Manataka American Indian Council Volume XIII Issue 01 January 2009
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|Legends of Old:||Cottontail Boy and Bluejay|
|Feature Story:||Hopi and Navajo delegation warned Lehman Brothers|
Letters to the Editor:
|To Be A Tribe... Or Not; Maya Spirits|
|Organic Consumers:||Avoid Genetically Engineered Sugar|
|Elder's Meditations:||Chief Councilor, Leonard George|
|Health:||FDA Scientists Revolt Against Corrupt Food and Drug Administration Officials|
|Plant Medicine:||Mullein - Verbascum thapsus|
|Fluoride:||Fluoride May Contribute to Early Puberty|
|Animal Rights and Wrongs:||A||U.S. Navy Needlessly Slaughters Whales|
|Endangered Sacred Sites:||Oldest Skeleton in Americas|
LEGENDS OF OLD:
Cottontail Boy and Bluejay
A Nez Perce Legend
Many people were assembling nearby. Bear [xa' xats] and her friends, the
Kill Deer Sisters, went out from camp going somewhere. They traveled along.
Cottontail Boy [hayu' xtshatswal] and Bluejay [quya' squyas] saw them pass by
and said to each other, "Oh, there they go. Let us banter with Bear as she
passes." Cottontail Boy said to him, "Then you speak up to her."
Now he scoffed at her. He said, "You there who goes along hindmost. It is said of you that your vulva distends as large as the land that extends up the valley."
She came to a sudden stop. "Whom are you addressing?"
"You, of course."
"You should never say such things. Have a care, nephew. The eagles and sparrow hawks might hear you. They who want me for a wife, they might hear you. They will be the ones with whom you will trade at the marriage visit. Who would ever say such things of anyone, nephew?" Thus she cajoled Cottontail Boy, as he sat there, and Blue jay, perched in a pine tree above.
Bear just talked and came up closer to them at the same time. Cottontail Boy reclined at the entrance of his lodge. But he craved Bear for eating. (It was for that reason they had shouted at her in the first place.) Now she came up close and cajoled them. At that moment she very quickly tried to catch Cottontail Boy, but he eluded her grasp by jumping away suddenly. She groaned with disappointment. "I missed him.
Nevertheless, I will never let him escape." Now she dug into Cottontail Boy's lodge.
But she grew tired presently and Blue jay said to her from above, "Aunt, I said nothing to you. I respect you. Cottontail Boy is given to saying things like that. I was even angry at him myself. Wait a moment and let me advise you, for you are just to avenge yourself. Build a fire there at the entrance. Build a fire there; and when you hear him cough ["lik, " 'lik", 'lik"" - - sound of choking cough] and choke, you will know that he is suffocating. Then you will smear yourself with pitch all around the crotch of your legs and squat over the fire. Then, just as Cottontail Boy dashes out, he will run squarely into this and stick."
"Yes, yes nephew; it is well you have advised me." Now Bear did this. She carried wood and built a fire at the door. Then she smeared with pitch that part about which she had become indignant. She smeared it with pitch well and squatted over the fire. The fire burned good and warm. Presently she heard the sound of coughing [""lik", 'lik", 'lik""].
"Now he is suffocating," Blue jay said to her from above. By this time the pitch had melted on her. Now, from inside, Cottontail Boy just poured forth coals and fire, showered fire on that part of her which was smeared with pitch. Oh! How she burst into flame because she was smeared with pitch. She leaped away and writhed about in agony, going this way and that. Then she fell dead. Cottontail Boy and Blue jay now barbecued Bear.
Taken from Tales of the Nez Perce by Donald M. Hines, Ye Galleon Press; Fairfield, Washington, 1999 [gathered from other source books dated between 1912 and 1949]
~Submitted by Blue Panther Keeper of Stories
Hopi and Navajo
delegation warned Lehman Brothers
By Brenda Norrell, UN OBSERVER & International Report
Now, Lehman Brothers is bankrupt, discredited, and investors lose millions...
NEW YORK -- A delegation of Hopi and Navajo warned Lehman Brothers stockholders of the dire consequences of their actions in 2001.
In a rare move, censored by most media,
an American Indian elders delegation warned Lehman Brothers, after it acquired
the financial interests of Peabody Coal, of the spiritual consequences of mining
coal on sacred Black Mesa and the aftermath of Peabody Coal's machinations that
led to the so-called Navajo Hopi Land Dispute. Lehman Brothers is now in
the midst of financial collapse, with its bankruptcy producing a rippling effect
throughout the world's economy.
Robeta Blackgoat protesting Black Mesa coal mining and slurry in Flagstaff, shortly before her death./Photo Brenda Norrell
At the time of the Lehman Brothers
stockholders meeting in 2001, Arlene Hamilton bought two shares of stocks in
Lehman Brothers to pave the way for the delegation to address the stockholders.
Hamilton said her life was threatened because of this action. Shortly
afterwards, Hamilton was killed in a car crash. Longtime Navajo relocation
resister Roberta Blackgoat died in San Francisco at Hamilton's memorial.
A traditional Hopi was among those addressing the Lehman Brothers stockholders. His admonitions followed those of the late Hopi Sinom elders Thomas Banyacya and Dan Evehema, among the Hopi elders who warned of dire consequences, including natural disasters and worldwide consequences, if Peabody mined coal on Black Mesa and Navajos were relocated from this sacred region. The Hopi Sinom never authorized the establishment of the Hopi Tribal Council, which they referred to as a puppet government of the United States.
The traditional Hopi in the delegation told stockholders, "Lehman Brothers, even though we are just a few here, we speak for the Creator, who is the majority." Therefore we demand you stop the Peabody coal mining and the slurry. We demand again," said the Hopi elder who asked that his name not be published in the media.
"Traditional and priesthood people don't want this mining. The Hopi prophecies say that we have to protect land and life. If we don't protect our beautiful Earth --our Heaven, our Mother, we will suffer with her." He told stockholders that Hopis never signed a treaty with the United States and the current Hopi Tribal Council is not legitimate since it was created by less than 30 percent of the people.
Referring to the beginning of the turmoil, he said, "John Boyden was a lawyer who worked for Peabody Coal. He was instrumental to the creation of the Hopi Tribal Council. "Our ancestors warned that someday this would happen. White men will say that it is our own people that sold this land. I will not accept this.
"Our roots are rooted in our villages and it goes up to the whole universe. If we break these roots the world will get out of balance.
"I pray for you and hope that we open your eyes and you find the majority in your heart."
Roberta Blackgoat, longtime resister and
sheepherder from Cactus Valley, told stockholders the region of San Francisco
Peaks is holy to the Navajo
people. Mining in the area of this sacred mountain is the same as desecrating an altar and church. It is making the people sick. "We can not go away to other places," Blackgoat said, adding that livestock confiscation is "starving the people."
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
Manataka receives dozens of letters each week. Space does not allow us to publish all letters but we make a concerted effort to print letters that are representative of a majority. Let us know if there is a topic you feel needs to be addressed.
American Indian Cold Christmas Cake Recipe
Thank you so much for this recipe in the December issue! http://www.manataka.org/page1379.html
My mother made this EVERY year for my father and I never knew why....she would hide it so only he could have it....made with graham crackers and dates, and the binder was not sweetened condensed milk (probably because she wouldn't spent the money on it), wrapped tightly to a roll in aluminum foil. My guess is that his mother made it for his family (she was the Indian heritage) and my mother tried to mimic it. Bet she hadn't a clue of the native American origin!!! He LOVED hazelnuts too...would pick what we had, which wasn't a whole lot....we have missed out on so much of our heritage denying the native part....my mother sold that native forest 1/2 of our land almost as soon as he died...he kept it native. She is English/Scotch.... ~Deborah Massey
Love, light and peace
Dear Manataka Friends,
In this present now moment there is a simple question each of us can quietly ask ourselves and by embracing its affirmative answer, we open a whole new reality of potential before us. This is most likely not a question you may have ever considered for yourself or one that you have heard discussed by others. It is perhaps even one that you may wish to ignore at this stage of your journey. Yet, this beautiful and amazing transformative power and potential remains ever present until such time you feel the strength and courage to ask and accept its reality in your heart.
Why ask ourselves this question? Long ago we drifted away from our innate loving wisdom and allowed our consciousness to embrace the notion that our outer reality of form was our source of life. We became mesmerized and subsequently reliant upon our creations and forgot the power within our own being. Over time, this separation led to a sense of self doubt and with it, the corresponding manifestation we call fear. Unaware of the ultimate effect of our ongoing outer focus, we handed down our beliefs, notions, perspectives and ideals from generation to generation, century after century, often without stopping once to go within and ask a single question as to whether what we believe or do is actually coming from our own personal truth.
We stand at the threshold of opportunity to reconnect with our heart and allow the fullness of our wisdom to once again guide us. In an instant, we reverse the ignorance of ages by a clear and genuine acknowledgement of ourselves. By our own choice, we release the boundless freedom and joy and accept the potential that heals not only ourselves, also each other and our wondrous planet we call home. Can such a simple question really make this profound a difference? Answer it honestly, willingly, with an open heart and without hesitation, and you may be surprised by you own undeniable conclusion.
Do I love myself unconditionally?
What could there possibly be not to love? Our size, shape, color, age, gender? Our supposed status and achievements in life or the lack thereof?
Love, light and peace,
~Harold W. Becker, President and Founder, The Love Foundation, Inc.
To Be A Tribe... Or Not
I am writing an educational paper and came across your website. Can you please explain how you confirm or explain the following for me?
What constitutes a state recognized tribe? Can anyone get on your website and say their family is a state tribe if they claim they are Indian?
Does your non profit organization confirm their standings, state recognized or federal? What does state recognized Indian mean to Manataka?
If I feel someone in my family is Indian, however, I know I am not, does that mean I can claim I am Indian because of them? Could a non-Indian hold a position of authority in a state or federal recognized tribe? Thank you for assisting me in my writing. Your help is greatly appreciated!
In Peace to you ~ Katherine Semidey
Recognition has broad interpretations among the states and the process of recognition is different in most states, therefore there is no single definition. Not all states consider the term 'recognition' to mean a government to government relationship. Yes, a non-Indian can hold a position of authority in a federal or state recognized tribe. Their authority may not necessarily be derived from election, but more often by appointment. The BIA is fond of meddling, brow beating, harassing, and threatening federally recognized tribes.
Manataka has no position on the question of recognition as our only function is to simply list those organizations that have been submitted to us by federal, state or tribal authority.
American Indian Christmas Traditions
Thank you Floyd Looks For Buffalo Hand. I really enjoyed your piece on Christmas. Yes, everyday should be celebrated as if it were Christmas. Americans are kind the days before Christmas except when they are buying gifts for others. They get cranky and pushy. Doesn't make much sense. As soon as the holiday is over everyone becomes separate and unfriendly once again. ~Doreen Bender
Taking Photos of Mayan Benevolent Spirits?
Since August of 2007, we have been cataloging photographs and videos of ["Benevolent Spirits] that until this point have never been documented
The images appear in various shapes and sizes, and also seem to be making what look like “Aerial Crop Circles”. We spoke with many individuals in the paranormal field and they feel these are related to the changes in the earth’s atmosphere and more photonic energy entering our planet. We can feel their presence and believe they are “Benevolent Spirits” here to help our planet at a time in history where it is desperately needed.
We believe that people will be amazed to know of their existence. We have done some serious soul searching to decide when to release this information, and we strongly feel that the Mayan Prophecies are coming to pass, and the hour is upon us to enlighten the world to their existence and help awaken humanity to its calling.
These benevolent beings could awaken the world to the previously unknown. We truly believe that this could chart never before explored territory, much like the exploration of Christopher Columbus, to prove to the world that the earth wasn’t really flat at all.
Many of the images appear to be very Mayan looking in their appearance which leads me to believe, did the Mayan civilization really have it right? Will the year 2012 be what so many are now predicting, as the Mayan Civilization previously did?
The patterns of “Sacred Geometry” are absolutely incredible. We would welcome any information or possible interpretation for study to see if these beings could be sending messages for humanity at a time where help is so badly needed in the world. http://www.benevolentspirits.com//
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As6rr195Z_U Blessings, ~Linda & Larry
With Love, Respect and Gratitude
Thankful for Thanksgiving Story
Today is Thanksgiving, and I am a 23 year old Lebanese, Italian United States born American living in Oaxaca, Mexico celebrating Thanksgiving by myself for the first time in my life. While in a country and a time in my life when searching for real truth is what I am most interested in, I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by reading your article. I am a teacher and I have taught about Thanksgiving (inaccurately, I might add) and I want to thank you on this very special day for putting together a synopsis of such a raw, real and holistic history and making it available.
I am very interested in learning more about this history and will definitely be reading some of the books that you have recommended in your bibliography section.
I am intrigued by the Native's History and I am actually working with the Native's here in Oaxaca and I hope to continue to learn more about the original people of this hemisphere, as I fear it is a history that we have so blatantly disregarded.
Thank you again. Have a Happy REAL Thanksgiving. from the heart of Oaxaca, ~Alison Jian
Loves Thanksgiving Story
[Manataka received one hundred and three letters of support about the Thanksgiving stories http://www.manataka.org/page1398.html We also received one nasty letter accusing us of hating white people because our exposing the Thanksgiving myths.]
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"It seems that if
Elders can feel that you are open to learning, they are more than generous with
their teaching." --Chief Councilor, Leonard George
There is a saying, when the student is ready the teacher appears. If the Elders sense that you are ready, they will help you see and learn
new things. Most human beings love to share what they know with people who are excited to listen. If you are talking to someone and you feel they really aren't listening, you won't want to tell them much. Before you go talk to the Elders, examine your motives - are you really excited about listening to them?
My Creator, give me an open mind.
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FDA Scientists Revolt Against
Corrupt Food and Drug Administration Officials
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Fluoride Exposure May Contribute to Early Puberty
Up until the 1990s, no
research had ever been conducted to determine the impact of fluoride on
the pineal gland -- a small gland located between the two hemispheres of
the brain that regulates the production of the hormone melatonin.
Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the onset of puberty and
helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals.
It is now known -- thanks to the meticulous research of Dr. Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey in England -- that the pineal gland is the primary target of fluoride accumulation within your body.
After finding that the pineal gland is a major target for fluoride accumulation in humans, Dr. Luke conducted animal experiments to determine if the accumulated fluoride could impact the functioning of the gland -- particularly the gland's regulation of melatonin.
Luke found that animals treated with fluoride had lower levels of circulating melatonin, as reflected by reduced levels of melatonin metabolites in the animals' urine. This reduced level of circulating melatonin was accompanied -- as might be expected -- by an earlier onset of puberty in the fluoride-treated female animals.
Sources: Fluoride Action Network November 2008
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
Recordings of the FBI at the Pine Ridge Reservation.............
The neighbor, "Hello, is this the FBI??
"Yes, this is the FBI what do you want?"
"I'm calling to report my neighbor Billy Two Teeth, he's an Indian and he's hiding marijuana inside his firewood."
"Thank you very much for the call, sir."
The next day, the FBI agents descend on Billy Two Teeth's house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but found no marijuana. They swore and cursed at Billy Two Teeth and left.
The phone rings at Billy Two Teeth's house, it's the neighbor, "Hey, Billy! Did the FBI come?"
"Did they chop your firewood?"
"Well Merry Christmas Buddy!"
ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
U.S. Navy Needlessly Slaughters Whales
Whales around the
world are being assaulted by the United States Navy's use of
ear-splitting mid-frequency sonar.
Stop the U.S.
Navy from needlessly injuring and killing whales in the course of
See an amazing film about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.
Traditional Whale Dreamers http://www.whaledreamers.com
Oldest Skeleton in Americas Found in Underwater Cave?
Posted by: "UCTP Office" email@example.com
Deep inside an underwater cave in Mexico,
archaeologists may have discovered the oldest human skeleton ever found
in the Americas.
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