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"We climb a mountain every day. That is life.  One day we reach the top

 and beautiful vistas speak to our souls as visions of a silvery ribbon, the

River of Life appears in the distance..."  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore/Climbing A Mountain

 

"The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world." Marianne Williamson

 


 

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Indigenous Spiritual Elders Speak About Manataka

 

Lakota -  Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Lakota - Peter V. Catches Lakota Spiritual Elder

Salinan-Chumas Nation - Council Chief Xielolixii

Saginaw Chippewa - Rev. Dononlus A. Otto

CHoctaw - Boe Glasschild (Bushpo Awa - Many Knives)

Central America - Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan Aj Q'ijab

Canada - Holy Mother Marie Paul says Manataka is predestined

South America - Confederation of the Elders Council Original People of Abya Ayala

 

 

GOVERNMENT LEGAL OBLIGATIONS - Recognition of Native American Sacred Sites

HOLY DAY OF RECOGNITION - Manataka IS a Sacred Site

MANIFESTING - Manataka IS a Sacred Site

 

 Declaration of Excommunication from the Vatican dated July 11, 2007. -


Climbing A Mountain

Lee Standing Bear Moore/Takatoka

 

"We climb a mountain every day. That is life.  One day we reach the top and beautiful vistas speak to our souls as visions of a silvery ribbon, the River of Life appears in the distance..."

 

As humans we are given tasks, jobs, duties, routines and difficulties to overcome every day of our lives. Whether it be getting dressed in the morning, launching a rocket or filing papers, we all have tasks to accomplish.  I like to envision those things as mountains. Small mountains and big ones.  Luckily, most of the really high and steep mountains in my life appeared when I was young, strong and foolish.  In old age the climb is slower and arduous but more enjoyable.

 

From the youngest child to the oldest adult, we all have things to accomplish daily.  From the easiest to the most difficult tasks, we apply our abilities and achieve success -- most of the time.  There are instances when climbing the mountains of our lives that we stumble and fall.  Skin a knee, blister a hand and become frightened.  The darkness of night descends and fear is lurking behind every rock on your mountain.  Strange vibrations shake your core.  Danger is everywhere.  We feel the pain of living.  READ MORE...


 

HOLIDAY FEATURE STORIES

 

 

American Indian Christmas

 

 


 

HOLIDAY GIFTS

 

THE LEGACY OF WISDOM

A Handbook of American Indian Heritage

By Bill Marder

Softcover, 141pp  $14.95 + s/h

This handbook is a pocket-sized reference to the great heritage and culture of American Indians. Despite decades of poor treatment, many tribes and leaders have remained strong. It is in this spirit that this book was created. It is now time to remind us all – red, white, yellow, black or brown – of the things that American Indians should be proud of. Includes important historical events, sacred and cultural practices, quotes from respected leaders past and present, and a detailed time-line involving modern activists. Issues that continue to threaten American Indian culture are addressed, along with potential answers. Also includes sections on books and films that have been favorable to American Indians, an excellent photo section, and a list of American Indian rights organizations. The small size of this handbook makes it easy to carry daily and to share with others.

 

Author Bio:

William (Bill) Marder has had a photographic career of over 60 years, which includes inventing new techniques involved with color printing and winning numerous awards. His other related book from 2004, Indians In The Americas: The Untold Story, received excellent reviews for gathering together and revealing the true history of American Indians. With over 20 years of research behind it, it details extensive facts not found in standard textbooks and many photos never before seen or published until now. He considers this handbook to be a more action-oriented companion volume, which uses truth from the past in order to help people today.

Review

"We loved "The Legacy of Wisdom" by Bill Marder because it is a handy mini-encyclopedia of the American Indian.  Well written and accurate.  A really nice find." ~Lee Standing Bear Moore, Manataka  Price: $14.95 US

Softcover, 141pp  $14.95 + s/h

COFFEE TABLE BOOKS

 

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

By Charles Mann, Knopf Publishing Group

Softcover, 480pp  $26.95 + s/h

"In the last 20 years, archaeologists and anthropologists equipped with new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries about the Americas. For example, Indians did not cross the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago, as most of us learned in school. They were already here. Their numbers were vast, not few. And instead of living lightly on the land, they managed it beautifully and left behind an enormous ecological legacy. In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact. Compelling and eye-opening, this work will vastly alter our understanding of our history and lands."  By Peter Johnson. 

Softcover, 480pp  $26.95 + s/h

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Encyclopedia of Native American Healing

By William S. Lyon, W. W. Norton, New York and London, 1996.  

Soft cover, (373 pages)   $23.95 + s/h

 Easy to read with many illustrations both of healers and of artifacts.  Locations of tribal areas are shown in a series of maps.  The book is rich first hand accounts of spiritual healing intertwined with a wealth of herbal medicines, ceremonial objects and sacred songs depicted in real-life tribal settings makes this book extremely interesting.   The accounts of healing practices, told by various investigators give insight into the power of the Great Mystery.  The contrast between the European medical practice with its emphasis on the physical, and the American Indian healing practices which are spiritual and physical leaves one with a greater appreciation for our heritage and what has been largely lost to wider humanity, and what needs urgently to be restored. William S. Lyon is a professor of anthropology at the Center for Religious Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and the author of Black Elk: The Sacred Ways of a Lakota. 

  Soft Cover $23.95 + s/h


Water Song

Akwesasne Women Singers

 


 

ENVIRONMENT

Rock Solid:

 

https://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/organic-bytes-530-just-today-dont-think-yourself-food-activist

 

Imagine how you’d feel if Monsanto plowed up your backyard to plant GMO crops (and spray them with Roundup)—and the state sent in armed troops to support Monsanto’s “rights.”

You’d defend your home, your soil, your water, your right to a safe, healthy environment.

You’d do what our fellow Earth defenders in North Dakota are doing. You’d stand up against corporate exploitation of Earth’s most precious natural resources.

Manataka and Organic Consumers Stand with Standing Rock: Donate to help defeat the Dakota Access pipeline. Donate here to directly to support the protestors camp.

A journalist recently called the 1,172-mile, $3.7-billion-dollar Dakota Access pipeline a “scar across the face of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.”   READ MORE...
 


 

 

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ELDERS SPEAK

 

"You could study the ancestors, but without a deep feeling of communication with them it would be surface learning and surface talking. Once you have gone into yourself and have learned very deeply, appreciate it, and relate to it very well, everything will come very easily." -- Ellen White, NANAIMO

 

Inside of every human being are our ancestors, and these ancestors still live. Today, the white man calls this DNA, but there is more than DNA. We have the ability to go inside of ourselves and learn from the ancestors. The ancestor teachings reside in the place of the center. The ancestors are waiting for us to come there so they can share the ancient teachings. It is said, "Be still and know".

 

Great Spirit, let me walk in the stillness.

 

Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 


SACRED SITES

 

 

Thousands of Buffalo Appear From No Where at Standing Rock

 

The Tatanka Oyate were called upon and gave us courage. Pilamiya Maske for your vision. Stay strong Water Protectors! Davidica Littlespottedhorse

 

(1) bisons from videobuzz on Vimeo.

The great bison or buffalo of North America is a very powerful symbol to American Indians. Though best suited to cooler climates, bison roamed virtually in entire continent.

 

The smaller woodlands bison and its bigger cousin, the plains bison were revered and honored in ceremony and every day life. To the plains Indian, our Bison Brother meant sacred life and the abundance of the Creator’s blessing on Mother Earth.

 

The bison is powerful medicine that is a symbol of sacrifice and service to the community. The bison people agreed to give their lives so the American Indian could have food, shelter and clothing.  READ MORE...

 

 


 

MUSIC

 

Manataka recently partnered with Canyon Records and its distributors to bring our members and supporters the very finest in American Indian Music.  Canyon Records of Phoenix, Arizona, producer and distributor of Native American music, is one of the oldest independent record labels in the music industry as well as one of the oldest cultural institutions in the state of Arizona.

 

 

MUSIC INDEX PAGE

 


 

FUNNY BONES

 

 


Native American Children’s Literature

 

Debbie Reese, Ph.d., is an enrolled member of Nambé Pueblo and the curator of the Native American Children’s Literature Recommended Reading list. Dr. Reese is an expert in the field of Native children’s literature, an educator, and has served on many national literacy boards. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Dr. Reese is the editor and publisher of the “American Indians in Children’s Literature”   http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.net


RECOMMENDED READING LIST BOOKS FOR HEAD START AND PRESCHOOL
Baby Learns About Colors
by Beverly Blacksheep (Navajo)
(Salina Bookshelf, 2003)     Read More...


 

 


 

GOOD MEDICINE

 

Changes from our Ancestors

by Harvey Walks with Hawks Doyle


 

The Six Nation Confederation of the Iroquois developed the idea that it is appropriate to think seven generations ahead and decide whether the choices we make today would benefit the children seven generations into the future.

 

What if every action and decision we made related to the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation to come? How would that change our lives and actions in the present? And what is stopping us from doing this?

 

My Elder often says, “Our outer world is a reflection of our own inner state of consciousness. If you want to change the world outside, then you must learn how to change your state within.”

 

So it is that our deepening appreciation for our ancestors leads us to deeper caring for our descendants, the future beings.


 

VIDEOS

 

 

Videos about MANATAKA

 

In 2009, the Elder Council directed Lee Standing Bear to begin the process of video documenting the Story of Manataka for future generations.  Small productions recorded over a period of time will result in a series of major productions in the future.

 

Soul Tripping w/ Mary Elizabeth and Lee Standing Bear Moore - 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAWU_YtsTZA&feature=share

The Story of Manataka w/ Lee Standing Bear Moore - 2016

https://youtu.be/gTbeZH_Oopo

 

Story of Manataka  w/ Monroe Loy - 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IVwfd6KDPY

https://vimeo.com/172161767 - Trailer

 

The Seekers Documentary w/Lee Standing Bear Moore - 2015

www.seekersthedocumentary.com

 

Seven Sacred Caves - John Cooksey w/Lee Standing Bear - 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3yaXTEIgZ0

 

The Moment October 20th 2012 - John Cooksey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3LsfIeeBCY

 

Moment at Manataka Mountain 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGeQsCtA8ag&list=PL1d8LVN695F5juSwlkIwLnglKlvfND2h6&index=6

 

Moment at Manataka 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV-8bMA8DNg

 

Peace Mother at the Manataka Moment 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnR8Ugd3dr0

 

THE MOMENT - Why You Want To Be Here 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDPHl7o7H2E

 

Lee Standing Bear Moore Talks About The Moment 2012

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuZWu9-Fh54

 

Lee Standing Bear talks about Crystals of Hot Springs, AR part 1 -2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSwQQXvC83Q

 

Lee Standing Bear Moore talks about Crystals of Hot Springs part 2 - 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlfufsfA4FE

 

About Quartz Crystals - Buddy Huggins w/Lee Standing Bear - 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlfufsfA4FE

 

The Story of Manataka - Rabbi Yahoshua Yahir - 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1lKmmepoFA

 

Lee Standing Bear Moore & Woableza Labatte on Prophecykeepers Radio PT1 - 2009

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2I51FEmP3Q

 

Lee Standing Bear Moore & Woableza Labatte on Prophecykeepers Radio PT2 - 2009

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlS3QPQXf0k

 


Ayahuasca:
Nature’s Teacher

by Ralph Miller

 

There is a gathering that is happening across the planet right now. People from all walks of life are becoming aware of new purpose and inner creativity in an extraordinary way. In the midst of wars, serious environmental problems, fundamental religious mania, energy concerns and political nausea, something truly beautiful is happening. People are waking up and remembering something hidden within their hearts. The lotus blooms in the mud.


Forgetfulness...
Ahuasca is a plant medicine that helps us remember a place within that is long forgotten. It strips away ego behaviors that have enslaved us, and allows us to return to our source. We all arrived on this earth plane alive and conscious. It is likely that during the first days of our lives, our brains were visionary and telepathic. Hidden within each of us was a silent awareness of our own heroic destiny.  
Read More...

 


 

FEATURE

US Must Return ALL Stolen Land To Tribes

 

The United Nations has made a statement that is shocking to many, but comes as no surprise to those who know their history. An investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has said that the United States government has an obligation to return much of the land stolen from Native American tribes, if they want to combat systemic racism and discrimination in the United States.

 

As of 2011, there were 5.1 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. but the rate of Native Americans being killed by law enforcement far outpaces the rates of any other group, with African Americans coming in second.

 

From 1999 to 2013, Native Americans have been killed by police at nearly identical rates as black Americans, but at a slightly higher rate in recent years. The big difference with Native lives, however, is that the media is virtually silent on these killings and the “Native Lives Matter” movement.

 

Simon Moya-Smith, a journalist and editor with Indian Country Today Media Network, said, “we protest, we take to social media, we get as many stories and Native American voices as we can into news media,” but still, “we’re not entirely on [the mainstream media’s] radar – maybe for Indian mascots, but for police brutality? Barely, if at all.”

 

Now, James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, has concluded that there is no way justice will ever be possible in the United States, as long as the government continues to hold illegally-seized Native American land.   READ MORE

 


 

HISTORY

 

Missing Voices:

Native Perspective Lacking in Civil War Accounts

By Patti Jo King

 

An account of Indians in the U.S. Civil War has been issued in paperback—and with it comes a now-familiar sense of letdown. That’s because such books invariably leave out Native voices, relying on academic research and accounts. Clarissa Confer’s The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War, first published in hardcover by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2008, is no exception.

 

American Indian participation in the Civil War tends to be seen as an anomaly. Yet scholars and tribal historians should not be surprised that Indians took part, with men from many nations fighting on both sides. Indigenous communities of the South found themselves caught between the two American factions, while tribes that had been removed from the South and the Plains and sent to Indian Territory were drawn into the very heart of the critical debates dividing the states: disputes over Free Soil, Bleeding Kansas, slavery and abolition, sectionalism and even secession.

 

A handful of scholars are recognized as authorities on this subject. Most notable was Annie Heloise Abel, who laid the foundation with her tripartite study The Slave-Holding Indians, published between 1915 and 1925 by Torch Press. Her three volumes—The American Indian as Slaveholder and Secessionist; American Indians as Participants in the Civil War; and American Indians Under ­Reconstruction—form the basis of all such research.

 

Later scholars expanded upon Abel’s work. These include Gary Moulton (John Ross, Cherokee Chief, University of Georgia Press, 1978) and Kenny Franks (Stand Watie and the Agony of the Cherokee Nation, Memphis State University Press, 1979), who discussed the rivalries between these opposing elite Cherokee leaders. In 1989, Craig Gaines explained how the Confederate Cherokees came together in The Confederate Cherokees: John Drew’s Regiment of Mounted Rifles (Louisiana State University Press). William McLoughlin’s After the Trail of Tears: The Cherokees’ Struggle for Sovereignty 1839–1880 (University of North Carolina Press, 1993) focused on objectives that tribes had formed in the wake of removal, only to be interrupted by the war.   READ MORE..

 


NATURAL HERBAL MEDICINE

 

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ELDERS SPEAK

 

"It is well to be good to women in the strength of our manhood because we must sit under their hands at both ends of our lives."  -- He Dog, Oglala Lakota

 

The women bring us into this life and nurture us as we grow up. When we reach our manhood, she supports us and sings the songs to help the family grow. The Elders say we must look at the woman in a sacred way. We must realize how special her powers are in brining forth life. The woman will bring balance to a man. The woman will help him see. It is said, behind every successful man is a supporting woman. Maybe we should examine how we are thinking about women. The Great Spirit says we should honor them. Are we respecting and honoring our women today?

 

Grandmother, Grandfather thank you for our women. Today, let me honor them.

 

Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 

 

 

Nominations Open for Elder Council

The Manataka Elder Council needs one new member.  Self-nominations are permitted.  Requires at least one in-person meeting per year at Hot Springs, AR and tele-conference meetings monthly. Rewards are commensurate with time and effort.  MAIC dues must be current. Send a bio today!

 

WEBSITE Committee

Need volunteer WordPress page developers.  Can you create WordPress web pages?Contact Bob Whiterwhite@clientreferralnet.com

 

Volunteer Counseling Positions Open: 

Are you a minister, psychologist, teacher or counselor?  MAIC announces a need for more professional volunteer counselors. Manataka's free online Counseling program helps hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, family, marital and other issues -- anonymously and free!. Education, experience and licensure requirements. http://www.manataka.org/Counseling.html  Email:  counseling@manataka.org

 

Planning is in full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain into memorial gardens.  We need your help.  http://www.manataka.org/page1392.html

 



 

OPINION PAGE -

 

 

 

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

DECEMBER

 

The White Horse and the Humvees—Standing Rock Is Offering Us a Choice

 

Dear Manataka,

 

Right here, between the barricades on a North Dakota highway, is a pivotal confrontation between two world views, two futures.

 

Two lines, facing each other on a North Dakota highway. On one side, concrete barriers protect a row of armored vehicles and helmeted police with assault rifles. On the other, a young man rides a white horse whose legs are stained with blood. A woman, wearing a scarf to protect her lungs from tear gas, wafts sage smoke over a boy to give him strength, wash away hate, and remind him of his sacred purpose.

 

Here, on a highway stretching across trampled prairie grass, the fundamental contest of our time is playing out.

 

The fundamental contest of our time is playing out.  Read More...

 

Read More Letters to the Editor

 


 

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