Manataka Smoke Signal Newsletter Volume V Issue 8   June 25, 2003




4. NOTICES - 5





Traditional American Indian Religious Ceremonies

June 27- 29 - Fire Circle, Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds, Hot Springs, AR

This event promises to be one you will never forget! We are blessed to have two spiritual leaders who will bring important messages from far off lands. The Painted Horse War Dance Society will dance into the Fire Circle in full regalia to ancient drum beats and Jennifer Agi-Da-Tla-Unega Attaway will bring the beautiful Butterfly dance. Many activities are planned.

Grand Chief Woableza, a Lakota spiritual leader and member of MAIC and head of the World Council of Spiritual Elders will preside over ceremonies. Omeakaehekatl, a Maya high priest and Day Keeper will conduct ancient rites. Members of the Painted Horse War Dance Society of Oklahoma will perform a dance exhibitions. Chief Gray Wolf Henson (ret.), former chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians will lead the Fire Ceremony. Cuchi Davila, a Lakota member of MAIC, presides over all activities in the Fire Circle along with Hurvie Chism, a Cherokee member of MAIC, Fire Keeper.

One of the many performers at the Gathering is Jennifer Agi-Da-Tla-Unega Attaway, of Warrior, Alabama and a member of the Eastern Cherokee Nation will perform a Fancy Shawl exhibition dance on Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Bob McFarlin, MAIC Chairman and Dr. Bob Digadoli Tsalagi Swindell, MAIC Vice Chairman, will make special presentations to visiting elders and honored guests. Lee Standing Bear Moore, MAIC Secretary and storyteller will preside over new member induction, or "Making of a Relative" ceremonies and Indian Naming Rites.

Dr. Swindell, promises the annual event will be one to remember. "Our members across the nation work very hard to support the preservation of traditional American Indian customs. The Summer Gathering at Manataka is a celebration of those values and traditions. This year's event is filled with good, family oriented activities that promise to be colorful, fun and educational," said Swindell.

Born in Guatemala, OmeAkaEhekatl, Erick Gonzalez, MA is a Ajq'ij - a Mayan Day Keeper. He was initiated into Native sacred rites over a twenty three-year period with direct participation, teachings and guidance from Native spiritual elders from Guatemala, Mexico, Columbia, and North America. OmeAkaEhekatl is a member and representative of various councils of indigenous elders, youth, and spiritual guides. He works as an advocate of native sovereign rights under the guidance and cooperation of indigenous spiritual elders and leaders. OmeAkaEhekatl will teach about the sacred Tzolkin, the Mayan/Meso-American calendar) and the Tzite, the Mayan Oracle or sacred bundle of the AjQ'ij. The Maya calendar is a product of scientific observation using sacred math and astronomy and was considered for thousands of years to be among the most accurate calendars in world. The Tzolkin is used in Maya culture as a guide for ceremonies, healing, divination, and harmonizing with the universe. The sacred bundle of the Maya, the Tzite, is used as a way of consulting and communicating with the spirit guides, divinities and the natural forces of the universe.

MAIC organizers will provide the public a rare opportunity for dialogue and questions and answers with insightful teachers during the weekend event.

The world-renowned American Indian dance group, the Painted Horse War Dance Society, dressed in colorful feathered regalia will dance several traditional dances and exhibit the various styles of American Indian dance. The Painted Horse War Dance Society is a nonprofit organization with volunteer members from various tribes including Quapaw, Wyandotte and Cherokee. In addition to dancing at powwows and other event across the country, owns and operates the Painted Horse Native Museum in the Indian Territory Cultural Center near Wyandotte, Oklahoma where elders at the center teach powwow dances, stomp dances, social dances and traditions of the dance. During the Gathering at Manataka, members of the Painted Horse War Dance Society the Mantaka American Indian Council will give free dance lessons to the public.

Jennifer Agi Da Tla Unega Attaway of Warrior, Alabama, a well-known and respected American Indian dancer, will perform an individual dance exhibition on Saturday. Attaway, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Manataka American Indian Council will exhibit the Fancy Shawl Dance. This dance style is the most modern and newest style of American Indian dances and originated in the early 1950's among the Northern tribes along the U.S. - Canadian border.

Other activities during the weekend event include an Indian-style potluck picnic starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, sponsored by the MAIC Women's Council. A series of mini-seminars will be presented in the amphitheater starting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Seminar subjects include Indian herbal medicine, history, Indian customs, and crafting. The MAIC Education committee will sponsor children's stories and games at various locations in the campgrounds. Two large and colorful teepees will be set up for the public to learn more about Indian culture. A favorite activity is the trade blanket spread out for participants to show various Indian hand-made crafts.

On Friday evening, June 27, at 6:00 p.m., the MAIC Women's Council will sponsor a mini-potluck picnic for members and early arrivals. At 7:30 p.m., storytelling, singing and drumming will begin around the campfire. At 9 p.m., Saturday guests and elders will ascend the Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain to participate in ancient prayer ceremonies, storytelling and singing. Manataka Elders will conduct Sunrise prayer services on Sunday, June 29.

Admission to all weekend events is free. Alcohol, other drugs or weapons are not permitted. Security and parking assistance will be present. All guests must register to enter.


Gulpha Gorge has only 65 spaces on a first come first serve basis at $10 per night.

Hot Springs KOA - 501-624-5912

J & J RV Park - 501-321-9852

Cloud Nine RV Park - 501-262-1996

Hot Springs RV Park - 501-623-5559

Bartee Meadow RV Park - 501-262-9100

Lake Catherine State Park - 501-844-4176

For more information contact MAIC, P.O. Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476, 501-627-0555,

MAIC is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), cultural and educational organization.



Nearly forty MAIC members, ranging in ages from 11 to 74, fasted and participated in all night ceremonies on the sacred Manataka on Saturday, June 21. Two beautiful sisters drove from Houston, Texas to be with us. Everyone enjoyed the singing, drumming, storytelling and prayer ceremonies - and, no one was lost on the mountain. Participants are grateful to members of the Women's Council who served breakfast for participants in Gulpha Gorge on Sunday. Plans are underway to conduct Winter Solstice ceremonies on Manataka in December. Sign up now.


CANOE FLOAT TRIP - Saturday, July 26, 2003

Members and guests are invited to take a two-day float trip down the beautiful Caddo River!

The waters of the Caddo offer excellent cold water fishing and swimming. During the float trip we will do some rock hounding, hike along breathtaking trails, picnic and campout on sandbars. We will also visit the ancient village of the Tula tribe who once won a battle against Hernando DeSoto and the Conquistadors in Caddo Gap near the thermal springs. This is a time to bring your camera!

The float trip is excellent for both expert and novice canoers. Come and spend a leisurely two days with the elders and members of Manataka.

Cost: $35.00 per canoe first day, $20 second day. The cost includes: One canoe, 2 life jackets and paddles per canoe, and shuttle service back to your car. Extra paddles and life jackets cost extra. Recommended: If you plan to take the two-day float, that no more than three (3) people to a canoe to leave room for gear and supply.

Do and Don'ts:

Do not bring any type of glass to the river.

Do bring floatable huggies for aluminum beverages.

Do not bring fishing gear unless you have a license.

Do pack lightly as possible. Remember bug repellant.

Do pack plastic sealable bags for storage.

Do not bring alcohol or other drugs.

If you do plan to float - Sign-up now! CANOE FLOAT TRIP

No deposit is required.

You will be given time and place to rendezvous.

Arrangements can be made for those who wish to float only on Saturday.



Take a look at some of the new areas created during the past month:

Book Reviews - American Indian Books
History, Philosophy, Religion, etc.
When you make a purchase, MAIC earns a commission
Cookin' With Three Sisters -
Traditional corn, squash, beans, fish, wild rice, syrup recipes. (large pages)

Ethnobotony of the Menomini Indians

Huge Section on Plant Medicine and Menomini Culture


Ethnobotony of the Potawatomie Indians

130 Printed Pages of Plant Medicine and Culture!


Manataka Code of Conduct, Creed and Oath
Information every member should learn.

Native Games -
Games for children and adults (big area)

Teepees - Construction, Painting, Erecting and more
All you need to know. Designs, Pictures, See the World's Largest Teepee

Teepees, Etc. - Purchase a teepee and accessories
When you buy a Teepee, MAIC makes a commission!

And that ain't all! Check out some of the new stories, legends and features!


The Women's Council Meeting
Saturday, July 5, 2003 11:00 a.m.
Gulpha Gorge Fire Circle

Women's Council Annual Elections:

Nominations are now open for three positions: Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. Members may submit their own name for nomination. Send your nominations to: Women's Council Elections


According to MAIC bylaws, the 2-year position of Women's Council Chairperson is appointed by the Elder Council and confirmed by the Women's Council. Sharon Kamama Baugh's term ends in 2004 unless reappointed and confirmed. Other committee chairperson positions will be appointed: Communications Chairperson, Events Chairperson, and Projects Chairperson.

A date for formal elections has not been set, however, it is anticipated elections will be held in August. For members of the Women's Council who cannot attend the regular meetings, you may send nominations and cast your votes by email. For more information contact: MAIC Women's Council

Everyone is Welcome! Bring your favorite dish or snack! Much to talk about....
If you plan to speak with one of the honored guests during the gathering, it is customary to bring a gift to leave on the blanket. Your gift may be a small handcraft, tobacco, cash or anything you choose. Please honor them with your respect.


A female member in Georgia desires a traveling companion to share expenses for the Gathering. Contact: Manataka

A male priest in Colorado seek a ride (owns no car) to the Gathering. Will share expenses. Contact:
Two ladies in New York looking for some one to share a ride and expenses. Will camp out along the route. Contact: Manataka

A disabled man in Texarkana seeks a ride.



Traditional Dance Group and Singers Needed October 1

An event of hundreds of naturalist youth organization members will converge near Hot Springs, Arkansas the first week end of October. The organization will pay well! The price can be negotiated and depends on the number of dancers and singers and distance traveled. Contact: Lee Standing Bear Moore



shared by Momfeather

Make a stew of fresh pork bones or fresh spare ribs or chicken. Cook hominy grits or prepared tanfula until tender. Add no lye or soda. When the meat and tanfula are both done, combine and cook until the meat has seasoned the tanfula. It is said that the Choctaw used no salt, but you may season to taste.

shared by Momfeather

Cook 12 fresh pigs' feet until meat falls off the bone. When half cooked, add 1 gallon of hominy and 1 red pepper. Cook down until it thickens. Salt and pepper to taste.

shared by Dancing Eyes

1/2 C. sugar 1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. soda
1 C. persimmon pulp 1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well then pour into a well-greased and floured pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes. This is good served with a whipped topping

Cheyenne Jerky Soup and Dumplings

Handful of Venison Jerky
Handful of Parched Corn
Wild Greens
Coarse Ground Black Pepper
Oats (optional)

Harvest any/all edible greens from the days trail. (dandelion, wild onion, etc.)

Break apart a large handful of venison jerky into your pot.
Add a handful of parched corn.
Add the wild greens you harvested.
Add twice as much water as is needed to cover the ingredients.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer 1/2 hour.
Mix handful of flour, pinch of salt and enough water to make a dough. (I like to add a small handful of oats to the flour.)
"Float" spoonfuls of dough in soup, continue simmer until dumplings are done.

Cheyenne Batter Bread
shared by Dancing Eyes

1 qt Sweet milk
1 tb Melted butter
1 pt White cornmeal
1/2 ts Salt
3 Eggs, separated

Bring milk to a full boil; stir in cornmeal slowly. Cool. Add well-beaten egg yolks, melted butter and salt. Add stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake in moderate oven - 375 until done.

First Nations Recipes



If you would like to learn the easy way... The See, Say, Write method works! Cassette tape and book

Reserve your set of Chief Jim Gray Wolf Hensonís Cherokee language tapes and book today! Send $40. Check/money order to MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476



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