Manataka American Indian Council
Volume XII Issue 5 MAY 2008
- Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow
LEGENDS OF OLD:
The Corn Mill Coyote
A Caddo Legend
A woman pounded corn in a favorite corn mill made from a tree trunk. Smooth
with age, it was about two feet wide and three or four feet tall. She
dropped corn inside and pounded it with a pole into fine meal.
As she pounded she noticed the corn disappeared faster than meal was ground.
She pounded harder and faster, but she still lost more corn than she made
meal. After pounding all her corn, she gathered her small portion of meal.
She waited for the next woman to pound her corn to see if the same thing
happened. This woman pounded her corn but made very little meal. Now both
were suspicious. They waited for the next woman. She pounded her corn, then
gathered a small amount too. Now three women waited to watch the next one.
This woman pounded and pounded, but the corn disappeared and little meal
They discussed the situation, then decided something must be wrong with the
corn mill. They turned the mill this way and that, and then realized it was
not the same old mill they always used.
One woman called for an axe to split the mill in half so they could see
inside. As a woman ran to get it, the mill fell on its side and rolled
around on the ground. The women jumped back in astonishment.
Coyote leaped up from what had been the corn mill and ran away. All the
women laughed. Now they understood that Coyote had hidden the old corn mill
and then turned into a mill to eat all their corn.
From Texas Indian Myths and Legends by Jane Archer
Submitted by Blue Panther Keeper of Stories
Pre-Columbian and Early American
Legends of Bigfoot-like Beings
Attitudes Toward Bigfoot in Many North American Cultures"
By Gayle Highpine
printed in the Western Bigfoot Society Newsletter "The Track Record".
Excerpted from "Legends Beyond Psychology", by Henry James Franzoni III.
Reprinted with permission from all parties.
in the Northwest, and west of the Rockies generally, Indian people regard
Bigfoot with great respect. He is seen as a special kind of being, because
of his obvious close relationship with humans. Some elders regard him as
standing on the "border" between animal-style consciousness and human-style
consciousness, which gives him a special kind of power. (It is not that
Bigfoot's relationship to make him "superior" to other animals; in Indian
culture, unlike western culture, animals are not regarded as "inferior" to
humans but rather as "elder brothers" and "teachers" of humans. But tribal
cultures everywhere are based on relationship and kinship; the closer the
kinship, the stronger the bond. Man Indian elders in the Northwest refuse to
eat bear meat because of the bear's similarity to humans, and Bigfoot is
obviously much more similar to humans than is the bear. As beings who blend
the "natural knowledge" of animals with something of the distinctive type of
consciousness called "intelligence" that humans have, Bigfoot is regarded as
a special type of being."
"But, special being
as he is, I have never heard anyone from a Northwestern tribe suggest that
Bigfoot is anything other than a physical being, living in the same physical
dimensions as humans and other animals. He eats, he sleeps, he poops, he
cares for his family members. However, among many Indians elsewhere in North
America... as widely separated at the Hopi, the Sioux, the Iroquois, and the
Northern Athabascan -- Bigfoot is seen more as a sort of supernatural or
spirit being, whose appearance to humans is always meant to convey some kind
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
Manataka receives dozens of letters each week. Space does not allow us to
publish all letters but we make a concerted effort to print letters that are representative of a majority. Let us know if there is a
topic you feel needs to be addressed.
Full of Great Ideas
I received April's Smoke Signal today - browsed a few sections and I
would like to add some resources for anyone who is interested in
For anyone interested in learning more about animal welfare, our
nation's "food supply", and what REALLY happens in fast food
restaurants, slaughterhouses, and factory farms -- I highly
recommend reading "Fast Food Nation" (Eric Schlosser) and also
"Slaughterhouse" (Gail Eisnitz).
"Slaughterhouse" will probably be very
difficult to read, as it exposes the graphic abuses and attitudes
that permeate slaughterhouses nationwide. The Humane Slaughter Act
is "supposed" to protect slaughterhouse animals from these horrific
deaths, but it is not enforced, and money/power win out over efforts
to enforce the act through the USDA. And chickens and turkeys are
exempt from humane slaughtering regulations. Reading these books,
you'll learn where food poisoning comes from.
Regarding Cage-Free eggs .... go to
and download their PDF of their "guidelines" that they follow, and
there you will find regulations for battery cages, beak trimming of
weeks-old chicks, forced molting, and how they train their employees
not to abuse the birds. Having the "UEP Certified" seal on a carton
of eggs only means that they belong to this organization .... this
treatment is considered 'normal' for 'efficient egg production', so
everything - including the birds' natural habits and life cycle - is
forced and scheduled.
I recommend http://www.hfa.org
(Humane Farming Association), and also
(Humane Society of the United States.
Research farm animal life and fight against factory farming.
~Kim Summer Moon
I just want to personally thank you for
making some rather heavy subjects funny, and understandable for us
common folk. Thanks and keep on trucking @ $3.49.9 per gal!
CITGO Oil is good to
I was really disappointed to read the
piece about oil in the April Smoke Signal news. Dissing
Venezuela and Citgo by Manataka is an incredible and bizarre
irony. First off, Hugo Chavez is no dictator. He is a Native
(South) American who was elected a lot more legally than Bush.
And he doesn't hate the US, he despises Bush as do the majority
of US citizens. Read below to see why the comment about Citgo
was so blind. Sincerely, Roger Nehring
You are correct. We erred in
including Citgo in a list of 'bad oil companies" and corrected
it before too many people read it. "CITGO
is the only oil company that responded to the call by US
Senators to use part of their windfall profits to help low
income citizens in the US. A dozen U.S. senators asked
10 major oil companies to donate a portion of their record
profits to help the poor. Citgo helped poor Mohawk and other
tribal people in a big way. ~Manataka
See Related Story
a wonderful newsletter. I've
been in and out of it many times
this month. How very, very
beautiful about the Bear Dance.
Reading of it sent chills up and
down my spine. Many thanks for
all you do for all of us!
~Valerie Eagle Heart
Hunting for Game Manataka Style
You bless the animal that has fallen. I respect that. I am 42
years old and just started hunting for meat. I always believe in
thanking a animal. I respect nature and what it has to offer.
Manataka will get my support. I am not a trophy hunter and I am
looking for ways to use all parts of the animal any more ways
please let me know. I am trying to learn how to use the
skin fur when I can afford it. Thank you. Blessing to
all Gods speed. ~James P Montgomery
YEP, WE ARE
Manataka, Thank you Manataka for
helping my family thru this hard time. Please ask the
Manataka family to pray hard for a good outcome for all of
my family. Also I want to remind you that if we are not
able to make it to the gathering. I think of the
family very often, and I feel that we are close no matter
how far apart we are. We are all family. Many blessings.
Your little sister. ~Shannon One Bear Who Walks Riehle
BUG EATERS UNITE!
Hi Aletheia at Manataka, I saw your
"Eating Bugs" web
page several year ago, and I thought that was probably one of the
most unusual hobbies I have ever heard of! I also remember seeing
websites about anime, karate, something for catholic home schooled
teens, etc - but about the time I found all these websites, they
disappeared! I really loved your humor pieces - Anyway, good to see
you are still online! ~Jennifer Samson
PUT ORGANIC BACK INTO "ORGANIC" &
NATURAL BACK INTO "NATURAL"
In response to OCA's recent alert
regarding our discovery of the
carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane contaminating a
wide variety of leading personal care
products misleadingly labeled as
"organic" or "natural", many of our
readers have contacted us wondering how
they can best contact these companies to
express their frustrations Literally,
tens of thousands of consumers have
purchased expensive products from
offending companies, thinking they were
paying extra for a product that was
truly natural and safe for their
families, whose cleansing and
moisturizing ingredients were made from
certified organic, not conventional or
petrochemical, material . As indicated
in the previous issue of Organic Bytes,
the OCA has issued Cease and Desist
letters to not only the companies who
tested positive for Dioxane with
misleading organic brand claims, but
also brands with organic brand claims
that may have tested clean, but
regardless use petrochemical compounds
and/or no organic material in major
cleansing and moisturizing ingredients.
We would like to invite our readers to
write a brief letter to these companies
whose products you may have used,
expressing your concerns,to help develop
evidence in a lawsuit that will be filed
on Earth Day if companies do not commit
to cleaning up or dropping their organic
claims. OCA requests that you include
your address, and Take Action
VIDEO OF THE WEEK:
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO
The infamous company that has forced
PCBs, Agent Orange, biotech crops and
rBGH on the world has more control over
global politics, laws and the future of
food and water than most people realize.
Watch this investigative video that
analyzes the inner workings, history and
scandalous secrets of one of the world's
most powerful corporations--Monsanto.
CALL CONGRESS TODAY!
THE DEATH OF PESTICIDE LAWS
Support Organic and Safer,
Less-Toxic & More-Environmentally
Friendly Pest Management!
A provision in the Farm Bill would
prevent Conservation Programs from
regulating or banning the use of harmful
pesticides. This could mean that Organic
Programs, Integrated Pest Management
programs, and other programs that ban
certain pesticides would not be able to
receive federal conservation dollars.
Please call Congress ASAP!
NEWS AND QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
THE SILVER LINING AROUND THE CLOUD OF
HIGHER FOOD PRICES
"Higher food prices level the playing
field for sustainable food that doesn't
rely on fossil fuels."
Pollan, author of "In Defense of Food:
An Eater's Manifesto", speaking to the
New York Times about how rising fuel
costs will likely stimulate increased
demand for less processed and locally
grown foods, because they will be more
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"So I prayed, but
I had to pray from my heart. All of my concentration and thoughts went
from my head to my heart. All of my senses - hearing, smell, taste, and
feeling - were connected to my heart." -Wallace Black Elk, Lakota
The heart is the gateway to the Unseen
World,the Spirit World. It takes real concentration to do this. To
connect to our own heart is also a mental state. It starts in the head
and transitions to the heart. This mental state is our inner stillness.
Be still and know. This place of the heart is very joyous and peaceful.
It is this place that we become one with God, our Creator.
teach me to be
By Don Coyhis
BLACK KETTLE MUSEUM
I wish to respectively take exception to the
recommendation of Mr. Hill regarding the Black Kettle Museum as presented as "Letter
from a Student of History" at the bottom of that web page. I suppose I
should first point out that the museum is no longer in existence. The federally
maintained Washita Battlefield National Historic Site and Cultural Center that
opened in the latter part of 2007 has essentially replaced it, and the Black
Kettle museum has closed.
While this makes the balance of this correspondence somewhat
mute, I would like to suggest that this small, state-funded museum was
essentially a collection of artifacts. I toured the museum numerous times and
felt no particular bias in either direction. True, there was little there
outlining the plight of this magnificent People, and the elements leading up to
that terrible encounter. However, it was a point of interest. A place that
housed the famed 7th Cavalry sandstone, the Cheyenne implements,
MORE.... Counter Point Opinion:
Kids into Mental Zombies
Submitted by Dr. Wayne Garland,
Kids everywhere have played “Simon Says” for
generations, without the slightest inkling that such games may be
preparing them for great success in the classroom and the work-world
Psychology researchers tell us that the “Simon Says’ game is one of the
most important “mind game-exercises” that draw on the crucial capacity
to restrain impulses and exert self-control.
Until recently, many experts believed that teachers could do little to
foster these skills in our children, thinking that kids would either
develop the knack over time, or required medication such as Ritalin to
correct attention disorders.
“Simon Says,” Ritalin is Rubbish......
But new research suggests that ordinary children
can benefit from “mind play” that gives a mental workout to their
faculties of “executive control,” as psychologists call it.
FOR URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
AND KIDNEY STONES
By Dr. James
superb clinician and herbalist placed his wife on parsley tea when she
developed a urinary tract infection on a trip. This therapy has been
100% effective in his experience. in curing urinary infections. She was
known to have large kidney stones in both kidneys. By the fourth day of
therapy the infection was cleared and her kidney stones had dissolved..
This clinician has never seen parsley tea fail to cure a urinary
infection after many years of use.
Parsley tea is made by placing
one ounce of first voided morning urine and a handful of fresh parsley
into a quart of water which is simmered for an hour. The tea is strained
and one quart is drunk hot or cold throughout each day. A follow up
urine specimen can be obtained on the 4th or 5 th day of tea to prove
that white cells, indicating infection, are no longer in the urine
There is a long history of
successful use of parsley tea in Asia and among native Americans. The
urine specimen must be the patients own urine which has beneficial
CDC warns against giving babies
fluoride-tainted drinking water
From Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent
Fluoride Action Network
New York -- January 19, 2007
-- Without fanfare or public announcement, the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) posted a new fluoride caution on their website - avoid
mixing fluoridated water into concentrated infant formula to prevent
discoloring babies' new teeth. (1)
There is no dispute that too
much fluoride causes dental fluorosis - white spotted, yellow or
brown and sometimes pitted enamel. The CDC now admits that babies
can ingest too much fluoride when fluoridated water is mixed into
their concentrated infant formula and foods. Fluoride is added
to 2/3 of public water supplies based on a disproved theory that
fluoride ingestion prevents cavities.
"Where's the media alert so
that the parents, caregivers, healthcare workers and
legislators know about this," asks lawyer Paul Beeber, President,
New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
old Indian man died peacefully and found himself walking down the
middle of a long country road. Suddenly, running toward him was his
favorite dog! He knelt and embraced his long lost pet in tearful
reunion. After some time, the dog seemed anxious to walk the road
in what seemed to be the direction of the rising sun. So they began
Before long, they came
to a fence of wrought gold, behind which stood sparkling mansions in
the distance, as far as the eye could see. At the pearl-encrusted
gates stood a gatekeeper, a tall man in flowing white robes of the
"What is this place?"
said the old man.
"This is Heaven," said
Through the gates, the
old Indian man could see beautiful flowing fountains of cool
water. He asked the gatekeeper, "May my dog and I have a drink from
the fountain? We're both kind of thirsty."
"You're welcome to a
drink," said the gatekeeper. "But your dog can't come in. We have
a strict no-pets policy."
The man stood in
confusion for a moment. His face became grim. "No thanks," he said.
"We'll just keep walking, I guess."
For a long time, the
old man and his dog wandered down the road. At last they came to an
old farm with no fences or gates of any kind. A man dressed like a
farmer in a flannel shirt and overalls was leaning against a tree,
reading a book. Near him was an old-fashioned water pump. The dog
ran up to the man, who petted him happily, then gave him some water
from the pump.
"What is this place?"
asked the old man.
"This is Heaven," came
"But that fellow back
yonder at those pearly gates said that place was
Heaven!" said the man.
Hell," replied the farmer. "We leave the entrance there to weed out
the riff-raff who'd leave their best friend behind."
RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
a film over ten years in the making,
produced by Kim Kindersley
& Julian Lennon, documents the historic coming together of
85 indigenous elders from around the world to share the
stories of their peoples and their love of, respect for, and
hopes for our Earth Mother.
The film producers are looking for distribution of the film
in the U.S., hopefully to be shown nationwide sometime in
"Ten years in the making, this full-length 'eco-feature'
documentary is an experiential film for our times. It is a
story of Dreaming and interwoven Dreams… taking us on a deep
global journey into a forgotten magic that connects us all.
The wisdom of Indigenous Elders
from around the world permeate the film, offering up the all
too familiar warnings of where humanity seems to be going…
but it also reflects back to us that we collectively can
also come back from the edge of extinction… it is not too
late. People around the world are waking up.
For the first time on film Aboriginal Whale Calling
ceremonies are shared.
WhaleDreamers is an invitation for us all to come
back to the Fire... the Dreaming... and the Natural World.
2007 Ibiza International Film Festival Best Environmental
2006 MONACO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Film
2006 ANGEL AWARDS Independents Spirit Award & Angel Award
for Best Film
2006 WAIROA MAORI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, NEW ZEALAND
Best Documentary Film
2006 TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL, USA Best Film
2006 BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL, AUSTRALIA Best Film
2006 TAHOE/RENO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL, USA Best Music / Song"
ENDANGERED SACRED SITES:
SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL
BIG MOUNTAIN, BLACK MESA, AZ.
behalf of their peoples, their ancestral lands, and future generations, more
than 350 Dineh residents of Black Mesa continue their staunch resistance to the
efforts of the US Government-- acting in the interests of the Peabody Coal
Company-to relocate the Dineh and destroy their homelands. This land is the
basis for the Black
Mesa peoples' traditions, livelihoods, and spirituality.
At this moment the decision makers in Washington D.C. are planning ways to seize
tribal lands to extract mineral resources. The coal companies are funding both
the Republican and Democratic parties because they have huge interests at stake.
Presidential candidate John McCain recently sponsored forced-relocation
legislation targeting these Dineh families; Peabody Coal, the world's largest
coal company, currently has plans to expand its strip mine operations and to
seize more deep aquifers beneath these indigenous lands.
Peabody Coal Company has completely dug up burials, sacred sites, and shrines
designated specifically for offerings, preventing religious practices. Not only
were the principal concerns of the communities directly affected by the
legislation never addressed, those communities were not even notified.
"The Big Mountain matriarchal leaders always believed that resisting forced
relocation will eventually benefit all ecological systems, including the human
race." Bahe Keediniihii, Dineh organizer and translator states. "Continued
residency by families throughout the Big Mountain region has a significant role
in the intervention of Peabody's future plan for Black Mesa coal to be the major
source of unsustainable energy, the growing dependency on fossil fuel, and
escalating green house gas emissions. We will continue to fight to defend our
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