SMOKE SIGNAL NEWSLETTER    JANUARY 2003

 

CONTENTS:

1. ELDER COUNCIL ANNOUNCEMENT 7. BEARY NICE

2. WEB SITE UPDATE 8. RIP SURVEY FORM

3. EMERGENCY NOTICE 9. BIG FOOT RIDE – SOUTH DAKOTA

4. BABY LUPITA UPDATE 10. FORGETFUL BEAR

5. MAIC ADDRESS CHANGE 11. TSALAGI & LAKOTA WORDS

6. CHEROKEE TAPES!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Manataka wishes you a joyous new year!

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NOTICE TO ELDERS:

Chairman Bob Eagle Horse McFarlin has called a regular meeting of the Elder Council and invited guests for 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 12 at his home. All Elders are requested to be present. If you cannot be present, please call 501-627-0555 asap. This is not a membership meeting.

 

MANATAKA.ORG UPDATE:

DECEMBER WEB SITE ADDITIONS

A Cherokee Fish Story  – Children’s Story

Cherokee Lord’s Prayer Beautiful Words

False Shamans  – Medicine Lodge

In The Presence of Shadows  Beautiful Words

Red Hawk  American Indian Legend

Red Hawk’s Diary  - Women’s Council

Speak to the Standing People  – Feature Story

Warriors of the Rainbow  – Medicine – Legend

We Honor The Bear  – Beautiful Words

This month’s featured new article is "In The Presence of Shadows", an anthology of 24 original American Indian poems by MAIC member, Monterey Mountain Sun Hulsey-Sirak. Give yourself a gift today – read these beautiful words.

NOVEMBER WEB SITE ADDITIONS

Dog Soldiers – History

Dolphins and Whales  Feature Story

Eating Flowers and Bugs  Feature Story

Falling Star  Legend

Indian Herbal Medicine  Medicine Lodge

The Three Mosquitoes  Fun Article

Nakoma Speaks – Bear  Feature Story

OCTOBER WEB SITE ADDITIONS

Chief Black Kettle  History

Cosmic Return  Medicine Lodge

Frank Fools Crow  Medicine Lodge

Spiritual Elders.Org – Medicine Lodge

The Song of Life  Ancient Customs

The Temple Doors  Medicine Lodge

Warrior Society Handbook  Warriors

CHECK ‘EM OUT!

http://www.manataka.org

Do you have a story to tell or an article you would like to see appear on our website? If so, please send it today.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Our spiritual leader and friend, CHIEF WOABLEZA, needs your help!

His work of bringing sacred ceremonies, songs, healing, knowledge and hope to people in far away places is vital! Even though Woableza lives a very frugal life as a poor man, his expenses on the road are high. According to Magdala, he may lose the van used in travels if $350 is not found quickly. Please call Western Union and wire a donation to: Laura Santana or send a contribution to MAIC. We will make sure he gets it. Thank you!

 

BABY LUPITA UPDATE

Bad News: Baby Lupita Amador was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Her liver has nearly shut down because of numerous blood clots caused by chemotherapy. She is in a great deal of pain.

Good News: Doctors report the chemotherapy has caused remission of cancer cells. Her white blood count is slowly climbing.

We ask that you continue prayer ceremonies for this precious child. Please send your love to:

BABY LUPITA AMADOR

14425 Jo Ann Lane

Gravette, AR 72736

 

CHANGES:

NEW MEETING TIME: Regular MAIC Membership meeting time has been changed to: 11:30 a.m., 3rd Sunday of each month at the sacred Fire Circle in Gulpha Gorge.

ADD TO YOUR ADDRESS BOOK:

NEW MAIC EMAIL: Manataka@myexcel.com

Please note: Please do not send attachments with your email to MAIC without notifying us before you send so the ‘gate’ can be opened for your attachment. We receive hundreds of emails and some are infected with viruses. Our fire wall and security system will not allow most attachments. Thank you.

 

ORDER NOW!

Learn the Cherokee Language the Easy Way!

Cherokee language tapes and book set by Chief Jim Gray Wolf Henson will be available soon. As a full-blood Kituwah Cherokee from Oklahoma, Gray Wolf was Chief and Vice Chief of the federally recognized United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma for over twenty years. As a teacher, pastor and Chief, no one speaks the beautiful Tsalagi (Cherokee) better than Gray Wolf! You can be speaking the beautiful Cherokee language within a week with these masterful, easy listening audio cassette tapes and illustrated book.

Only a limited number of sets will be available at $40 each. Order your own set today! Send a check or money order to: TSALAGI, c/o MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476.

 

BEARY NICE!

(Flippin, AR) - We want to share the news of our latest arrival with our MAIC family. My grandson, Matthew (Usti Gola Yonv - Little Winter Bear) was born on Dec 15 at 9:28 am. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 19" long. Should have called him "Hungry Bear", all he wants to do is eat and EAT. We hope to bring him to Manataka soon. Good thoughts to all. Grandmother Noquisi

(Note: Grandmother has already completed an application to insure Baby Bear is inducted as a member of MAIC!)

 

RIP PROJECT SURVEY:

Last month we reported that members have begun work to inform MAIC families, friends, hospitals and funeral homes about American Indian ceremonies for the deceased. Informational packets would be made available to MAIC members to be used in case of death. We would like to know your opinion to these questions:

1. Would you want American Indian funeral services to be performed in

case of your death? Yes ____ No ____ Maybe ____

2. Do you currently have a Living Will? Yes ____ No ____

3. Do you currently have a Last Will and Testament? Yes ____ No ____

4. Do you plan to be cremated? Yes ____ No ____ Maybe ____

5. Do you think there may be opposition from your family or friends if you

were to decide to have elements of American Indian rites performed

during your funeral services?

Copy and paste the form into your email browser and complete each question. Send to: manataka@myexcel.com Please do not include attachments to your email. Thank you!

 

Big Foot Ride - South Dakota
Your Help Is Needed

Greetings!

The annual Big Foot Ride in South Dakota, headed by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, to commemorate the anniversary of the Big Foot massacre has been tragically halted. This morning it was discovered that EVERY vehicle and trailer tires were slashed. ANY help would be deeply appreciated.

The effort to regain their rights to their culture, their history, and their children's futures has demanded that all concerned and compassionate fellow human beings join in their struggle. This is another opportunity for those of us who's lives have been so enriched by our native relatives, to rise up and participate in assisting them to continue on in their dream for the future generations. Thank You, your help will be most appreciated.

Sincerely,

Pamela Rickenbach - Milos
email:
pam@dreamkeepers.net

voice: 413-268-7030
web:
http://dreamkeepers.net
Please send Help: Wells Fargo trans #:091000019 Wolakota Foundation/Sunkan Wakan acct #:9876665879 Wells Fargo Soearfish Branch 131 West Hudson Spearfish, SD 57783

 

NOTICE:

BEAR NEEDS HIS BOOK…

Lee Standing Bear loaned his commemorative book about the sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman by Arvol Looking Horse to a MAIC member. If you have his book or know someone who does, please call and return it asap. Bear’s can not remember much of anything.

 

CHEROKEE & LAKOTA WORDS

WORD CHEROKEE LAKOTA

Month – I-ya-nv-da Wiyawapi/ wee - yah - wah - pee

Winter – Go-la Waniyetu/ wah - nee - yea - due

Flower – Hu-tsi-lv-ha Wahca/ wah - gh - chah

Grandfather – E-due-du Lala/ lahlah

White person – Yu-ne-ga Wasicu/ wah - shee - chue