Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sorry Johnny. THIS is a real Comanche warrior. (in reference to Johnny Depp as Tonto)

Better Enjoy This Now......

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 22


Elder's Meditation of the Day June 22
"The one who wishes to be a true medicine person must be a person of faith, and they can only work successfully with those who also have faith."
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA
Medicine People are spiritual beings who have made a decision to seek the Red Road. They sacrifice and seek the way of the Creator. After many years of dedication, the Grandfathers teach them about power, and about laws, and about how to use the medicine. The Medicine People develop tremendous faith in their medicine and in the Creator. When we go to the Medicine People, we too must have faith so they can help us. We can only be helped if we want to be helped. Because the Medicine People know how to help - that is only one half of it. The other half is up to us. We must have faith that the medicine has powers to help.
My Creator, faith is belief without evidence. Today, give me the faith. Let me trust that You are running my life. Let me know You are in charge of all things. Let my mind not wonder; let me stand strong on Your path today.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Apple cake



You're going to just DIE over this recipe!...
2 SIMPLE ingredients: 1- 21oz can of apple (or fruit of your choice) pie filling and 1 box of angel food cake mix.....that's it! NOTE: you MUST use the ONE-STEP (the kind that only requires water) cake mix for this to work....but DO NOT add the water!
Mix the 2 ingredients together (the dry packet of cake mix and the undrained can of fruit/filling) pour in a greased 9x13 pan or dish and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 (or according to baking directions on the box).
People....it can't get ANY easier than this! A dollop or 3 of ice cream finishes it off perfectly


Elder's Meditation of the Day June 21


Elder's Meditation of the Day June 21
"The god that people reject is not the true god, it is a god they have conjured up apart from proper education, and understanding. In such cases, the least Fools Crow will do is to call their assumptions into question, and force them to re-evaluate their position."
--Thomas Mails on Fools Crow, LAKOTA
Inside of every person - man, woman, and child - is the knowledge that there is a Supreme Being. Many of us have been taught that the Creator is a punishing God. We have been taught about feelings of guilt and shame when we do things wrong. We have been taught that God gets angry and disappointed with us. The Elders teach us that the Creator is a loving and forgiving God. He loves us during our good days and He loves us during our bad days. He doesn't know how to do anything but love. If I really want to find out about the true God, I only need to ask in prayer. There is one thing that God cannot do and that is refuse help to one of His children who asks.
My Creator, I ask You to be a part of my life today. Whisper to me Your wisdom. Let me feel Your presence. If I am doubtful and afraid, show me, in terms I can understand, You are real.

Symbolic Meaning of the Raven in Native American Culture


Native American Raven Dancing (Video)

Native American culture is embedded with extensive tales and legends. Every aspect of life, death, and existence has its own story to explain why things are the way they are. Often, different Native American tribes had very similar beliefs, but most tribes have their own unique variations in the details of these legends. 

The raven also has a prominent role in the mythologies of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, including the Tsimishian, Haida, Heiltsuk, Tlingit, Kwakwaka'wakw, Coast Salish, Koyukons, and Inuit. The raven in these indigenous peoples' mythology is the Creator of the world, but it is also considered a trickster god. 

For instance, in Tlingit culture, there are two different raven characters which can be identified, although they are not always clearly differentiated. One is the creator raven, responsible for bringing the world into being and who is sometimes considered to be the individual who brought light to the darkness. The other is the childish raven, always selfish, sly, conniving, and hungry.

When the Great Spirit created all things he kept them separate and stored in cedar boxes. The Great Spirit gifted these boxes to the animals who existed before humans. When the animals opened the boxes all the things that comprise the world came into being. The boxes held such things as mountains, fire, water, wind and seeds for all the plants. One such box, which was given to Seagull, contained all the light of the world. 

Seagull coveted his box and refused to open it, clutching it under his wing. All the people asked Raven to persuade Seagull to open it and release the light. Despite begging, demanding, flattering and trying to trick him into opening the box, Seagull still refused. Finally Raven became angry and frustrated, and stuck a thorn in Seagull's foot. Raven pushed the thorn in deeper until the pain caused Seagull to drop the box. Then out of the box came the sun, moon and stars that brought light to the world and allowed the first day to begin. 


Bill Reid created the sculpture of The Raven and The First Men depicting a scene from a Haida myth that unifies the Raven as both the trickster and the creator. According to this myth, the raven who was both bored and well fed, found and freed some creatures trapped in a clam.


These scared and timid beings were the first men of the world, and they were coaxed out of the clam shell by the raven. Soon the raven was bored with these creatures and planned to return them to their shell. Instead, the raven decided to search for the female counterparts of these male beings. 


The raven found some female humans trapped in a chiton, freed them, and was entertained as the two sexes met and began to interact. The raven, always known as a trickster, was responsible for the pairing of humans and felt very protective of them. With the Raven perceived as the creator, many Haida myths and legends often suggest the raven as a provider to mankind.
Source: Wikipedia
VIDEO


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Native Voices United - USA/Canada online radio



RCMP: PROTESTS HAVE BEEN PEACEFUL, SAFE
JUNE 18 2013 (Photo JUNE 19)

ELSIPOGTOG, NB- RCMP crews have maintained that the majority of the protests have been peaceful, safe and within the law.

It's a message that was reiterated yesterday in the video released by shale gas opponents.

'Please do not think that warrior is someone that has weapons and someone that wants to fight and create trouble,' said Amy Sock, second in command at the protests, who sat next to Levi in the taped message.

'A warrior is totally the opposite. A warrior protects the earth, a warrior's weapons are our medicines, our feather, our sage and tobacco. We have no weapons, we have no guns. We have nothing to fear. The police, where the sacred fire is lit (have said) it's very peaceful.'

While the protests have typically turned out groups of roughly only 50 to 150 members, Sock said that they are representing the interests of a larger group.

'We're doing this for all of you, the whole Atlantic provinces, not just New Brunswick, not just Kent County, not just Elsipogtog,' she said.

'We're doing this for all the Mi'kmaq people and all our neighbours, our friends. Once you call them 'settlers,' they are our friends, our neighbours. And they are black, red, yellow and white, and we are here to protect them all. All colours and all walks of life.' Sock added that they will not stop and can't allow shale gas exploration to continue in the province.

'We cannot risk the health of our children. Our treaties tell us from a long time ago that this will happen and that we are protectors of Mother Earth and we ask everybody - everybody: all colours, all races - from the whole Atlantic provinces to come to the site on Route 126 in Harcourt.'

From Cole Hobson Montcton Times & Transcript report on uyesterday @ NOT for sale, via Chalres Doucet, VIA Shale Gas Alerts New Brunswick:https://www.facebook.com/groups/112468105590081/

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PHOTO BY Eliza K., taken June 19 2013 morning.
"Powerful, peaceful time here one the 126... rich in unity, prayer and sacred song... as a peoples we stand strong!  "

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 20


Elder's Meditation of the Day June 20
"But in the Indian Spirit the land is still vested; it will be until other men are able to divine and meet its rhythm. Men must be born and reborn to belong. Their bodies must be formed of the dust of their forefathers' bones."
--Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX
It is said when we walk on the Earth, we are walking on our ancestors and our unborn children. This is the relationship Native People have with the Earth. It is this relationship which gives insight into the Earth's rhythm and heartbeat and creates the feeling of belonging. If you feel you belong to something, you'll treat it with respect. If you feel you are above something, you'll treat it with disrespect. Indian Spirituality is tied to the Earth. We belong to the Earth along with all other creatures on the Earth. We must align to this realization.
Great Spirit, today, teach me to respect the Earth Mother.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 19


Elder's Meditation of the Day June 19
"Respect should be given those indigenous nations who still carry on their ceremonies; still following the ancient laws of nature with songs and ceremonies."
--Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders
Many of our Tribes still have the ceremonies, songs and traditions. Today, the ceremonies and songs are coming back even stronger. The Elders have a lot of this knowledge. The young people need to learn these songs and traditions from the Elders. This is the strength of the people. The ancient Wisdom and Knowledge of ancient Laws are hidden in the ceremonies and songs. We should seek out these songs and ceremonies.
Great Spirit, teach me the songs and ceremonies. Make my eyes open to see.

Ticks




It's summer! Time for camping, hiking and getting outside to play. Don't let those pesky annoying ticks stop you. Here's how with a simple homemade solution!

Repellent for your pets:

For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).

To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray onto the pet's dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

For you and your family:

In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.

After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Black Elk

The Meaning of "U'mista"

The Meaning of "U'mista"

In earlier days, people were sometimes taken captive by raiding parties. When they returned to their homes, either through payment of ransom or by a raid, they were said to have u'mista. The return of our treasures from distant museums is a form of u'mista.

The potlatch was banned in Canada between 1885 and 1951. The masks and other regalia that you see here were all confiscated after an illegal potlatch in 1921. After the ban was lifted, the Kwakwaka'wakw people fought for decades for the return of their sacred regalia that had ended up in museum and private collections around the world. Most of the regalia has come home and it is shown here at the U'mista Cultural Centre and at the Nuyumbalees Museum.




http://www.umista.ca/



Elder's Meditation of the Day June 18


Elder's Meditation of the Day June 18
"I am particularly fond of the little groves of oak trees. I love to look at them, because they endure the wintry storm and the summer's heat, and, not unlike ourselves, seem to flourish by them."
--Sitting Bull, SIOUX
Every season, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, has gifts that it gives to all creatures. The animals will develop thicker furs just before Winter and will shed this fur in the Spring. Squirrels will store their food in the Fall; other animals build up fat so they can hibernate during the Winter. We can watch all forms of nature and see all creatures work in harmony with the seasons. The secret for us is to learn by observing nature. Watch the trees. Learn from them. We human beings need to learn the gifts and blessings of the seasons.
Grandfather, Grandmother, teach me to live in harmony with the seasons.

-JOHN TRUDELL



We are invisible to them because we are still the Human Beings, were still the People, but they will never call us that. They taught us to call ourselves Indians, now theyre teaching us to call ourselves Native Americans. Its not who we are. Were the People.

-JOHN TRUDELL


Walking the Talk




I admit; racism still rocks me to the core of my being. I become disheartened when people’s basic human rights are violated. Yes, I work towards educating people about the systemic barriers and historical discriminatory laws that created horrific intergenerational impacts in the lives of our (Aboriginal) people lives, and so I am very aware of racism, but when it worms itself into my life, I become triggered. Hopelessness and sadness sit heavily in my spirit when peoples bigotry surrounds me; gratefully, it is smudging and ceremony that always bring me back to balance.

And, so I humbly send this smudge forward and offer this prayer. ‘Good Grandfathers, Good Grandmothers, Creator, please help those in leadership, those who make decision and those who work with people of color to gain the wisdom that we are all related. Creator, please help them understand that every person regardless of their background and race deserve equal opportunities and treatment and that no member of society should be treated less than. Creator I thank you with a spirit filled with gratitude for those who already embrace this truth. Thank you Creator for the fact that while we can rejoice that we are related, we can also celebrate what makes us uniquely who we are; a physical manifestation of a perfect spiritual being. Creator, thank you for loving us. AHO! All my Relations.’ (ejh)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 17


Elder's Meditation of the Day June 17
"Your power comes from the songs."
--Ethel Wilson, COWICHAN
If you do not know any of the songs, ask an Elder to teach you. Get yourself a drum. When you sing a song and play the drum, you'll be surprised how your mind, body, and spirit will react. Everything becomes calm and joyful. Our bodies love the songs. The songs allow us to touch the hand of the Creator. When we sing and touch the Great Spirit's hand, He gives us power. Songs are another way to pray.
My Grandfather, teach me a song today.

JOHN WAYNE CASSEROLE





JOHN WAYNE CASSEROLE

Never heard of this before but it sounds good!

'John Wayne Casserole'
Source: Adapted from Mississippi Magazine

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained
1 (1.25-ounce) packet taco seasoning
4 ounces sour cream
4 ounces mayonnaise
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
1 yellow onion, sliced
2 cups biscuit mix ( I would find something else for this to many carbs!!!! )
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 (4-ounce) can sliced jalapeno peppers

Directions

1. Heat oven to 325. Brown ground beef and add taco seasoning and water, according to packet instructions; set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 4 ounces of cheddar cheese, and half of the onions; set aside.

3. Stir biscuit mix and water (directions on box) to form soft dough. Pat dough on the bottom and one-half-inch up the sides of an 9 x 13 in. greased casserole dish.

4. Saute remaining onions and bell peppers until slightly tender.

5. On top of biscuit mix, evenly distribute ingredients in the following order: ground beef, tomato slices, green peppers, onions, jalapeno peppers, sour cream mixture and end with remaining shredded cheese.

6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until edges of dough are lightly browned.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day




A father walked through the small thin veil of the spirit world into the physical world to hold his child’s hands while they lay sleeping. The father’s eyes were filled with tears as he looked down at his child. He marveled that he was a part of creating this child. His entire spirit filled with the light of joy, pride and love. He found his way to his child’s beside and only had a limited time to visit and he had much to say. He knew that Father’s Day was being celebrated and this day and memories of him brought sadness into the heart of his beautiful darling child. He began by whispering into the ear of the child, to whom he loved with everything he was, ’look forward, towards the future, my darling. I want to tell you about all the things you shall learn, all the things you shall see; all the things you will experience; however, I know that it shall be your life to live. Yes my darling, I know you have already experienced much, but humor me, my love, for my time is limited. I want to tell you about something that it took me longer to know than I would have probably liked; and that is to learn what joy means, not that I didn’t experience great moments of joy in my life. I was fortunate to find love in my life and that in itself is joy, but the kind of joy I mean is the kind that comes from deep within your spirit; the kind of joy that comes from feeling blessed from being given the greatest gift of all – life. Would I could, I would transfuse an awareness of loving life into you, which took me so long to understand, however, with this I am powerless.

I came to tell you something that I hope that will help you grow forward. Please my darling; remember that in my humanness, I experienced things that have led me to make flat out made errors. Just please know this truth, I love you. My crossing world is motivated by the love and concern that I have for you. And, my dearest sweet love, if there were times I hurt your beautiful spirit, please my dearest darling love; oh please, accept my apology. I ask for your forgiveness because if I left and you still had unresolved feelings that remained buried with me, because I left before you could tell me; I beg of you my sweet darling release these old and useless resentments, they are not important to your life, you already survived them. If you must look back, please sweetheart, do so only to examine the experience for the lesson and love yourself to let go – you have dragged long enough. Please know that I love you and I will spend the rest of eternity to praying for your wellness and happiness.

I want you to know one thing for sure, my sweetest love, and that is that throughout your lifetime, my love will always be with you. Although, you may not be aware of it, I will be there, watching and praying that each step you take is blessed. Remember, when I said look forward my darling; what I meant is that life is something you must look forward to each and everyday, for life itself is joy. When you wake up in the morning; be thankful, for you were granted a safe passage through the night; throughout the day; breathe blessings and exhale gratitude, as you lay your head on the pillow at night, let thankfulness be your last thought before you rest. Remember my sweet love, you have been given a miracle, and it is called life. Oh my darling, it is time for me to go; but I take all the love you have expressed to me through smiles, hugs, and even your tears; I take it in my heart and as I live in your heart, we keep each others love flowing for all time; as we both look forward to seeing one another when the time is deemed right. Sweet dreams, my dearest love and when you awaken, please know that the love I have for you travels worlds and our hearts shall always remain connected. (ejh)


Elder's Meditation of the Day June 16


Elder's Meditation of the Day June 16
"For me, the essence of a medicine man's life is to be humble, to have great patience, to be close to the Earth, to live as simply as possible, and to never stop learning."
--Archie Fir Lame Deer, LAKOTA
The Medicine people focus on their Being, not their doing. After all, we are human beings not human doings. The Medicine people are very patient and consciously trying to live a life of humility. Medicine people are servant leaders. Their main purpose is to serve the needs of others. By this service attitude, they become the leaders people listen to and the leaders the people want to follow. The Medicine people say everyone is their teacher. Maybe we should try to live this way ourselves; humble, patient, honoring the Earth and listening to our teachers.
Grandfather, today, let me know all people are my teachers and I am the student.

Words to Remember

Finds Peace