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26 Principals of Life - 1. All Are Related: There is a Native American saying, which translates roughly to "All are Related".
A Message from Chief Dan Evehema - I am very glad to have this time to send a message to you. We are celebrating a time in our history which is both filled with joy and sadness. I am very glad that our Hindu brothers have given us this opportunity to share these feelings with you because we know many of you are having the same troubles.
A LETTER FROM ROBERTA BLACKGOAT - Great Spirit gave us this land to live in a good way. We're not living here for free, everything we have, we have worked hard for it. We humble ourselves before Great Spirit and it is according to them (the Holy Ones) that we live here. Before non-Indians came, we were put here with original guidelines to live in harmony.
Anna Mae Pictou Aquash - I am a part of this Creation as you are, no more and no less than each and every one of you within the sound of my voice.
Blue Bird - "...O wonderful spirit of gentleness...touch, calm and embolden all men. Take from our frightened hands the bomb...Arm us with wisdom and love instead. Let life, not death, enter no matter where we walk..."
Buffalo Calf Woman - Before the appearance of the Buffalo Calf Woman, the Indian honored the Great Spirit. But for the Sioux, the coming of Buffalo Calf Woman brought a most important instrument, the pipe, which is now used in all ceremonies.
Building a Sweat Lodge - Building a sweat lodge is not particularly difficult, but careful consideration should be given to various details.
Cannupa - the Basis of Lakota Spirituality - Lakota Society based its entire religious philosophy on the revelation of the Creator acting through Nature. The "Wakan" or sacred things contained in nature were sought out by this society and through perceptions of these mysterious and sacred things a religious philosophy was developed.
Ceremony - Some Indians prefer only males in Inipi ceremonies; others do not differentiate, or mind the mixed male and female participation within the same lodge. As time moves on, mixed lodges are becoming more prevalent.
The Ceremony - Greeting the Sun ceremony
Chief Black Kettle - Few biographical details are known about the Southern Cheyenne chief Black Kettle, but his repeated efforts to secure a peace with honor for his people, despite broken promises and attacks on his own life, speak of him as a great leader with an almost unique vision of the possiblity for coexistence between white society and the culture of the plains.
Cherokee Nation - The Cherokee Nation - largest of the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast - is a people of Iroquoian lineage. The Cherokee, who called themselves 'Ani'-Yun' wiya' - 'Principal People' - the 'Keetoowah' - 'People of Kituhwa' - or Tsalagi from their own name for the Cherokee Nation - migrated to the Southeast from the Great Lakes Region.
Cherokee Prophecies - The Stars above and its configurations hold TIME UNTIME within its grasp upon all life. As all cultures sustain a Zodiac system written upon TIME UNTIME so also the Chickamaugan Cherokee of the Americas hold also an Ancient Zodiac of the heavens.
Contacting Guides in Dream Time - If you have tried this but are just getting nowhere this technique may work for you.
Coyote and the Jar - Coyote was given a big jar to carry when the people came to this world. He was told not to lift the lid... but the jar was heavy and coyote was curious to know what he was carrying.
COYOTE - As seekers of the spiritual aspects of life, it is only natural that one would turn to books and people for spiritual guidance. This is fine. However... beware. Spirituality cannot be bought. Those who have it, do not sell it. Those who do not have it, sell as much as the market will bear. Coyote is always around to remind us of that fact.
Crying Souls - Do you hear the sadness as it races across the winds? Can you hear the crying that happens within? Can you see the hurt and pain within my eyes?
THE DOG AND THE WOLF - Discouraged after an unsuccessful day of hunting, a hungry Wolf came on a well-fed Mastiff. He could see that the Dog was having a better time of it than he was and he inquired what the Dog had to do to stay so well fed.
ED MCGAA - His books do not promote hate, racism or bigotry...only unity and sharing wisdom. Ed McGaa is a very special man in many ways.
First Buffalo Stone - One time long, long ago, before the People had horses, the buffalo suddenly disappeared. All the hunters killed elk, deer, and smaller game animals along the river bottoms then.
Ghost Dance - We are being called to gather at the Ghost Dance...To let our hearts be heard! There can be little denial by those who walk the Earth at this time that whatever it is that we are all experiencing emotionally, physically, or with the climatic changes, economic changes, as well as changes in Consciousness…
Hopi Prophecies - Hopi Elders on the Art Bell Radio Show
KINDS OF SACRED SITES - The spiritual hunger of the "New Age" religious groups and the natural curiosity of informed people may at some point in the future require that lists of sacred sites be surrendered under the Freedom of Information Act. Sacred site information should be restricted to Native people, and to guard Native American sacred sites against curious outsiders
Message to Humanity from Minnesota, by Blue Thunder - Greetings all my relatives, I am here in Minnesota today thinking about the weather situations and the prophecies, message of my dreams, visions. My message to those that have been following my work as a peacekeeper is of love, peace and harmony for Mother Earth.
MODERN SHAMANISM - Extracting the heart of Shamanism from the traditional views we have from Native Americans, the Polynesians, and other primal peoples, we have the essence of the Truth. We learn that we are all connected, all one, and all-powerful spirit beings having a physical experience.
Monster with White Eyes - Handed down as a traditional Cherokee story from grandmother to grandchild, the storyteller cautions that long ago before the Europeans discovered Turtle Island and her indigenous people, the elders of those people warned of the monsters with white eyes yet to come.
Native American Myths of Creation - In the beginning was only Tepeu and Gucumatz (Feathered Serpent). These two sat together and thought, and whatever they thought came into being. They thought Earth, and there it was.
The Path - We are what we are...human... and, although we cannot change the world, we can change ourselves.
The Peace Pipe Ceremony - Those who desire to benefit their spiritual path by learning Native American knowledge and wisdom, some of which will come through the ceremonies, are recommended to get a peace pipe. The peace pipe is not restricted to only Indians. It has been jealously guarded by Native Americans, however, because many are fearful that the pipe may be used disrespectfully by non-Indian people.
Pemmican - Pemmican is the energy snack warriors and hunters carried with them. A thoughtful groom will make Pemmican for his wedding party.
PROPHECY - There once came from the north country, to what is now the upper western portion of New York state, a young man of Huron birth. He was called Deganaweda.
PROPHECY 2 - The following information was received between October 15-17, 1995, in a council with the Ascended Masters.
Red Sky Prophecy - In the 1920s, an Apache wise man had a Vision of four prophecies that foretold death and destruction for mankind, unless we incorporate Spirit in our daily lives. Two of these prophecies may already have come true.
Sacred Amulets - These two Sacred Amulets were found in an ancient burial tomb in close proximity to an ancient pyramid located in the Mississippi River Valley. According to Legend, this was the burial tomb of a High Priest and Priestess who inhabited that ancient city well over 30,000 years ago.
SACREDNESS AMONG NATIVE AMERICANS - Over the course of humanity's historical journey, religious experiences have formed the basis of social, political and economic institutions of both a formal and informal nature. American Indians, and many other tribal peoples, represent a long historical tradition in which religious experiences and knowledge, and the requirement of ceremonial participation, are spread more or less evenly throughout a small reasonably homogeneous society.
SACRED SITES AND MILITARY LANDS/ACTIVITIES - Reporting the presence of sacred Native American sites on, near, or possibly influenced by U.S. military lands is circumscribed by several important considerations. These considerations will be discussed as they relate to the identification of sacred sites.
The Seven Fires Prophecies of the Anishinabe - The first prophet said to the people, "In the time of the First Fire, the Anishinabe nation will rise up and follow the sacred shell of the Midewiwin Lodge. The Midewiwin Lodge will serve as a rallying point for the people and its traditional ways will be the source of much strength.
SMUDGING - For as long as I can remember, I had heard of the Anishinabe people smudging with sacred herbs such as tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, and cedar.
The Return of White Buffalo Woman - The Sign from the West has revealed that White Buffalo Woman has returned to earth and White Buffalo Woman reminds us to carry the Pipe in our hearts.
The Sacred Hoop - The children of the earth, wakanyeja makah, are our winged, finned, insect, and four-legged friends who have a special knowledge of Mother Nature and the corresponding four directions. Each creature child of the earth can become a helper for two-leggeds to aid our seeking of universal knowledge. The four directions, the four quarters with the full power of the earth and sky and all related life is regarded as the Sacred Hoop.
The Soul of the Indian - "WE also have a religion which was given to our forefathers, and has been handed down to us their children. It teaches us to be thankful, to be united, and to love one another! We never quarrel about religion." Thus spoke the great Seneca orator, Red Jacket, in his superb reply to Missionary Cram more than a century ago, and I have often heard the same thought expressed by my countrymen.
The Star Nations - French Site
The Story of the White Buffalo Calf Woman - The story goes that she appeared to two warriors at that time. These two warriors were out hunting buffalo, hunting for food in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota, and they saw a big body coming toward them. And they saw that it was a white buffalo calf. As it came closer to them, it turned into a beautiful young Indian girl.
Straight Girl Talk - When we are born in female bodies — when we choose a female body for our earth body — we literally choose to come into the Earth plane with the charge of the nurturing and renewing all of life.
The Drum: Drumming from the Heart - The drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The animal who provided the hide did so with intention and purpose. In the drum the spirit of the animal nation lives. The honor and respect you show the drum also honors the four-legged, the winged ones, the crawlers and the bugs.
The Seventh Fire - More than 1,000 years ago my people, the Anishinabeg, lived along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. There were so many and they were so powerful that it is said that one could stand at the top of the highest mountain, look in all directions, and not see to the ends of the nation.
The Traditional Cherokee Belief System - In a search for order and sustaining that order, the olden Cherokee devised a simple, yet seemingly complex belief system. Many of the elements of the original system remain today. Although some have evolved or otherwise been modified, the traditional Cherokee of today recognize the belief system as an integral part of day-to-day life.
Teaching Native American Religions - I am submitting this query simultaneously to two electronic discussion groups--one on religious studies, the other on Native American issues--to invite reflection on three questions:The Return of White Buffalo Woman - I will relate two visions. Both visions came to me as I was pursuing spiritual truth. The pair came in full colour and with accompanying sound. They were as clear as watching the big screen at a cinema. Both have been re-shown to me at various times.
TRADITIONAL SHAMANISM - The knowledge and truth of traditional shamanism exists everywhere. It exists for everyone to see, if you understand the message and see past your own illusions. It is the essential understanding of life, the oldest knowledge we have: that of who we are, why we are here, and what is our life's purpose.
Truth 1 - We join spokes together in a wheel, but it's the center hole that makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a jar, but it's the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
Wakantanka - Many, many seasons ago, Wakantanka, the Breath Giver, the Holy one, walked in the trees of the Paha Sapa, the Black Hills. The trees were cool and the music of the streams made him happy.
WHAT IS A NATIVE? - It is not blood that makes an Native American... It is the soul.... Too many... with fire of Native blood... walk ignored.
WHITE BUFFALO CALF WOMAN - We Lakota people have a prophecy about the white buffalo calf. How that prophecy originated was that we have a sacred bundle, a sacred peace pipe, that was brought to us about 2,000 years ago by what we know as the White Buffalo Calf Woman.
The White Buffalo Called Miracle - It was said by some that in "the time of the White Buffalo" sunbows, or whirling rainbows, would begin to appear more frequently as a sign to the people. As most readers of this journal will know, we are in the time of the White Buffalo. The long-awaited White Buffalo Calf was born August 20, 1994 on a Wisconsin farm owned by Dave and Valerie Hieder.
THE YOUNG GIRL WHO BECAME A WOLF - It had been a long and cold winter. Food was scarce. Many of the old ones and the babies died before spring arrived. As spring came, the animals became more active in the woodlands and forests and the men went out on many hunts to find food, to make the people strong again.