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A Night On The Sacred Mountain


During the full moon on the eve of July 4th, six men survived a harrowing night on the sacred mountain.  Lighting flashed and cracked across the dark sky as torrents of rain poured down all day across the Valley of Peace at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.  A break in the rain came in the evening around six-thirty, just minutes before the men gathered at the fire circle on the Manataka Sacred Grounds. 


Lee Standing Bear Moore and Kanil Grunawaldendena cleansed the circle with white mountain sage, sweet grass and tobacco.  Kanil brought a special preparation of Frankincense he acquired from his home in Sri Lanka.  He lit wonderful little burners that turned the olibanum or al-lubān milky sap tapped from the Boswellia tree into wonderfully aromatic smoke that continued to bless the circle. 


Mike Eye of the Eagle Feather Burton, his son Kris and Father Bruno Ruel from St. Mary's Church arrived and everyone was in good spirits so solemn ceremonies were temporarily halted while newcomers shared their enthusiasm and happiness at being there.  After prayers of thanksgiving, the group loaded into vehicles for a short trip to Gulpha Gorge Campground where Rev. Tom Haley of the Antioch Church of Tull welcomed them. The six men walked into the fire circle and more prayers of preparation were given before going on the sacred mountain Read More..






18 Incredible Photographs Of The Shaman Gathering In Siberia


The Call of 13 Shamans is a four-day festival where Shamans from all corners of the globe gather near the village of Khorum-Dag, the spiritually charged centre point of the Asian continent. This festival coincides with natural cosmic cycles and its purpose is to help maintain harmony between humanity and the universe.

Original Publishing: The Siberian Times

Call of 13 Shamans




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Can People Talk With Animals?

It seems that there are some people who think of animals as non living beings. They only think about their animals when they are going to show off but this should not be. Animals are living beings too with their own minds and with their own feelings. They also get hurt, they get sick and they learn to love people who take care of them. That being said, one of the main questions that people ask is if people can communicate with animals.

Some may feel a bit skeptical about this because animals do not talk but people have to think about it properly. Isn’t it that animals usually try to communicate with human beings? For instance, even though they do not usually want to cuddle or they choose when they would like to cuddle; there are some animals that cannot cuddle at all – like birds. Yet, they still make it a point to communicate with people.








Pamunkey Indian Tribe attains U.S. Federal Recognition  

After a decades’ long process, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe received notice July 2, 2015 that the United States acknowledges the Pamunkey Indian Tribe as an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. “The Native American Rights Fund has had the distinct honor and privilege of representing the Pamunkey people since the mid-1970s. We applaud Assistant Secretary Washburn and OFA Director Fleming for their careful review and decision” said NARF’s Executive Director, John Echohawk. Along with the tribe’s legal co-counsel, Mark Tilden of Tilden McCoy + Dilweg LLP, NARF would like to congratulate the Pamunkey Indian Tribe on today’s victory!




"If the Great Spirit wanted men to stay in one place He would make the world stand still; but He made it to always change..." -- Chief Flying Hawk, Oglala Sioux

The Elders tell us change occurs in two directions. They say, "That which is built is constantly being destroyed; that which is loose is being used to build the new." In other words, change is constantly going on. Many times we hear people say, "I hate change." Does it make sense that the Great Spirit would design people to hate it? The Great Spirit designed people with change abilities such as visioning, imagery and imagination. Maybe we need to learn to use these tools and then we'll look forward to change.

Great Spirit, today, let me see the harmony of Yours, truly changing world.


Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.


Dreaming, visioning and imagination are the good seeds of change, constant revolution and evolution. ~Lee Standing Bear Moore



Coyote Creates the Earth - Legends of the Cree / Yinnuwok 

Coyote Creates the Earth

Legends of the Cree / Yinnuwok

Long ago there was no earth, only water. Coyote was floating around on a small raft when he met the ducks. They were the only other creatures.


"My brothers," he said, "there is no one else around. It is no good to be alone like this. You must get me some earth so I can make things right." He turned to the red-headed mallard. "Dive beneath this water and try to bring up some earth. We'll use it as a means of living." The red-headed mallard dived. He remained down for a long time but came up without bringing any earth.


Coyote turned to the pinto duck, "I sent the older one, but he was not able to get any earth. Now I will let you try." The pinto duck came up after a long time and said, "My brother, I was not able to get any." "How is that? I thought surely you would bring some."


Then Coyote asked a smaller, blue-feathered duck to dive. "If you do not bring up any, we will have no land to live on."  He dived down, but he came up with no earth. Coyote did not know what to do.  Then the grebe spoke up. "My older brother, you should have asked me to go before you asked these others. They are my superiors, but they are helpless."

He took his turn diving and stayed down a long time. When he came up Coyote said, "What sort of luck did you have?" "I have brought some." He had a little dirt between his webbed feet. Coyote said, "To every undertaking there are always four trials. You have achieved it." Then he took the mud and said, "I will make this into the earth. You will live in the ponds and streams and multiply there where you can build your nests.


Now, I am going to make this earth." Coyote took the mud in his hand and he started in the east. "I will make it large so we have plenty of room." As he traveled along he spread the mud around and made the earth. He traveled like this for a long time going toward the west.   Coyote Creates the Earth - Legends of the Cree / Yinnuwok 





World Population Out of Balance
by Doug George-Kanentiio

Physicist Stephen Hawking said recently that the human species will become extinct within the next 1,000 years due to overpopulation, warfare and the exhaustion of natural resources.

There are currently 7,240,000,000 people on the planet with an annual increase estimated at 90 million additional people a year.

By the year 2050, when today’s elementary school children will be considering retirement, the world’s human population will be close to 10 billion and counting.

Consider the current rate at which we are using the finite resources of the earth the inevitable conclusion must be our grandchildren are facing certain ecological, social and political disasters far more serious than the wars in the Middle East, the upheavals in Yemen and the Boko Haram religious persecutions in Nigeria.

As Iroquois we share the world’s concerns about human overpopulation. Our culture was founded upon certain principles which emphasized our responsibility to the natural world.  Iroquois traditions teach us that humans are in no way superior to any other organism; we do not have dominion of the earth. Creation was not made for the specific needs of men, rather we were instructed to use our senses to live in peace and harmony with nature. 



Manataka recently partnered with Canyon Records and its distributors to bring our members and supporters the very finest in American Indian Music.  Canyon Records of Phoenix, Arizona, producer and distributor of Native American music, is one of the oldest independent record labels in the music industry as well as one of the oldest cultural institutions in the state of Arizona. Canyon Records was founded in 1951 by Ray and Mary Boley. Their involvement with Native American music began when Ray was asked by the Phoenix Little Theater to record a Navajo singer named Ed Lee Natay. Boley was so taken with Natay's singing that he recorded a collection of songs titled Natay, Navajo Singer. This album is still in active release.  Manataka now presents over 90 CD collections with many more coming in the next few weeks.  Click on the album covers below to discover a beautiful world of indigenous music!






Songs of Our Old People

Old-Time Round Dance Songs of Oklahoma


For the first time ever, this recording brings together the traditional Round Dance songs of Oklahoma in a  single collection.  The songs heard on this recording belong to the traditional group of Round Dance songs that the Kiowa people received through their alliance and friendship with the people of Taos Pueblo.  Many of the songs in this collection have not been shared outside of Oklahoma. They have been presented here with the encouragement of elder singers in order that they may be shared with future generations. Sung by some of the greatest young voices of the  southern Plains, these beautiful songs have stood the test of time and are destined to live on for generations to come.  Read More...





The Astonishing Radio-Protective Effects of MISO Explained:

Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Chernobyl survivors speak to live!
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger


(NaturalNews) One of the most amazing chapters in the true history of healing foods comes from the final chapter of World War II, in the aftermath of the United States' dropping of two atomic bombs on civilian populations in Japan. Millions of innocent civilians were exposed to extreme levels of ionizing radiation, and rates of cancer immediately skyrocketed thereafter.

Yet some people seemed to be immune to the effects of harmful radiation... even people who were less than a mile from the epicenter of the atomic bombs. What was different about these people? As you'll learn here, they were all consuming miso, a staple of the Japanese diet made from fermented soybeans, rice and salt.

Miso, as you'll see here, winds its way through the history of nuclear accidents and atomic bombs, always serving as a healing food with extraordinary properties that come from the fermentation process, not the soy itself. (Fermenting soy radically alters its chemical properties, changing it from an estrogen-mimicking food to an anti-estrogenic food.)   Read More...





Indians Struggle for Recognition in Their Own Land
By Janeal Downs and Cameron Vigliano Virginia News, Capital News Service

Virginia’s original inhabitants are seeking formal recognition from the federal government, but they face opposition from casino interests and other groups.

The Pamunkey, whose most famous member was Pocahontas, and other Native American tribes in Virginia want federal recognition that would open the door for housing, education and other financial assistance.

The casino giant MGM, which is building a gaming resort on the Maryland side of Washington, D.C.’s National Harbor, is urging the federal government not to recognize the Virginia tribes. MGM has raised several objections, including accusations that the tribes have been racist and sexist.

However, Native Americans say the real reason for MGM’s opposition is that the company fears that federal recognition would allow Native Americans to open competing casinos in Virginia. (The Virginia tribes have not expressed interest in doing so.)

“It’s pretty infuriating to me – in a way, it’s insulting – because they think that’s the only reason a tribe wants to be recognized is for casinos,” said Wayne Adkins, an assistant chief of the Chickahominy tribe.  



"It was a good day in court!"


Dear Friends:

Thank all of you who have been praying for our lawsuit against the Department of Interior.  This fight has never been about the feathers and about me.  It has been about the spiritual rights of all Natives and the restoration or re-establishment of our rights as Natives to use the sacred objects given to us by God the Creator in our ceremonies, gatherings and powwows.  When I was confronted by the feds, I refused to give them my two golden eagle feathers on my porcupine hair roach.  My first statement to the agent trying to take them away was, "I am Indian and as an Indian, it is my right to use these feathers."  When he asked me to give them to him, I told him no.  I knew it was only a matter of time before he discovered I was not from a tribe recognized by the federal government but I was not about to give them up that easily.  I finally gave them up but on my terms.   Read More...





Making Sense
Seeds of Change
Corporate Power, Grassroots Resistance, and the Battle Over the Food System
By Elizabeth Fraser and Anuradha Mittal

This article is from the March/April 2015 issue

Over a decade ago, Dollars & Sense published the article “Genetic Engineering and the Privatization of Seeds,” by Anuradha Mittal and Peter Rossett, on genetic modification and its impact on the world food system (March/April 2001). In it, the authors asked, “will biotechnology feed the world?” while providing an overview of the landscape of corporate control, widening inequality, private property claims, and growing farmers’ resistance around the world. This article acts as a follow-up, highlighting some of the key developments in recent years.

For most of history, farmers have had control over their seeds: saving, sharing, and replanting them with freedom. Developments in the course of the 20th century, however, have greatly eroded this autonomy. Legal changes, ranging from the Plant Variety Protection Act (1970) in the United States to the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), have systematically eroded farmers’ rights to save seeds for future use. By the end of 2012, Monsanto had sued 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses in the United States for patent infringement, winning over $23 million in settlements. Here, we describe some of the key developments further intensifying corporate control over the food system. It is not, however, all bleak news. Civil society groups are using everything from grassroots protest to open-source licensing to ensure that the enclosure and privatization of seeds comes to an end.    Read More...




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"We must remember that the heart of our religion is alive and that each person has the ability within to awaken and walk in a sacred manner." -- -- Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

The Native Spirituality is full of life. When we seek it we become alive. Even if we have gone astray and have conducted ourselves in a bad way, we can look within and have a new awakening to life. Maybe we have drunk too much alcohol; maybe we have cheated on our spouse; maybe we have done things that make us feel guilty and ashamed. If we look outside ourselves, we will not find life; if we look inside, we will find life. Anytime we choose to change our lives, we only need to look inside. How do we do this? Take some sage and light it, close your eyes and say to the Great Sirit, I'm tired, I need your help. Please help me change.

Great Spirit, I know you exist inside of myself. Let me awaken to your teachings.


Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.


"The depth and breadth of indigenous religion is as simple as a blade of grass, yet more complex and difficult to fathom as the Universe.  Our religion is not about dogma and doctrine, it is not intellectual or crafted by the mind, but is a river of Spirit flowing beside us all our days on the Good Red Road."    ~Lee Standing Bear Moore





Hundreds of piglets crushed to death. Genetic experiments forcing cows to give birth to deformed and stillborn twins. Hundreds of lambs left to die in open fields from exposure and starvation. Cruel and experimental surgeries conducted by unqualified scientists.   And it's happening at federally sanctioned research facility, paid for with your tax dollars.   A January 20, 2015 New York Times investigative report uncovered a disturbing pattern of systematic animal cruelty, spanning decades at, the Nebraska-based U.S. Meat Animal Research Center.  The center, funded with $200 million in taxpayer money, is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The report prompted legislators from both parties in Congress to introduce H.R. 746 (S. 388), the AWARE Act, intended to expand protections for farm animals at federal research facilities. Animals involved in scientific research enjoy basic protections under the Animal Welfare Act, but farm animals in agriculture research are exempt. The AWARE Act would close that exemption.  
Manataka Took Action, Now YOU CAN TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Support the AWARE Act to End Animal Cruelty at the USDA






American Indian / U.S. Treaties

Nation to Nation -  SmithsonianNMAI


American Indian treaties with the United States have had enormous, incalculable, and permanent effects on the lands, cultures, and populations of Native America. As nation-to-nation agreements, treaties are integral to the history and development of the United States. And while many treaty promises remain unfulfilled, the principle of sovereignty makes treaties vital to Indian life today.

This video was produced as part of the exhibition "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations," on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. The video introduces visitors to the principle of coexistence embodied in the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois or Six Nations) Guswenta, the Two-Row Wampum Belt.  Read More...




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Nominations Open for Elder Council

The Manataka Elder Council needs two new members.  Self-nominations are permitted.  Requires at least one in-person meeting per year at Hot Springs, AR and tele-conference meetings monthly. MAIC dues must be current. Send you resume today!


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Fund Raising Professional needed.  Experienced please.  Email us now.


Education Committee needs Teachers, Educators, Curriculum Developers.  We are creating a new approach to teach values in public schools based on American Indian philosophy and customs.  Contact: Dr. Rev. Fred Wilcoxson.

Volunteer Counseling Positions Open: 

Are you a minister, psychologist, teacher or counselor?  Elder Robert Gray Hawk Coke announces that more professional volunteer counselors are needed for Manataka's free online Counseling program helping hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, family, marital and other issues -- anonymously and free!. There are education, professional experience and licensure requirements.


Planning is in full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain into memorial gardens.  Everyone is excited!





"Most Beloved Man" of the Cherokee

"Most Beloved Man" of the Cherokee

First in 200 hundred years...

From: "Wolfe wears mantle of Cherokee culture as Beloved Man" By Mike Belleme, Special to the Citizen Times, by Associated Press


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Jerry Wolfe, an Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians citizen, volunteered for the U.S. Navy after completing 10th grade. It was the first time he left the mountains. At 90, he is one of the tribe’s most respected elders.


Most days you’ll find Jerry Wolfe behind the ticket counter of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

He’s reading a yellow-bound New Testament, and he has open a Bible written in Sequoyah’s syllabary. Sporting a Stetson with a beaded headband, a thin gray braid of hair at the back of his bent neck, Wolfe gets up to greet a visitor with a firm handshake.

“‘Siyo,” he says – Cherokee for “hello.”  
Still spry at 90, Wolfe is a living repository of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ wisdom and the old ways on the Qualla Boundary.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians citizen Jerry Wolfe at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina, has run the museum for 17 years. As one of the tribe’s most respected elders, Wolfe has been named the Beloved Man, the first Cherokee to hold the honorary title in more than 200 years. (Mike Belleme, Special to the Citizen.)

As one of the tribe’s most respected elders, Wolfe has been named the Beloved Man, the first Cherokee to hold the honorary title in more than 200 years.


He’s seen war and peace. A Navy veteran who saw action on Normandy Beach during D-Day, a stonemason who laid rock through the Smokies, Wolfe is one of the last elders fluent in Tsalagi – the native language he grew up hearing in the Big Cove community.   Read More...





Touching the Earth

By Upaava Hohongwitutiwa


Ngungu'taota (greetings, we are relatives), Tutskwa I'qatsi (Land and Life are One),

In the July Smoke Signal News it was stated, in Elders Speak:
“Great Spirit, today, let me touch the Earth so the Earth can touch me.”

I would like to speak to you about “touching the Earth,” as this is a sacred subject worthy of discussion.


Luther Standing Bear was quoted saying that “The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power...The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing..." “...Have you ever noticed the relationship between children and the soil? Watch how happily they are touching the dirt. The children play in it and eat it... Our bodies love to touch the Earth.”   Read More....




"We must have respect and understanding for women and all female life on this Earth which bears the sacred gift of life."  ~-- Traditional Circle of Elders. Onondaga

At a gathering of Native Elders we were told that many men of today had lost their ability to look at the Woman in a sacred way. They said we were only looking at Her in a physical sense and had lost the ability to look at Her sacredness. They said the Woman has a powerful position in the Unseen World. She has the special ability to bring forth life. They told us to start showing Her respect and to look upon her in a sacred manner. We must start this today.

Grandfather, show me how to see in a sacred way.


Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.


Our nature is naturally free and joyful made possible by our respect for the sacred feminine.  Our perspective on life in general and all its outcomes has a lot to do with the respect shown for the sacred - the Mother. ~Lee Standing Bear Moore





Seven Philosophies for the Native American

Dear Mantaka:

The article ‘Seven Philosophies for the Native American’ man should be read by every school student in America, and from the pulpit of every church, temple, and mosque.  Men behaving irresponsibly are a root cause of much of society’s problems.  Regarding the article ‘Where are the mainstream TV shows about American Indians?’, while I agree with the article, let’s not forget the huge impact that Vision Makers and PBS are having on true stores about the People.  Many of us have access to the PBS channels that carry these documentaries via HDTV, and if not, one can access them through Warren Lind, St. Louis, MO

Letters to the Edtior - AUGUST 2015


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By Harold W. Becker

Inspiring People to Love Unconditionally


Our precious planet has been on a journey longer than our minds can rationally grasp, yet surprisingly our heart instinctively understands. In a dance of the elements, infinite transitions and transformations are always underway. Intrinsically designed to continue a natural and sustainable evolution, these countless interactions are forever providing sustenance and opportunity for innumerable emergent life forms. And in some extraordinary way, we find ourselves immersed and exploring an infinitesimally brief moment of this grand planetary adventure.

Amidst this vast, organic and evolving factory of life, we discover ourselves walking upon the lands as both witness and participant of a remarkable collaboration where consciousness finds manifestation in a human vehicle. In a synergy of multidimensional and miraculous proportions, we are gifted with a rare opportunity to grow together for a time, through both trial and triumph. Along the way, we blend mutual seeds of potential that are either nurtured or destroyed.

On our multi-layered journey, we utilize the core elements of earth as building blocks for our human body. In our own way, we evolve ourselves within this incredible orb of precise and calculated perfection that is exquisitely designed for consciousness to interact with matter. This is where it becomes ever more interesting.   Read More...


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