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Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add warm water in small amounts and knead dough until soft but not sticky. Adjust flour or water as needed. Cover bowl and let stand about 15 minutes.
Pull off large egg-sized balls of dough and roll out into fairly thin rounds. Fry rounds in hot oil until bubbles appear on the dough, turn over and fry on the other side until golden.
Serve hot. Try brushing on honey, or making into an Indian Taco.
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add warm water in small amounts and knead dough until soft but not sticky. Adjust flour or water as needed. Cover bowl and let stand about 15 minutes. Pull off large egg-sized balls of dough and roll out into fairly thin rounds. Fry rounds in hot oil until bubbles appear on the dough, turn over and fry on the other side until golden. Serve hot. Try brushing on honey, or making into an Indian Taco.
|Did You Know...|
The traditional Cherokee blood revenge system was abolished on September 11, 1808. Blood revenge required balance to be maintained between the clans. If someone from one clan killed another, then either the killer, a close relative of the killer, or a member from the killer's clan must die to maintain balance. It was very preferable for the killer to receive the punishment. This was usually the case since a fleeing killer would be putting his or her own family members at risk of receiving their own punishment.
The Trail of Tears
By 1840 all the eastern tribes had been subdued, annihilated or forcibly removed to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi. The discovery of the New World by European explorers caused endless problems for American Indians, whose homelands were gradually taken from them and whose cultures were dramatically altered, and in some cases destroyed, by the invasion. Throughout the years, the Cherokees have sought to maintain much of their original cultural identity. To increase public awareness of their heritage, many of them have advocated the designation of the Trail of Tears as a historic trail.
"The Cherokee are probably the most tragic instance of what could have succeeded in American Indian policy and didn't. All these things that Americans would proudly see as the hallmarks of civilization are going to the West by Indian people. They do everything they were asked except one thing. What the Cherokees ultimately are, they may be Christian, they may be literate, they may have a government like ours, but ultimately they are Indian. And in the end, being Indian is what kills them."- Richard White, Historian
"A common ancestry promotes understanding between Cherokee full bloods and the mixed bloods. They are poles apart in many respects but, under the skin, are still brothers. For one thing, they have Cherokee traditions in common, and no amount of white blood can dilute the remembrance of what happened in centuries past to the Cherokee people." - Grace Steele Woodward Author of The Cherokees
When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money...
MEN! Contact Sun Walker if you are interested in knowing more about the Men's Drumming Lodge - Sons of the Earth. The intention is to create a safe place where the unique expression of life that individual men are, will be acknowledged, listened to, recognized, empowered and appreciated in the native tradition. As we gather to drum, learn and share, we will allow the depths of our experience, love, humor, hurt and understanding to balance in a good way.
If I could talk to my great-grandfathers I would tell them that much as changed... but love, like the wind, is still here. I think of you my ancestors, and honor you.
Introduction to One of Seven Sacred Cherokee Ceremonies: The First New Moon of Spring Ceremony took place "When the grass began to grow and the trees send out their pale new leaves...", around the first new moon of March. This festival initiated the planting season and incorporated predictions concerning crop success or failure. It lasted seven days and included dancing and the re-lighting of the sacred fire by the fire maker. The ceremony included sacrificing a deer tongue in the fire. All the home fires were extinguished and rekindled from the sacred fire’s coals.
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Have patience. All things change in due time. Wishing cannot bring autumn glory or cause winter to cease.
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Want to know if you are on the right path? Creator will leave you a feather...
PRAYER FOR PEACE
The most familiar name, Cherokee, comes from a Creek word "Chelokee" meaning "people of a different speech." In their own language the Cherokee originally called themselves the Aniyunwiya (or Anniyaya) "principal people" or the Keetoowah (or Anikituaghi, Anikituhwagi) "people of Kituhwa." Although they usually accept being called Cherokee, many prefer Tsalagi from their own name for the Cherokee Nation (Tsalagihi Ayili). Other names applied to the Cherokee have been: Allegheny (or Allegewi, Talligewi) (Delaware), Baniatho (Arapaho), Caáxi (or Cayaki) (Osage and Kansa), Chalaque (Spanish), Chilukki (dog people) (Choctaw and Chickasaw), Entarironnen (mountain people) (Huron), Gatohuá (Creek), Kittuwa (or Katowá) (Algonquin), Matera (or Manteran) (coming out of the ground) ( Catawba), Nation du Chien (French), Ochietarironnon (Wyandot), Oyatageronon (or Oyaudah, Uwatayoronon) (cave people) (Iroquois), Shanaki (Caddo), Shannakiak (Fox), Tcaike (Tonkawa), and Tcerokieco (Wichita).
|What to Expect at One of Our Drummings...|
Well... Love, for one. Acceptance. Respect. Expect to learn something, expect to share your own wisdom and graditude when you're ready. While you are rushing through your life, know that the Lodge is there to meet your spiritual needs, to help you to remember to take time to be thankful... to remind you that we all have many opportunities to reach out a hand to one another. You will learn about your heritage if you are of the Blood... you will learn about your heritage if you are not - for We Are All Related. Realize that drummings are not support groups, nor are they therapy sessions. Behavior such as flirting, interrupting, going on an ego trip, etc. are not appropriate. Drummings are sacred ceremony and while the drums are out and the altar laid we should be aware of the sacred and listen to our own spirit's song. Strong friendships are made within the Lodge and many wonderful social times are enjoyed away from Ceremony. Come to a drumming to worship Creator and the gift of Life! Bring something to sit on, along with a drum, rattle, or rainstick if you have one. Perhaps a tasty dish to share afterwards with your brothers and sisters. Bring your precious Heart. Within modern memory, this time like no other is the time when we need to come together in ceremony. Come and introduce yourself to us... we miss you.
When our elders step across the threshold of the Grandmother Lodge, leaving their bleeding behind them, they become the Keepers of the Law. No longer is their attention consumed with the creation and rearing of their own family... Thus their attention turns to the children of all Our Relations: not just their own children, or the children of their friends, their clan or tribe, but the children of all the hoops: the Two-Leggeds, the Four-Leggeds, the Wingeds, the Finned, the Green-Growing Ones, and all others. Our relationship with this great circle of Life rests ultimately in their hands. They must give away this responsibility by modeling, teaching, and sharing the living of this law -- in everyday life -- to men, women, children -- that all might come into balance.
When we walk to the end of all the light we have, and take a step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe one of two things will happen: that we will land on something solid, or we will learn to fly.
We All Fly Like Eagles!
I am the eagle,
Just for today, do not worry.
THE DANCE BEGINS - In the months to come, I will be focusing on the Medicine Wheel and sharing teacings on healing, building, and seeking knowledge from this vision of Sun Bear who was shown the Sacred Hoop in a way that speaks to People of all cultures. In this way we will learn together more sacred ways to walk in harmony, balanced with our brothers and sisters on this Earth Walk.
MESSAGE OF RESPECT
Wolf's Heart Lodge and Daughters and Sons of the Earth are dedicated to respecting the old teachings in a good way, traveling the Red Road, learning from our Elders and protecting the Land. We are brothers and sisters of mixed heritage who honor the traditions of all tribal nations. In no way do we speak for any other People, or profess to understand more than what has been shared with us by the teaching of many wonderful Elders throughout the years - such as Grandfather Bearheart and Grandmother Mechi Garza. We humbly offer a sacred space to sit together in Ceremony to honor and praise Creator. If you come to Circle to gossip or complain, we will not hear you. If you come to learn and share, we will stand with you as we also come to learn and share... and call you Kin.
Great Spirit / Creator bless and guide us: extend the circle embracing all that is. May our thirst for spiritual awareness never cease. May forgiveness allow hate to never overwhelm us. May we remain upon the path of a good heart for such is the way of the trail of our ancestors.
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The growing and dying of the moon reminds us of our ignorance which comes and goes- but when the moon is full it is as if the Great Spirit were upon the whole world.
-Black Elk, Oglala Sioux
Red Road Walkers at Wolf's Heart Lodge
are used to hearing Many Ponies remind us all to do this while we drum!!!
It is not blood that makes an Indian... it is the soul. Too many with little soul and no vision walk in our skin. Too many with fire of Indian blood walk ignored. Do not say I am Apache or Kickapoo. Say I am of the Mother Tribe. This is the pain of our children. To return from the stars without a home or country, a tribe lost returns scattered in the wind. Those who hear must unite and reap the seed of this return
Those with ears must build a fire and give thanks this night.
My Sisters & Brothers, If this has touched you, come home to us at Wolf's Heart Lodge.
Our Beloved Elder - Grandmother Mechi Garza
There is no such thing as 'part-Cherokee.' Either you're Cherokee or you’re not. It isn't the quantity of Cherokee blood in your veins that is important, but the quality of it... your pride in it. I have seen full-bloods who have virtually no idea of the great legacy entrusted to their care. Yet, I have seen people with as little as 1/500th blood quantum who inspire the spirits of their ancestors because they make being Cherokee a proud part of their everyday life."
Jim Pell: Principal Chief of the North Alabama Cherokee Tribe
|The 10 Indian Commandments|
THREE LODGE SISTERS
Wampum is made from the Quahog shell. It was used by the East Coast Indians for ceremonies, adornment and as a medium of exchange. The deep purple section of the shell is known as "Sacki" and had double the value of "wompi" (white section). Wampum became known as the Native's badge of position and wealth. It is most noted for it's role in the historic "Treaty Belts" of the Iroquois which tell tribal history and agreements made with the United States. If one carried Wampum, it was believed to be his passport to the Spirit World.
| Jokin’ Around|
A new phrase that may be of use...
Yay lee quawh
If by chance a conversation took a direction someone thought objectionable even the highest among priests simply and mildy remarked: 'Yay lee quawh' ~~ That will do or That is enough ~~ Which was always sufficient to put end to the matter!
Taken from: 'Cherokee People' by Thomas Miles
What did Mama Buffalo say to the little Buffalo when he went off to college? - "Bison"
Two hunters were camping in the forest. They had gone to bed and were lying beneath the night sky. Spotted Horse said, "White Bull, look up. What do you see?"
"I see thousands of stars."
"And what does that mean to you?" Spotted Horse asked.
"I suppose it means that of all the planets in the universe, we are truly fortunate to be here on Earth. We are small in the Great Spirit's eyes, but we should struggle every day to be worthy of our blessings. What does it mean to you, White Bull?"
"To me, it means someone has stolen our teepee."
Anglos have BC and AD to measure time. Native People only have the four BC's
The Montana Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field. "We advise that outdoorsmen should wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them," a spokesman said. "We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear". It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear paw prints and scat. A grizzly's paw is larger and its claws are longer than that of a black bear. Black bear scat contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear scat has little bells in it and smells like pepper.
RESPECT: Start Now
The fathernow a grandfather, began teaching this young boy all that he knew... how to respect the forest, the animals and life. The mother, tiring of sharing her home with the old man told her husband that She wanted the old man out. The father spoke "I can not, this is his home and he built it for us. She answered, "If you do not make him leave then I will take our son and I will leave." The father agreed and spoke to his son. My son, tomorow I want you to take Grandpa out and leave him. Give him this Blanket.
The young boy cried. "Why do you do this? Grandpa has been teaching me all that I know. Why do I have to do this to him?" The father spoke, "Son, follow the wishes of your father." So the next morning, the father went hunting to the north. The son took Grandpa as far as he could walk to the south.
That evening the young boy was sitting on the bed crying when his father came in. The father saw the blanket on the bed, and said "Son, I told you to give Grandpa the blanket."
The boy answered, "I gave Grandpa half of the blanket. "Why," the father asked, "did you only give him half the blanket?" and the boy responded, "The other half I will give to you someday."
The father went and told these things to the mother and they understood the message. The next morning they went and brought Grandpa back home.
Hope has two beautiful daughters, their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.
WALK IN BEAUTY!
Hope to meet you soon!
|WOLF'S HEART LODGE DAUGHTERS/SONS OF THE EARTH|
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