Friday, October 17, 2014

GreatSpiritGrandfather.html — with Ruben Ramirez,

Marlon Brando

"When they laid down their arms, we murdered them. We lied to them. We cheated them out of their lands. We starved them into signing fraudulent agreements that we called treaties which we never kept. We turned them into beggars on a continent that gave life for as long as life can remember. And by any interpretation of history, however twisted, we did not do right. We were not lawful nor were we just in what we did. For them, we do not have to restore these people, we do not have to live up to some agreements, because it is given to us by virtue of our power to attack the rights of others, to take their property, to take their lives when they are trying to defend their land and liberty, and to make their virtues a crime and our own vices virtues." ~Marlon Brando

Traditional uses of the Buffalo

Artist ~ Lang Fine Western Art

Butter

"Pass The Butter ... Please.
This is interesting . .. .
Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.
It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavourings....
DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?
Read on to the end...gets very interesting!
Both have the same amount of calories.
Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.
Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.
Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!
Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of other foods.
Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .
And now, for Margarine..
Very High in Trans fatty acids.
Triples risk of coronary heart disease ...
Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..
Lowers quality of breast milk
Decreases immune response.
Decreases insulin response.
And here's the most disturbing fact... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!
Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.
These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).
Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.

Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to butter them up')!
Chinese Proverb:
When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.
Pass the BUTTER PLEASE"
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Elder's Meditation of the Day October 17


Elder's Meditation of the Day October 17
"Peace... comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."
--Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) OGLALA SIOUX
If we are to know peace we must look within ourselves. In order to do this, we must learn to be still. We must quiet the mind. We must learn to meditate. Meditation helps us locate and find the center that is within ourselves. The center is where the Great One resides. When we start to look for peace, we need to realize where it is within ourselves. When we experience conflict we need to pause for a moment and ask the Power within ourselves, "How do you want me to handle this? What would you suggest I do in this situation?" By asking the Higher Power for help we find peace.
Creator, help me to find peace.

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How do you feel about your color family? Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

10 Things You Need to Know About the Comanche Nation Brian Daffron 10/16/14

Going ot the Spirit World by Tim Tate Nevaquaya (Brian Daffron)

The Numunu are known to most of the world as the Comanche, the Lords of the Plains.


Their traditional homeland encompasses the Northern Plains areas of their Shoshone relatives, all the way south past the Rio Grande into present-day Mexico. They lived a life of following the buffalo upon horseback and fought the U.S. Army, buffalo hunters and Texas Rangers in order to preserve that way of life.
The last of the Comanche families to leave the Plains arrived at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1875. The leader who stepped up to lead the Comanche into the reservation and post-reservation period was Quanah Parker, who was equally adept at negotiating deals with Texas cattle barons as he was with conducting Native American Church meetings.
Today, Comanche Nation enrollment equals 15,191, with their tribal complex located near Lawton, Oklahoma within the original reservation boundaries that they share with the Kiowa and Apache in Southwest Oklahoma. Their global contributions include serving as Code Talkers in World War II, using their language in the Allied invasion of Normandy against the Nazis.
Indian Country Today Media Network asked Juanita Pahdopony, a noted artist and Dean of Academic Affairs Emeritus of Comanche Nation College, to share what she knew about the Comanche that other people may not know. “These are some of the things that I've loved about the Comanche,” she said.
Our ancestors reflected on the future and thought of the ones “we'd never see.”
Going ot the Spirit World by Tim Tate Nevaquaya (Brian Daffron)
Going ot the Spirit World by Tim Tate Nevaquaya (Brian Daffron)
Pahdopony refers to the Comanche as “long range planners.” Within today’s Comanche Nation, there are tribal services that start with the youngest—Comanche Nation Daycare—to the eldest, with the newly created Edith Kassanavoid Gordon Assisted Living Center. Other Comanche programs include reintegration, language classes, youth programs and health initiatives.
Comanche valued modesty: When warriors went into battle, they went in pairs because one could return and report for one who may not. A warrior never “bragged” on his or her own brave deeds.
The most common greeting in the Comanche language isMarauwe—“Report.” This goes back to those times of warriors coming back from somewhere and reporting what they observed.


The Veteran by Tim Tate Nevaquaya (Brian Daffron)

Bands were comprised of families. When a man married, he left his family and went with his wife's family.
The Comanche traveled in many bands, with many of these bands still referenced today when Comanche talk about their family background. These include theNokoni Nuu,Kuhtsutuuka, andKwaaru Nuu.
No one walked behind a warrior or a medicine man.
The honoring of warriors and medicine people still continues to this day within the Comanche Nation. Organizations such as the Comanche Indian Veterans Association serve as co-hosts at powwows and serve as color guard not only for Comanche celebrations but also at funerals of Comanche veterans and active military. Also, leaders within the Comanche Native American Church continue to pray for the Comanche people.

In some bands, women never touched eagle feathers.
The Comanche people have a high degree of respect for eagle feathers and their use in prayer.Siais the Comanche Nation Ethno-Ornithological Initiative that works to study and rehabilitate eagles from all over the world.

Comanche were communal people and were highly social. This continues today.
Two of the largest annual gatherings for the Comanche include Comanche Homecoming, held in July at Walters, Oklahoma, and Comanche Nation Fair, a week celebration usually held in September on the ground of the Comanche Nation Complex. Every four years, the Comanche Nation hosts the Shoshone Reunion.
Peyote Meeting by Tim Tate Nevaquaya (Brian Daffron)
Peyote Meeting by Tim Tate Nevaquaya (Brian Daffron)
A black velvet dress with cowrie shells was a dress for "the only daughter" because shells were a trade item and not common on the plains.
Today’s Comanche women’s dance regalia include buckskin and a wide range of material for “Southern Cloth.” This can include velvet, wool broadcloth, cotton and satin.
In traditional families, no one ate “the last bite” because it “was for a warrior.”
“When I was a child,” Pahdopony said, “I asked if someone wanted the last piece of something...my father said, ‘Are you a warrior?’”

In the summer, a seventeen-year locust was placed in the mouth of an infant or young child so they would grow up to be “fine singers!”
Music is central to Comanche life. Whether it’s powwow songs from the Wild Band of Comanches, flute music from Cornel Pewewardy, hymns in the Comanche language from Marla Nauni or handgame songs from Camp 7, music is at the core. At the Comanche Nation Fair, gospel and rock concerts also have a stage during the week.
Comfortably Numb by Calvert Nevaquaya (Brian Daffron)
Comfortably Numb by Calvert Nevaquaya (Brian Daffron)
The Penatuka or “Quick Striking” (Wasp Band/Honey Eaters) took wasps and allowed themselves to be stung up and down their arms to ride into battle in a rage! 
Everyone from historians to novelists to Hollywood directors try to depict or re-enact the Comanche in battle. Yet, can any of them truly do the Comanche justice? Mass media throughout the years talk about the Texas Rangers bringing “order” to the West. However, there is an anecdote that puts this in perspective. A Comanche man saw a modern-day Texas Ranger at an airport. The Comanche man approached the Ranger and said, “If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t be here.”


Apache Blessing


"May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently thorugh the world and know it's beauty all the days of your life.” ~Apache Blessing

Wikoskalaka Yuwita Pi - Lakota Gathering of Young Women




The Lakota Oyate has natural laws keep our families and communities together. When elders speak, especially with the ancestors on a decision that affected the community, we listen and we allow natural law to take its place. In this way the negative energy, the negative spirit did not consume the People. It is us having a faith in our ancestors; that they know more than we do as human beings.

Elder's Meditation of the Day October 16


Elder's Meditation of the Day October 16
"Many religions have been brought to this land. And the way my religion is, they teach me, and they taught me, and told me to resect all religions. And I still do that."
--Horace Axtell, NEZ PERCE
The Creator put on this Earth many different religions which represent different roads to walk to God. All religions are right and good if the path is the path to God. Should we be judging which road is better or worse than the other? When we accept each other's way we can stand in a circle, hold hands and listen to each other as we pray to God. Let us be more accepting of the religions of others.
Great Spirit - God, Grandfather, Grandmother, Lord - let me know peace.

Mita Oyate Cultural Society




Hau Kola,

In the Lakota language, there is a word for every living being that walks and moves on this earth and even everything that has already passed on. We address groups, whether living or dead, as nations. In today’s world, we often mistranslate the true meaning of words. For example, the term "wamakaskan" means “animals” but someone who is a fluent Lakota speaker would translate it as "living beings of the earth."

Late Leksi Albert White Hat, Sr.* shared with me that when creation was completed, all living beings on earth were called “wamakaskan oyate” or "nations." Remember, within the Lakota way of life, a word like “nation” doesn't have political implications like it does in English. "Nation" simply refers to beings who are alike and who have a spirit, life, mind and a language.

In the same way, “Ikce Wicasa” interpreted as "animal" is a poor translation because it separates humans and the rest of the creation. It creates a hierarchy and an assumption that contradicts the Lakota Belief System. In Lakota "mitakuye oyasin" means we are all related, so as “Ikce Wicasa/Man”, we must practice humility toward the rest of creation. Hoka Hey!

Warfield Moose, Jr., Lakota educator and author of The Lakota Philosophy of Healing through Song.

*Albert White Hat, Sr., Reading and Writing in Lakota Language

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Elder's Meditation of the Day October 15


Elder's Meditation of the Day October 15
"All of us begin to rethink what is good about ourselves - put the past where it belongs - and get on with the possibilities of the present!"
--Howard Rainer, TAOS PUEBLO-CREEK
There is a saying, you move toward and become that which you think about. So the question for today is, what are you thinking about? Are you thinking bad things about yourself or are you thinking good things about yourself? Are you thinking about a worldly life? Are you thinking good things about people or are you gossiping about people? Are you focusing on past things or are you living in the future? We need to bring our thoughts into the NOW, right here.
Great Spirit, let me experience living in the present moment.

TrailBlazer Survival Challenge – Sharing The Trails – Sept 2014 - See more at: http://trailmeister.com/trailblazer-survival-challenge-sharing-the-trails-sept-2014/#sthash.p8P90L4v.dpuf

TBsept2014-1Survival Challenge – Sharing The Trails

This episode we’ll be focusing on the questions readers like you have sent in from across the nation regarding sharing the trails, trail etiquette, and even Leave No Trace. Most of the trails that we travel are also used by hikers, mountain bikers, and even off road vehicles. Since multiple users on the trail is the norm, how we deal with them can make or break a ride or trip as well as in what condition we leave the trailhead.
Let’s start off with sharing the trail. In my trail travels I frequently cross paths with other trail users and by and large these encounters are usually friendly and at worst merely cordial; we get along great and enjoy each others company and experiences. Let’s hear from a few riders who have not had such pleasant meetings.

TBsept2014-2Q – I was riding and a biker spooked my horse. What should I have done? Yours truly, No Rollers

A bicyclist silently hurtling around a blind corner and suddenly encountering me and my horse. It’s a frequent nightmare of mine, and I’m sure a large number of other horse and mule riders. What can we do when a biker wearing a Darth Vader helmet suddenly screeches to a halt directly in front or behind our startled mount?

A. Give back what you got and spook the biker right back.
B. Report him to the park ranger
C. Start a conversation with the biker as soon as you see him
D. Start exposing your horse to bicycles at home

One of my greatest safety concerns includes thoughtless encounters between bikes and horses. Bikes are often hurtling down the trail and some horses move pretty darn fast as well. It’s the speed of the encounter that becomes the root cause of the problem here.
In this situation hopefully you’ve taken “D” to heart and the spook was mild at worst. “C” will generally prevent a worse situation, as the sound of a human voice will let your mount know that this spandex clad apparition is human and benign.
As equine enthusiasts we know and understand that horses are prey animals whose first instinct is to flee at great speed whenever they perceive a threat. We’re quite fortunate to have this knowledge because the vast majority of people today don’t have any relationship with large animals and they just don’t know how to behave around livestock. It’s up to us to help educate other trail users while also preparing ourselves and our mounts to handle the unexpected.
Backcountry Horsemen of Washington member; Everett Lewis has created a wonderful video to help educate bikers, hikers, and horse folk after his wife took a nasty tumble when a bicyclist thought he was doing the right thing by being very quiet as he passed. Luckily she walked away, shaken but not mortally stirred. You can find the video at this web address (http://trailmeister.com/what-a-horse-sees/) and I whole heartedly recommend that everyone both watch and encourage others to do so as well. The life you save may be your own.
Everett has distilled the myriad of items that should happen when we meet another trail user into three easy to remember steps that we can share with the growing number of people that we meet on the trail.
1. STOP – Horses spook easily, and may perceive movement, especially quiet movement, as a predator.
2. TALK – Human speech is reassuring and comforting for the horse. Continue the conversation until both parties have passed.
3. MOVE DOWN – Move to the low side of the trail. If horse gets spooked, it will most likely move uphill.
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As good riders we must proactively expose our horses to as many distracting situations as possible to de-sensitize our mounts to these potentially scary sights. A properly trained mount that has been exposed to a wide variety of situations is less likely to blow up. That being said any equine can and will spook despite our best efforts and we must be ready for a rodeo especially when riding in areas where there are many other trail users.

TBsept2014-3Q – I told a hiker they had to get off the trail for me to pass on my horse and she made rude comments. What should I do? Truly yours, BootsnAll

I think we can all agree that there are always the “1 percent” of people that live life with a chip on their shoulder. So what can we do when we encounter one of these rude individuals?

A. Ignore her and ride on
B. Ask her nicely and let her know that stepping aside is for her own safety
C. How rude! It’s time to give her a piece of your mind!
D. Put yourself in the hikers boots and consider what she may be feeling

Anger is often rooted in fear. As horse and mule riders we’ve been blessed with having a close connection with livestock. Most hikers and bicyclists haven’t had the benefit of the rich lives that we lead. Not only does the average trail walker, or roller in the case of bicycles, not have a clue about how to safely interact with equestrians, they are intimidated by us. People mounted on large animals are imposing and can be very scary especially to those who are more comfortable in an urban jungle of pavement and concrete. Once we accept the fact that we can be scary to others we can start to understand why they won’t start a conversation or perhaps are a bit stand offish.
Many hikers and bikers don’t understand that we’re dealing with an animal with its own brains and free will as opposed to a mechanical thing like a bike or a pair of hiking boots. Right or wrong it falls upon us as riders to break the ice and help ease the uncertainty that some have around horses and mules.
In this situation I would take “D” to heart and explain “B” in the most pleasant, sugar coated, manner that I could muster.
The triangular trail courtesy signs that we often see are sometimes wrongly interpreted as one user group having greater importance than another. If we remember that instead they are only recommendations based upon what is generally the safest way of meeting and passing another trail user we may find that our interactions become much more pleasant.
When I encounter another trail user I’ll give way if it’s safe to do so regardless of what the sign says. Doing so allows me to have control of the situation and choose the safest place for the hiker or biker to pass by. Common sense and courtesy are much more important than who may have the right of way.
Anger rooted in fear affects horse folk as well. I once had the misfortune to ride with an inexperienced rider who was so ill at ease with other user groups on the trail that she would literally yell commands at the bikers and hikers we met. Needless to say we didn’t encounter many happy smiling faces and I don’t think equestrians in general were well represented that day. The issue that day was a problem that the equestrian needed to fix, not the other trail users.
In summary, don’t preach the rules of the trail, and please don’t yell. Instead consider that the hiker may be afraid, ask nicely, and you’ll most likely get cooperation.

TBsept2014-4Q – I’m afraid of turning my horse around on tight trails but I was told I have to yield to a pack string. What do I do? Yours, Lone Rider

This is a scenario that backcountry riders deal with on a regular basis and one that gives even the most seasoned of us fits at times. I can tell you from experience that no one likes coming around a bend in the trail to suddenly come nose to nose with the lead animal of a pack string. It’s even worse when the trail is narrow with one stirrup brushing the mountainside while the other seemingly dangles above a precipice. How would you handle this frightening situation?

A. Ride a mule and don’t sweat it.
B. Back your horse out – very carefully
C. Ask the packer politely for their patience while you dismount and turn your horse around.
D. Prepare yourself and your animal to turn on tight trails before you venture into these areas.

As recreational riders it’s not just hikers and mountain bikers that we need to be considerate of. In many areas pack strings are common sights as they make their way to and from destinations deep in the backcountry. How we handle our encounters with pack strings and other groups of horse riders will make or break a good ride.
Let’s consult a long time packer for this question. Betty Applebaker of the Oregon Backcountry Horsemen with her husband Dan, is one of the driving forces behind the annual Wilderness Skills Clinic in Klamath Falls Oregon. With decades of packing experience behind her as a Forest Service packer, Betty is a wealth of information.
As much as I appreciate the veracity of “A” Lone Rider will be best served by “D” and preparing for these encounters long before he visits the backcountry. Negotiating encounters with other groups of horses can be interesting at best. However, just as we saw with hikers and bikers, common courtesy will guide the way. If we think we have our hands full when riding a single horse consider the plight of the packer who has not only her riding mount but also a slew of pack animals strung along behind to concern her. It’s much easier and safer for a single rider to make way for the larger group as well as creating less impact off trail.
Turning around on a narrow trail isn’t fun but with practice it can become much more tolerable. Depending upon trail conditions it’s usually best to turn to the downhill side so that your animal is better able to watch where he places each hoof, making the chance of a slip much less.
Alternatively, there is no shame at all in dismounting and turning your animal. If you select this option it is generally safer to be on the downhill side so that you won’t slide under your horse should you slip (after all you don’t have the 4×4 traction that your horse has). Should you choose this option you may have to lead your animal to a safe spot where you can safely remount before proceeding on.
If you plan on riding on where the trails are tight prepare beforehand for the eventuality of having to turn around. You’ll be glad you did.

TBsept2014-5Q – Why do I have to clean up manure at the trailhead since it’s just fertilizer? Sincerely, Poopy

This is a wonderful LNT (Leave No Trace) question and I’m awfully glad that Poopy wrote in with it. We’ve all returned from a great ride. The horses are untacked and brushed down, everything is packed away and it’s time to load the trailer for home. And then the horse passes manure. I think we’ve all had it happen at one point or another. What did you do?

A. Leave it there, like poopy said it’s just fertilizer
B. Take any manure home, including any left over hay
C. Disperse it with a few good kicks
D. Scatter any manure in the brush surrounding the trailhead

I’ll certainly admit that there is a big part of me that wants to simply finish loading and go home when this happens. It’s just a small pile and the next rain will wash it away right? Wrong.
I asked Betty about her thoughts on this as a former Forest Service packer and her response was “leaving manure in trailheads is one of the worst things horsemen can do to hurt our image with other trail users. It is something we must do and it is easy to do. We try to pick after our animals as well as the manure left by other visitors before leaving the trailhead.”
I agree wholeheartedly with Betty on this subject. “B” is the best answer with “D” being a distant second. While we may not think about it, we’re not the only people using the trail, nor are we the only equestrians using the trailhead. Add the contents of your one small pile to the next rider’s small pile and you can see how quickly the affects accumulate. Soon the whole lot is covered in a huge mess that can easily become a valid reason for the land manager to restrict equine access.
Set a positive example for other horsemen by picking up your animal’s manure and taking it home with you if the trailhead doesn’t have manure collection facilities. Although we may have been inurned to the sights and smells of our horses deposits it is unsightly and annoying to other trail users.
Until the next time please help set a positive example for horse and mule riders by sharing the trail and keeping our trailheads clean.
With that we’d better wrap up this edition of The Trail Survival Challenge. Do you have a trail riding question that you’ve been aching to learn more about? Have you wondered if you did the right thing in a certain trail experience? Send us your questions and we’ll see what the best horsemen in the world have to say.
- See more at: http://trailmeister.com/trailblazer-survival-challenge-sharing-the-trails-sept-2014/#sthash.p8P90L4v.dpuf

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Native American Medicine Tools

Sweat Lodge
Sweat Lodge
There are more than 500 federally recognized American Indian tribes in the United States in 2011, according to the National Congress of American Indians. While each tribe has its own approach to medicine and healing, there are some commonalities to be found. In general, native medicine takes a holistic approach. This is based on the idea that the human body must be in balance with nature, and health is achieved through integrating body, mind and spirit. There are a few tools that many Native Americans use when practicing medicine.
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Medicine Bundle

The medicine bundle is used by Native Americans to hold their medicine tools. It is a large piece of animal hide or cloth secured with a string or thong. Medicine bundles may be the personal property of the medicine person, or they may belong to the tribe. If a medicine bundle is owned by one person, it is not acceptable to ask what is inside the bundle as this is considered intrusive. Tribal medicine bundles are thought to grow stronger as they age, and they may contain objects such as pipes, herbs or tobacco.

Pipe

The pipe is a very powerful and sacred medicine tool. Different pipes are used for different ceremonies, such as marriage, war or healing. The pipe ceremony asks for personal healing or for the healing of a loved one. The bowl of the pipe is considered female while the stem of the pipe is considered male, and together they symbolize the unification of spirit and matter.

Sweat Lodge

The sweat lodge is a structure built to bring healing and balance to one’s body, mind and spirit. Each tribe builds its lodge in a specific style, but the sweat lodge generally is created from saplings or poles that are tied together at the top and covered with a tarp or animal hide. Inside the lodge, a hole is dug in the center where extremely hot rocks are placed. Water is poured on the rocks, creating a powerful sauna. Antlers are used to move the rocks, and a medicine person usually pours the water.

Cedar and Sage

An important aspect to any healing ceremony or prayer that takes place is the use of cedar and sage, also known as smudging. Sage is the herb used most often, and it is sometimes rolled into a bundle with cedar. The sage is lit and allowed to smolder while the smoke is pushed by a medicine feather or hand. Smudging is thought to purify a person or area and is often used prior to ceremonies.

Herbs

Local herbs have been gathered and used as medicine among Native Americans since tribal beginnings. For example, Native Americans in northern California and Oregon were known to use the bark of the cascara buckthorn to relieve constipation. Many tribal members still rely on locally grown herbs to relieve modern illnesses.

Native American Day 2014

Sherman Chaddlesone (Kiowa)

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Elder's Meditation of the Day October 14


Elder's Meditation of the Day October 14
"Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth and the Great Silence alone!"
--Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles A. Eastman), SANTEE SIOUX
The most important thing we can do during the course of the day is pray in the morning. There is a special time in the morning that has great power. This is the exact time the sun is rising. During the rising of the sun, everything on the Earth is waking up. Animals, plants, birds, and humans will be blessed at the rising of the sun. This is a special time to help us prepare for the day. During this time we ask the Creator to bless our day. We ask Him to guide us, to protect us and to give us courage to overcome the day's obstacles. Doing this everyday will give us knowledge of God's will for us.
Grandfather, Grandmother, guide my path. Let my thinking be guided by You.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Indigenous Peoples Day 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day October 13


Elder's Meditation of the Day October 13
"So unbelievable things like that happen. But you 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
The power of our belief system is incredible. The power of faith is a very natural power. How do we have faith? Inside of our minds we form a mental picture with our self talk. Self talk is recorded in our minds in three dimensions - words that trigger a picture, which has a feeling or an emotion attached to it. Once we get the words and the picture, it is the emotion that makes the idea turn into a belief. You get the right emotion by saying things from the heart. The heart is the source of emotions which can cause unbelievable things to happen.
Great Spirit, with You everything is possible.

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!



Columbus day is No More!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Beautiful way to start the Day

Elder's Meditation of the Day October 12


Elder's Meditation of the Day October 12
"The greatest obstacle to the internal nature is the mind. If it relies on logic�the domain of the inner nature is inaccessible. The simple fact is a man does not challenge the wisdom of the Holy Mystery."
--Turtleheart, TETON SIOUX
Why is it we need to analyze and understand everything? The Great Mystery has designed certain areas of creation to be a mystery because humans usually misuse it. We use the Great Mystery and see it unfold only under the direction of the Great Spirit. The Creator is in charge.
Great Spirit, let me realize You are in charge. I'm to do what You want.

The Seven Sacred Teachings of Friendship



The Seven Sacred Teachings of Friendship 

When friends connect spiritually, it is with the spirit of Courage that they share the beauty of their dreams. Friends demonstrate a tremendous amount of Bravery and Honesty as they openly speak their Truth. In friendship, listening with encouragement is a Sacred Responsibility demonstrated through values that includes Wisdom and Humility. 

Friendship based on likeminded personal values of kindness and profound Respect of all of Creation, including self; results in a deep soulful blessed connection.

Friendship based on the Seven Sacred Teaching; where spiritual energy embraces two souls, affords a profound sense of Love and acceptance, which promotes gratitude for the richness of life’s gifts.

All my Relations,
Emily, (ejh)
Kihci Têpakohp Iskotêw Iskwêw