Manataka American Indian Council Volume XII Issue 12 December 2008
|Legends of Old:||Deer Hunter and White Corn Maiden|
|Feature Story:||Christmas Between Adobe and Kiva|
Letters to the Editor:
|Hunters Respect, Eagle Feathers|
|Organic Consumers:||Cell Phones, School and Home Meals|
|Elder's Meditations:||Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota|
|Health:||A Great Trick For Healing Wounds|
|Plant Medicine:||Burdock - food, Drink and medicine|
|Fluoride:||When Joint pain is not Arthritis|
|Animal Rights and Wrongs:||A||A View to a Kill: How Safari Club Int'l Works to Weaken ESA Protections|
|Endangered Sacred Sites:||Footprints in the Ash|
LEGENDS OF OLD:
Deer Hunter and
White Corn Maiden
A Tewa Indian Legend
Long ago in the ancient home of the San Juan people, in a village whose ruins cam be seen across the river from present-day San Juan, lived two magically gifted young people. The youth was called Deer Hunter because even as a boy, he was the only one who never returned empty-handed from the hunt. The girl, whose name was White Corn Maiden, made the finest pottery, and embroidered clothing with the most beautiful designs, of any woman in the village. These two were the handsomest couple in the village, and it was no surprise to their parents that they always sought one anther's company. Seeing that were favored by the gods, the villagers assumed that they were destined to marry.
And in time they did, and contrary to their elders' expectations, they began to spend even more time with one another. White Corn Maiden began to ignore her pottery making and embroidery, while Deer Hunter gave up hunting, at a time when he could have saved many of his people from hunger. They even began to forget their religious obligations. At the request of a pair's worried parents, the tribal elders called a council. This young couple was ignoring all the traditions by which the tribe had lived and prospered, and the people feared that angry gods might bring famine, flood, sickness, or some other disaster upon the village.
Christmas Between Adobe and Kiva
The first Indian-made nativities seem to have appeared in the late 1950's, at a time when the century-old European Crèche tradition slowly but surely went into temporary decline. Over the next decades interest and production quickened. Today, a number of Indian artisans consider nativity sets an integral part of their yearly program. The early impetus for the making of indigenous crèches may have come from the tourist industry and major collectors. Growing interest in popular art and crafts, and stronger emphasis put on local cultural expressions of faith by the Catholic Church also explain why the making of nativities by Indian artisans of the southwestern United States is considered by experts a new and promising phenomenon.
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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.
Reminding Hunters to Respect
Residential School Deaths
A sad thing that many of
us witnessed in our years in residential school, death of young
people and burying of them. The tale of runaways that came from
this is till felt today, even by yours truly. I have heard
stories, but did not witnessed any deaths. The hush in the halls
on some days was deafening quiet and tearful. I hope that
this issue is looked into and resolved so that those who died
put to rest and those parents searches are over. ~Marie Barney,
Lillooet, British Columbia
Robert Soto's Fight Over Eagle Feathers
Dear Friends of Manataka
The last time I wrote, our September 7, 2007 court case with the Department of Interior was postponed for a later date by the federal government. We, my lawyers and myself, continue to seek direction as to what to do next. There are several explanations but one thing they are hoping will happen eventually is that with time interest will die out and people will forget what happened. This is where I feel we must never let them forget what happened. It sort of reminds me of our history books and all the wrong the government has done to our people. The old "out of sight, out of mind" comes to remembrance here. That is what history has done about all the horrible things they did to us in the name of justice and fairness. We must never let them forget and we must unite together - not for my victory, but for the victory of all American Indian people, whether they are recognized by the government or not.
One statement that continues to bother me is one of the last things the federal agent that came to our pow wow said to the newspapers. He said, "Just because his parents are Indians does not make him an Indian." That is one of most idiotic statements I have ever heard. The man who came to our pow wow was Mexican American. How does he know he is Mexican American? Did the government issue him a card that declared him Mexican American? Was he born with a stamp somewhere on his body that says "Made in Mexico?" He knows he is Mexican American because more likely that is what his parents and relatives declared to him from the time he was born. So I know who I am because I not only carry the oral traditions that have been passed on to us from generation to generation, but we carry our genealogy which is backed up by academic citations that support who my family is as American Indians of the Lipan Apache tribe. Yet today, we have given the government the authority and the right to tell us who is and who is not Indian. I don't know about your tribe, but our tribe fought fourteen different campaigns with the United States and Mexico with the hopes that no man would tell us where to live or who we were as Lipan Apaches.
The more I have thought about this the more I have determined that the whole issue is control. Control over who we are and control of those things that are sacred to us. What would a Catholic do if tomorrow he was told he had to beg the United States government for their rosaries? What would the Jewish people do if tomorrow they realized they had to beg the United Stated government for their sacred scrolls in order to worship God? What would Evangelical Christians do if tomorrow they were told that the only cross they could wear around their neck or their Bible they read were those sanctioned by the United States government? Yet in order for us to use our sacred objects like our eagle feathers, whether in a religious service or at a powwow, is that we beg the government for them, who determines who can and who cannot use them. It is about time our people were set free to use that which is sacred to us without fear of the United States government sending agents from the Department of Interior to harass us and take away things like our Eagle feathers. They need to remember the countless of American Indians along with others who have given their lives in the armed forces up to date for the right to worship as we please.
In my last conversation with my lawyers, which was about three days ago, he advised me that we will wait until January to take our next step on this case. He said due to the election, no one is listening right now so we will wait until the election is over and things settle down in Washington. Until then, I would like you to write to the Department of Fish and Game and basically ask them to let our people go. To settle the issue once and for all and allow us to be free in the area of worship and the use of our sacred objects as eagle feathers.
The only way laws will change will be that we unite together and fight together as one to change the laws that have held us under fear and bondage from the very government we elect. God bless and thank you for your time. ~Robert Soto, Vice Chief, Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas
We support your fight for the sacred symbols of American Indian life. We encourage our readers to write their congressional delegations, the Department of the Interior and the media. Let unite! ~Editor
Slams Robert Redford
Why is Robert Redford, the most beige of beige celebrities allowed a comment on your site, and about oil drilling? Really now, why did you feel the need to publish his opinion among so many with sincere deep seated thoughts? What's his expertise and experience, he's no more an authority on oIl than Al Gore is on global warming. Redford's pandering in the name of environmentalists is worse than you using him as a spokesman but not much. I'm surprised he didn't speak in old movie dialect with hand signals for emphasis, e.g., "We environmentalists are brother to the Redman, etc." What's next, Redford in beaded buckskin clothing shedding a tear over reservation roadsides littered with beer cans?~Vernon Clayson
We can see you are a deep thinking and feeling person and therefore your comment deserves our response. You may be thinking about Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves) who has been assailed by the Indian community for his 'plastic' attitudes. We are not aware of any such claim of falseness made against Redford.
Mr. Redford is probably one of the foremost authorities on environmental issues in this country today. We do not always agree with his solutions, but we always agree with his motivation. His off-screen life has been dedicated to grass-roots efforts to save the environment for many decades. Very little of his work is noted by the media, but his experience and expertise is beyond question. For nearly 40 years, he has served as a board member on several large environmental organizations and is often called upon by the government, universities, and nonprofits to consult on major ecology issues. The huge volume of his written work, free speaking engagements, and other service to the environmental community (that also includes American Indians) has made a positive and remarkable impact. His personal (unpaid) lobbying efforts before Congress has been credited with delivering critical votes when needed the most.
What he is saying is far more important than his name -- and it has nothing to do with his ethnic background -- we are all humans fighting the same battle. We invite you to do some research on Mr. Redford's remarkable contribution to saving our Mother Earth. ~Editor
Good Words from A Pipe Maker
I am a traditional pipe maker. I not use any electrical tools to make a Sacred Pipe. Nor do I sell a Sacred Pipe to anyone... A Sacred Pipe is for ceremonial use only... You [should be] of Native American Indian decent and heritage. Your first must go to your Elders and ask them if you are ready for a Sacred Pipe. And then you ask them to write a letter on your behalf, explaining why you need a Sacred Pipe. Remember this, do not insult me with dishonesty, your letter must be true...your Elder will tell you what you need to bring when a Sacred Pipe is made for you. If you try to buy a Sacred Pipe from me either... I will turn you down. Walk in beauty and be blessed. ~Samuel Lone Wolf
Manataka Elders agree with you.
There is entirely too much pandering going on and
respect must remain strong for the Sacred Pipe.
Questions About Spirit Guides
Your spirit guide never left you. Nor did you alienated your spirit guide.
You might try viewing your spirit guide in traditional religious terms -- as an angel of the Creator. A spirit guide is an angel. You know the Creator of All Things never leaves us -- the spirit is within us always.
Often in the confusion and hubbub of youth we often allow distractions of the material world to cloud our vision of the spirit world. As we grow older and the complexities of life become more demanding, the distractions become more pronounced and hence our visions and dreams appear to be lost.
Seek your spirit guide in the forest of your youth. Walk as a child in nature, giving thanks for the many blessings given to you over the years. Pour out your feelings in prayer. Do this often and do it now. It will not be long before your spirit guide(s) will begin to speak to you. Touch your inner-self and allow all the greatest and wonder to emerge. Revisit the Spirit Guide web pages and read slowly. There you will find one of many keys. ~Editor
Taxes and American Indians
A Native American who is a legal resident of a federally recognized reservation/Indian land is taxed under laws that apply to tribal lands, not state laws. In general, Native Americans who relocate from a reservation/Indian land are then subject to taxes applicable to other citizens of the state. However, this is not true if the only reason for leaving the reservation is for military service. When a Native American who resides on Indian land/reservation leaves for the sole purpose of performing military duty, he or she does not lose the immunity from state taxes.
This law was not enforced and all Native Americans who served in the armed forces had their military pay taxed by their state until 2001... [Will elected officials] enact legislation to recover money that was illegally taken from these servicemen and women? ~A Bear Track
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"Our religion seems foolish to you, but so does yours
to me. The Baptists and Methodists and Presbyterians and the Catholics
all have a different God. Why cannot we have one of our own?" --Sitting
Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota
The Creator gave each culture a path to God. To the Indian people, he revealed that the Creator is in everything. Everything is alive with the Spirit of God. The water is alive. The trees are alive. The woods are alive. The mountains are alive. The wind is alive. The Great Spirit's breath is in everything and that's why it's alive. All of nature is our church, we eat with our families in church, we go to sleep in church.
let us leave people to worship You
in the way You have taught them.
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Burdock is a very common biennial plant found throughout [the world]. It grows along roadsides, in fields, at the edges of woods, and anywhere the Earth has been disturbed. In its first year, it forms a cluster of large leaves, resembling rhubarb. These grow from a carrot like root that may penetrate over two feet into the ground. It is this root that is most often used as an herbal medicine. After a year of growth, the plant puts forth a branched stalk with smaller leaves and, in the late summer, purple-pink flowers. In autumn, these flowers are replaced by round brown burrs that persist into the winter. The seeds contained in these burrs are also used medicinally. Their use is similar, though the seeds are used for acute disorders (their action is quicker to manifest, but less permanent) while the root is preferred for chronic conditions (it's slower to manifest, but yields more permanent results).
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When Joint pain is not Arthritis
By Frank Shallenberger, MD
What if you found out that your joint pains are not osteoarthritis, as your doctor insists? What if the cause is excessive levels of a very common mineral?
Believe it or not, there's a condition that can perfectly mimic the pain and swelling of osteoarthritis. In fact, it can even look just like osteoarthritis on X-ray films. But this condition is completely different from osteoarthritis.
I am talking about skeletal fluorosis. As the name indicates, the cause of skeletal fluorosis is excessive fluoride. The mineral your dentist claims will save your teeth and bones. While it won't save your bones, it can kill you. Most people don't realize fluoride is a poison. As little as five grams of sodium fluoride will kill an adult. Smaller doses, such as those from toothpaste use and drinking water, can cause severe joint pain and many other problems.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
Chief Red Shirt Pulled Over
An Oklahoma State Policeman pulled Chief Red Shirt over to the curb, asking, "Why are you driving on the highway when you are supposed to be in air?"
Chief Red Shirt replied, "My pilot license expired yesterday. Now you want to give me a ticket for not wearing my seat belt?"
Chief Forget-me Not
An Australian travel
"Oh that's 'Big Chief Forget-me Not'," said the manager. "The hotel is built on an Indian reservation, and part of the agreement is to allow the chief free use of the premises for the rest of his life. He is known as 'Big Chief Forget-me Not' because of his phenomenal memory. He is 92 and can remember the slightest detail of his life."
The travel writer took this in, and as he was waiting for his cab decided to put the chief's memory to the test.
"'ello, mate!" said the Aussie, receiving only a slight nod in return. "What did you have for breakfast on your 21st birthday?"
"Eggs," was the chief's instant reply, without even looking up, and indeed the Aussie was impressed.
He went off on his travel writing itinerary, right across to the east coast and back, telling others of Big Chief Forget-me Not's great memory. (One local noted to him that 'How' was a more appropriate greeting for an Indian chief than ''ello mate.') On his return to the Spokane Hilton six months later, he was surprised to see 'Big Chief Forget-me Not' still sitting in the lobby, fully occupied with whittling away on a stick.
"How?" said the Aussie.
"Scrambled," said the Chief.
ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
A View to a Kill: How Safari Club Int'l Works to Weaken ESA Protections
By Michael Satchell
What weighs 21 pounds, contains 2,560 pages, and lists thousands of names and numbers? It's not the New York City telephone directory, but here's a hint: Its listings run from Addax to Zebra.
The answer is:
Safari Club International's three-volume compendium of trophy hunters who are immortalized in this record book for doing nothing more than killing animals-an entire alphabet of animals-to win SCI awards competitions. The catalog is a macabre scorecard detailing who shot what animal, where and when. Thousands and thousands of animals, covering more than 1,100 species, are figuratively buried between the covers here.
ENDANGERED SACRED SITES:
Footprints in the Ash
Humans may have been walking around what is now central Mexico 40,000 years ago
in volcanic ash that fell in central
Analyses of three-dimensional laser scans of the imprints
(example at right) confirm their human origin, says Silvia
Gonzalez, a geoarchaeologist at
Previous finds of human remains elsewhere in the region couldn’t be precisely dated because they were found in layers of mixed gravels that probably incorporated materials of many different ages.
However, a new analysis of the coarse-grained, print-ridden volcanic ash — which would have hardened quickly after it fell, says Gonzalez — strongly suggest the material fell around 40,000 years ago, she and her colleagues reported today in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Excavations at several sites have suggested that humans have
Nevertheless, says Gonzalez, recent excavations at a site in
Each year, science discovers new evidence that humans occupied Turtle Island much earlier that first theorized, constantly pushing back of the anthropological clock and confirming American Indian knowledge of their own origins. It is time textbook publishers and schools teach truth, as evidenced by dominate society science, and stop teaching myths theorized by Eurocentric historians.
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