LET US LOVE NOT ONLY OUR SAMENESS BUT OURBUT OUR UNSANENESS .IN OUR DIFERECES IS OUT STENGH . LET US NOT BE OUR SELVES ALONE BUT ALSO FOR THAT OTHER WHO IS OUR DEEPEST SELF
HOPI SAYING OF WISDOM ONE FOE IS TO MANY AND A HUNDRED FREIND FEW AND HOKA HEY
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A GOOD HEART AND A GOOOD MIND WHAT YOU NEED TO BE CHEIF BY LOUIS FARMER ONONDAGE ELDER ONONDAGE ELDER
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ok...I lost the main page and I am terrible with names I have only heard once or twice...I like your words (Runningfox?)
Canku Ota (Many Paths) An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America November 3, 2001 - Issue 48
Grandmother Spider Steals the Fire Mississippi Choctaw Legend
The Choctaw People say that when the People first came up out of the ground, People were encased in cocoons, their eyes closed, their limbs folded tightly to their bodies. And this was true of all People, the Bird People, the Animal People, the Insect People, and the Human People. The Great Spirit took pity on them and sent down someone to unfold their limbs, dry them off, and open their eyes. But the opened eyes saw nothing, because the world was dark, no sun, no moon, not even any stars. All the People moved around by touch, and if they found something that didn't eat them first, they ate it raw, for they had no fire to cook it. All the People met in a great powwow, with the Animal and Bird People taking the lead, and the Human People hanging back. The Animal and Bird People decided that lief was not good, but cold and miserable. A solution must be found! Someone spoke from the dark, "I have heard that the people in the East have fire." This caused a stir of wonder, "What could fire be?" There was a general discussion, and it was decided that if, as rumor had it, fire was warm and gave light, they should have it too. Another voice said, "But the people of the East are too greedy to share with us," So it was decided that the Bird and Animal People should steal what they needed, the fire! But, who should have the honor? Grandmother Spider volunteered, "I can do it! Let me try!" But at the same time, Opossum began to speak. "I, Opossum, am a great chief of the animals. I will go to the East and since I am a great hunter, I will take the fire and hide it in the bushy hair on my tail." It was well know that Opossum had the furriest tail of all the animals, so he was selected. When Opossum came to the East, he soon found the beautiful, red fire, jealously guarded by the people of the East. But Opossum got closer and closer until he picked up a small piece of burning wood, and stuck it in the hair of his tail, which promptly began to smoke, then flame. The people of the East said, "Look, that Opossum has stolen our fire!" They took it and put it back where it came from and drove Opossum away. Poor Opossum! Every bit of hair had burned from his tail, and to this day, opossums have no hair at all on their tails. Once again, the powwow had to find a volunteer chief. Grandmother Spider again said, "Let em go! I can do it!" But this time a bird was elected, Buzzard. Buzzard was very proud. "I can succeed where Opossum has failed. I will fly to the East on my great wings, then hide the stolen fire in the beautiful long feathers on my head." The birds and animals still did not understand the nature of fire. So Buzzard flew to the East on his powerful wings, swooped past those defending the fire, picked up a small piece of burning ember, and hid it in his head feathers. Buzzard's head began to smoke and flame even faster! The people of the East said, "Look! Buzzard has stolen the fire!" And they took it and put it back where it came from. Poor Buzzard! His head was now bare of feathers, red and blistered looking. And to this day, buzzards have naked heads that are bright red and blistered. The powwow now sent Crow to look the situation over, for Crow was very clever. Crow at that time was pure white, and had the sweetest singing voice of all the birds. But he took so long standing over the fire, trying to find the perfect piece to steal that his white feathers were smoked black. And he breathed so much smoke that when he tried to sing, out came a harsh, "Caw! Caw!" The Council said, "Opossum has failed. Buzzard and Crow have failed. Who shall we send?" Tiny Grandmother Spider shouted with all her might, "LET ME TRY IT PLEASE!" Though the council members thought Grandmother Spider had little chance of success, it was agreed that she should have her turn. Grandmother Spider looked then like she looks now, she had a small torso suspended by two sets of legs that turned the other way. She walked on all of her wonderful legs toward a stream where she had found clay. With those legs, she made a tiny clay container and a lid that fit perfectly with a tiny notch for air n the corner of the lid. Then she put the container on her back, spun a web all the way to the East, and walked tiptoe until she came to the fire. She was so small, the people from the East took no notice. She took a tiny piece of fire, put it in the container, and covered it with the lid. Then she walked back on tiptoe along the web until she came to the People. Since they couldn't see any fire, they said, "Grandmother Spider has failed." "Oh no," she said, "I have the fire!" She lifted the pot from her back, and the lid from the pot, and the fire flamed up into its friend, the air. All the Birds and Animal People began to decide who would get this wonderful warmth. Bear said, "I'll take it!" but then he burned his paws on it and decided fire was not for animals, for look what happened to Opossum! The Birds wanted no part of it, as Buzzard and Crow were still nursing their wounds. The insects thought it was pretty, but they, too, stayed far away from the fire. Then a small voice said, "We will take it, if Grandmother Spider will help." The timid humans, whom none of the animals or birds thought much of, were volunteering! So Grandmother Spider taught the Human People how to feed the fire sticks and wood to keep it from dying, how to keep the fire safe in a circle of stone so it couldn't escape and hurt them or their homes. While she was at it, she taught the humans about pottery made of clay and fire, and about weaving and spinning, at which Grandmother Spider was an expert. The Choctaw remember. The
Wisdom is Commonsense Advice learned through life experiences or observation and then shared with others..
Wisdom does not necessarily come with age but through observation and personal experiences..
I once had a conversation with a three year old who shared things with me that were far beyond her age..I told her I needed to open a window because it was too hot in the room and she shook her head and said there is not two hots there is only one hot either it is very hot or not very hot..She went on to tell me there was also not two colds there was only cold either very cold or not very cold..This young girl had wisdom much greater than could have been through age but through observation in and around her surroundings. She told me everything on earth depended on everything else and she wanted to help sick people when she grew up..
This once young girl is now a surgical doctor and lives in Memphis Tennessee.
-Tashanka Witko (Crazy Horse), Oglala
If we keep thinking about a bad thing, we will move in that direction. If we think about fear in some area of our life, we will probably experience this fear. We move toward and become like that which we think about. If we think about secret things, these secret things will come to pass. Our visions are very powerful. Visions determine our direction, our lives. If you think about lustful things, it's a matter of time before you'll be wrestling with it. We should think about our visions to make sure they include the Great Spirit in every area.
--Archie Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA
White Bison Meditation of the Day
"Tell the people not to cry. Tell them to be happy." --John Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA (told to his son, Archie, as he died)
Our Elders know about the two Worlds, the Physical World and the Spiritual World. Many times, before we pass to the Spirit World, our relatives, who have gone there before us, will come for us and they will help us. The Spirit World, the Elders say, is a good, happy and harmonious place. When we die, it means we have only entered another world. We will all see one another again.
Great Spirit, allow me to understand both the Spirit World and the Physical World. Today, let me be happy.
I'm new to your group but can tell already that I will learn many things. Thank you all for sharing.
this great work for the Creator."
The Elders have spent years learning to pray
and communicate with the Great Spirit. Their
job is to pass this knowledge to the younger
people. The Elders have told us we are now in
a great time of Healing. The Creator is guid-
ing the younger people to help them figure
this out. We must get involved and partic-
pate. We should pray and see what it is the
Great Spirit wants us to do. We need to sacri-
fice our time and do what is our mission - to
help the people and be of maximum use to
the Creator. Every person is needed to accom-
plish this great Healing.
you want me
By: Don Coyhis
-CHIEF JOSEPH, NEZ PERCE
I was born and raised in the Smoky Mountains and the mountains sometimes call out to my spirit. It is flat as a pancake in most of the areas near where I live and the mountains are more than three hours away but sometimes I must go to them to quiet the longing I have for them..WE can go outside our parameters but we sometimes must go back inside them for our spiritual well being..
Runningfox, you are far from mentally deficient as some people say, for the Lord my God tells us in the Bible to go and find a quiet place to meditate on him. There are many times when I go out in the woods or anyother place I may find to have solitude and meditate on the beaytiful earth our Lord has created for us. There are to many people in this world that do not respect Mother Earth, I live in the mountains of West Virginia and every time I go hiking it reminds me of the commercial where the Native American man is gazing out over our land and it brings a tear to his eyes when he sees what some of us have done to our world.
Thank you Runningfox , As always, I so appreciate what you have to contribute to our lives. Your words help to enlighten me on things...I take a pause, and I reflect on what you say.
And I feel the blessings. And what you say. So true! So true!
Most scientific evidence maintains that humanity was among some of the last to be created and I believe the Creator did this with a purpose in mind..I believe we were among the last to be created so that we could take care of all that was created before us..In my opinion we are the caretakers and as such we must honor and care for all things..
There are many different ways many people have used to connect and communicate with all that was created..Some connect through raising flowers or various trees and gardens with a variety of different plant life,there are some who are marine biologists..Some work with animal life through farming and some through caring for their sickness..Still there are others who study the science fields covering rocks and minerals and the other matter within the universe..
boulder on your path. There is something about
an ailment that loves to crown itself king. We have
to remember that we are not sick people trying to
get well, we are well people fighting off something
that is trying to make us sick. Sometimes fighting ill-
ness is like standing in quicksand--we work and
work and nothing happens.
The danger of having illness is that it makes us
feel special. Begin to climb out of that hole by say-
ing this: I am strong. I am well. I am overcoming
this because I have other lovely things I want to do."
Don't be afraid of bad germs and incurable illness.
Rebuke them. Use your tongue to destroy all the
things that are trying your body and your spirit.
Montaigne said, "To make a crooked stick straight,
bend it the contrary way."
By: Joyce Sequichie Hifler
or herself what their gift is, so that they
can use it in their life."
The old people say, everyone has a song to
sing. This song is the reason we are on this
earth. When we are doing what we came on
this earth to do, we know true happiness. How
will we know our song? Pray. Ask the Great
Mystery, "What is it you want me to do during
my stay on earth?" Ask. He will tell you. He will
even help you develop yourself to accomplish
help me find
my song and
let me sing it.
By: Don Coyhis
Remember the circle of the sky, the stars and the brown eagle, the great life of the sun, the young within the nest.
Remember the sacredness of things. Pawnee
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"As with many others, this week I've been pondering what happened at Virginia Tech. I'm sure some will say or have already said things like, "I suppose this was God's will.” or will ask questions such as, “Why did God take my only son from me?" Such statements and questions come from theologies that say, "God is always in complete control," or "Nothing happens outside of God's will." From an Indian perspective that sees the controlling impulse as the heart of evil, this is a bit hard to swallow.
I think all creation has freedom of choice. From the smallest microbe to the Earth, the Sun, the Milky Way, all have freedom of choice. Each day, each moment, various paths are set in front of us. Many choices are made that yield chaotic situations. We might call these evil choices. I would definitely call the choice to wantonly destroy the earthly lives of 33 people an evil choice. The choices involved in the colonization of the Americas and the rest of the earth, including South Korea, I would also call evil choices. Colonizers claim to bring order and control. In reality they bring chaos. Asked, "What is the opposite of chaos?" I think most people would reply "Order." Wait and see, in response to this shooting, some will propose new laws in an attempt to bring order from chaos, but order and chaos are not opposites. Attempts to carefully order or control everything only! yields greater or deeper levels of chaos. This is how I see it. To me, the opposite of chaos is creation. This may not be the best way to put it. Maybe they are not opposites at all. But I see that in any chaotic situation, Creator is there, to bring something good, to bring creation from chaos. I'm not expressing myself well; this is too big for my mind and beyond my ability to articulate.
Everyone had choices to make that day at Virginia Tech, not just the shooter. There are many who chose to run or drop to the floor, hide under desks, focus on saving themselves. I will not say these were bad choices. There was one professor, an elderly man, a survivor of the NAZI holocaust, who chose to block and bar the door to his classroom giving time for his students to climb out the window. With each student who made it safely out that window, a whole new world was created. And the professor's blood spilled out onto the floor of his classroom, and he died.
As I said before, what happened that day at Virginia Tech was a microcosm of evil. The macrocosm of evil is the colonization with which we live and die every day. It’s the ultimate control and the ultimate chaos. But Creator is here, in the chaos, creating, willing to create in each one of us. “All things work together for the good….” when we answer the call (Romans 8:28). We have choices to make. We can run and hide, duck and cover, join ‘em if we can’t beat ‘em, or we can allow Creator to work in us, creating the new world that will be here when this present ordered chaos breathes its last curse and dies by its own hand.
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I believe that if people learned to respect the world around them that respect with other people would come natural. Respecting the environment encourages consideration and compassion, and discourages selfishness. We should practice conservation in everything we do and set an example for others to follow. Educate the children about respect, conservation and the environment.
(Standing Bear L.) "But the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon lead to a lack of respect for humans too."
The teachings and values of the Lakota and many other Indigenous Cultures truly express these beliefs on education, respect, compassion, and consideration. All people should strive to follow these values remembering that what we have and how we change it, we pass on to future generations. I believe that much can be learned by studying the Traditional Knowledge of the Indigenous Peoples and beyond that, much can be accomplished by applying this knowledge.
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Monday, March 26 – Protect the Water:
"Honor the Water, Respect the Water, be Thankful for the Water, Protect the Water." That is the theme of the first annual Indigenous World Water Day. Communities from the Americas, Asia and New Zealand recently held events with a strong message of protecting local sources of water. Is access to adequate clean water a basic human right? How can indigenous communities throughout the world pull together to make a difference? Guests include Robert Shimek, Mining Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network from the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.
Tuesday, March 27 – Teen Drinking & Driving:
Drinking and driving kills more teens than anything else. But the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has a new program that is making a difference. The Project Child program has an initiative called "I Died. Who’s Next?" which stages reenactments of teen alcohol-related crashes. The project uses student actors, real police and real first-responders to bring the message home. Can seeing turn into believing? Guests include Todd Baughman, Director of Project Child.
Wednesday, March 28 – Book of the Month: The Wonder Bull:
"The Wonder Bull" by Ojibwe author Mark Anthony Rolo is the story of one man's search for his tribal identity. The main character, Martin, is an emotionally disabled young man who wants nothing more than to get in touch with his tribal roots back in Oklahoma, but he can't afford the $99 bus ticket. Hustling seems to be his only option, but still he can't hold on to his money when there are addictions to feed. Join us as we discuss Rolo's new book and the plight of today’s Natives seeking a different life.
Thursday, March 29 – Planting the Seeds of Time:
Our Native ancestors have bequeathed us many heirlooms for our continued survival. Some have planted the legacy of life in the fruits of their labor in tiny little vessels – seeds. The revival of these time capsules has again made their way into the backyards and fields of many Native communities. For those that are reintegrating these ancient seeds, some of which date back over 2,000 years, what are the hidden lessons? What can reintroducing ancient seeds bring to a native community's health and culture?
Friday, March 30 – Tribal Policing:
What does it mean to be a tribal police officer? What are the complexities of policing the rez or a village? How do tribal communities, tribal police departments and other law enforcement agencies collaborate to address the alarmingly high rate of violent crime in Indian country? University of Arizona Associate Professor Eileen Luna-Firebaugh, (Choctaw and Cherokee), answers these and other questions following eight years of extensive research with tribal police departments across Indian country.
to thine own self be true
Posted: Wednesday February 14, 2007, 12:52 pm
Thank you for giving me permission to post your blog Rosemary.
"Grandfather, allow me to see the world and all things You have made through "the eye of my heart."
I highly respect and learn from Native American Wisdom...we all should share in this...
I am sure everyone will love to visit the site and glean great things from it.
Let's share the knowledge shared with us....
Infinite Love and Blessings~Joanne
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