1996: Report on the Worlds In Transition:

The Star Visions Conference by Richard Boylan, Ph.D., CCHT (c) 1996 A turbulent storm front was brewing over the Front Range of the Rockies towering behind Fort Collins, Colorado. It portended the powerful events which would soon be taking place at a high-altitude gathering starting that Thursday afternoon. A numinous, energized transition layer stretched between towering the dark cumulus and the peaks below, and glowered with latent diffuse high voltage. As the conference-goers approached the site of the Star Visions Conference at the 8000-foot snow line, a ferocious gale was howling. The wind-chill factor reached zero. Braving this test by Spirit of their dedication, speakers and attendees assembled in the cavernous auditorium of the Estes Park Center to witness opening prayer and ceremony by Conference convener, Dakota spiritual leader Standing Elk. The middle-aged Sioux Star Altar Keeper with long, jet-black hair and attired in a sports jacket and fresh […] Read More

2009: Destroying Indigenous Populations

by DAHR JAMAIL (TRUTHOUT) June 20, 2009 The Fort Laramie Treaty once guaranteed the Sioux Nation the right to a large area of their original land, which spanned several states and included their sacred Black Hills, where they were to have “the absolute and undisturbed use and occupation” of the land. However, when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, President Ulysses S. Grant told the army to look the other way in order to allow gold miners to enter the territory. After repeated violations of the exclusive rights to the land by gold prospectors and by migrant workers crossing the reservation borders, the US government seized the Black Hills land in 1877. Charmaine White Face, an Oglala Tetuwan who lives on the Pine Ridge Reservation, is the spokesperson for the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council (TSNTC), established in 1893 to uphold the terms of the Fort Laramie Treaty […] Read More

A Basic American Indian Medicine Chest

 ARNICA OIL – for bruises, muscle pain,& sore feet   CALENDULA CREAM – for inflammations, sunburn,&skin disorders   CEDAR LOTION – for general skin treatment & facial care   CORN SILK – for kidney & bladder pains & infections   ECHINACEA CAPSULES – & tincture for colds & infections   ECHINACEA -GOLDENSEAL SALVE – for chapped skin & lips   PUFFBALLS –  for headache treatments, styptics &wounded dressings   SAGE LEAVES – for smudging, purification, and antiseptic use   SLIPPERY ELM BARK POWDER – for coughs & digestive problems   SWEETGRASS BRAID – for smudging ,purification,& antiseptic use   WITCH HAZEL LOTION – for rashes & skin problems   YARROW POWDER – for pain relief, anesthetic,& antiseptic use   YUCCA ROOT – for soapy cleansing & hair care

Father Of Indian Corn

Chippewa Indian Lore: In the long, long ago, a poor Ojibwa Indian lived with his wife and children in a remote part of the present state of Wisconsin. Because he was such a poor hunter, he was not very expert in providing food and supplies for his family. His children were too young to give him much help. But he was a good man with a kind and contented disposition. He always was thankful to Chief of the Sky Spirits for everything he received to share with his family. His good disposition was inherited by his eldest son, who had just reached the age when he wanted to pursue his Guardian Spirit Quest. Each young Indian boy looked forward to the time of finding the secret Spirit that would be his guide through his life. Each boy sought to learn his spirit name and what special power would be […] Read More

Eagle

The eagle is symbol of the zenith. A great reminder of your own ability to soar to great heights. Eagles are messengers from heaven and are the embodiment of the spirit of the sun. Those with an Eagle totem need to have an involvement with creation; a willingness to experience extremes; a willingness to use your ability even if it means getting “scorched” a little as you fly high; a willingness to seek out your true emotions. A demanding totem, but one that offers so much reward at the end of the journey. Its four-toed feet remind you to stay grounded even when soaring high; Its talons remind you to grasp the things of the earth; Its sharp beak shows you when to speak, how much, and how strongly. This totem will show you opportunities and how to ride the winds to your benefit. Eagle people can live in […] Read More

The Stories of First Sweat Lodge

A Blackfoot Legend 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 neighboring 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 […] Read More

The Bear Warrior: A Native American Myth

One of my favorite Native American myths growing up was that of the Bear Warrior. According to legend, the warrior desperately wanted to find love. However, he did not want to be loved for his good looks, his family’s wealth, or even his skills. He wanted to be loved for his heart. The warrior prayed for guidance in finding his true love. In response, the Great Spirit turned the brave into a bear. “I don’t understand,” cried the young brave. “What did I do wrong? Is it bad to pray for true love?” The Great Spirit sent a deer to explain his actions to the warrior. “You said you didn’t want to be loved for your good looks, your family’s wealth, or your skills,” said deer. “In this form you will not be.” “But what maiden will want to marry a bear?” questioned the warrior. “I can’t even go home in this form. If I do, I will be […] Read More