Manataka American Indian Council





Preparation for a 

Pilgrimage to Manataka

Part One


Your pilgrimage to the Place of Peace, Manataka, begins now.  Many who come to pray and honor this sacred site begin preparations for this journey many years in advance.  Others come on a spur of the moment.  Neither group is favored over the other because all gifts are equal in the eyes of the Great Mystery.   Your journey is a gift. 


Your visit will be a wonderful blessing and gift to the Creator, Mother Earth, Manataka, the Rainbow Woman, and the Keepers of this sacred site.   It will also become a blessing to your family, friends, neighbors, and to you.   No one can say what lessons you will learn or the impact your journey will have on the rest of your life.   However, every person will receive what is needed and each will leave what is not.  


Before planning the date of your arrival, you should understand the importance of Manataka to humanity and ways its blessings can become yours.  More importantly, you should understand ways those blessings can best be utilized within the context of your walk in life.  Light energies, powerful messages, and visions are channeled by knowing your inner-self and following the spirit of Manataka, they can be concentrated and put to use in the best way possible – for the good of all Creation.


Spiritual Preparations

Here are three simple, yet powerful activities you can perform to help you achieve optimal reception and benefit from your journey. 


1.   Perform ceremonies daily.  Set up an altar in your home or in a special place outdoors.   Consider this place holy and sacred.  Place objects on or near the altar that have special meaning to you.   Go to your altar daily.  Give food offerings to the animals and your ancestors.


2.   Cleanse.  Smudge yourself daily and give prayers of thanksgiving in the morning and evening.  Do not ask for things for yourself.  The Creator already knows all your needs. Asking for personal benefits, whether for yourself or those close to you, shows a lack of faith.   Give thanks for the blessings that have happened or will happen.  Purge your heart daily of the negatives.   Were you intolerant of a family member?  Did you get angry at someone?  Did you leave an error uncorrected?   Guilt is a negative and not good.  Therefore, do what is necessary to correct errors and purge yourself of guilt.


3.   Fast.   There are good lessons to learn during a fast.  Lessons of endurance, patience, self-denial, strength, harmony, and peace.   Fasting is also beneficial for your body when done correctly.  Fasting helps to get rid of harmful toxins and fats and energizes the body’s immune system. 


If your body is not accustomed to fasting, begin by fasting one day only.  Choose a day during the month when fasting will be convenient.   Take nothing by mouth except water – no other beverage.  If you smoke, stop for 24 hours.  Stop any other indulgent habits that may interfere with your pursuit of tranquility and prayers.   Once you have fasted one day, increase it to two days, then three.  Fasts of longer than three days require experience and supervision and can become dangerous for some people with chronic physical problems.   If you are diabetic, consult your doctor before attempting any type of fast.   


After a fast, envision your body as a holy vessel into which you will place only that which is clean and purified.  At least for one week after a fast, eat only that which comes from the Mother Earth and has not been factory processed by man.


Traveling Companions

A journey to Manataka is a personal experience.   Yet, many who come bring friends and relatives.  While sharing this experience with others is good, sometimes they can distract from the experience, especially if they do not understand and appreciate the purpose of your journey.  Therefore, choose your traveling companions well. 


Gifting and Offerings

MAIC and the Elders of Manataka require no monetary compensation for any service they may perform before, during or after your visit.    Money and material things have no place at Manataka.


Offerings to the sacred Manataka Mountain are o.k. but please be aware your gift may not remain very long unless it is small and well hidden.  Tourist-related businesses surround the mountain and foot traffic on the mountain is sometimes heavy during the day.  The government prohibits ceremonial fires within the boundaries of the National Park, but our elders are experienced in ways to observe the law and perform ancient rites in a prescribed manner.

As a sign of respect and honor, Elders may receive personal gifts.  You may give a contribution to the Manataka American Indian Council for general use or for a specific purpose, however there is never an obligation to do so.   Anyone who cannot afford to pay for ceremonial herbs, offerings, or meals will be provided these things by MAIC.



MAIC does not arrange travel or lodging except for groups of 20 or more.  Hot Springs has hundreds of hotel/motel rooms, condominium rentals, cabins, camping and recreational vehicle parks for your pleasure.  Restaurants of every size and description abound.   


Call 1-888-SPA-CITY (1-888-772-2489)  to request a tourist information packet from the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Use the Diamond Lakes magazine enclosed to contact lodging facilities toll free.


10 Do’s and Don’ts

1.    Do pray, fast, and smudge before entering the sacred grounds.

2.    In prayer, ask permission of the Creator, the mountain and all beings who occupy 

       the mountain, including the standing ones, stone people, animals, and birds, to 

       enter upon the sacred mountain.

3.    Do not carry money, metal or food on the mountain. Please do not 

       feed the animals or birds human food. 

4.    Do not carry recreational tobacco or alcoholic beverages on the 

       mountain.  Water is acceptable and may be advisable if staying for an 

       extended time.

5.    You may bring tobacco, sage, sweet grass, mullein, cedar or other 

       sacred medicines for use in ceremony.   For safety reasons, do not 

       start a fire on the mountain.   

6.    In the interest of safety and guidance, make arrangements with an 

       Elder if you plan to stay on the mountain alone for an extended period 

       (more than 12 hours).

7.    Taking pictures is a condoned accepted modern practice, although not               

       encouraged.  Please ask before taking a picture of an Elder or others on the       


8.    Do not move or remove stones or plants from the mountain.  We ask that you          

       that you remove any trash you see and pack your trash out. 

9.    Do keep a journal of your experiences.

10.  You may bring a blanket to sit on or to wrap yourself.


End Part One -

Part Two of your instructions will be given in-person, eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart.






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