Saturday, October 5, 2013

Artist: Howard Terpning

I will not fall on the rocks. When I die my enemies
will be under me.
Artist: Howard Terpning

Artist: Howard Terpning

Too many have strayed from the path
shown to us by the Great Spirit.

Artist: Howard Terpning

Laws of the Great Spirit

The laws of Great Spirit:Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect. Remain close to the Great Spirit. Show great respect for your fellow beings. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.

Do what you know to be right. Look after the well being of mind and body. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good. Be truthful and honest at all times. Take full responsibility for your actions.

Great Spirit, give us hearts to understand; never to take from creation's beauty more than we give; never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed; never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth's beauty; never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand that to destroy earth's music is to create confusion; that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty; that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench; that as we care for her she will care for us.

We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.

Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst, help us to find the way to refresh your lands.

Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and pollution, help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.

Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse,help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.

Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed, help us to find a way to replenish them.

Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption, help us to find the way to restore our humanity....

Elder's Meditation of the Day October 5

Elder's Meditation of the Day October 5
"The dances are prayers."
--Pop Chalee, TAOS PUEBLO
When we dance to the drum we pray to the Creator and attract the heartbeat of the earth. We never dance without reason; every dance has a purpose. We dance for rain; we dance for healing; we dance for seasons; we dance for joy; we dance for our children; we dance for the people; we dance for courage. The drum plays to the beat of the heart, to the beat of the Earth. The drum connects us to the Earth while we dance our prayers.
Oh, Great One, let my dance and prayer be heard by You.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day October 3

Elder's Meditation of the Day October 3
"Spiritual Values are an Attitude."
--Leonard George, Chief Councilor
Attitude is a direction which we follow. If you have a positive attitude, it means you will lean towards a positive direction. If you have a negative attitude, it means you will lean away from the Spirit. Therefore, if we lean toward spiritual values, then our actions will become significant and important. If we lean away from spiritual values, our actions will become insignificant or unimportant. For example, if we value love, we will lean towards it; we will prefer to express and embrace it.
Great Spirit, teach me the significance of spiritual values.

I wonder if the ground has anything to say.....

I wonder if the ground has anything to
say? I wonder if the ground is listening
to what is said? I wonder if the ground
would come alive and what is on it?
Though I hear what the ground says.
The ground says, It is the Great Spirit
that placed me here. The Great Spirit
tells me to take care of the Indians, to
feel them aright. The Great Spirit
appointed the roots to feed the Indians
on. The water says the same thing.
The Great spirit directs me, Feed the
Indians well. The grass says the same
thing. Feed the Indians well. The
ground, water and grass say, The
Great Spirit has given us names. We
have these names and hold these
names. The ground says, The Great
Spirit has placed me here to produce all
that grows on me, trees and fruit. The
same way the ground says, It was from
me man was made. The Great Spirit, in
placing men on the Earth, desired them
to take good care of the ground and do
each other no harm . . .

Artist: Robert Duncan

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Where did "piss poor" come from???

Where did piss poor come from ?

We older people need to learn something new every day...
Just to keep the grey matter tuned up.
Where did "Piss Poor" come from?
Interesting History.
They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot.
And then once it was full it was taken and sold to the tannery...
if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor".
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot...
They "didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low....
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature
Isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the 1500's
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May,
And they still smelled pretty good by June....
However, since they were starting to smell,
Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married....
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water,
Then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.
Last of all the babies.
By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.
Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals
(mice, bugs) lived in the roof.
When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.
This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings
Could mess up your nice clean bed.
Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.
That's how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery
In the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.
As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door,
It would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.
Hence: a thresh hold.
(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.
Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables
And did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers
In the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.
Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.
Hence the rhyme:
Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.
When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.
It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon."
They would cut off a little to share with guests
And would all sit around and chew the fat.
Those with money had plates made of pewter.
Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.
This happened most often with tomatoes,
so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status.
Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle,
and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky.
The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.
Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.
They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around
and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.
Hence the custom; of holding a wake.
Englandis old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury peopl e.
So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave..
When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive.
So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.
Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be,
saved by the bell or was "considered a dead ringer.
And that's the truth.
Now, whoever said History was boring!!!
So get out there and educate someone! ~~~
Share these facts with a friend.
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering,
'What the heck happened?'
We'll be friends until we are old and senile.
Then we'll be new friends.
Smile, it gives your face something to do!
Soon we'll all be Piss Poor

Luther Standing Bear

Sweet fragrance of the land, herbs and
roots and medicines long lost to the general popu-
lace, are nonetheless as present as they always have
been. We have been so taken with miracle cures,
these things have been put away as folklore and not
dependable. The simple people at one time had no
other alternative--so runs the present-day popular
Hard-fought battles over who is to pay for
the miracle medicines--and we are grateful for
most of them--may turn a venturesome soul back
to the soil and back to those things that heal a mind
and body without being asked for proof of insur-
ance. But one other thing far too ignored is the
power of prayer. No Indian is remiss in blessing his
body and soul and spirit because he knows they
work together. His prayer is not now and again but
regular and potent.

The lack of respect for growing, living things soon
let to lack of respect for humans too.

Artist: Howard Terpning

A Hopi Prayer for Peace

*A Hopi Prayer for Peace*

"Great Sprit and all unseen, this day we pray and ask you for guidance, humbly we ask you to help us and fellow men to have recourse to peaceful ways of life, because we ask You to help us and fellow men to have recourse to peaceful ways of life, because of uncontrolled deceitfulness by humankind. Help us all to love, not hate one another.

We ask you to be seen in an image of Love and Peace. Let us be seen in beauty, the colors of the rainbows.

We respect our Mother, the planet & our corn fields, with our loving care, from Her breast we receive our nourishment.

Let us not listen to the voices of the two-hearted, the destroyers of mind, the haters of self-made leaders, whose lusts for power and wealth will lead us into confusion and darkness. Seek visions always of world beauty, not violence not battlefields.

It is our duty to pray always for harmony between man and earth, so that the earth will bloom once more. Let us show our emblem of love and goodwill for all life and land.

Pray for the House of Glass, (United Nations) Pray for within it are minds clear and pure as ice and mountain streams.

Pray for the great leaders of nations in the House of Mica who in their own quiet ways help the earth in balance.

We pray the Great Sprit that one day our Mother Earth will be purified into a healthy peaceful one.

Let us Sing for strength of wisdom with all nations for the good of all people. Our hope is not yet lost, purification must be to restore the health of our Mother Earth for lasting peace and happiness, Techqua Ikachi ---- for Land and Life!

"Together with all Nations we Hold this World in Balance"


Elder's Meditation of the Day October 2

Elder's Meditation of the Day October 2
"Laughter - that is something very sacred, especially for us Indians."
--John (Fire) Lame Deer, ROSEBUD LAKOTA
Laughter is mental, laughter is emotional, laughter is physical, and laughter is spiritual. Laughter helps us find balance. If we get too angry, laughter will turn that emotion in a balanced direction. If we have a mental picture of someone who is too strong, laughter will help ease the tension. If the body is stressed, laughter will release natural relaxants into our muscles and our nervous system. Laughter often changes our attitude. We need to lighten up and laugh more.
Great Spirit, teach me to laugh.

Have a Wonderful Day, Blessings To You


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Tragic History of African Slaves and Indians JULIANNE JENNINGS 9/29/13

Mainstream America remains totally unaware of the biological and cultural bonds that exist between African slaves and American Indians—a people created by expulsion, slavery, racism and war caused the collision of cultures that became the crucible of destruction by force, but later provided the terrain to initiate new signs of selfhood. The first paths to freedom taken by runaway slaves led to American Indian villages, “where black men and women found acceptance and friendship among the original inhabitants of Turtle Island. And though they are rarely mentioned in textbooks and movies, the children of American Indian and African American marriages, would help shape the early days of the fur trade, added new dimensions to frontier diplomacy, and made daring contributions to the fight for American liberty.”
In his book, William Katz: A Hidden Heritage – Revised, a 240-page highly readable and sad chronology, with new chapters, documents, prints and photographs, brings to light a part of America’s hidden past, the cultural and racial fusion of American Indians and Africans, and later African Americans, by attempting to reconstruct the parallel tracks of tragedy between two people who, for a while, provided mutual support and refuge from unrelenting atrocities inflicted upon them by early Europeans, and settler groups. Katz explains, “This history is vitally important because for four centuries Africans and Native Americans together fought Europe’s conquest and slavery; and they are still fighting for equal representation and presentation in American classrooms and in discourse today.”
Using a rich compendium of resources the book is organized along the lines of course in US history, starting with earliest resistance in colonial times up to the 21st century in the new 2012 expanded edition. Katz argues, “Our country’s story had been myth-constructed on the freedom-fighting heroism of the George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and others – and I was proving these men enslaved or made war on African and Indian communities, and dispatched possees after those who escaped.” 
According to Katz, the inspiration for Black Indians came from three powerful sources. He explains, “First was a conversation with Langston Hughes just before he died in 1967. He emphasized how the American frontier experience denied the significant role of people of color. Langston Hughes was as proud of his African ancestry as his lineage to Pocahontas.” Katz continues, “When I wrote The Black West I discovered enormous photographic and documentary evidence of the African Indian mixture from California and New Mexico to Florida and Rhode Island. Also, I used the pioneering research of Kenneth Wiggins Porter, and later became curator of his papers [which I brought to New York’s famous Schomburg Library]. Clearly here was a story that had to be told if we Americans are to understand our past.”
Although aspects of the separate histories are given, the emphasis is on black Indians whose swarthy complexion or curly hair was apparently an obvious limitation of definition. Black Indians such as Crispus Attucks, an American slave, merchant seaman and dockworker of Wampanoag and African descent, was allegedly the first person shot dead by British redcoats during the Boston Massacre, in Boston, Massachusetts; Paul Cuffee, a Quaker businessman, sea captain, patriot, and abolitionist, was of Aquinnah Wampanoag and West African Ashanti descent and helped colonize Sierra Leone. Cuffee built a lucrative shipping empire and established the first racially integrated school in Westport, Massachusetts and; Zeferina, a woman commander of a black Indian settlement, and O. S. Fox, editor of the Cherokee Afro-American Advocate are identified along with many others. The new edition also tells the story of African guides and translators of the colonial era who became valued contacts with Indigenous peoples, examines the African and Indian alliance known as the Pueblo revolt of 1680 that ended Spain’s rule of the southwest for a dozen years, introduces Francisco Menendez and the 1738 Black Indian community that defended its liberty in Florida against British incursions; and the tangled history of Red/Black presence in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey, that included the Pequot, Narragansett, Wampanoag, Montucks and many other tribes living along the eastern seaboard, and much more.
I am honored writing this article for Mr. Katz, as Black Indians was the first book I read as an undergraduate concerning my research on “mixed-race” Indians—to which I am deeply rooted. Katz reveled to me in a telephone conversation that he was excited to see his work mentioned in an American Indian publication, his first ever. William Katz’s Black Indians remains the definitive chronicle on this overlooked and compelling chapter of American and American Indian history— about a people of color who share the experience of genocide, brutality, exploitation, colonization, and marginalization. We thank you, William Katz for finally writing a history in our image.
For more information:
Julianne Jennings (Nottoway) is an anthropologist.


Elder's Meditation of the Day October 1

Elder's Meditation of the Day October 1
"So don't be afraid. What we left behind, leave it back there. Try to do some good. Let's try to take a step, try to think something good."
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
Every day is a new day. Sometimes we make mistakes. We do not need to carry these mistakes along with us. Take the lessons and leave the mistakes behind. Look forward to today. Today we can do something good. Today we can have good thoughts. Today we can think kind, uplifting thoughts about ourselves. Today I will think good about ...
My Creator, today I ask You to direct my thoughts.

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 30

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 30

"Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful 


--Don Talayesva, HOPI

Human beings function from choice. We can choose to stuff 

things, or we can choose to let go of things. If we choose to 

stuff things, then we will feel a heaviness, or sorrow, self 

pity or fear. Sometimes we feel the need to cry. Sometimes 

we are taught it is not okay to cry. The creator designed 


human being to cry. Crying is a release. This release allows 

us to let go of thoughts that are not helping us so we can 

open to new thoughts that will help. Crying is natural for 

women and men.

Grandfather, if I need to cry, let me realize it's a natural 

process and help me to let go.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Calling My Name


~The key to American Indian values, attitudes, and behaviors is to be strong and endure while belonging to a group, while respecting nature, the elders, the family, and the tribe. The focus is on being a protector and helper while honoring the traditions and cultural ways with respect and dignity..~♥
~The Cherokee Full Circle~
*Artist: Richard Luce*

Elder's Meditation of the Day - September 29

"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, to 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.

Great Spirit, teach me to be a heart warrior.

They were All Our Fathers

We respected our old people above all
others in the tribe. To live to be so old
they must have been brave and strong,
and good fighters, and we aspired to
be like them. We never allowed our old
people to want for anything . . . We
looked upon our old people as
demigods of a kind, we loved them
deeply. They were all our fathers

Chief Joseph



On This Day: In 1879 the Battle of Milk Creek took place between 150 cavalrymen under Major Thomas T. Thornburgh and some 300 Ute warriors led by Colorow, Chief Nicaagat, and Chief Quinkent just outside present-day Meeker, Colorado. Indian agent Nathan C. Meeker, head of the White River Ute Agency, had pushed hard to assimilate the Utes, forcing the tribe to relocate to an area better suited for agriculture and away from traditional hunting grounds. When the Utes learned of Major Thornburgh and the troop’s approach, they resolved to head off the incursion. The Utes successfully held off the troops for several days until reinforcements arrived, at which point the Utes escaped to the south. Over the course of the battle, 23 Utes were killed.

4th Friday in Sept. is Native American Day

American Indian Day Being Celebrated in Many States Today

Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Travel. Discussion »

PORTLAND, OREGON – Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September as American Indian Day – or Native American Day.
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With this day, some tribal offices may be closed to celebrate American Indian Day.
States have designated this day as American Indian Day to honor the culture and contributions American Indians have provided to their respective states.
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and other local Indian organizations will be hosting the 8th annual "American Indian Day Celebration".
The event will take place at the Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. The "American Indian Day Celebration" provides an opportunity to increase awareness on the many challenges that American Indian people face, as well as celebrate American Indian cultures.
The Miccosukee Tribe in Miami Florida Celebrates American Indian Day with events including a Fashion Show, alligator wrestling, arts and crafts, and music and dancers.
American Indian Day CelebrationAmerican Indian Day Celebration at the Pioneer
Courthouse Square in downtown Portland
The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. The Illinois state legislature enacted a bill 1919 to make the fourth Friday in September as American Indian Day. In 1935, the Massachusetts governor issued a proclamation to make the fourth Friday in September as American Indian Day in any year.
In 1968, California Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution designating the fourth Friday in September as American Indian Day.
The State of Michigan designated the fourth Friday of September as Michigan Indian Day through Act 30 of 1974, Section 435.161. It was signed by then Governor William Milliken.
In 1998, the California State Assembly enacted legislation creating Native American Day as an official state holiday.
As an alternative to celebrating Columbus, at least two states, Alabama and South Dakota, have declared that day to be American Indian Day.
posted September 27, 2013 9:10 am edt

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 29

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 29
"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, to 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.
Great Spirit, teach me to be a heart warrior.

Mother Earth is in Pain......

"All the suffering going on in this country with the tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes is carried on the breath of Mother Earth because she is in pain," says Roberta Blackgoat, an elder of the Independent Dineh (Navajo) Nation at Big Mountain.