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Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going on. Too often our minds are somewhere else, thinking about the past or thinking about the future. When we do this, we are missing important lessons. The Earth is a constant flow of lessons and teachings, which also include a constant flow of positive feelings. If we are aware as we walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness. When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude. When we do this, the next person to walk on the sacred path will benefit even more.

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The Chumash have a story... It begins with a worm who is eaten by a bird. The bird is eaten by a cat whose self-satisfaction is disrupted by a mean-looking dog. After devouring the cat, the dog is killed by a grizzly bear. About that time comes a man who kills the bear and climbs a mountain to proclaim his superiority. He ran so hard up the mountain that he died at the top. Before long the worm crawled out of the man. We are all related. -
Kote Katah - Chumash

Blood, sweat, and tears... the story of all Native America.

We survive together or not at all.

Lets put down the small stones between us.

And come together, for it is what the Creator has in store for us.

If we unite, we will be blessed.

It has been said...
It will be done.

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 Native American people excel in high places.

Native Americans today who excel at NASA and in the arts have made their achievements against great odds, but remain modest. Some carry on ancient traditions but also hold high positions at NASA. Many work to preserve their Native languages in grass roots communities. Native American people have also invented lunar modules and have received medals for their work that brought Apollo 13 back from its aborted space mission. They win Academy Awards, and make you laugh in comedy clubs, and enchant you as artists and actors and writers and athletes, and still do hundreds of cool things that now you too can finally study in school. So if your child ever decides to be “an Indian” for Halloween, help them dress up like a scientist or a farmer or an Academy Award winner or a movie star or a Ph.D. scholar... and if you really want to get it right, be sure to share the reason why.

What is The Red Road?

The Red Road is a long road winding began in the stars, spilled onto the mountain tops, was carried in the snow to the streams, to the rivers, to the ocean… It covers Canada, Alaska, America, Mexico to Guatamala, and keeps winding around the Indigenous.

The Red Road is a circle of people standing hand in hand, people in this world, people between people in the Spirit world, star people, animal people, stone people, river people, tree people… The Sacred Hoop.

To walk the Red Road is to know sacrifice, suffering. It is to understand humility. It is the ability to stand naked before the Creator in all things for your wrong doings, for your lack of strength, for your discompassionate way, for your arrogance - because to walk the Red Road, you always know you can do better. And you know, when you do good things, it is through the Creator, and you are grateful.

To walk the Red Road is to know you stand on equal ground with all living things. It is to know that because you were born human, it gives you superiority over nothing. It is to know that every creation carries a Spirit, and the river knows more than you do, the mountains know more than you do, the stone people know more than you do, the trees know more than you do, the wind is wiser than you are, and animal people carry wisdom.

You can learn from every one of them, because they have something you don't. They are void of evil thoughts. They wish vengeance on no one, they seek Justice.

To Walk the Red Road, you have given rights. You have the right to pray, you have the right to dance, you have the right to think, you have the right to protect, you have the right to know Mother Earth, you have the right to dream, you have the right to vision, you have the right to teach, you have the right to learn, you have a right to grieve, you have a right to happiness, you have the right to fix the wrongs, you have the right to truth, you have a right to the Spirit World.

To Walk the Red Road is to know your Ancestors, to call to them for assistane. It is to know that there is good medicine, and there is bad medicine. It is to know that Evil exists, but is cowardly, as it is often in disguise. It is to know there are evil spirits who are in constant watch for a way to gain strength for themselves at the expense of you.

To Walk the Red Road, you have less fear of being wrong, because you know that life is a journey, a continuous circle, a sacred hoop. Mistakes will be made, and mistakes can be corrected - if you will be humble, for if you cannot be humble, you will never know when you have made a mistake.

If you walk the Red Road, you know that every sorrow leads to a better understanding, every horror cannot be explained, but can offer growth.

To Walk the Red Road is to look for beauty in all things.

To Walk the Red Road is to know you will one day cross to the Spirit World,and you will not be afraid.

Come Join us in Circle!


Contact Sky Dancer 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 balance our Earth Walk 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.


Mysterious secretive Medicine Being... Teach me and bring me Balance and Healing;
Transmute my body without and within; Speak to the Spirit that lives in my skin.
When that skin needs shedding give me rebirth; Help me to send my roots deep in the Earth.
Each life has a purpose to mold and to make; We all need the gift of our Brother, the Snake.

by Faye Clark Haynes

"One may be of any race or of almost any religion and walk the Red Road. The Road is a path, away. It's full meaning is the way one acts, the methods one uses, and what directs one's doing. There is more to the Red Road then spoken word or written words on paper. It is behavior, attitude, away of living, a way of "doing" with reverence - of walking strong yet softly, so as not to harm or disturb other life."

- John Redtail Freesoul
(Cheyenne-Arapahoe), Spokesman for the Redtail Hawk Medicine Society, from his book "Breath of the Invisible" a Quest Book.

Quartz is the mineral totem associated with the Earth Renewal Moon. Although all forms of quarts can affect people passing through this position, the greatest effect comes from clear quarts crystals. Quartz is a power stone. It is an amplifier, transmitter, and receiver of universal energy and it is helpful for transmitting healing energy. It strengthens psychic and prophetic abilities. Quartz crystal gives knowledge of your power and teaches caution in exercising it properly. It reminds you not to be too hard or rigid in your views and philosophies. Crystals bring clarity and renewal on the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual levels. They energize and balance the body's energy centers.



The Earth Renewal Moon is the first moon of Waboose, The Spirit Keeper of the North. This moon begins at the time of the winter solstice when father Sun starts his return from his journey South and begins to bring the warmth that quickens growth in the Earth Mother and all her children. The stone representing this moon is placed one-quarter of the way to the East in the northern quadrant, moving clockwise. The mineral totem for the Earth Renewal Moon is the Quartz Crystal, the plant is the Birch Tree, and the animal is the Snow Goose. The color is white. The elemental clan influencing this position is the Turtle clan. The Earth Renewal Moon teaches you to be as clear a receiver and transmitter of universal energy as the Crystal, as important a communicator of the ancient knowledge as the Birch Tree, and as respectful of tradition and ritual as the Snow Goose. This is a position with the potential for great power. The Earth Renewal Moon teaches you to be fluid, yet proper in conduct as well as clear, adaptable, prudent, and wise. People in this position have keen vision, are good ceremonialists, and can take large steps in their personal evolution. Snow Goose people need to guard against becoming blocked, against using their enormous power incorrectly, and against being so perfectionist they never have time for fun.

Birch are "deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Betula, native to the Northern Hemisphere and having unisexual flowers in catkins, alternate, simple, toothed leaves, and bark that often peels in thin papery layers." The American Heritage® Dictionary. Native Americans used the bark of paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) to make baskets, storage containers, mats, baby carriers, moose and bird calls, torches, household utensils, and, of course, canoes. The strong and flexible wood was made into spears, bows, arrows, snowshoes, sleds, and other items.

Snow Goose is the animal totem associated with Earth Renewal Moon. The Snow Goose, a beautiful white bird, has been called "goose from beyond the north wind" because of the direction these geese go when they migrate in the spring. Some species of snow goose travel 5,000 miles each year, flying in a loose V pattern. The snow geese are very gregarious. It is not unusual to see 20,000 or 30,000 birds all stopping to eat at the same location. At their nesting grounds they show respect for tradition by allowing the experienced nesters to have the first choice of sites. Both goose and gander stay with the eggs. Snow geese are nitpickers. They will spend hours picking mosquitoes or other insects off each other. Geese have much keener vision than humans do. The snow goose honks but when several thousand geese are approaching, the sound can be mistaken for anything from a pack of wild dogs to yapping coyotes. Working with the snow goose can teach you about the creative mystery, the universal powers, tradition, perfection, stability, community, ceremony, vision, and evolution.

Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all good things the Creator has given you. For all the opportunities to grow a little each day. Consider your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek courage and strength to be a better person. Seek for the things that will benefit others (everyone).

"I have Indian blood in me... but I have just enough white blood for you to question my honesty!"

- Will Rogers

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    (May The Great Holy Mystery bless you)

    The Fourth World
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    The Fourth World is one of the names that the Hopi people who live in northeastern Arizona call this place where we live. But they did not always live there. The Hopi people say their grandparents came from three caves that lie deep beneath this world's crust where it was dark and cold. Two Brothers led the Hopi grandparents through one cave at a time until they found this Fourth World and where they eventually reached their home. These stories remember that time and those journeys. I can only hope I have told it well. See the Legends Section

    "I saw the helpless Cherokees arrested and dragged from their homes, and driven by bayonet into stockades. And in the chill of a drizzling rain on an October morning I saw them loaded like cattle or sheep into six hundred and forty-five wagons and started toward the west."
    --John Burnett, U.S. soldier

    Cherokee legend explains that the Great Smoky Mountains were created by a Great Buzzard. When the earth was soft and still forming, the Great Buzzard flew too close and as its wing tips pushed the ground down, the Mountains popped up. Another story tells of the Great Spirit, who turned men into bears for being too lazy.

    The Cherokee Nation was divided into 7 clans; Deer, Wolf, Bird, Paint, Ani-Saha-ni, Ani-Gatagewi, and Ani-Gila-hi.

    The Cherokees called themselves the Ani-Yun' wiya, meaning "real People", "leading people", or "principal people." The term Cherokee was probably given to them by their neighbors in the southeast, the Creeks, who called them "Tciloki", meaning "people of a different speech."

    Gideon Blackburn (1772-1838) was a Presbyterian clergyman, educator, and missionary to the Cherokee Indians.

    Chief John Ross was born October 2, 1790.

    The authors of the John Howard Payne manuscripts on Cherokee life and customs (1836) believed that the Cherokee were descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. John Haywood, in his Natural and Aboriginal History of Tennessee (1828), advanced the idea that the Cherokee were compounded of tribes from India and Scythia. (Joseph Smith said that he received the plates which began the Church of Latter-Day Saints in 1827.)

    Henry Starr, a Cherokee half-breed, was born at Fort Gibson on December 2, 1873. He was arrested and jailed many times for bank robberies. After his third conviction he was sent to the federal prison in Columbus Ohio but was pardoned by President Theodore Roosevelt. He returned to the Cherokee Nation, married and settled down. Finding life too tame, he was finally killed trying to rob a bank in Harrison, Arkansas.

    Black cowboy Henry Clay taught Will Rogers roping tricks.

    In 1939, Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra REcorded "Cherokee" for Bluebird Records.

    Sequoyah's statue stands in the capitol building in Washington, D.C.

    When reading a Cherokee word written phonetically, remember these pronunciations:
    A ( as in a in father)
    E (an a sound, as in way)
    I (an e sound, as in bee)
    O (as in oh)
    U (as in ooh)
    V (sounds like uh)

    "The wolf is not just an animal, but something inside you that makes you want to fight back, to come back, to be whole again."


    Come Drum with us in your Power.

    In the very beginning, Creator gave us teachings to live by. These teachings lived in our hearts as spiritual truths that brought us abundant joy as we walked hand in hand with Great Spirit. We knew how to love, honor, and respect our fellow brothers and sisters. In Native American culture, these teachings were passed on by stories, and other word of mouth teachings during times of family and community bonding. These were precious times, part of Cherokee culture. However, we taught our children most of all by the way we lived, especially how we treated others, how we treated all creation with respect, and how we lived in the will of Great Spirit. Many os us yearn to return to this mode of living, and believe we can. For most of us, the statement "Abstain from doing evil," is pretty clear. However, more understanding can be gained from the wisdom of ancient Hindu writings, and teachings of ancient Jewish sages, that will help us learn to walk the Red Road in harmony with Great Spirit and thereby regain more of our Cherokee culture. How we treat others is who we become. The more hurtful things we do or say to others, or about others, the more tendencies (samskaras(Hindu)) we create within ourselves to do these things. We grow more and more into mean-spirited hurtful people who turn their backs on Creator. We move into a darker, and darker state of being. Evil behavior is an addiction that feeds on itself. There is a cure, however... for reverse is also true. The more we perform kind actions, with an attitude of unconditional love, and treat others with love, tolerance, and respect, the more these tendencies will begin to grow within our own hearts. We will move closer, and closer to walking in harmony with Great Spirit. Our joy will grow in direct proportion to our attitudes of unconditional love, accompanied by actions performed with loving-kindness. We can regain true Cherokee culture as that practiced by our ancestors. When we break old habits of evil tendencies, and develop new loving habits, we will become true Cherokee who walk harmoniously with Creator.

    May Great Spirit guide you in your Cherokee walk.

    Time works against education. The longer we wait to learn about our heritage, the longer our children have to forget who they really are, and the cycle continues until all hope is lost. My favorite saying is: "If not me, who? If not now, when?" If we don't teach our children about their heritage, who will? Where are all the qualified teachers that they ask us to wait for? Back in Oklahoma with their families? If we don't start trying to learn and teach now, when will we? Next month? Next year? Never?
    - Paul Drew (Blue Panther)

    Wolves are shy, submissive animals. There has never been a documented case in North America where a healthy wolf has ever attacked a human. Gray wolves are part of the Canidae (dog) family and display considerable intelligence and adaptability. Like some dogs, they are very territorial and will claim certain den site, travel routes and feeding grounds as their own.

    Check out our Wolves Link!
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    Jokin' Around
    Recording of the FBI at the Pine Ridge Reservation

    The neighbor, "Hello, is this the FBI?"
    "Yes, this is the FBI what do you want?"
    "I'm calling to report my neighbor Billy One Foot, he's an Indian and he's hiding marijuana inside his firewood."
    "Thank you very much for the call, sir."
    The next day, the FBI agents descend on Billy One Foot's house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but found no marijuana. They swore and cursed at Billy One Foot and left.
    The phone rings at Billy One Foot's house, it's the neighbor, "Hey, Billy! Did the FBI come?"
    "Did they chop your firewood?"
    "Well Happy Birthday Buddy!"

    Tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount; however, in many places of employment (not here of course!), other strategies with dead horses are used, including the following:

    * Buying a stronger whip
    * Changing riders
    * Saying things like, "This is the way we always have ridden this horse"
    * Appointing a committee to study the horse
    * Arranging to visit other companies to see how they ride dead horses
    * Increasing the standards to ride dead horses
    * Appointing an outside team to revive the dead horse
    * Creating a training session to increase our riding ability
    * Issue a memo declaring that "This horse is not dead"
    * Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed
    * Do a Cost Analysis Study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper
    * Change the performance requirements for horses
    * Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position

    Quotes of Will Rogers -
    Cherokee cowboy humorist - born in Oologah, Oklahoma, 1879-1935
    My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower... but they met the boat.

    After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him... The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

    If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

    The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

    NASA asked an elder Navajo to record a message to put on their newest S.E.T.I. satellite, along with messages from other cultures and languages. He spoke a message, the satellite was launched, and one day CNN broadcast the messages being sent into outer space from the spacecraft. Laughter is heard coming from the entire northern portion of Arizona. When CNN asks why the people are laughing, a man from Chinle tells them, "The message says, 'Watch out for these guys; they've come to steal your land!"

    I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."
    - Will Rogers

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