Manataka American Indian Council                                    Volume XI  Issue 07  JULY  2007


Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 



Faster download!  The Smoke Signal this month is on 3 web pages.








Upcoming Events: 

Let's Get Going


Elder's Meditation:

Chief Seattle, Suqwamish and Duwamish


Website Updates: 

Gems, Listen to Earth, Owl Feather Creations


Feature Stories:

Living with Terrorism for 500 Years

Manataka Native Slang Dictionary

1 The Message: The Nature and Power of Creation is Diversity


Mother Earth Watch:

Polar Bears on Endangered List

Grandmothers Speak




Grandmother Waynonaha:    EAST

Grandmother Selma: SOUTH

Grandmother Carol:   WEST

Grandmother Magdala:: NORTH

The Dance of Time

Prophesy of the Condor and the Eagle

Feminine Wave

Our Illusion of Separateness

1 Inspirational Thoughts:: 4 Wives

2 Legends of Old:

Climbing the Mountain

2 Feature Story: The Manataka Summer Gathering 2006


Letters to the Editor:

Cherokee History, FDA Opression,
2 Politics Watch: Not Quite A Papal Mea Culpa
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Monster Monsanto Attacks People
2 Elder's Meditations: Wilma P. Mankiller, Cherokee
Member Recognition:
2 Health Watch: Watch Out for Compact Fluorescent Lights
2 Herb Watch: Amaranth:  Food of the Gods
2 Fluoride Watch: Fluoridation linked to bone cancer
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A

Yellowstone Bison Action Alert

2 Sacred Site Watch: Keep Bullets out of Indian Sacred Sites


Hill & Holler: Present Day Genocide


History: The Black-and-White History - Walter Plecker
Politics Watch: House Approves Recognition NC Lumbee


Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Bzzz, Bzzz, Bzzz


Elder's Meditations: Wilma P. Mankiller, Cherokee 


Feature Story: When The Road Ahead Is Shorter Than The Road Behind


Women's Circle: A Woman's Poem


Women's Council:


Diet Watch: Chia Seeks: Funny Name, Serious Nutrition


Book Reviews:

Native America, Discovered and Conquered

Big Medicine from Six Nations


Poetry Circle: The Tangled Web of Life


Inspirational Thoughts:: Living with integrity


Healing Prayer Basket: The Circle of Life Continues
3 Manataka  Business: Sitting with the Elders






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July 11 - 13, 2007

3rd Annual Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations Conference
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA


July 15, 2007

Green Corn Celebration

Southern Cherokee Nation

Henderson, Kentucky.


July 17, 2007

Summer of Spiritual Love 2007

Worldwide Celebration

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There is no death. Only a change of worlds." -Chief Seattle, Suqwamish and Duwamish 


The Elders tell us of the other dimension, the Spirit World. Our spirit in our bodies does not die, it only looks that way to our eyes and our brains. Some of our ceremonies allow us to see into the Spirit World. Death is only part of a process of life. It shows the transition into the Spirit World. The Elders tell us this is a joyful life journey.


My Creator,

help me to understand

both the seen world and the

unseen world.

Let me not be afraid of the

world You live in.

By Don Coyhis





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Indians have Lived with Terrorism for 500 Years

Notes from Indian Country, By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji), © 2003 Lakota Media, Inc.


There is a terrible fear sweeping across America. Since 9/11 the American people have had to face their own vulnerability.

The threat of terrorism hangs in the air. Sudden death can strike anywhere at anytime. There is no timetable nor is there a country
America can strike in the event of another horrible attack by the terrorists.

After 9/11 the question was asked; why do they hate us? Perhaps that question should be rephrased to ask, "What have we done to them to make them hate us?"

America is now experiencing the fear American Indians have felt for more than 500 years. Our ancestors never knew what act of violence or terror would befall them from the American invaders. But death did come. It came in the form of biological warfare when small pox tainted blankets were distributed to the unsuspecting victims.

It came to them from the muzzles of guns that did not distinguish between warriors, women, elders or children. It came to them in the ruthless name of Manifest Destiny, the American edict that proclaimed God as the purveyor of expansion Westward.

Indian people were often slaughtered like animals often under a flag of truce and often while waving the American flag in pitiful efforts to convince their killers that they were not bad people.

At Wounded Knee in 1890, a slaughter took place that the white man often called the last great battle between Indians and the United States Army. It was not a battle. It was the last heinous action against innocent men, women and children. Their bodies were strewn across the valley known as Wounded Knee under the barrage set down by the Seventh Cavalry.

They died not knowing why. They died in fear. They died in the frozen snow of that bitterly cold December day while fleeing to find safe harbor amongst the Oglala Lakota. These Lakota experienced terrorism heaped upon them by a government that did not consider them to be human beings.

When human beings can be publicly acknowledged as less than human, their deaths become meaningless. By portraying all Indians as murdering savages, rapists, kidnappers and worse, the national media of the day laid the groundwork for Wounded Knee. The media laid the groundwork for the expansion West that would claim thousands of lives. Horace Greeley wrote, "Go West, Young Man, Go West."

And they did. By the thousands they came seeking land, gold and all of the natural resources that were out there for the taking. The only thing standing in their way was the Indian people. It was their land and it was their natural resources.

Just as the Christian Crusaders believed it was their Manifest Destiny to conquer and kill those Arabs they considered as sub-humans and heathens, so did the American Army duplicate their horrible actions. The difference is the Arabs defeated the Crusading invaders.

Oftentimes Missionaries were sent out to soften up the resistance of the Indians by converting them to Christianity. Many of the Indians slaughtered in the massacres that followed were converted Christians.

And right behind the missionaries followed the treaty makers. They used the treaties as temporary documents of appeasement. A treaty would gain them a firm foothold on Indian land and more control over the people.  The treaties were quickly broken and the United States then took total control over the land and the people. The people were herded on to small reservations and treated like caged animals.

The Indian people fought back as best they could, but having been portrayed as savages without human thought or feelings, they were slaughtered by the thousands. Mercenaries such as the infamous African American Buffalo Soldiers were even used to kill, rape and pillage.

Just as many books and later movies about Arabs portrayed them as less than human, so to do the media treat the American Indian.

The fear and anxiety felt by the Indian people did not end at Wounded Knee. In many ways that was just the beginning. For the Lakota, Arapaho and Cheyenne it started in 1876.

When the warriors of the Great Sioux Nation and their allies stood up against George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Greasy Grass, they were punished by having their beloved He' Sapa (Black Hills) confiscated from them without compensation. In 1981 a pitiful monetary award was made to the people of the Great Sioux Nation. Compared to the billions of dollars in timber and gold that had been extracted from the He' Sapa, the award was pathetic.

And in this year of 2003, the Sioux people, amongst the poorest people on this planet, have refused to accept this token payment for their Sacred He' Sapa. And guess what; America just doesn't give a damn. It like, "Hey, we offered them the money and therefore it's settled." It is a long way from settled and maybe someday someone in a position of power will come along who will recognize this fact. And maybe someday, America may actually recognize that it spread a path of fear and terror amongst the Indian people that is still not resolved.

With each passing day, there is still fear and anxiety in Indian country. We never know when or if the United States will take away what little we have remaining. Our language, our culture, our traditions, and our spirituality have all been under constant attack for 500 years.

The American Indian knows what it is to live in the shadow of terrorism. And now the rest of America is learning.

(Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, is editor and publisher of the weekly newspaper Lakota Journal. He is the founder and first president of the Native American Journalists Association. He can be reached at - PO Box 3080, Rapid City, SD, 57709)





The Nature and Power of Creation is Diversity 


Rejoice when you find someone who is different.  A different race or religion is good.  Someone from a different country will do.  Be happy when you meet someone who has opposing political views.  If the person you meet dresses or speaks differently, it is a good day. 


Institutions like government, organized religion and those who seek to control intentionally segregate people into imaginary boxes or behind imaginary lines.  Some boxes are geographic and many are political, racial, religious, economic, career-related or any of the hundreds of boxes we humans are forced to climb in and out of throughout our lives.  There are many good arguments and persuasions made in favor of joining this box or that box, but there are more reasons why we should not climb inside their boxes. 


What would the earth be like if there were 6.5 billion religions or 6.5 billion political parties and 6.5 billion countries?  Chaos you say?


We say peace would prevail in every corner of the earth as humans finally come to recognize the nature and power of all creation is diversity. 


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U.S. Wants Polar Bears on Endangered List

By Juliet Eilperin, Stop Global Warming



Global warming could drive one of the world's most recognizable animals out of existence.



The Bush administration has decided to propose listing the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, putting the U.S. government on record as saying that global warming could drive one of the world's most recognizable animals out of existence.

The administration's proposal -- which was described by an Interior Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity -- stems from the fact that rising temperatures in the Arctic are shrinking the sea ice that polar bears need for hunting. The official insisted on anonymity because the department will submit the proposal today for publication in the Federal Register, after which it will be subject to public comment for 90 days.

Identifying polar bears as threatened with extinction could have an enormous political and practical impact. As the world's largest bear and as an object of children's affection as well as Christmastime Coca-Cola commercials, the polar bear occupies an important place in the American psyche. Because scientists have concluded that carbon dioxide from power-plant and vehicle emissions is helping drive climate change worldwide, putting polar bears on the endangered species list raises the legal question of whether the government would be required to compel U.S. industries to curb their carbon dioxide output.

"We've reviewed all the available data that leads us to believe the sea ice the polar bear depends on has been receding," said the Interior official, who added that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have concluded that polar bears could be endangered within 45 years. "Obviously, the sea ice is melting because the temperatures are warmer."

Northern latitudes are warming twice as rapidly as the rest of the globe, according to a 2004 scientific assessment, and by the end of the century annual ocean temperatures in the Arctic may rise an additional 13 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, researchers predict that summer sea ice, which polar bears use as a platform to hunt for ringed seals, will decline 50 to 100 percent. Just this month, researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research outlined a worst-case scenario in which summer sea ice could disappear by 2040.








The Dance of Time



In another time and another world I stood.  Clutching a small bundle in my arms looking across the valley and mountains, I thought where do I belong?  Why was I placed into this alien world alone?   Never in the span of the nineteen years of my life had I felt at home, now faced with a future alone I cried to Creator,  "show me where! show me where!".

I looked down at this stranger that was now mine to take care of, I wondered how will to care for her she,  so small and helpless.   My husband for but a short time had returned  to Creator .   This tiny life that had been taken from my body only two short months before, slept in perfect trust, in my arms.    I was in fear the first time I saw her so small and red,  wrinkled and new.  Surly I thought this is not my child, she is not round and pink and glowing.  During the seven months of waiting I imagined her to  like the babies that stared back at me from the pages of the magazines in the clinic.   I was not prepared for all of this, nothing prepared me for sleepless nights, rocking a crying baby until I almost fell asleep in the chair myself.   Nothing prepared me for my dear sweet husband's death, at the age of twenty seven, in my arms.   I felt numb all over and wondered if I could ever feel again.  I went through the motions of living and taking care of this little baby, her breathing always a constant struggle.  My heart was frozen and would not beat.  No tears fell and it all seemed like dream and I would soon wake up. 

No one spoke to me about it the big IT!!!!! every one avoided the IT like IT never happened.   Boxes of clothes what to do with my husbands clothes.  Everyone telling me what to do every day, I did not care,  "just take them",  I said.  Oh how I wish I had kept one thing of his to hold at night and still smell his scent, I miss him so much.    The nights were the hardest, alone curled into a ball in the bed trying to remember his face as he faded away.  The hurting so deep I cannot find the beginning of it all.  





No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



These cartoons may not be very funny, but they say a lot.







From Grandmother Selma

   "Our Illusion of Separateness"


There are times that I wonder about the world and the way that it has become in the last twenty or so years....wonder and marvel at the same time as to how it is still managing to survive and function.


All you have to do is open your eyes and watch the people around you......whether it be in a store.....driving along the a restaurant.. doctor ever.....just take a few minutes and their energy how they are or are not interacting with others around them.


For the most part this is a frightening activity !!!  At best it is funny on  a warped level !!!


Off to the doctors office I had to go today.... been under the weather with a flu bug etc. Now my doctor is South American.... his office is sort of like going to the UN  as every ethnic group are either employed or patients.... half of them do not speak English as well as I speak Russian and that isn't good!  His P A  that comes into the room before he does is also from South America and she is quite a talker and curious as they come.... she is always asking me something about the Native American Culture and soaks it in  with glee....


Today she wanted to know " where all do you hurt "?





JUNE 22 - 24








Feminine Wave




Carol Perez Petersen

On a Saturday, I went for a walk in Joshua Tree National Park with two friends.  I moved near the park from Santa Fe, New Mexico, a place many regard as a destination.  My destination had been to return to this area to be closer to the boulders.  In 1982 I had various enchanting experiences which left me hungry for more.  My friends knew a location of Mayan glyphs and where they held initiations. “What kind of initiations?” I asked. ” Well, we guided them to this place where we burned incense and sat in meditation.” 


We stepped through twisted trees along a dry gulch, around embankments, and up onto a low-level granite shelf.  "Go ahead," they coaxed me.  I was staring at a boulder shaped like a helmet with a space for a turtle’s head to stick out.  You had to get down on your knees to enter through it.  Sure enough, once inside the boulder, there was an ochre-painted sun above us and red ochre lines with circular ball shapes underscoring groupings, counting days perhaps, and what resembled a glyph for corn or water.  It definitely was Mayan. 


We went in search of another petroglyph, a woman wearing a skirt.  The portal we walked through was a grouping of three flat vertically-rising granite boulders. There were animal tracks on the sand. I called my friends for a look when suddenly we were face to face with a big horned sheep.  Just as startled as it was, we stood frozen in awe.  It moved out of range and we followed while my friends pointed to the woman glyph with a stick like figure next to it on bended knee.  The red ochre woman was at the bottom of the boulder, giving wonder to how much of the granite surrounding us had eroded.


My friends continued a stare-down at the ram that was posed for a perfect photo shot. Then it continued on losing us in the wake of a magical enchantment.  An encounter with a child of nature feels like an alien encounter of a third kind. 


“What do you suppose this means?” my friends asked. 


“New beginnings,” I said. 


For an awareness of a great calm while the war continues is being felt.  We read the markings on the stone, a counting calendar, a possible harvest or a water mark in what is now a desert, a woman honored and the four legged guardian of time was indeed a timeless message.


I talk with my grandmothers whose voices astound me with unfathomable heights.  What is the feminine wave?  It is an energy current, a frequency independent of outcome, a positive feeling but not from a consequence of achievement or material gain.  This positive feeling arises from nature.  This positive feeling exists because all of creation is giving birth to it continually.  Mother Nature is unconditional, just like the positive feeling is unconditional.  There is no required state or condition other than surrender to her in order to experience the feminine wave. The big horn sheep with spiraling horns is a sure-footed reminder that the feminine wave is a spiraling current and teaches us to let go of mental control and emotions that want to dominate.  Welcome the current which pushes the fight for control and get out of the way of yourself and embrace the opportunity to become awash in bliss.


~Carol Petersen, Rainbow Medicine Blanket, © all rights reserved 6/2007



Manataka Native Slang Dictionary

Apple -- Red on the outside, white on the inside              
Apruhan or Indian Devil -- Person who uses bad thoughts or magic


Big Warrior -- Someone who takes his or her role as a warrior too seriously

Blood Aimster -- Member of the American Indian Movement (AIM)

Brah -- Brother


Chebon -- Man. Usage: "Whassup chebon?"

Chief -- Someone who thinks he's chief but isn't. Used sarcastically

Chooch -- Immature male who is acting stupid

Coconut -- Brown on the outside, white on the inside

Commod -- An abbreviation of "commodity"

Commodity cheese -- Government surplus food given to Indians

Cosin -- Related but more distant than a cousin

Coyote -- Trickster figure, an anti-hero

Cuz -- Familiar form of Cousin


Dine -- Original Name of the Navajo

Dream --Vision, often a prophecy or communiqué to be deciphered

Elder - Title of respect not merely of age, must be earned

Eskimo -- Inappropriate name for Innuit, Innupiat and Yupik people


FBI -- Full-blooded Indian

Forty-Nine (49) -- An informal social celebration at an Indian gathering such as a powwow

Forty-Nine'in (49in') -- Partying at a 49

Frog Skins -- Money

Fry Bread Girl -- Indian female who eats too much


Going Custer -- Similar to "going postal"


Hola --Hello in the Lakota language

Huprok -- Local Indian of mixed inter-tribal blood

Imareala -- A BIA card-carrying Native who brags about having a card and is rude to those who don't

Indian Law 101 -- Indian law in reality. Comes up in the context of a non-Indian lawyer who is competent but has never been exposed to Indian weirdness and starts prattling about the Constitution where it doesn't apply. Usage: "He was talking about Marbury v. Madison, so I had to give him Indian Law 101."

Indian Taco -One plate-meal made from commodity foods severed on fried dough

Indian Time -- Whenever, signifying a disregard for Anglo-style punctuality


Lakota, Dakota, Nakota - Original names of groups lumped together as the Sioux


Moccasin Telegraph -- Informal talk or gossip


NDN, ndn -- Indian, used mostly among young and on the Internet
NGE -- Non-Government Enrolled.  An Indian not officially a member of a federally-recognized tribe


OSI -- Out of State Indian (relocated from another area)


Pinafich (Karuk word) Coyote -- Trickster figure, an anti-hero

Plastic --Fake, as in "a fake medicine man/woman."  Usage: "Don't waste your money on that plastic shaman."

Powwow -- Big event, a social gathering inter-tribal in nature


Red Nigger -- Someone who's too Indian to suit a non-Indian. Usage: "When a blue-eyed Oglala went into a bar with his brown eyed cousins, the bartender said, 'You can stay but your red niggers have to go outside.'"

Regalia -- Part of dance items including necklaces, dresses, beadwork, bustles etc

Rez -- Reservation

Rez Boots -- Moccasins

Rez Dog -- Indian who hangs around the reservation

Rez Rocket -- Reservation car, usually in need of repairs

Rezzed out -- Done in true Indian style. i.e.: "His NDN car is really rezzed out"

River Mail -- Similar to the "moccasin telegraph", also a round about way to deliver things by passing it around to friends and relatives heading "home"


Shaman -- Misnomer, Indian peoples did not have Shamans

Shinob, Naabe -- An Anishinaabe Indian

Skin-Indian -- Used mostly among young

Slippery Eel -- Unsigned gossip letter usually slamming politicians

Snag -- A partner for a date or a one-night stand

Snaggin' -- Searching for a snag

Stay Red -- "keep it real," be true to your Indian self

Suits -- Government agents or representatives


Tonto -- Sidekick, lackey, Indian Uncle Tom

Treaty talk -- White man's lies

Twink, Twinki, Twinkie -- Non-Indian who believes in New Age mysticism


Urban -- Indian person in a city, separated from their tribe, usually resulting from federal relocation policies

U.S. History  -- The story of the genocidal move west


Wannabe -- Non-Indian who wants to be an Indian



Got anymore Indian slang words?  If so, send 'em our way.  Thanks.







Maya Priestess

Beautiful Sisters and Brothers All Over the World:


The prophesy of the condor and the eagle shows the way of the next step of evolution, the time where the two powerful energies becomes one.


The female-male union of polarities, the south and north, mind and heart, must learn how to walk together and create a path for the true human being come back to life, to awake into a new reality within the self.


Many ceremonies have been made to give birth to this encounter, Does human being is evolve enough to embrace this forces within the self? As an awaken human she-he has work from the inside to the outside and the outside to the inside to uncover the true vibration within.


Human being have a unique vibration,  a vibration that humans suppose to keep it and grow in a higher octaves in that same vibration, that unique vibration is the personal key for open dimensions inside and outside the self,  that key is only good for that self, is the connection with the spirit, is so unique and personal that cannot work for other person. Every single life form have that original vibration, a unique connection with the spirit. Growing into a higher octaves means, that the mother, the Earth Mother will provide the higher octaves of that unique vibration, 3.1416, phi...


Nowadays, human being have lost the original key, they have forgotten where they put it, they begun to think that they were separated from the spirit, and that only religions and traditions were the connectors to the spirit, people forgot that spirituality comes from the spirit in a unique form to the being, not from somebody else connection,  they give the power to a system to tell them who they are,  then they wanted to be somebody else, and the notes of the original vibration begin to be exchange for something that human being were not, and the world of separation, the world of distortion of the original vibration began to  be as a way of living.


We are witnessing a powerful time in the history and her-story of the world for finally is possible for unity to happen, for human being have grown enough, integrate the self enough to understand and embrace unity in the outside of the self.  It is not about mixing or turning into something that is not originally into the self, or changing tradition and becoming something that is not in the original vibration, but it is about unity....unity that starts and ends within the self.


In South, Central and many parts of north America are welcoming ceremonies to create the path  of unity, for the condor and the eagle, the female and the male, heart-mind can fly together, for this is the first door that human being must walk, for balance  is the name of this door . Make the inside the same of the outside and the outside the same of the inside...


The new world, the new order is about relationships, the way people relate within the self as well the way they relate to one another, and the environment,  by the recognition of In lakesh, I am your other you,... The self respect that leads into unity for love is the bonding. Through the essence of love we recognize the self as a connector, a connection that is through the original vibration. Through the essence of love human being is able to give birth to the expression of Oneness.


I am you - Magdala


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Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives.
He loved the 4th wife the most, and adored  her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of  delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.

He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was  always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms.  However,  he feared that one day she would leave him for another.
He also loved his 2nd wife.  She was his  confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with  him.  Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide  in her, and she would help him get through the difficult  times.
The King's 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and  kingdom.  However, he did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her!
One day, the King fell ill and he knew his  time was short.  He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, "I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I'll be all alone."
Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great  care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"
"No way!", replied the 4th wife, and she walked away without another word.  Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.
The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, "I  loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"
"No!", replied the 3rd wife. "Life is too good!  When you die, I'm going to remarry!"  His heart sank and turned cold.

He then asked the 2nd wife, "I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me.  When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?"
"I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!", replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave."  Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the King was devastated.
Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." 
The King looked up, and there was his first wife.  She was very skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect.  Greatly grieved, the King said, "I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!"
In truth, we all have the 4 wives in our lives:
Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will leave us when we die.
Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth.  When we die, it will all go to others.
Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.
And our 1st wife is our Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world.  However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us where ever we go.
Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of  God and continue with us throughout Eternity.


Thought for the day:  Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect position  to pray.

Submitted by David Quiet Wind Furr 

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