2000: A Spiritual Message to America from the Nation’s Native Elders

  This Message to America is the result of the National Indian Council on Aging’s year 2000 Conference in Duluth, Minnesota. More than 1700 elders from 108 tribes across America attended and contributed to the words in this message. Think about your elders as you read this. They came together, setting aside tribal and political differences in order for you and your children to have some words of wisdom to help you in your lives.  Please pass this on to as many people as you can, both Native and non-Native alike. These are the words of our Native elders, but the values expressed can be appreciated by all of humanity. Once you have read it, you are responsible for it. These are the elders’ hopes and dreams for the world you re-create every day. If you have any questions, please call (505) 292-2001. Brooke Mosay Ammann NICOA Assistant Director […] Read More

Why the Owl has Big Eyes

The legend of why Owl has big eyes is one of many traditional Haudenosaunee stories told from generation to generation. Here is one version. The Creator was busy creating various animals. He was working on Rabbit, and Rabbit was saying: “I want nice long legs and long ears like a deer, and sharp fangs and claws like a panther.” “I do them the way they want to be; I give them what they ask for,” said the Creator. He was working on Rabbit’s hind legs, making them long, the way Rabbit had ordered. Owl, still unformed, was sitting on a tree nearby and waiting his turn. He was saying: “Whoo, whoo, I want a nice long neck like swan’s, and beautiful red feathers like Cardinal’s, and a nice long beak like Egret’s, and a nice crown of plumes like Heron’s. I want you to make me into the most […] Read More

A story of the Pipe of Peace

A story of the Pipe of Peace – Cherokee This story was related by a Chickamauga elder. It is a telling. As they say… Nothing is etched in stone… Way back before recorded history, the Aniyuwiya (Cherokee) lived in their country of lakes and rivers, beautiful valleys and rolling mist-covered mountains. They had lived well there for more winters than could be remembered. They had lived with their neighbors in that land with a minimum of disagreement or strife. As time went on, men of the Aniyuwiya started to become at odds with their neighbors over many things. This prompted fights to break out that even escalated into wars. The Aniyuwiya had great warriors and were not afraid to go to war. They had known peace throughout their history, but also their share of great and terrible battles. It seemed that anger was coming far easier than peace. The […] Read More

Creek Indian Story

“Long ago the Creator looked out over the perfect world he had made, at the oceans, mountains, plains, deserts, lakes, and rivers and he was pleased. He looked upon the plants and trees and was happy at what he saw. Still he felt there was something missing. There was no movement, nothing to enjoy the beauty he had created. So he created the animals, birds, creepers, and fish. He made them in all sizes, forms, colors, and shapes. As he watched them roam over Mother Earth, enjoying the beauty of his creations he was pleased with all that he had done. Life continued on Mother Earth in perfect balance and harmony. Many moons passed and one day the animals, birds, creepers, and fish called out to their Creator: “We thank you for all that you have given us, for all the beauty that surrounds us; however, everything is so […] Read More

Grandmother’s Creation Story

By: Muskeke Iskwew (Sharron John, Creek) [Medicine/Healing Woman] Tansi Glenn, The story I send to you was one my Grandmother, Victoria Whitewolf, used to tell me when I was a young girl, “many moons ago”. This is to say thank you for the hours of pleasure your work has given me. I’m sure my Grandmother would have been honored to see it used in this way, so that many people would enjoy it. She was a great storyteller. Here is her story: “Long ago the Creator looked out over the perfect world he had made, at the oceans, mountains, plains, deserts, lakes, and rivers and he was pleased. He looked upon the plants and trees and was happy at what he saw. Still, he felt there was something missing. There was no movement, nothing to enjoy the beauty he had created. So he created the animals, birds, creepers, and […] Read More

Hopi Stories

Hopi Theories of Creation By Robert Morningside The Hopi believe the Creator of Man is a woman. The Sumerians believed the Creator of Man was a woman. The Hopi believe the Father Creator is KA. The Sumerians believed the Father Essence was KA. The Hopi believe Taiowa, the Sun God, is the Creator of the Earth. The Sumerians believe TA.EA was the Creator. The Hopi believe two brothers had guardianship of the Earth. The Sumerians believed two brothers had dominion over the Earth. The Hopi believe Alo to be spiritual guides. The Sumerians believed AL.U to be beings of Heaven. The Hopi believe Kachinas (Kat’sinas) are the spirits of nature and the messengers and teachers sent by the Great Spirit. The Sumerians believed KAT.SI.NA were righteous ones sent of God. The Hopi believe Eototo is the Father of Katsinas. The Sumerians believed EA.TA was the Father of all beings. […] Read More