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March 13, 2015

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The Spirit --- Living Beings Will Create a Change

Dear Family at Manataka,

All living beings fear death. All of them fear pain. So, when we kill another being, the agony of death will certainly affect us in the subtle level, if not on gross, in the days to come. No embodied being likes to die or stay in captivity. Some of them get used to captivity and are not aware of its status. Nevertheless, they have far superior sixth sense than us. They know their fate. They know for certain that they would be killed. They fear it. And this agony is silently released as negative energy into the atmosphere. Also, understand that souls are the same. There is nothing called human soul and animal soul. (I read somewhere about a conversation between two friends both entering a hermitage where dogs are not allowed. The first man, with the dog says” It is outrageous. This is not a dog. This is the same human soul in a dog's body "The other man remarked "It is true we all are human souls in dog's body. We are all slaves of our own mind") the reality is that souls exist in human body or animal body, depending on its karmic traits. The soul in a child and the adult is the same. It is like the same electricity working through various machines. Electricity is the same; results are different from different gadgets.  Man has developed tremendous insensitiveness towards fellow human beings as well as all other living beings. This will change and must change. All the agony of the living beings will create a change. ~Sahan, Sri Lanka


Legend of Pathfinder


Dear Manataka,

imageRegarding your wonderful web site Legend of Pathfinder

The only difference is I remember her as Polly Pathfinder. I thought you might be interested that this exact story is not legend to me, but part of my family history told to me by my grandmother, Helen Moore.   ~Mindy Robbins



David Swallow Digresses?

To whom it may concern,
Maybe this is a good thing, using a man of the Canunpa, and a renowned medicine man (Wicasa Wacan) to give a message to the broader audience concerning the proper behavior of the pie carriers. This man David Swallow should consider putting his Canunpa down considering I have experienced personally his own digressions in this prescribed conduct of a pipe carrier. I will not mention witch offenses he has practiced against me due to my respect for him as a human being who falls short of these seven rules. These rules also have the distinct taint of the ten commandments preached by the Christians.  ~Charles Rencountre, Indian Art Activist


Cherokee Candy

Hello Manataka,

I am looking for a native American dish called "kin uch ee".  I can guess my spelling is incorrect.   I grew up with a full blood cherokee grandmother that taught my mother how to make this.  My mother has lost the recipe.  I have only eaten this wonderful dish maybe 3 times in my childhood but have never forgotten it and crave it every few years.  I want to say it has crushed walnuts rice and a creamy liquid type of sauce. But as memories change I could be completely wrong.  If you could help me find this recipe; I can not tell you how great full I would be.  Have a wonderful day !   ~Freda Watters




Acorns crunched into a paste with pure honey added.   Berries and other nuts can be added.  Kunchee    Roll into balls.  Eat like candy.  


Spectacular Whirling Rainbows

Good Morning Manataka!

Hi my name is Dee. Donna, actually, but I go by my nickname. I found your web page on the Whirling Rainbow after seeing in a dream two eyes with whirling rainbows coming out of them from what seemed like a rainbow vortex in each eye last night. It was beautiful and spectacular beyond words. I was reminded how I had a dream of the white buffalo (born near me in Greenville, TX) before it was born. That made me think this whirling rainbow is a coming event too.  ~Dee


John Muir

Dear Manataka,

I am following a story in our newspapers here in Scotland , about The John Muir Trust in Scotland and their deer management policy, which led to the killing of 86 red deer males (stags) shot and left to rot on the Scottish  mountains.


This has outraged many hunters but also many 'conservationists too'.


This led me to renew my reading on John Muir himself and to renew my interest in the Native American Indian Nation. (Having read about the Australian Aboriginal people before, interested in these nations I always intended to read about The Americas)


On reading about John Muir I see his attitude to the native Indians was less than favourable and am very keen to read more. He was also disparaging about hooked animals in the wild too!!!!  I see you have recommendations of books to read, which one would you recommend as the best informative read on the overall history of the American Indian Nation,  Thank you for your help,  ~Bill Cowie. Scotland


Hello Bill Cowie,


First, There are 562 federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, nations, pueblos, rancherias, communities and Native villages in the United States.

Approximately 229 of these are located in Alaska; the rest are located in 33 other states. Tribes are ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse.

You speak of American Indians a single Nation.    Therefore, there is no single book to recommend because of our extreme diversity.  Use our entire website of nearly 4,000 webpages to launch your exploration of our culture.    There are literally thousands of stories and interesting articles – all free.


Not the Word


Hello Manataka,

I was Created in the eyes of the true God, on a Star Constellation of Pisces.  

I used the seeds of my own planet to be completely at one with my own soul and to find, if the balance collapses we will come together.

And what nature says, but how do you penetrate through to mankind to say that every planet is a living organism just like the trees and plants on their own Mother Earth.


As I said to Jehovah, there was one important mission of God, waiting for a seventh angel and what you do also tell the revelations, but in time you go back the other way without even looking back if there was no snake in the neighborhood to a point that you no longer believed in angels and only saw the Bible as human.

And then you take from here and there pieces out of the Bible and stick them together and creates a new Bible that is not the word of God.  ~Sandra Vandendriess


The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Hello Manataka,

I don't have any Native American in me - maybe a smidge of Cherokee - but, I enjoy reading about the too often overlooked history of our true forefathers.  Your story of the real Thanksgiving should be in the history books - we know that will never happen! It should also be included when talking about slavery. Not taking away the pain the early African people suffered, but no one talks about the Native American people and all the suffering they went through and what they are still going through.

~Allen Hill