Manataka American Indian Council







American Indian women have always held a place of great esteem and honor among their tribes.   The Women's Council were the Keepers of the Moral Spirit of the nation.  The woman was a silent but powerful voice behind all tribal activities.  She ruled undisputed in her domain.

All family property belonged only to the woman.  Children belonged to her clan, not to the clan of the father.    She was the spiritual teacher, nurse and playmate to the child.  She possessed profound feminine dignity, modesty and poise.   

The Indian woman equaled her mate in physical endurance and skill.  She was deeply religious and guided the moral direction of the people.   Women were respected as the life giving force of the tribe.


Dance Classes

History Classes

Pot Luck Parties

Craft Making

Indian Cooking

Prayer Circles 

Field Trips

Life Skills Classes

Sewing Parties



The Manataka Women’s Council



To help reduce Gathering and other event expense and increase Women's Council's income, bring a gift to the Manataka Women’s Council’s Circle of Friendship to every monthly (3rd Sunday each month) membership meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Fire Circle at Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds.   If you cannot come, please mail or ship the following:

 To help reduce potluck and other meal expense:




12 Pack of Canned Soft Drinks

Heavy-duty Styrofoam Plates (large/small), Drink Cups, Bowls

Plastic Forks, Knives, Spoons

Paper Napkins

Paper Towels 

Table Cloths – red, yellow, white or black only

Potholders & Oven Mitts

Dish Towels

Serving Spoons—plastic, wooden, disposable or reusable

            To increase income through craft production:

Washable Cloth Material – red, yellow, white, black and turquoise Yardage of all lengths and sizes needed.

Washable Cloth Material   3 to 3 ˝ yards—Native American prints, wildlife prints, natural colors

Party Supplies

Spray Paint, Enamel or Acrylic


Miscellaneous Craft Supply Items

     To reduce office supply expense:


 Cards—Blank on Inside


Printer Paper

Cash Money – including spare change



Everyone will present his/her gift to Women’s Council Chair, Sharon Kamama Kanogisdi Baugh in the Fire Circle during the Sunday, February 15 meeting at Gulpha Gorge.  Sharon will then present the gifts to the Women’s Council Circle of Friends project.   A special ceremony will be conducted by the Elders and officers of the Women’s Council.   

Sharon Kamama Kanogisdi Baugh was recently diagnosed with rectal and colon , liver, stomach and heart cancer.  She has received her first chemotherapy treatment.  Sharon is the founding Elder Mother of the Women’s Council and has served faithfully and graciously for many years at Chair of the Women’s Council and on the Elder Council.  She deserves our honor, respect, thanks and appreciation.  She has tirelessly fed each of us and has touched all our lives. The Manataka Women’s Council declares Sunday, February 15h, 2004, as a day of honoring Sharon Baugh for her lovingly dedicated hours of service given to all the children of Manataka.  

One of Sharon's wishes is that the "Circle of Friendship" grow and prosper.   The Circle of Friendship needs your help.

By taking this challenge, you will be giving a gift to Sharon and helping her wish for the success and growth of the Manataka Women’s Council.

Sharon appreciates all cards, letters, and notes of encouragement. Her address is: 1194 Bald Mountain Road, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901. Please do not call. The family has requested privacy. Judy Filmore, Becky Moore and Bear receive regular updates on Sharon’s condition. Please include Sharon, and her family, in your prayers.

 Thank you for your consideration!

We gather at 11:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for a FUN luncheon at Desoto Park, located at the corner of Hwy 7 North and Hwy 70 B (Gulpha Gorge Road), Hot Springs, AR.   You are invited!  (Except February and March, 2004 - See above)

Members and guests are requested to give $2.00 during each meeting.



Women's Weekend Healing Retreat

May, 2007 


Gulpha Gorge Campground

Hwy 70B, between Hwy 70 East and Hwy 7 North

Hot Springs, Arkansas


Women and Girls Only Please


Do you long for solitude?  Need a break from a hectic life?  Do you yearn for spiritual strength? Do you want to meet new friends?   The Fire Circle at Gulpha Gorge is nestled in the valley of Hot Springs Mountain, North Mountain, and Indian Mountain. The area is often called “The Three Sisters.” It has been a sacred area for many Native American tribes since long before our grandmothers and grandfathers were born. The area is rich with history, lessons, stories, legends, and natural beauty. It is an area truly blessed by the Creator, where God’s presence can be felt like encircling arms.  



1.    The Legacy of Women                            

2.    Thirteen Original Clan Mothers                

3.    The Whirling Rainbow Dream               




1.    Fire Circle Protocols   

2.    Potluck Protocols

3.    Why do we smudge?    



What roles do animals and animal spirits play in our walk?

What roles do trees and plants play in our walk?



Fireside readings and reviews.  Bring a book to discuss.



Becky “Flaming Owl” Moore leads four guided hikes.  Monterey “Mountain Sun” Sirak leads “Monti’s Special Place Hike.”  Hikers can learn about the sacred mountain, its history, Native American legends and stories, landmarks, and more. 


1.    Overlooking Spirituality & Hawk Point

       2.8 mile round trip.  Uphill hike with some level areas 

2.    Indian Mountain Novaculite Pits

       1 mile hike round trip.  Rough, uphill trail.

3.    Mayan Story Rock & Goat Rock

        1.4 mile round trip.  Uphill hike going, downhill return.

 4.    Sunset Trail

        1 mile round trip.  Begins and ends uphill, mostly flat walking.

5.     Monti’s Special Place

        Short hike, no trail, very rough terrain.




Wrapping & Weaving a Dream Catchers by Sheila Pierce

       Bring a metal ring, leather wrapping strips, feathers, beads 

         waxed cord/sinew and conches.

Making Coffee Can Drums — by “Circle of Friends” volunteers

        Bring empty coffee can, paint, leather, lacing, feathers, and beads.




Hot Springs Health Spa/Libby Memorial Physical Health Center is located about one mile from Gulpha Gorge. It offers co-ed bathing. Large hot tubs each with varying degrees of natural Hot Springs water surround one room. There are wet and dry saunas. A weight room. A cold shower, and a walking pool and giant hot tub are downstairs.  Cost: $13



Personal massages may be arranged in advance. The cost per massage is $50.00.  Most massage therapists expect a tip.  Manataka member, Jerry Reynolds, is highly recommended.  He will give massages at his salon or at Gulpha Gorge.



Sight Seeing Tours can be arranged.  Suggested sights worth visiting are the display hot springs located in Downtown Hot Springs, the Fordyce Bathhouse a free visitor center and museum, and the Hot Springs Mountain Tower.


The cost will be $5.00 per person per day.  $10 camping fee per night.  Guest speakers to be announced.



Three public restrooms and running water. No showers or electrical hookups.  Gulpha Creek runs along the western edge of the park offering swimming or wading.  Individual campsites have one concrete picnic table and one charcoal grill.  No advance registration available; campers use a self-registration and fee collection system. A Federal Ranger will approach campers not paying fees.



Quiet hours: 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  Park in designated areas only. No parking on grass.  Dogs must be chained and muzzled and their messes cleaned.  Do not remove rocks, vines, flowers, etc. as souvenirs. Build fires only in grills. 



Campsites are $10.00 per night per campsite. Additional information about campsites is previously listed in this invitation.  


There are a number of hotels and motels within a two-mile radius of Gulpha Gorge.  The Quality Inn 1/2 mile from Gulpha Gorge. 1125 East Grand Avenue (Highway 70 East). Toll free 1-877-624-3321



Cost is only $15.00 for the entire weekend retreat.  


Contact:  Becky “Flaming Owl” Moore

                136 Waine Place, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901 

                (501) 623-6723 (Before 8 p.m.)



Chair -               Becky Flaming Owl Moore

Vice Chair -      Judy White Feather Filmore




Patti Walelu Whitfield was appointed along with her new husband Joe Quiet Wolf to the positions of Event Coordinators during 2004.


Jody Red Wind Walks Walden was appointed to chair the Women's Council Communications Committee for 2004.   This committee will be responsible for maintaining open communications with the membership throughout the year.  Sara Peasley was appointed vice chair of this committee.    

Make A Donation!
Keep the Women’s Council strong.  Allow us to support Manataka with your love donation.  Send $15 to receive a beautiful certificate suitable for framing.  



Try some of the following suggestions and home remedies if you consider them safe for your own situation.  

Achey Muscles: Bout of the flu?  Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1/2 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Arthritis:  Quaker Oats is  not  just for breakfast anymore!  Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

Boils:   Cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Broken Blisters:
  To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine....a powerful antiseptic.

Bruises:  Heinz vinegar to heal bruises...Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Bug Killer:
  If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly. 

Burns: Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Cat Hairballs:  To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.

Dog Odor:  Rainy day cure for dog odor....Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Ear Mites:
  All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Flea Killer:  Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

Loose Glasses:  To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Puffy Eyes: All you need is a dab of Preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The hemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.

Relieve Headaches: Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers.

Rust Remover: 
Coca-Cola cure for rust...Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca-Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

Skin Blemishes:  Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Sore Throat: Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 Tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Splinter Remover:  Just pour a drop of Elmers Glue-all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Stuffy Nose: Before you head to he drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Toe Nail Fungus:  Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Urinary Tract Infections:  Dissolve two tablets of Alka-Seltzer in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms.  Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never been advertised for this use.


Soothing Honey Skin Cream
By Sharon Kamahmah Baugh


2 teaspoons each of dried Mint, Sage and Rosemary
1/2 oz. Beeswax
2ozs Lanolin
1/2 cup Wheat Germ Oil
1 teaspoon Honey

1.   Combine Herbs in clean bowl, pot, or cup. 
      Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over  herbs. 
      Steep 10 minutes.   
      Strain through very fine sieve, collecting liquid in clean bowl. 
      Allow to cool; discard herbs.   

Melt beeswax and lanolin in heatproof glass container. 
       Add wheat germ oil, while stirring.

3.    Add herbal infusion by teaspoonful and stir until well blended. 
       Remove glass from water.  

       Add honey to tepid cream and carefully stir   it in until blended. 
       Let cream cool completely. Stir cream thoroughly.
       Transfer to containers with tight-fitting lids. Store up to 90 days.



A cream made from lemon balm and propolis powder, (a bee product from tree buds - bee glue) will tighten and smooth normal and dry skin.

It is prepared exactly like the Honey Cream, except substitute 3 tablespoons of dried lemon balm leaves for the herbs and stir in 1 teaspoon of propolis powder instead of the honey.  Both lemon balm and propolis powder may be found in most health food stores. 

Enjoy smooth, beautiful skin made by nature and you!

Mitakuye Oyasin My Sisters



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