On This Group anything of a political nature including any type petition,statements of support or statements of non support of any politician or other political postings are not permitted. This is an ethnic and spiritual group and politics and spirituality do not mix for where there are politics there are often negative feelings and as we all know negative feelings cause hurt feelings. Members of this group are all connected as family members and politics have been known to break up families. Please refrain from posting any type of petition or any type of political statement on this group.
We sincerely hope group members will understand the reason behind what we have stated above.
Traveling the Traditional Red Road Group Hosts
NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONAL CODE OF ETHICS.
1. Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all good things the Creator has given you. For all the opportunities to grow a little each day. Consider your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek courage and strength to be a better person. Seek for the things that will benefit others (everyone).
2. Respect: Respect means: “To feel and show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy”. Showing respect is a basic law of life.
a. Treat every person from the smallest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times.
b. Special respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders.
c. No person should be made to feel “put down” by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.
d. Touch nothing that belongs to someone else (especially Sacred Objects) without permission, or an understanding between you.
e. Respect the privacy of every person, never intrude on a person’s quiet moment or personal space.
f. Never walk between people that are conversing.
g. Never interrupt people who are conversing.
h. Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of Elders, strangers or others to whom special respect is due.
i. Do not speak unless invited to do so at gatherings where Elders are present (except to ask what is expected of you, should you be in doubt).
j. Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they are present or not.
k. Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother. Show deep respect for the mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world. Do nothing to pollute our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her.
l. Show deep respect for the beliefs and religion of others.
m. Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what they are saying is worthless. Listen with your heart.
n. Respect the wisdom of the people in council. Once you give an idea to a council meeting it no longer belongs to you. It belongs to the people. Respect demands that you listen intently to the ideas of others in council and that you do not insist that your idea prevail.
Indeed you should freely support the ideas of others if they are true and good, even if those ideas are quite different from the ones you have contributed. The clash of ideas brings forth the Spark of Truth.
3. Once a council has decided something in unity, respect demands that no one speak secretly against what has been decided. If the council has made an error, that error will become apparent to everyone in its own time. 4. Be truthful at all times, and under all conditions. 5. Always treat your guests with honor and consideration. Give of your best food, your best blankets, the best part of your house, and your best service to your guests. 6. The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all. 7. Receive strangers and outsiders with a loving heart and as members of the human family. 8. All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the Creator they must all be respected. 9. To serve others, to be of some use to family, community, nation, and the world is one of the main purposes for which human beings have been created. Do not fill yourself with your own affairs and forget your most important talks. True happiness comes only to those who dedicate their lives to the service of others. 10. Observe moderation and balance in all things. 11. Know those things that lead to your well-being, and those things that lead to your destruction. 12. Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart. Expect guidance to come in many forms; in prayer, in dreams, in times of quiet solitude, and in the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.
TO WALK THE RED ROAD:
Long road winding began in the stars, spilled onto the mountain tops, was carried in the snow to the streams, to the rivers, to the ocean It covers Canada, Alaska, America, Mexico to Guatemala, and keeps winding around the indigenous.
The Red Road is a circle of people standing hand in hand, people in this world people between people in the Spirit world.
Star people, animal people, stone people,
River people, tree people
The Sacred Hoop.
To walk the Red Road is to know sacrifice, suffering. It is to understand humility. It is the ability to stand naked before the Creator in all things for your wrong doings, for your lack of strength, for your discompassionate way, for your arrogance - because to walk the Red Road, you always know you can do better. And you know, when you do good things, it is through the Creator, and you are grateful.
To walk the Red Road is to know you stand on equal ground with all living things. It is to know that because you were born human, it gives you superiority over nothing.
It is to know that every creation carries a Spirit, and the river knows more than you do, the mountains know more than you do, the stone people know more than you do, the trees know more than you do, the wind is wiser than you are, and animal people carry wisdom.
You can learn from every one of them, because they have something you don't:
They are void of evil thoughts. They wish vengeance on no one, they seek Justice.
To Walk the Red Road, you have God given rights, you have the right to pray, you have the right to dance, you have the right to think, you have the right to protect, you have the right to know Mother, you have the right to dream, you have the right to vision, you have the right to teach, you have the right to learn, you have a right to grieve, you have a right to happiness, you have the right to fix the wrongs, you have the right to truth, you have a right to the Spirit World.
To Walk the Red Road is to know your Ancestors, to call to them for assistance It is to know that there is good medicine, and there is bad medicine It is to know that Evil exists, but is cowardly as it is often in disguise. It is to know there are evil spirits who are in constant watch for a way to gain strength for themselves at the expense of you.
To Walk the Red Road, you have less fear of being wrong, because you know that life is a journey, a continuous circle, a sacred hoop.
Mistakes will be made, and mistakes can be corrected - if you will be humble, for if you cannot be humble, you will never know when you have made a mistake.
If you walk the Red Road, you know that every sorrow leads to a better understanding, every horror cannot be explained, but can offer growth.
To Walk the Red Road is to look for beauty in all things.
To Walk the Red Road is to know you will one day cross to the Spirit World, and you will not be afraid.
Machu Picchu is a city located high in the Andes Mountains in modern Peru. It lies 43 miles northwest of Cuzco at the top of a ridge, hiding it from the Urabamba gorge below. The ridge is between a block of highland and the massive Huaynac Picchu, around which the Urubamba River takes a sharp bend. The surrounding area is covered in dense bush, some of it covering Pre-Colombian cultivation terraces.
Machu Picchu (which means "Old Peak") was most likely a royal estate and religious retreat. It was built between 1460 and 1470 AD by Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui, an Incan ruler. The city has an altitude of 8,000 feet, and is high above the Urubamba River canyon cloud forest, so it likely did not have any administrative, military or commercial use. After Pachacuti’s death, Machu Picchu became the property of his allus, or kinship group, which was responsible for it’s maintenance, administration, and any new construction.
Machu Picchu is comprised of approximately 200 buildings, most being residences, although there are temples, storage structures and other public buildings. It has polygonal masonry, characteristic of the late Inca period.
About 1,200 people lived in and around Machu Picchu, most of them women, children, and priests. The buildings are thought to have been planned and built under the supervision of professional Inca architects. Most of the structures are built of granite blocks cut with bronze or stone tools, and smoothed with sand. The blocks fit together perfectly without mortar, although none of the blocks are the same size and have many faces; some have as many as 30 corners. The joints are so tight that even the thinnest of knife blades can't be forced between the stones. Another unique thing about Machu Picchu is the integration of the architecture into the landscape. Existing stone formations were used in the construction of structures, sculptures are carved into the rock, water flows through cisterns and stone channels, and temples hang on steep precipices.
The houses had steep thatched roofs and trapezoidal doors; windows were unusual. Some of the houses were two stories tall; the second story was probably reached by ladder, which likely was made of rope since there weren’t many trees at Machu Picchu’s altitude. The houses, in groups of up to ten gathered around a communal courtyard, or aligned on narrow terraces, were connected by narrow alleys. At the center were large open squares; livestock enclosures and terraces for growing maize stretched around the edge of the city.
The Incas planted crops such as potatoes and maize at Machu Picchu. To get the highest yield possible, they used advanced terracing and irrigation methods to reduce erosion and increase the area available for cultivation. However, it probably did not produce a large enough surplus to export agricultural products to Cuzco, the Incan capital.
One of the most important things found at Machu Picchu is the intihuatana, which is a column of stone rising from a block of stone the size of a grand piano. Intihuatana literally means ‘for tying the sun", although it is usually translated as "hitching post of the sun". As the winter solstice approached, when the sun seemed to disappear more each day, a priest would hold a ceremony to tie the sun to the stone to prevent the sun from disappearing altogether. The other intihuatanas were destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors, but because the Spanish never found Machu Picchu, it remained intact. Mummies have also been found there; most of the mummies were women.
Few people outside the Inca’s closest retainers were actually aware of Machu Picchu’s existence. Before the Spanish conquistadors arrived, the smallpox spread ahead of them. Fifty percent of the population had been killed by the disease by 1527. The government began to fail, part of the empire seceded and it fell into civil war. So by the time Pizarro, the Inca’s conquerer, arrived in Cuzco in 1532, Machu Picchu was already forgotten.
View of the Machu Picchu ruins and Huaynu Picchu, the peak on the right, from the agricultural terraces. The small center peak is the location of the Intihuatani. The plaza area is in its foreground.1998 Photo Courtesy of James Q. Jacobs. Former Link, http://www.geocities.com/archaeogeo/machu.html (February 2006)
Machu Picchu was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, a professor from Yale. Bingham was searching for Vilcabamba, which was the undiscovered last stronghold of the Incan empire. When he stumbled upon Machu Picchu, he thought he had found it, although now most scholars believe that Machu Picchu is not Vilcabamba. Machu Picchu was never completely forgotten, as a few people still lived in the area, where they were "free from undesirable visitors, officials looking for army ‘volunteers’ or collecting taxes", as they told Bingham.
I am very impressed by your group's introduction "A REQUEST FROM GROUP MANAGEMENT" as well as the "NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONAL CODE OF ETHICS" and the poem/doctrine "TO WALK THE RED ROAD".
I know that I have Native American heritage in my family tree of French Canadian fur trappers, Scots-Irish, English and German ancestors.
Sadly, I have never been able to verify my Native American genealogy, although my paternal Grandparents believe we are primarily Choctaw.
I have always abhorred the deceit and cruelty of our nation's Caucasian predecessors and especially the broken treaties by our federal government & military leaders.
I firmly believe our entire world, and all of its life forms, are in dire circumstances and in peril of becoming extinct--- solely because of greed and the failure of all 'Americans' who ignored or dismissed the Native American's ethic code and the spiritual walk as described in "To Walk The Red Road".
I am Bear Warrior. I am Puerto Rican and Cherokee. I come from two beautiful and proud cultures and am proud of my heritage. I am a member of The United People of the Cherokee Nation. Some call me Chief, and some call me an elder. Some say that I am a very nice person and others say that I am a very complex person. Many come to me seeking help and advice. I am flattered by all of this but who am I? I am a warrior. I am a peace maker. I am a father and grandfather. I am a man who is in love with his future wife. But who am I? Truth be told I am just a pebble in the sand. I am nobody but a man who walks the red road/white path. I am a man who loves Creator and Mother Earth. Some say that I am an important man because of the titles that I carry but what are titles? They are nothing and I am nothing but a man and a warrior. I am just a pebble in the sand. I am not better than anyone and I am not worse than anyone. I am just a man with a cause. Who am I? I am a man with a good name, a good image and a good reputation but I am no one. I am just me.