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. Do not say I am Apache or Kickapoo.. Do not say I am Sioux or Cherokee. Say…. I am of the Mother Tribe… This is the pain of our children… To return from the stars without a home or community… A tribe lost returns… scattered in the wind. Those who hear must unite and reap the seed of this return. ONE tribe…ONE Earth…ONE Heart…ONE People. Those with ears must build a fire and give thanks this night. Be united with ONE soul. Oh, my Children come home… Teachers step forward without fear… You are real. (Author Unknown) Related articles Police Say Tasering 8-Year-Old Native American Girl Was Justified Police Killing of Unarmed Native American Continues To Receive Little Media Attention 1990: Brulé Food What We Are Not […] Read More

2007: Skinwalkers – What Are They?

By Colm Kelleher and George Knapp 8-9-7 With skinwalkers becoming the subjects of popular books and recently, movies, it is fair to ask about their origins. In August 1996, a team of scientists arrived on a remote ranch in NE Utah to investigate a bizarre litany of phenomena; including unidentified flying objects, animal mutilations, paranormal and poltergeist occurrences that appeared to erupt almost on a nightly basis. The list went on and on. The first piece of information the team learned from local people was that the ranch lay “on the path of the skinwalker”. Was the skinwalker responsible for the weird happenings on this ranch? What followed was a multi-year odyssey into the dark unknown as the science team tried to pursue, measure and photograph the elusive “skinwalker”. The complete account of the unprecedented research project is published in the book “Hunt for the Skinwalker“. In the religion […] Read More

Bury My Heart

A Brief History of Resistance and Protest in Contemporary Native Music by Brian Wright-McLeod http://web.archive.org/web/19980501151312/http://www.cacmall.com/abvoices/burymy.html During the 1960’s, when ceremonial culture was cautiously being brought out of hiding, a new undergound was beginning to take shape. A multinational-corporate war was waged on Indian rights and the natural world that resulted in waves of economic and environmental refugees. In the cities, Indians found few opportunities outside poverty or prision. The resulting culture shock of relocation had dire and confusing results for people who found themselves in oppressive and racist surroundings. In the wake of relocations was a young Narragansett named Peter LaFarge, a survivor who had not only been adopted by author Oliver LaFarge (who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Laughing Boy) but was a rodeo rider who had been in and out of urban and reservation settings as a way of life. He was a street-wise performer […] Read More

Three Paws Speaks on Spirit Guides

site no longer there:  http://www.televar.com/~willgo/speaks2/guide.htm You can not select a spirit guide. The guide must select you. That is the way of the spirits. It matters not what your blood line is or if you were born into the Wolf Clan or The Bear Clan. Nothing will assure you of having the Wolf or the Bear as your spirit guide. Be you Native American or Hawaiian, Irish or Italian, French or English, or plain old Hash, it makes not difference. Your Spirit Guide must select you. For some, their spirit guide makes itself known when they are young. For others not until they reach adulthood. Still others must search for their guide. For some their guide will be with them long before they are aware of it. Having said that, I will speak to you from my heart and tell you the story of how I found one of […] Read More

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

Origin of the Lakota Peace Pipe

Lakota Native American Lore Long, long ago, two young and handsome Lakota were chosen by their band to find out where the buffalo were. While the men were riding in the buffalo country, they saw someone in the distance walking toward them. As always they were on the watch for any enemy. So they hid in some bushes and waited. At last the figure came up the slope. To their surprise, the figure walking toward them was a woman. When she came closer, she stopped and looked at them. They knew that she could see them, even in their hiding place. On her left arm she carried what looked like a stick in a bundle of sagebrush. Her face was beautiful. One of the men said, “She is more beautiful than anyone I have ever seen. I want her for my wife.” But the other man replied, “How dare […] Read More

The Wolf Dance

I wanted to give something of my past to my grandson. So I took him into the woods, to a quiet spot. Seated at my feet he listened as I told him of the powers that were given to each creature. He moved not a muscle as I explained how the woods had always provided us with food, homes, comfort, and religion. He was awed when I related to him how the wolf became our guardian, and when I told him that I would sing the sacred wolf song over him, he was overjoyed. In my song, I appealed to the wolf to come and preside over us while I would perform the wolf ceremony so that the bondage between my grandson and the wolf would be lifelong. I sang. In my voice was the hope that clings to every heartbeat. I sang. In my words were the powers […] Read More

How Dog’s Came to the Earth

(An Ojibway Story) Two Ojibwa Indians in a canoe had been blown far from shore by a great wind. They had gone far and were hungry and lost. They had little strength left to paddle, so they drifted before the wind. At last their canoe was blown onto a beach and they were glad, but not for long. Looking for the tracks of animals, they saw some huge footprints which they knew must be those of a giant. They were afraid and hid in the bushes. As they crouched low, a big arrow thudded into the ground close beside them. Then a huge giant came toward them. A caribou hung from his belt, but the man was so big that it looked like a rabbit. He told them that he did not hurt people and he like to be a friend to little people, who seemed to the giant […] Read More

Wisdom of the Elders

David Suzuki Despite their different perspectives on the natural world, shaman and wise scientist seem to be issuing strikingly similar messages about the underlying interconnectedness of all life and warnings about the deteriorating state of natural systems.Our book, Wisdom of the Elders, is an exploration of a few of these shared ecological themes. It represents a search for points of intellectual, emotional, and poetic resonance between some of the most profound truths of modern life sciences–particularly evolutionary biology, genetics, and ecology–and those of the time-tested nature-wisdom of First Peoples around the world, ranging from American, Andean, and Amazonian Indians of the New World to indigenous peoples of Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, and beyond. -Ed Native Visions of Nature Shamans and scientists for centuries have asked very different kinds of questions of the cosmos. How different are the “answers” each has elicited? One way to distill the differences between Native and […] Read More

Deganawidah: The Two Serpents

by Scott Peterson When Deganawidah was leaving the Indians in the Bay of Quinte in Ontario, he told the Indian people that they would face a time of great suffering. They would distrust their leaders and the principles of peace of the League, and a great white serpent was to come upon the Iroquois, and that for a time it would intermingle with the Indian serpent as a friend. This serpent would in time become so powerful that it would attempt to destroy the Indian, and the serpent is described as choking the life’s blood out of the Indian people. Deganawidah told the Indians that they would be in such a terrible state at this point that all hope would seem to be lost, and he told them that when things looked their darkest a red serpent would come from the north and approach the white serpent, which would […] Read More

Origin of the Sweat Lodge

Blackfeet/Piegan The Piegan tribe was southernmost at the headwaters of the Missouri River in Montana, a subtribe belonging to the Siksika Indians of North Saskatchewan in Canada. Piegans were of the Algonquian linguistic family, but warlike toward most of their neighbouring tribes, since they had horses for raiding and were supplied with guns and ammunition by their Canadian sources. Piegans also displayed hostility toward explorers and traders. Several smallpox epidemics decimated their population. Now they are gathered on reservations on both sides of the border. A girl of great beauty, the Chief’s daughter, was worshipped by many young handsome men of the Piegan tribe. But she would not have any one of them for her husband. One young tribesman was very poor and his face was marked with an ugly scar. Although he saw rich and handsome men of his tribe rejected by the Chief’s daughter, he decided to […] Read More

Origin of the Animals

Jicarilla-Apache Native American Lore When Apaches emerged from the underworld, they travelled southward for four days. They had no other food than two kinds of seeds, which they ground between two stones. Near where they camped on the fourth night, one tepee stood apart from the others. While the owner and his wife were absent for a short time, a Raven brought a quiver of arrows and a bow, hanging them on the lodge pole. When the children came out of the lodge, they took down the quiver and found some meat inside. They ate it and instantly became very fat. Upon her return, the mother noticed grease on the hands and faces of her children, who told her what had happened. The woman hurried to tell her husband the tale. All the tribe marvelled at the wonderful food that made the children so fat. How they hoped the […] Read More