Thursday November 22, 2012, 10:05 am
Thanks for the photo of Iron Eyes Cody!
He and his group used to ride in the Rose Parade every year. At the end of the parade, he would dismount and walk around the neighborhood, greeting WIDE-EYED children (and adults!) who were his fans. He was gentle, open and friendly.
Thursday November 22, 2012, 11:12 am
Thank-you Tom. . .as usual a most appropriate graphic. . .
"The Indian loved to worship. From birth to death he revered his surroundings. He considered himself born in the luxurious lap of Mother Earth and no place was to him humble. There was nothing between him and the Big Holy. The contact was immediate and personal, and the blessings of Wakan Tanka flowed over the Indian like rain showered from the sky. Wakan Tanka was not aloof, apart, and ever seeking to quell evil forces. He did not punish the animals and the birds, and likewise He did not punish man. He was not a punishing God. For there was never a question as to the supremacy of an evil power over and above the power of Good. There was but one ruling power, and that was Good." ― Ota K'Te/Mochunozhin [Chief Luther Standing Bear], (1905-1939) Oglala Lakota
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:30 am
I knew the face, Nameless mentioned the name, so of course I googled it. Here is a bit about Iron Eyes Cody from Wikipedia:
Cody was born as Espera Oscar de Corti in Kaplan, Louisiana, a second son of Antonio de Corti and his wife, Francesca Salpietra, immigrants from Sicily. …
From his time in Hollywood, Tony Cody claimed Cherokee-Cree ancestry. He lived his life as if he were of indigenous Native American descent, both on and off the screen, and strongly supported American Indian causes. …
Cody became widely seen in his "crying Indian" role in the "Keep America Beautiful" Public Service Announcement (PSA) in the early 1970s. The environmental commercial showed Cody as an Indian, shedding a tear after people throw trash from a speeding car and it lands at his feet. The announcer, William Conrad, says: "People start pollution; people can stop it." …
Cody married Bertha Parker, an American Indian woman, in 1936. They adopted several Indian children, …
In 1995, the Hollywood American Indian community honored Cody for his contributions to the representation of Indian life, although they tactfully pointed out his non-Native heritage.
I grew up in Brantford, Ontario which was named after Joseph Brant, a war chief of the Mohawk people. We studied Brant, who left quite a legacy. Here is a bit from Wikipedia:
Brant acted as a tireless negotiator for the Six Nations to control their land without Crown oversight or control. He used British fears of his dealings with the Americans and the French to extract concessions. … Brant was a war chief, and not a hereditary Mohawk sachem. His decisions could and were sometimes overruled by the sachems and clan matrons. However, his natural ability, his early education, and the connections he was able to form made him one of the great leaders of his people and of his time.
The situation of the Six Nations on the Grand River was better than that of the Iroquois who remained in New York. His lifelong mission was to help the Indian to survive the transition from one culture to another, transcending the political, social and economic challenges of one the most volatile, dynamic periods of American history. He put his loyalty to the Six Nations before loyalty to the British. … His attempt to create pan-tribal unity proved unsuccessful, though his efforts would be taken up a generation later by the Shawnee leader Tecumseh.
We have so much to thank the First Nations for, and so much for which to apologise — not the least of which is the denigration of their culture, and the killing of generations in body and/or spirit through the residential schools.
Tomorrow, when I do my meditations, I will use a meditation that I am particulary fond of — O Great Spirit — which uses drums, flute, and voices. It is simple and goes like this:
O Great Spirit,
Earth, sun, sky and sea,
You are within and
all around me.
Can someone please tell me why Native American Heritage Day would be established as the Friday after Thanksgiving which is also known as black Friday and the beginning of Christmas shopping and sales? That is so incongruous to me.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope you spent it the way you wanted to with the people (including fur people) you love!
Friday November 23, 2012, 6:20 am
Most people are unaware of the betrayal of Massasoit and his tribe, the Wampanoag Pokanokket.They greeted the settlers, showed them how to survive and later as the settler populaton grew, they sezied indianland and MADE them accept their religion. Massasoit's son ,Wamsutta, was poisoned by Governor Winslow on succeeding his father, Massasoit, as chief, This led to the first major indian war, the King Phillip's War, which Hollywood has never addressed and is not taught in high schools or colleges for the most part. The Pokanokket are still so embittered i cannot even donate to them.
Saturday November 24, 2012, 8:34 am
Tom, I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. We can all learn from the Indian culture.
We had our Black Friday Thanksgiving with family and friends yesterday. Second year for this new tradition we started and hope to continue. Hope everyone is enjoying what is left of this holiday weekend. :)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 11:37 am
A good way to show any appreciation you have to the Native Americans,would be to help us get our land back..
the sale of the Black Hills is not complete, and Pe'Sla is not in our sights yet.
We have to raise money to buy back STOLEN LAND!
Please go the therealastindians.com ,or indiego.com and do what you can for the Sioux Nation.
we are about a million short of the 9 million needed and every penny helps.
Thanks. Mitakuye Oyasin
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:35 pm
I need to adjust my info,been researching the Black Hills all day
or just google the black hills,there is a link to the Pe'Sla actual charity in south dakota.
Sunday November 25, 2012, 4:11 pm
Thanks TC,I had a dog named TC but he died at 5 of bloat.
My foundation; The Native American Cultural Foundation,is currently deciding the amount of it's donation based on tribal affairs. I can say that when we do donate it will be in all fours, 4,444,44,I wish,lol
But it will be in fours because Russell Means died at 4:44 a.m. and we will be donating in his and the slain white buffs murder.
Monday November 26, 2012, 8:48 am
sorry had to cut it short, I meant in memorial of Both The murdered white buffalos this year in texas,and the death of a great mentor Russell Means, 4:44 truly wakan.
We will see them both whenever lightning strikes,as his prophecy states...I envision him riding the tatanka wakan.
Saturday December 1, 2012, 10:26 am
And now the auction that was canceled on my birthday 8/24 a day before the auction day the 25th
Is when I had the vision that this was what I was born to be a large part of and my birthday wish is now an historical reality.