survived surgery.
Multiple health problems. Please pray for him. ~Kim Summer Moon Wilson 12-20-05
Henrietta Eagle Star Devereaux - Diagnosed as legally blind. Sun Dancer Woman 12-10-05
Debbie - "Miss Sootie" - Near to crossing over. Requesting prayers for the family. RedWing 12-10-05
Larry Irons - Still battling cancer. Came back in his spine and right leg. Very sick and on morphine in 4th stage of the disease. Walks only about 20 feet. ~Charles Irons 11-26-05
J.M. Herriott - Has multiple physical problems in Newark, AR. ~Tammy Timberlake 11-22-05
Sharon Barnett - She has a brain injury. Short term memory and other health problems. ~Ruth Mountain Wind Song 11-21-05
Bernard and Hazel - Bernie was diagnosed as having lymphoma cancer spread over most of his body and Hazel had a toe on her left foot removed. ~Helen RedWing 11-21-05
Starfire - she is 25 years old diagnosed with cervical caner ~Alan Spirithawk 11/11/05
Keith Mosher - Has Hep C. The medication is extremely hard on his body, has taken most of his energy away and he suffers with fever, headaches and itching, chills. But he is my warrior and is strong in mind and is taking it like an Indian would. We need prayers! ~Deena 11/09/05
Susan Barnett - Brain and nerve injury with lots of pain from a car accident. ~Ruth King 10/15/05
Delores - Sister-in-law attempted suicide, nearly succeeded. ~Mountain Wind Song 10/05/05
Grandfather Russell Loud Hawk ~ [Rapid City, SD] Founder of the Takola Akicita and the 85 year-old Elder who hid Leonard Peltier remains stable at Denver's University Hospital. ~Cherokee Mangus 10/01/05
Vinson Family - Helen RedWing and GrayBeard - RedWing having problems with neck and back pain - rotator cup misalignment. Walking better without a cane some. Graybeard general health ailments. Grand daughter Reagan Vinson diagnosed with serious disease. Pray for these good people. Graybeard was recently forced into early retirement by the U.S. Post Office after 26 years of good service. The family is financially needy and needs your help now! Please say you will help! 10/01/05
Beulah Maltagliati - My beloved dog has recovered from pancreatitis.
Bobby Joe Runninbear.
Did you submit a prayer request above? If so, please send us an update. We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing if more prayers are needed.
NEW YEAR PRAYER...
Stand Before The Earth Maker
I stand before the Earth Maker and offer my unspoken prayer.
My head is held high in worshipful silence before the great Mystery above.
I look to the hills and there I see His strength.
His reach extends to the whole universe and all help comes from Him.
He puts in order all that I see -- the heavens, the earth,
the trees and leaves of the forest, sign of the four winds.
wide world which I see measures the strength of my Great Father!!!
Submitted by Jennifer WhiteFeather Attaway, Alabama
ANNOUNCEMENTS & NOTICES:
NOTICE 1: ELDER COUNCIL POSITION FILLED. Gayle "Texas Wind" Sexauer of Fayetteville, AR was recently appointed Public Relations Elder. "Based on her excellent background, experience, wonderful disposition, strong ideals, and love of Manataka, the Elders of Manataka made a wise decision in selecting Gayle for this important position," said MAIC Chair, David Quiet Wind Furr. See related announcement above.
NOTICE 2: TWO ELDER COUNCIL POSITIONS REMAIN OPEN: The Education Elder position will concentrate on developing public school curriculum based on American Indian philosophy and coordinating presentations to schools, civic organizations and churches. The Treasurer position is now open due to a recent resignation. The position will require experience in bookkeeping and/or accounting.
If you feel qualified for this position, please submit your information now. Read More
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NOTICE 5: REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - 1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday of each month at Gulpha Gorge - bad weather at Phil's Restaurant on E. Grand.
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