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Bounty of Creation
The word Mana-taka in the Arawak
Taino language of my people literally means "The Place of
Joseph AmaHura RiverWind, President Native Touch
AND MEANING OF
Appeal for Manataka
I am writing to ask that you open
your hearts and pockets to assist the Elders of Manataka in the development of
ceremonial grounds on the Sacred Mountain. Three
city lots located on a slope of the Sacred Manataka
Mountain has been neglected for many years and the debris from
houses that had been demolished still needs to be cleaned up from the back of
the lots before we can create a permanent space for ceremonies.
This is Sacred Ground. Ancient
ceremonies were recreated and the ashes of our people protect these grounds on
the sacred mountain. Actions taken
on Sacred Ground reverberate throughout Creation. This is an important project.
With every piece of trash that is removed a prayer resounds for our planet, Mother Earth. The loving removal of debris and restoration to health of
this plot of Sacred Ground will have an impact on our world. I ask that
you make this your project in whatever way you are able and become one of the
pebbles that will send ripples of Healing and Peace across our Mother Earth.
In addition to needing funds for
development, volunteers are needed. If you wish to
volunteer let us know.
If you are unable to volunteer
either skills or funds, that’s ok too. Your prayers will be a powerful
assistance for us. We need all our members and all our friends to hold us
in your loving thoughts and prayers as we proceed to fulfill this destiny. We
especially need the loving thoughts of our Mothers and Sisters.
The Spirit of Rainbow Woman is
Linda Bear Heart Woman Speaks VanBibber
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greater destiny that our good deeds will fulfill.
who volunteered to WordPress our new website -- Please
New Web Site:
During a retreat In March the Elder Council decided to install all new
upgraded software and build an entirely new website from ground up -- over 2,640
web pages and nearly 10,000 printed pages. The new website will be
accessible by mobile devises and it will have a state-of-the-art shopping
experience in the Manataka Trading Post and added security features. This task
will take many weeks to complete but the result will enhance the Manataka
experience for everyone. In the meantime, the Smoke Signal will be
Volunteers needed to copy and paste web
pages into WordPress. Call 501-627-0555.
Standing Bear Moore
Progress slow on this project in
September -- organizing and training. Launch to be scheduled soon.
Moon Women's Gathering
You are invited to attend and participate in the
Strawberry Moon in
New Hampshire in
The Strawberry Moon is a
Women’s gathering and it is at this gathering that the women “step up” in
tribal status. All young girls who have received their Moon-time, but have
not yet been honored as women would be honored as such during this
gathering. Grandmother Nupa Maka -
Over 200 Native Remedies
October 20th 2012
Last month we celebrated the first anniversary of the MOMENT, a spectacular
spiritual event that drew over 1,0000 to the top of the sacred Manataka Mountain
where the people shouted, "Manataka is Sacred!" declaring this site holy many
times as Aztec holy dancers loudly blew conch shells, Sephardic Jews and
Christians sounded Shofars horns, American Indians played flutes and drums,
while people of every faith danced, rang bells and prayed together.
This video was made by John Cooksey from the back of a
motorcycle. Several other videos were made of the
event, each focusing on a different aspect. Spirits, ghost images and
lights are seen. Eagles and hawks soared above.
A new film documentary for release in 2014 is called the "Seekers"
and features the MOMENT. Two books about the MOMENT are in the works.
The Importance of
indigenous people have kept the clans strong and united by continuously having
ceremonial gatherings to keep the people together with one mind and one heart,
supporting the crystallization their visions. It is important to close the gap
between humans by gathering the elders and youth, to join the wisdom that the
elders carry with the yearning that the youth are experiencing. Both can be fed
through the spiritual and the ceremonial exchange that happens in councils. We
need to take this time even more often in our lives to learn, to connect to each
other and Mother Nature, and to be guided by the wisdom of the spiritual leaders
and the elders, so that the collective efforts have a strong vision to follow.
The Anatomy of Choice
By Monroe Loy, Manataka Elder, 2013
One must first be aware of the possibility that we
have the ability to change through our choices.
around us seems to be aware that something unusual is
happening. The economy, government, wife, husband, kids,
job, seem to receive the blame
kept notes for several years on choices and the
motivation for what we choose. I started this process after
one of my business ventures went bankrupt, and a failed
marriage. I had many instances growing up to observe people
and their choices and wondered about the motivation that
caused people who claimed to be religious to choose to act
in ways that were harmful to others and themselves.
The anatomy of
choice has been a journey of enlightenment for me and was
revealed in many books and life experiences. I hope
you find it helpful in your own journey.
The Miami Blue Butterfly
blue butterflies, driven to endangerment by development and
pest-control chemicals, were believed wiped off the face of
the Earth after Hurricane Andrew tore through South Florida
in 1992. But a few years later, in a state park, a
lepidopterist discovered a tiny remnant population -- which
disappeared for a second time in 2010, with only a few
scattered individuals left elsewhere. That made the Miami
blue one of the world's rarest insects.
Manataka and the Center for Biological Diversity had been
working to save the butterfly since 2001 through an array of
legal actions, including petitions and agreements, but the
government kept going back and forth on whether to act to
save the animal. Our 757 deal settled the matter: The U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service emergency-listed the butterfly as
endangered just weeks after the agreement was reached.
Most of us associate the holiday
with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big
feast. And that did happen - once.
The story began in 1614 when a
band of English explorers sailed home to England with a
ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left
behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had
escaped. By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts
Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named
Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their
language. He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and
negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the
Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the
Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the
The Myths of the
by Judy Dow (Abenaki) and Beverly Slapin
What is it about the story of
"The First Thanksgiving" that makes it essential to be
taught in virtually every grade from preschool through high
school? What is it about the story that is so seductive? Why
has it become an annual elementary school tradition to hold
Thanksgiving pageants, with young children dressing up in
paper-bag costumes and feather-duster headdresses and
marching around the school yard? Why is it seen as
necessary for fake "pilgrims" and fake "Indians" (portrayed
by real children, many of whom are Indian) to sit down every
year to a fake feast, acting out fake scenarios and reciting
fake dialogue about friendship? And why do teachers all over
the country continue (for the most part, unknowingly) to
perpetuate this myth year after year after year?
Is it because as Americans we have a deep need to believe
that the soil we live on and the country on which it is
based was founded on integrity and cooperation? This belief
would help contradict any feelings of guilt that could haunt
us when we look at our role in more recent history in
dealing with other indigenous peoples in other countries. If
we dare to give up the "myth" we may have to take
responsibility for our actions both concerning indigenous
peoples of this land as well as those brought to this land
in violation of everything that makes us human. The
realization of these truths untold might crumble the
foundation of what many believe is a true democracy. As good
people, can we be strong enough to learn the truths of our
collective past? Can we learn from our mistakes? This would
be our hope.
Veronica and the Indian Child Welfare Act
In June, the Supreme Court
decided the case of “Baby Veronica,” a (now) 4-year old
child of Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation,
and her non-Native adoptive parents in South Carolina.
The Court determined that the Indian Child Welfare Act
did not apply in this case, because the purpose of the
Act is to preserve family and tribal relationships.
Although Dusten Brown had petitioned for custody of this
daughter since 4 months after her birth, he had never
succeeded, so there was no “relationship” to preserve,
according to the Court’s decision. The National Indian
Child Welfare Association offers some analysis of that
- The Exquisite Healer
Harold W. Becker,
Founder and President, The Love
Unconditional Love - An Unlimited Way of Being
The most magical power we have is
our ability to forgive. It is the exquisite healer in all of
us. Forgiveness is the key to releasing any emotional
baggage we have continued to carry, our outdated and
outmoded perspectives, and any other attachment that keeps
us bound to the past. It is the only way to really let go of
negative energy we haves stored within us. This form of
release has no comparison and by using it, we unleash the
power of unconditional love. When we say “yes!” to forgiving
ourselves, another person, place, condition or experience,
we are accepting love to guide and fill our lives with
No situation in life is beyond
the act of forgiveness. Many people think they want to hold
on to their traumas and pain to remind them of the past
mistaken experiences. They assume that by keeping these
memories alive they can somehow insure not to repeat them in
the future. This is an unfortunate reasoning process. When
we keep negative energy alive within us, we fill our now
moment with this energy and create a future moment for the
same type of energy to return. The very desire to avoid more
hurt by holding on to the past causes us to experience the
pain repeatedly. Only forgiveness and release can stop this
How to Find Healthy Food
During Tough Economic Times
Are you having a hard time stretching your grocery dollars during the current
economic downturn? You're not alone. But before you stop buying fresh fruit,
meat, vegetables and other items often perceived as costing a lot, check out
these tips from a University of Michigan Health System dietitian.
Holly Scherer, R.D., says you can follow a few easy guidelines and still buy
healthy foods, rather than switching to a diet of potato chips, macaroni and
cheese, and a fast-food burger.
She suggests that you make your own coffee, buy fruits and vegetables that are
in season, occasionally replace meat with protein sources like eggs and beans,
and, no matter how tempting it is, skip the fast-food drive-thru window.
"Hard economic times don't mean that you have to eat less well," says Scherer, a
health educator with MFit, the health promotion division of the U-M Health
System. Read More...
of Our Lady of the Rainbow -
The Rainbow Woman
Saturday afternoon, October 5, Lee Standing Bear Moore made his way up the steps
leading into St. Mary's Convent in Hot Springs, AR. A gathering of
Catholic elders from
many parts of the country were invited by Fr. Bruno Ruel to hear Grandfather Bear speak about Manataka
and the Holy Mother of All People - Rainbow Woman.
Grandfather Bear spoke
about Manataka's ancient past and the origins of the Keepers of Manataka, the
Tula people who migrated thousands of miles to honor and serve the Mother of
Peace who resides at the sacred mountain.
The people wore the wondering faces of beautiful children as they heard about
the miracles and healing of Manataka and the Lady of the Rainbow. The time
allotted went by fast and the meeting came to close with far too much yet to be
Later that day, Grandfather Bear sent a message to Father Bruno.
"After leaving the gathering today, a simple way to explain the “Significance of
the Manataka and the Rainbow Woman” came to us:
* It’s long history as a sacred
site predates 99.8% of written western cultural history.
* It’s history is imbedded in the
stories of North, Central and South American indigenous people.
* It’s history is buried deep
within the sacred mountains and areas within its seven circles.
* The healing properties contained
in flora, mineral and vibration dimensions of the area were of great
tribes who gathered here.
Scholarships for Manataka Members
Dr. Edward Sullivan, DC ND BD PhD, President of the Institute of BioEnergetic
Medicine recently announced that IBEM will offer a full scholarship to a member of Manataka each year and four part-time scholarships to Manataka
members each year, beginning this 2014 for those individuals interested in
pursuing a career in natural medicine (Traditional Naturopathy and BioEnergetic
medicine with a strong emphasis on American Indian healing and spirituality).
For those interested, contact Lee
Standing Bear Moore, Secretary of
MAIC. If you are not a member, join today.
is located in Centennial, Colorado outside of Denver.
IBEM is the first Doctoral
program of Bio-Energetic Medicine (BD) in North America and is an accredited
seminary of the Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations.
IBEM provides courses,
certificates, and degrees in Traditional Naturopathy, Natural Medicine,
Auriculomedicine, Biofeedback, and Bioenergetic Medicine. Dr. Sullivan is
a new member of MAIC.
Elder Robert Gray Hawk Coke announced that more
professional volunteer counselors are needed for the Manataka's free online
program helping hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, family, marital and other
issues. There are education, professional experience and licensure requirements.
Elders Reaffirm MAIC
American Indian Council is
by its nature, history and
continuing practice a religious and spiritual institution," says a declaration
unanimously signed by the Elder Council in March. The Elders proclaimed that
Manataka is a sacred place of worship and a center for spiritual growth and
communion. Elders emphasized that MAIC is a religious organization from
its inception and is becoming a source of inspiration and
enlightenment for all mankind. "The Affirmation of
Religious Status" declaration was signed by all nine elders.
Manataka Sacred Grounds project:
Planning is in
full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs)
Mountain into memorial gardens.
Everyone is excited!
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Summer YOUTH Books
A Basic Native/Iroquois Reading List
2014 American Indian Wall
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2013 Native American Indian Music Awards
"Search for the
truth. Indian values teach the holistic approach to the use of technology for
mankind's good." -- Al Qoyawayma, Hopi
The Great Spirit had
given us certain values to live by. If we learn to think in harmony with these
values such as; respect, love, patience, tolerance, commitment, trust, etc., we
cannot get off track. No matter what we do, we will always be in harmony. For
example, if we are respectful, then we will respect the earth, our children, our
women, our men, and ourselves. Indian values help us walk under the guidance of
the Great Spirit.
My Creator, today I
search for the truth, Your truth. Please let me see it.
Copyright of Coyhis Publishing and can also be found in
the book, Meditations with Native American Elders:
The Four Seasons at
www.coyhispublishing.com. Any republishing of
part or all of their contents is prohibited.
Wildlife Face 'Armageddon' as Forests Shrink
Earth mover in tropical rainforest. "It was like ecological
Armageddon," said Luke Gibson from the National University of
Singapore, who led the study. "Nobody imagined we'd see such
catastrophic local extinctions." (Credit: © Stéphane Bidouze /
Species living in rainforest fragments could be
far more likely to disappear than was previously thought, says an
international team of scientists.
In a study spanning two decades, the
researchers witnessed the near-complete extinction of native small
mammals on forest islands created by a large hydroelectric reservoir in
"It was like ecological Armageddon," said
Luke Gibson from the National University of Singapore, who led the
study. "Nobody imagined we'd see such catastrophic local extinctions."
The study, just published in the leading
journal Science today, is considered important because forests
around the world are being rapidly felled and chopped up into small
island-like fragments. "It's vital that we understand what happens to
species in forest fragments," said Antony Lynam of the Wildlife
Conservation Society. "The fate of much of the world's biodiversity is
going to depend on it." Read More...
OUR ANCIENT PAST
By: Ray Urbaniak
I have lived in Southern Utah for
over eleven years and during this period I observed and photographed the accelerating
pace of vandalism, destruction of, as well as theft of Native American Rock Art.
I, like others, have started referring to the Petroglyphs & Pictographs created
by the Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloans) as well as the Paiute bands of Native
Americans as "Rock Art".
I started using the term because it was
a simple grouping instead of having to say "petroglyphs and pictographs". That
was a mistake. If we want a shorter phrase it should at least be "Sacred Rock
In June of 2010 I photographed a
petroglyph while visiting a near by panel I was studying for its archaeoastonomy
I have never seen any pottery at this
site, just some stone flakes from knapping arrow heads. This, in my experience
indicated that these petroglyphs were made during the early Anasazi Basketmaker
period (before the introduction of pottery). That means that these petroglyphs
had been here for around 2000 years. Read
Historic Protections From
U.S. Fish and
over a 100 species received full protections [whatever that really means....]
Endangered Species Act. As the
federal fiscal year drew to a close (and a government shutdown loomed), the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service issued a series of important protection decisions as a
result of our 2011 agreement pushing forward such decisions for 757 U.S.
Manataka has worked for a decade to
get some of the nation's most imperiled species protected under the Endangered
Under this agreement, more than 100 species have received full protections and
more than 60 have been proposed for protection, along with millions of acres of
protected "critical habitat."
The Reverend Dr. Fred D.
Wilcoxson, PhD, Manataka Elder
“Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men love to praise, but are
slow to practice it. To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all
places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe
will yet do it homage.”
Simmons, British Politician and Author
A while back, there was a
story about Reuben Gonzales, who was in the final match of his first
professional racquetball tournament. He was playing the perennial champion
for his first shot at a victory on the pro circuit. At match point in the
fifth and final game, Gonzales made a super "kill shot" into the front
corner to win the tournament. The referee called it good, and one of the
linemen confirmed the shot was a winner.
But after a moment's hesitation, Gonzales turned
and declared that his shot had skipped into the wall, hitting the floor
first. As a result, the serve went to his opponent, who went on to win the
match. Read More...
Thanks for making this site me and my friend are
Cherokee and I wanted to learn about how they would talk so in fourth grade
I saw this website and started writing the words down and recently my friend
wanted to learn Cherokee to so I made him flash cards and I still am.
website restored our friendship thank you :)
27th Annual AIA Orlando Powwow
November 1 - 3, 2013, 10:00 am -10:00 pm
Submitted by Martha Christy
Wow Size:100-499 dancers
Location Central Florida Fairgrounds Florida
Head Man: H.A. Edwards
Head Lady: Claire Edwards
MC: James Edwards
Dermott, Arkansas Powwow
November 2 - , 12:00 am
Dermott Football Field, 01 N Shepart St., Dermott, Arkansas
Wow Size:Less than 100 dancers
Location 101 N Shepart St. Arkansas
Contact: Steven Morales
$5 for adults, $2 for kids (kids
under 3 are free)
Annual Red Mountain Eagle Powwow
November 2 - 3, 2013, 12:00
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian
Community SR Baseball Field Arizona
Pow Wow Size:Less than 100 dancers
Bill Hayes / David Montiel
208-241-2175 / 602-882-5553
MC: Talle Honadick - Parker AZ /
Bart Powakee Host Drums: Young
Spirit - Frog Lake, Alberta Canada / Northern Cree - Saddle Lake, Alberta
Canada / Wild Band of Comanches - Fletcher, Oklahoma Gourd Drum: Badmoon
Rising - Ponca City, Oklahoma / Arena Director: Lakola Clairmont - Lakewood,
CO / Danel Goodwill - Window Rock, AZ / Head Judge: Jeremy "Worm" Dearly -
Twin Cities, MN
Great American Indian Exposition & Powwow
November 15 – 17, 2013 Friday: 9
am-10pm Saturday 10 am – 8 pm Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
The Richmond International Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave.,
Richmond, VA 23223
Head male Dancer: Dwayne Harris (Haliwa-Saponi)
Head Female Dancer: Maria Harris (Haliwa-Saponi)
Thousands in contest Prize Money Hundreds of Dancers in
Featuring: Crafts, Native
American Dancing/Singing, Fine Arts, Craft Demonstrations, Storytelling/Native
American Food/Bow “N’ Arrow Shooting, Flute Music and More
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