Manataka Smoke Signal Newsletter Volume V, Issue 5 May 2, 2003
1. WEB SITE ADDITIONS
2. PAY DUES - MAKE A DONATION ON LINE!
3. MAIC COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
4. SUMMER GATHERING AT MANATAKA
5. MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
6. WOLVES IN AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURE
WEB SITE ADDITIONS
21 NEW PAGES
Bear and the
Cherokee Dictionary – Updated!
Combing Snakes Out of Atotarho’s Hair -
Legends Constitution of the Six Nations Confederacy – History Essays
of Frank J. King III – Feature article
Fun Page – New jokes!
Honoring Lori – Women’s Council
Hopi Chief Dan – Medicine Lodge
Links Page – Over 350 Updated links!
Minominee Clans– Feature story
My Pilgrimage to Manataka - Feature
Native Games – Children’s Story
Search Engine – Search Manataka
State of Indian Nations – Special
10 American Indians You Should Know –
The First Totem Pole – Legends
The Old Rez Road – Beautiful
Turtle Makes War On Men–
Yaqui Nation – History
American Indian Book
The new book review
committee is hard at work
bringing you the latest
books and resources information.
Do you have a story to tell or an article you would like
to see appear on our website? If so, let know.
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If you have not paid
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It is quick, easy and
Parkin Mound State Archeological Park will host a "Living
History Day" on Oct. 4, 2003. They seek traditional American Indian artists
and crafters to demonstrate their work. Demonstrators will be permitted to sell
their work and be paid $75.00. Candidates will be juried. "We are looking
for traditional work but we are interested in education the public that we keep
our arts and traditions alive."
Valarie: 501 330-2418 – firstname.lastname@example.org
GATHERING AT MANATAKA
JUNE 27, 28,
National Park, Arkansas
This will be
an event you will not want to miss!
The following committees are accepting offers of volunteer
If you can volunteer a few hours of service, please let us know today!
MINI- SERIES MOVIE
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: "Dreamkeepers" mini-series, ABC
Television, Sunday, May 11, 8:00 p.m. EST; Monday, May 12, 9:00 p.m. EST.
of the Native American nations come to life in this epic mini-series from
Hallmark Entertainment as two generations—a century-old storyteller and his
grandson, a troubled 16-year-old boy—embark on a cross-country journey toward
American Indian Culture
By Edwin Wollert
(Dedicated to all our wolf brothers and sisters everywhere.)
The Navajo word for wolf, "mai-coh," also means witch, and a person could transform if he or she donned a wolf skin. So the Europeans were not the only ones with werewolf legends. However, the American tribes have an overwhelming tendency to look upon the wolf in a much more favorable light. The Navajo themselves have healing ceremonies which call upon Powers to restore peace and harmony to the ill, and the wolf is one such Power.
feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong." -Keewatin
American tribes recognized the wolf for its extreme devotion to its family, and
many drew parallels between wolf pack members and the members of the tribe.
Also, the wolf's superior and cooperative hunting skills made it the envy of
many tribes. Finally, the wolf was known to defend its home against outsiders, a
task with which each tribe had to contend as well.
examples of the wolf appearing throughout Native American religion and mythology
include the following. The Eskimos told of an old woman, Qisaruatsiaq, who was
abandoned and forced to live by herself, and who eventually turned into a wolf.
The Sioux called the wolf "shunk manitu tanka," or "animal that
looks like a dog but is a powerful spirit." Cheyenne medicine men rubbed
warrior arrows against wolf fur to bring better success in hunting. The Nootka
celebrated spiritual ties to the wolf, in a ceremony whereby they pretended to
bring back to life the chief's dead son, by wearing wolf clothing. The Cherokee
would not kill a wolf, believing the dead wolf's siblings would enact revenge.
They also imitated the wolf's walk to help ward off frostbite to their feet. The
Crow dressed in wolf skins to hunt. The Mandan displayed on their moccasins wolf
tails, signs of success in battle. Women of the Hidatsa tribe rubbed their
bellies with wolf skin to alleviate difficult childbirth. The Cree believed
divine wolves visited earth when the northern lights would shine during winter.
would prop dead wolves up, sometimes feeding them ceremonial meals. Chippewa
myths tell of wolves supplying humans with food and hides. The Delaware tribe
thought a change in weather might be announced through a wolf's howl. The Hopis
include Wolf as one of the Katchinas, the costumed dancers who represent the
powers of the universe.
creation mythology sometimes involves wolves, as in this example from the
heritage of the Arikara tribe:
beginning, they say, was water and sky. Here on high you could find Nesaru the
sky spirit, and Wolf and Lucky-man. Below lay a watery vastness, empty, it
seemed, with only two small ducks swimming about, making eternal, small ripples.
Envisioning another kind of earth, with space and variety for myriad creatures,
Wolf and Lucky-man asked the ducks to dive down for mud. Using his endless
energy, Wolf took half of the mud to build a great prairie for hunting beasts
like himself. Lucky-man, his partner in creation, built hills and valleys where
the Indians could hunt and live. Last they pushed up the remaining mud into
banks of a river, which you can still see, to divide their territories.
Earth was ready. Wolf and Lucky-man understood that large creatures must emerge from the reproduction of smaller, humble ones. They enter deep into the earth to find two Spiders who are meant to begin propagating the world. Imagine their disgust when they find the Spiders to be not only ignorant of the business of reproduction, but so dirty and ugly that they aren't
interested in each other. Wolf and Lucky-man scrub down their charges and explain the pleasures and responsibilities of fertilization. Clean and enlightened, the Spiders give birth to earth's many creatures - the eight-legged like themselves, the six, the four, and finally the two-legged ones." - Cottie Burland
tribe with the closest of all associations with the wolf is the Pawnee, in the
lands now known as Nebraska and Kansas. The Pawnee felt such a close kinship
that their hand-signal for wolf is the same as the hand-signal for Pawnee. They
were known as the Wolf People even by neighboring tribes. The cyclical
appearance and disappearance of Sirius, the Wolf Star, indicated the wolf coming
and going from the spirit world, running down the trail of the Wolf Road,
otherwise known as the Milky Way. The Blackfoot tribe also called our galaxy the
Wolf Trail, or the Route to Heaven. The Pawnee, like the Hidatsa and Oto tribes,
used wolf bundles, pouches of skins from wolves in which to keep and protect
treasured implements used for ceremonies and magic.
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10 STEPS TO
MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!
1. Listen to your inner voice. It takes
practice to hear your true desires. Your passion will
often come as a whisper or
serendipitous event that reminds you of what's important and
what makes you happy.
2. Recognize crisis. Does your job feel like a grind? Are you spending your free time on
something you love? Take an opportunity
to appraise your happiness. One of the keys to
living a purposeful life is seeing that
you feel unfulfilled.
3. Dwell in possibilities. Your passions could lead you in a lot of different directions to find
fulfillment. Explore your life and
unearth all of the things that bring you joy.
4. Tune out the voice of the world. Make
the strongest voice in your life your own. Finding
your purpose could mean going against the
advice of close friends and family. Take a leap
of faith and trust in your dreams.
5. Decide what kind of person you want to be. Rather than concentrating on what you want
to do, think in terms of what kind of
person you want to be. Let that guide your choices.
6. Bring your heart to your work. It
takes passion and courage to find a profession that you
love. Spending the time to discover that
job is time well spent—it could make all the
difference in your life!
7. Trust transformation. Hard times are a natural part of life. Don't be afraid to change
because of your experiences. Instead,
let them shape and steer your course.
8. Have no regrets. According to the experts, it's easy to regret the time you've spent being
unhappy or unfulfilled. Realize that
during that time, you developed the skills you need to
9. Take the first step. Destiny can't help you until you are willing to step out of your comfort
zone. Get prepared to make changes in
your life…and start making them!
10. Be patient. Finding your life purpose won't happen overnight. In every life, there's a fast
road and a slow road. Most of us take the
slow road! Keep your commitment and take
small steps to make it happen.
OUR THANKS TO THE BUTTERFLIES!
A new system to enhance member participation in various facets of
Manataka’s educational and cultural program has been developed to insure that
everyone has an opportunity to get involved. Every member will be assigned to a
committee position regardless of where you live, your experience, or the amount
of time you may have to devote.
This new program will work in a way similar to tribal culture of old,
every member of the tribe, from young to old had a job, a position of purpose to
fulfill for the common good of all.
If you have not do so already, send an email indicating your top
three choices for committee assignment.
Indian Book Review – Colonel
John Mountain Wind Outler, Chair
research, read and write regular book reviews for publication on this web site.
American Indian Village Project– Dr. Bob Eagle Horse McFarlin, Chair
project is long-term and requires expertise of many disciplines. See Village
and Events – Cuchi
requires on-site (Hot Springs), hands-on coordination. A fun committee.
and Assistance – Colonel
John Mountain Wind Outler, Chair
in need find Manataka a welcome haven. May require a background in social/
Raising & Events – (NO
is where the action is regardless of where you live. No special skills needed
and a happy face. This is a fun committee. Experienced grant writers needed.
Task Force – Dr.
Bob Tsalagi Digadoli Swindell, Chair
committee developing programs for presentation in public schools nationwide.
and coordination work. Great for teachers from all walks of life. See Task Force
Preservation and Repatriation – James
Thunder Walker Sirak, Chair
our ancestors is the focus of this committee. Members collect data on sacred
burial grounds, petroglyphs/pictographs and artifacts to assist tribes, state
to implement laws and regulations.
Keepers – David
Manataka Tipi is a gathering place for elders of many nations. This committee
constructs and maintains tipis and other structures. They also keep an eye on
and the comfort of guests.
– Web Site – Lee
Standing Bear Moore, Chair
is among the top American Indian web sites in the country. Members re
write and create web pages; develop new features and promote the website.
Committee – Garl
WhiteHorse Neel, Chair
keep track of members and their status. Develops programs and services. Provides
contact support and serve as hosts during gatherings and other events.
Relations & Communications – David Quiet Wind Furr, Chair
your writing, communication and public relations skills shine here. Committee
and distributes press releases and hosts various events.
Committee – Pat
Yellow Hawk Carter
live programs on dozens of topics are presented during regular membership
at Manataka and other locations. Members contact knowledgeable presenters
Signals Newsletter – Lee
Standing Bear Moore, Chair
committee research and write articles for release to members and subscribers.
Council – Sharon
Kamama Baugh, Chair
ladies are always busy learning, teaching and supporting the people of Manataka.
Women’s Council is one of the most important functions of MAIC. See Women
Society – James
Lone Wolf Black, Chair
to men, women and teens, this group participates in many outdoor activities,
skills and stresses good moral character. See Warrior
Activities – Michael
fun while learning about American Indian culture and traditions at Gatherings
events is the focus of this committee.