Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pow Wow Etiquette: 10 Rules to Follow in and Out of the Arena

Pow Wow Etiquette: 10 Rules to Follow in and Out of the Arena

Whether you’re a novice or veteran attending a pow wow, certain behaviors are expected while you’re on the grounds or in the arena. Although customs may vary from tribe to
tribe—and even from year to year—some basic rules remain the same.
Some breaches of etiquette are simply considered disrespectful while others may result in the offender being removed from the arena. Here are some tips to make sure your behavior is appropriate and your visit is memorable.
Dress modestly.
It is not appropriate to wear hats, swimsuits, extremely short skirts or shorts or halter tops. Do not wear T-shirts or other items of clothing with profanity or inappropriate slogans.
If you plan to participate in dances that are open to the public, keep in mind that some tribes require women to wear a shawl or cover their shoulders.
Always listen to the master of ceremonies or announcer
“The MC will tell you when you can photograph [and] he will tell you when you can dance,” said Leonard Anthony, a Navajo gourd dancer and MC. “Usually visitors or outsiders can dance during the inter-tribal dance, but you need to listen for an announcement before you participate.”
Leonard Anthony Steve Darden, Milton Yazzie (Courtesy Leonard Anthony)
Leonard Anthony Steve Darden, Milton Yazzie (Courtesy Leonard Anthony)
Stand up during the grand entry
Unless you are physically unable to stand, you are expected to show respect for the dancers and rise as they enter the arena.


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The seats nearest the dancing circle are reserved for singers, dancers and drummers
If you’re a spectator, do not sit here.
“A first-time visitor looks for the best seats possible,” said Dennis Zotigh, cultural specialist at the National Museum of the American Indian. “The seats closest to the arena seem to be the best seats, but that’s because the dancers stand up and immediately begin dancing.”
Pow wow grounds should be considered sacred places
A blessing is performed ahead of time and your actions should show respect for this religious and sacred ceremony.
United Tribes International Pow Wow Facebook
United Tribes International Pow Wow Facebook
“It’s like going to a church,” Anthony said. “If you’re going to a pow wow, you need to honor where the dances came from, the traditions and story behind them.”
Refrain from negative thoughts or comments
The blessing that takes place beforehand sets the tone of the event and sanctifies the area, Zotigh said. Although the blessing is usually not open to the public, its spiritual nature should be taken seriously.
“Our elders have taught us not to dance or sing with negative karma,” he said. “That karma will expand and affect others.”
Do not bring alcohol, drugs or firearms to a pow wow
An exception is tobacco used for blessings or as gifts. Smoking is considered disrespectful, Zotigh said.

Follow protocol and common sense when it comes to taking photographs
Never shoot photos during prayers, gourd dances or flag songs, or when the Master of Ceremonies has prohibited it. Additional rules apply in specific circumstances, Zotigh said. For example, spectators should not take photos of dancers in regalia without first asking permission.
“This is especially true for professional photographers standing in the arena,” he said. “Often dancers are wearing something special or personally spiritual to them. A lot of
dancers don’t like their beadwork photographed because someone can see that and copy the design.”
Another rule of thumb is to never shoot photos of a dancer being initiated or receiving a plume or feather. Doing so can disrupt the spiritual process, Anthony said.
“There’s a prayer being said for that person and by taking pictures, you’re disrupting the connection,” he said.
Pow wows are colorful and high-energy events
Spectators should have fun but also keep in mind that participants are not simply entertainers. Especially during contest pow wows, dancers, singers and drummers may be performing for money.
“There are individuals who do this as a way of life,” Zotigh said. “They take it seriously because it’s their income.”
Finally, be flexible
The most important rule is to be willing to change your expectations and adapt to new situations.
(Smithsonian Flickr page)
(Smithsonian Flickr page)
“I think the main rule of every pow wow is that each one is different,” Zotigh said. “There is no standardization. Do as the host committee directs you to do. It may be against what you’ve been taught, but if you’re a visitor, do what they want.”
As younger participants join pow wows, some of the old rules are changing.
“The old rules are being redefined each year,” he said. “Things are changing, so be flexible with it.”


    Minnie Spotted Wolf (1923-1988)

    Minnie was the first Native American woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. She enlisted in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve in July 1943, serving four years as a heavy equipment operator as well as a driver for visiting general officers on bases in both Hawaii and California. After her discharge in 1947, she earned a two-year degree in Elementary Education and a BS in Elementary Educa...tion, retiring after a 29-year teaching career. Minnie was a member of the Blackfeet Nation raised on a ranch near White Tail Creek, Montana. Prior to joining the Marines; she worked on her father's ranch doing such chores as cutting fence posts, driving a two-ton truck, and breaking horses
    To learn more about Minnie Spotted Wolf, please visit
    The National Archives

    What I believe...........

    In my Heart & soul I am a Human Being. I am adopted and do not know my heritage except what is inside me. It can be very difficult to be accepted in the things I believe in. All my life it has been a challenge for me. But I believe in who I am and that's what's important.

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 29

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 29
    "Tell the people not to cry. Tell them to be happy."
    --John Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA (told to his son, Archie, as he died)
    Our Elders know about the two Worlds, the Physical World and the Spiritual World. Many times, before we pass to the Spirit World, our relatives, who have gone there before us, will come for us and they will help us. The Spirit World, the Elders say, is a good, happy, and harmonious place. When we die, it means we have only entered another world. We will all see one another again.
    Great Spirit, allow me to understand both the Spirit World and the Physical World. Today, let me be happy.

    John Trudell

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    The Blood.........

    Slow Cooker Sausage Breakfast Casserole


    As I have mentioned before, one of our favorite meals is to have breakfast for dinner (a.k.a. "brinner"). I prepped this recipe one morning and the kids absolutely devoured for dinner. However, you could easily make this the night before, put it in your slow cooker and let it cook for 8 hours during the night, and wake up to an amazing breakfast! Have you ever cooked anything all night long? The hardest part is when you wake up in the night to the most amazing smell . . . you might not be able to wait until morning to enjoy it!

    Slow Cooker Sausage Breakfast Casserole
    1 (30 oz) package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
    1 lb ground sausage (I used Italian sausage), browned and drained
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    1 onion, diced
    1 green pepper, diced
    1 red pepper, diced
    12 eggs
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray (you cannot make this recipe in a smaller crock pot because it won't fit). Layer 1/2 of the potatoes on the bottom of slow cooker.
    Top with half of the sausage, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, onions, green peppers, and red peppers. Repeat the layers again.
    Beat eggs, milk, and salt and pepper in large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended. Pour egg mixture evenly over potato-sausage mixture.
    Cook on low setting for 8 hours or on high setting for 4 hours or until eggs are set.
    Top with green onions, salsa, tomatoes, mushrooms, avocado- whatever you like!
    Recipe slightly adapted from Jimmy Dean
    Need some more breakfast ideas?

    Horse Tattoo, Outline

    horse tattoo

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 28

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 28
    "Sacred sites and areas are protection for all people � the four colors for man � and these sites are in all areas of the earth in the four directions."
    --Traditional Circle of Elders, NORTHERN CHEYENNE
    The Elders say that values come from the Mother Earth. Different places and areas around the Earth have different values. The Water people live in harmony and know the values that correspond to that particular part of the Earth. The Desert people know the values of the desert and respect and live in harmony with that part of the Earth. The Woodland people know the values of their part of the Earth and live in harmony. If you live in harmony with the Earth, you will live a life that is full of values. We should have great respect for the Mother Earth.
    Grandfather, today, let me learn values from Mother Earth.

    Horse Tattoo, Outline

    Pretty horse tattoo, I want this!!

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Baked Spaghetti

    Baked Spaghetti

    This mash-up of lasagna and spaghetti with meat sauce makes for a warming one-pan dinner. (And if you start with leftover cooked noodles ... and meat sauce, you're set for a super-fast weeknight meal.) Assemble the casserole ahead of time and bake when you're ready to serve.  More
    Total Time:
    1 hr 55 min
    10 min
    20 min
    1 hr 25 min

    6 servings

    • Kosher salt
    • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 large onion, diced (about 2 cups)
    • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
    • One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 8 ounces thin spaghetti
    • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar, grated (about 2 cups)
    • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    Heat a second large pot over medium-high heat. Add the beef, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and cook, stirring to break the meat up, until browned, about 4 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the crushed and diced tomatoes, sugar and oregano and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes.
    Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti for 2 minutes less than the time indicated in the package directions. Strain well. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    Cover the bottom of a 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan with a third of the sauce. Add half the pasta and a third of the Cheddar; repeat the layers and add the last of the sauce; reserve the last of the Cheddar.
    Bake for 30 minutes. Top with the remaining Cheddar and continue baking until it melts and the sauce bubbles, about 5 more minutes. Let cool in the dish for at least 10 minutes. Garnish with the parsley before cutting into squares.
    Copyright 2013 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved

    Chief Seattle

    When You Rise in the Morning....

    Words I need to remember.

    *God Bless and keep sharing the Good News !!! ~ C4C

    ~ There's Always Spring In God's Love

    He melts the snowy covers,
    and sends the refreshing rain
    sprinkling us with His mercies...
    to heal winter’s ache and pain.

    God’s given to all His Son,
    to shed upon us a new light
    and the real blessing of Spring . . .
    is keeping Jesus in our sight!

    Poem by, Deborah Ann Belka
    Art by, Jim Connelly

    *God Bless and keep sharing the Good News !!! ~ C4C

    Don't Underestimate Me.....

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 27

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 27
    " have to believe it first. Not wait until you see it first, then touch it, then believe it...You have to say it from the heart."
    --Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
    We are designed to function from faith. First we pray. Then we use our imagination to create a vision or picture in our mind. We surround this mental picture with our emotions or feelings. These feelings are available when we ask or say it from the heart. The combination of the mental picture and asking from the heart to create the emotions will cause us to believe it. Then we just need to wait. We need to believe as though it is already done.
    Great Spirit, remove from me any doubt that comes up today.

    Flying over the REZ

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Team One Spirit-- The Lakota Five


    Cone Smores

    Photo: Yummy!

    Cinnamon and Honey

    Great information!! Cinnamon and RAW Honey...!

    Drug companies won't like this one getting around.
    Facts on RAW Honey and Cinnamon:
    It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon CURES most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.
    HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

    ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

    BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder....who knew?

    CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

    COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!

    UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

    GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

    IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

    INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

    INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

    LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

    RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

    PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

    SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

    WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

    CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

    FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

    BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

    HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

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    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 26

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 26
    "In our modern world today, we may seem like drowning men because of the loss of much of our spiritual tradition."
    --Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
    Our spiritual tradition shows us the way to live in harmony, balance and respect. The tradition taught us how to behave and how to conduct ourselves. The spiritual way taught us to pray and to purify ourselves. Handed down from generation to generation were the teachings about a way of life. Our relationship to Mother Earth and to each other was very clear. The Modern World does not relate to spirituality but to materialism. If we do not allow spirituality to guide our lives, we will be lost, unhappy and without direction. We are spiritual beings trying to be human, not human beings trying to be spiritual. It is said, Know thyself.
    Grandfather, lead me to spirituality.

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 25

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 25
    "Come forward and join hands with us in this great work for the Creator."
    --Traditional Circle of Elders, NORTHERN CHEYENNE
    The Elders have spent years learning to pray and communicate with the Great Spirit. Their job is to pass this knowledge to the younger people. The Elders have told us we are now in a great time of Healing. The Creator is guiding the younger people to help them figure this out. We must get involved and participate. We should pray and see what it is the Great Spirit wants us to do. We need to sacrifice our time and do what is our mission � to help the people and be of maximum use to the Creator. Every person is needed to accomplish this great Healing.
    Creator, whisper what you want me to do.

    I May Not Have Everything....

    Style Genie's photo.

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 24

    Elder's Meditation of the Day March 24
    Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors; the dreams of our old men, given them in the solemn hours of night by the Great Spirit; and the visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people.
    --Chief Seattle, SUQUAMISH
    Our Spiritual ways have carefully been given to chosen people. Slowly, through our past generations, through past conflicts, our Elders prayed for guidance, which the Creator provided. Then it was passed down to the next generation through culture, ceremony and oral traditions. Our Indian religion has been tested and is about how we should behave and treat other people, animals and the earth. This knowledge is written in the heart of every person. We can find this knowledge by looking inside ourselves.
    My Creator, today, when conflict occurs, I will look inside myself for the answers.


    I posted this on a friends Facebook page....

    Linda C May Patience is tuff when we're in pain. Our Heart 

    still has many hopes, dreams and plans. But the pain keeps 

    getting in out way. Making new friends takes time, but 


    we are fortunate to have family close by, we don't always 

    get out like we used to meeting new people. We take so 

    much longer to heal, We have our good days , then a bad 

    day and feel like we're starting over, day by day.... The cold 

    slows me down too. But the past few days have warmed up 

    nicely, beautiful sunny days. Me and the critters had fun 

    getting out. Life moves slower as we age in many ways. 


    activities are a bit slower, we heal slower and we learn to 

    appreciate a more relaxing day. Now I'm not saying I'm Old, 

    I just feel bad some days. But we have some wonderful 

    friends that are a bit older than us and I look up to them 

    and they're strength in dealing with their own health issues. 

    Feel better Pattie. (this little note is for all of us that have 

    these bad days)