Manataka American Indian Council

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Native American Day

Monday, Oct 10, 2016




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Giving Thanks


Dear writers and editors for this article and discovery,
I want to thank you for sharing this information online. I have informed the Department of Education for the Yukon in Canada of your discovery. I fully support what you have written and will be sharing this information with my students. I was blind to this before and I apologize for my ignorance. I have now taken a vow to never celebrate this holiday again and support you in your cause with my teachings going forward. Could you please find a way to write this so that I can print this off and it be used to teach primary school students. Thank you,  ~r. Hayden/ Grade 5


Thanks for Thanksgiving


Dear Manataka,

Thank you for taking the time to write this blog and share your historical insights. I am a recent mother and want to teach my child historical truths- I didn't learn the truth until I was much older and I'm still learning the details of "thanksgiving" at age 32. I'm in the processing or making a lists/ collection of historically accurate books for my kid. Thanks for creating your site. Best, ~Chelsea Downs

Suffering of Aboriginal People

Hello Manataka,

Thank you for teaching me what I partially knew, I truly sorry for they suffering.  As a  person born in Argentina I learn true my beloved father the suffering of aboriginal people in South America,  he was my inspiration,  and here I am living in Canada reliving this again and again.  ~Diana Schatzky


The Dakota Access Pipeline

No rest for the water protectors


Hello Manataka,

In North Dakota, seven thousand strong, Indian people from all nations and their allies from all over the world are peacefully protesting the construction of a pipeline that will cross under several rivers and involve the destruction of culturally and spiritually significant sites.  


Every motion taken to uphold the rights of native people - even by President Obama, even with the declaration of the United Nations that the Standing Rock Sioux have a valid case against the project - has been overthrown, daily, by the State of North Dakota and the construction crews.  And in a chillingly familiar scenario, armed soldiers have lined the hilltops, guns loaded, with innocent men, women and children below.


We are witnessing both the fulfilling of the seven generations prophecy, and the terrible face of unbridled greed, media censorship, contempt for both the environment and for native people, and ultimately, the absolute suppression of democracy and violation of the government to government relationship that the United States should by law uphold.  We are witnessing the very worst of America…or we would be witnessing it, anyway, if the media were not ignoring it, and if Facebook was not censoring those who try to bring us the news.


Right now this is a battle to halt a single pipeline - but it’s really much more than that.  It is a call for environmental protection and justice worldwide.  It is a call to change our relationship with our home planet, to protect our water, our life blood…because water is life.  


If you cannot go to North Dakota to stand with the water protectors, there are other ways to support; help with sending supplies, contact your local news sources and ask them to report on the issue, share the articles you see, educate yourself about the issue at #NODAPL, write letters to news media, to your congressional representatives, to the President; ask your tribal leaders to support this effort, hold the water protectors in prayer.  We are in this together…we share the same earth.  ~Corina Robers


Scholarships for Native American Students

Greetings Manataka!


My name is Laura and I am an Accounting teacher. I have been researching for good resource material for my class and came across your page,


It was complete and very useful so thank you for your helpful resource! I came across another page that I am now also using,


The page has some great information and I wanted to share it with you in case you were interested in including it alongside your other resources for other teachers to find.  Let me know your thoughts! :)  Thanks again and have a wonderful day! ~Laura Pipitone


Drums and Women


Dear Manataka,


Love your teaching or reading on the women hand drums.  Do you have anything on the drum stick.  Would love to teach my students the story of the drum stick. ~Teresa Flamant


 "A drum stick is called 'grandmother's arm' because it is Grandmother's spirit that flows from your heart and DNA into the vibration created by the drum so that others may experience her love.  Banging and slamming a drum stick against the hide of our brothers is not grandmother's way.   When a quite heart-beat rhythm is achieved, its sound carries like the birds and her  wondrous call is heard by everyone.  Grandmother's arm is greatly respected.  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore, Manataka

A Profound Spiritual Event...

Greetings Manataka,


My name is Dieauka. I had a very profound spiritual event similar to the love flute that on my hunt I felt an heard a bear run from me and the elk on my pursuit. At the end I knelt and submitted and the elk sang and others joined after 4 hrs on the hint with my bow. I thought I was going to die with all that I have learned and in the end this gray bull elk seamed to turn into an native man.

My story is much deeper and involves other animals with great similarity and meaning. I have forever ran across eagle feather and have called them in and feed them often and just recently found the very center white Tamil feather of one of the one I feed by chance recently.

I have found what I feel could be lost history with no clear markings but the knowledge I have gained in meditation, research and theory have lead me to the blue star prophecies.
I have yearned to speak to some true elders but have no luck finding people that truly understand my experiences and feel I have lost my mind. I feel I have found my destiny and have alway trusted that I will have a profound positive effect on the world humbly.

I live In Washington and I am at home in the woods. Going through a divorce and making moves to get back to the old ways of our ancestors and seek my path to purpose.  Kind Regards, Dieauka Shindell BDOM


Women and the Drum


Hello my Native Brothers and Sisters at Manataka,


Just read the piece about women at the drum. I was taught that women do not touch the drum because their power is too poweful it will take away the healing it has to give or interfer with the drums power. That goes with the sweat lodge aswell. The old people have told me that the drum was given to the women, that is the son inside of her whomb with the heartbeat, and it is the men who are responsible to keep the drum beating since women have the gift to give life, create a heartbeat. Also it says that the drum is female. The drum is not female or male. There is no gender binary to the drum, the drum is a spirit. And i always get the feeling that women think it is a sexist thing to say they cant touch it, when really it is not about women not being good enough but rather women being to powerful. Love and respect tho, thats what the drum and our tradition is about. Ive learnt from my grandfathers who are old pipecarriers, who are not sexist, not influenced by the colonial mindset. They said they have learnt from their elders and so on. Just putting these old teachings out there incase there has been some sexist men saying wrong. Hope that gives people the right understanding of the traditional way. Not trying to be a smart ass or prove anybody wrong or anything, just getting out there what i was taught that is the "right way". Ho miigwetch  ~Jake Shingoose, Anishinaabe


Teepee Mold


Hello Manataka,

I live at 2400 ft on a mountain jungle of Hawaii. I am concerned about mold.  Is there a way to hold back mold in a teepee. Does the cotton get moldy easily. What is your suggestion. Thanks  ~Karuna Ashram



First, green smoke your lodge for 4-6 days.  This puts the resin of the smoke into the canvas fibers -- retarding mold, mildew and bug proofing.

Second, use a high grade marine sealer to clear paint the outside.  -- Every few months or as needed.

Third, use soap, bleach and water to clean the lodge regularly.  Use a vinegar rinse to neutralize canvas cover against acidic mold.

Do these things and your lodge will weather jungles for many years.   Don't do them and the jungle will swallow you.

Green Smoke:
Close the lodge.  Pull flaps in tight. cover the door.
Use small green twigs and logs for a small smokey fire.
Keep the smokey fire going 24/7 X 4-6 days.
The outside of the lodge will turn tea brown any place not painted.