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The History of Mardi Gras

Just the name Mardi Gras conjures up images of drunken, bead-wearing revelers dancing through the streets of New Orleans. But how, and when, did this huge mid-winter party get started? Here's a look at the history of Mardi Gras throughout the ages and across the nations.

Historians tell us that the ancient Romans probably kicked off the Mardi Gras celebrations. Their mid-February festival known as Lupercalia honored the god Lupercus, alternately known as the god of fertility and the god of… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on March 4, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The Thunderbird Clan

The Thunderbird Clan is sometimes called The Hawk Clan. The element is Fire. The Medicine of Hawk is Messenger.

Thunderbird/Hawk Clan people are doers. They are often leaders and they are usually in the spotlight expressing all their feelings. They will be invigorated by lightening and thunder and will like the air best just before and just after a storm. Thunderbird/Hawk people have a responsibility to all of the aspects of their Element sun, fire, and lightening. It is important for them… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on March 1, 2011 at 10:43am — 2 Comments

"Mayan Indians disapeaared off the face of this plante"













Well, that explains the average life of the Maya… Continue

Added by ERIC SHARP on February 24, 2011 at 11:43am — No Comments

UPDATE ABOUT WHERE MY HUSBAND'S NEPHEW WILL BE BURIED.

OSIYO TO ALL BROTHERS & SISTERS MY FAMILY. WE WENT TO THE FUNERAL HOME LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS A VERY BAD TIME FOR ALL THE FAMILY. JIMMY HAD BEEN OUT JUST ABOUT TO LONG AND HIS BODY WAS ALREADY TURNING BLACK. THEY HAD ALOT OF MAKEUP ON HIM BUT YOU COULD TELL THAT HE HAD BEEN OUT TO LONG. IF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DAY OR TWO LONGER THEY WOULD HAVE NOT OPEN HIM UP. BUT WE TALK WITH HIS MOM LAST NIGHT AND YESTERDAY ABOUT 3:30PM THE VA LET THEM KNOW THAT HE WILL BE BUIRED AT THE VA NATIONAL… Continue

Added by WILLA NYOKA (ADMIN) on February 19, 2011 at 9:48pm — 7 Comments

UPDATE ON MY HUSBAND'S NEPHEW ON ARRANGEMENTS FOR FUNERAL

I WISH TO FIRST OF ALL TO THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME WITH THIS. YOU ARE ALL SO VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. YOU HAVE BEEN SUCH A BLESSING IN MY LIFE AND YOU ARE FAMILY TO ME AND IT IS AN HONOR TO BE A PART OF THIS SITE AND TO BE AR PART OF THIS FAMILY. WE ARE ONE AND WE ARE ALL UNITED.

WE GOT NEWS FROM MY HUSBANDS SISTER WEDNESDAY THAT THEY STILL HAVE NOT HEARD FROM THE VA ABOUT IF JIMMY WILL BE BURIED UP THERE OR… Continue

Added by WILLA NYOKA (ADMIN) on February 17, 2011 at 1:02am — 3 Comments

COYOTE DANCES WITH THE STARS







Because the Great Mystery Power had given Coyote much of his medicine,

Coyote himself grew very powerful and conceited.

There was nothing, he believed, that he couldn't do.

He even thought he was more powerful than the Great Mystery,

for Coyote was sometimes wise but also… Continue

Added by ERIC SHARP on February 8, 2011 at 10:26pm — 3 Comments

Red Cedar





Long ago, long...long ago, when the earth was very new, the Creator made all things, and all things were good. He made the sun, the moon, and the stars in the heavens. And, He made the length of day...twelve hours of daylight - twelve hours of darkness...twelve hours of… Continue

Added by ERIC SHARP on February 8, 2011 at 9:55pm — 1 Comment

Panda Bears



Giant Panda bears do not hibernate during the winter.



- The mother panda only has one baby every two years.



- Panda bears can spend up to 16 hours eating.



- Pandas can live for about 20 years in the wild.



- Pandas are pink when they are born.



- Pandas are good… Continue

Added by ERIC SHARP on February 8, 2011 at 9:35pm — 4 Comments

Black bird, red wing

Black bird, red wing

by Nickole Brown



So this is where the last year

of the Mayan calendar begins—

5,000 birds falling on Beebe,

Arkansas, a state that could smooth

out with the sway of the plains

but instead sputters the silence

of the first syllable like a pothole

that hits before you're off the

on ramp—say it—

ar-

-can-saw—

ending with that blade

of rusted teeth to chew

through the last of what's left

of… Continue

Added by ERIC SHARP on February 7, 2011 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Moving History: The Evolution of the Powwow

Moving History: The Evolution of the Powwow

“Powwows are a celebration of being Indian!”

By Dennis W. Zotigh

Powwows celebrate being Indian. These events inspire cultural and personal pride in

American Indians. They allow Indian tribes, families, and individuals to come together

for the purpose of feasting, hearing their languages spoken, exchanging arts and crafts,

singing, dancing, and upholding tribal customs. Because the powwow is a recent

Indian… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on February 4, 2011 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

Tribes Work with Feds on Eagle Feather Ceremonial Use

By Carol Berry January 31, 2011

DENVER—The eagle, cultural icon to Native Americans and the U.S. alike, is becoming emblematic of something else too: the effort to balance the ceremonial use of threatened animals with federal law.



Tribal representatives are gearing up for a second round of meetings with officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to discuss the issues surrounding the ceremonial use of eagles in Indian country. Although the bird was removed from the… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on February 1, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments

Scientists Suggest a Native Woman Travelled to Europe a Thousand Years Ago

By ICTMN Staff February 1, 2011

Scientists speculate that a Native woman might have traveled from America to Europe a thousand years ago. This bold theory is based on the genetic research by Agnar Helgason, a scholar at Iceland’s deCODE Genetics and an associate research professor at the University of Iceland. According to an article published on the Time Magazine website, Helgason was researching the origin of the Icelandic population when he discovered that a small group of Icelanders —… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on February 1, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Bill Miller’s List of 10 Essential Songs for Native Musicians (THIS LIST SURPRISED ME!)

Bill Miller is driving across Iowa, talking on his cell phone about the songs he loves, many of which he first heard on his car radio in the 1970s.



Miller, who is Mohican from the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Wisconsin, is a three-time Grammy winner and his work spans symphonies, traditional and popular music in a Native key. He has made his home in Nashville; a city that he notes is on the route of the Trail of Tears and was a hub in the civil-rights movement. To Miller it was a… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on January 31, 2011 at 7:22pm — 1 Comment

Snowed In: Preparing Food for Winter Hardship

By Dale Carson January 28, 2011



As ‘the white stuff’ piles a foot deep or more in New England, I begin to wonder how our ancestors survived winters like this two to four hundred years ago.



One thing they did was “prepare”—a tradition I try to carry on. When tribes or bands traveled to the coastline in summer to enjoy clams, oysters, scallops, crabs, lobsters, herring, shad and more, they not only ate the species daily by the sea, but dried or smoked them to bring back to… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on January 28, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments

Comanche Hiking 833 Miles Along Trail of Tears

When Ron Cooper and his wife Kristal contacted us about Ron’s mission, and asked if we’d be interested in following their journey, we couldn’t have been more excited.



Ron’s in the midst of hiking the northern route of the Trail of Tears (833 miles worth of it!), a journey he’s been preparing for since 2009. He did a ton of research, worked with the National Park Service, and plotted his course. On January 17th, Ron took his first step. Now, we’re going to be there with him for all… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on January 27, 2011 at 10:40am — No Comments

WAYNA PICCHU - El Condor Pasa-Quechua Original

Added by LadyHawkღ on January 27, 2011 at 9:19am — No Comments

Call for Cherokee Veterans

Call for Cherokee Veterans

The Cherokee Phoenix is conducting a series of on-camera interviews with Cherokee military veterans about their military service. The Phoenix is looking for veterans of all military branches and for all conflicts going back to World War II.



If you are a military veteran who would like to participate, or if you know a veteran who would like to participate, please call Senior Reporter Will Chavez at (918) 207-3961 or e-mail will-chavez@cherokee.org. You… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on January 26, 2011 at 8:35am — No Comments

Translators Unravel 150-year-old Dakota Letters

By ICTMN Staff January 24, 2011

For the past 10 years, Dakota elder Clifford Canku has been poring over letters written by Dakota men who were imprisoned after the Dakota Conflict of 1862. Canku is one of a few academics working to translate letters from the written Dakota language; eventually upwards of 50 of them will be published in a book. The stories of life in the prison and the uncertain times have proven revelatory. “People died,” says Canku. “They were in prison. They experienced… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on January 24, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments

If we want change we need to be willing to fight for it...........

Just a thought

The best way to deal with a situation is to hit them in their POCKETS.......

What does this mean?

Good and Services.........

So if we can all get together and figure out what the government relies on most as fuel and then boycott it and a unite which would mean great personal sacrifice then maybe someone will start listening.

For instance the constant rise in gas prices...........Around vacation time folks need to not take a distant vacation...Boycott gas… Continue

Added by Imani on January 21, 2011 at 10:10am — 1 Comment

History of Native American Dreamcatchers

Dreamcatchers are an authentic American Indian tradition, from the Ojibway (Chippewa) tribe. Ojibway people would tie sinew strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame--in a somewhat similar pattern to how they tied webbing for their snowshoes--and hang this "dream-catcher" as a charm to protect… Continue

Added by LadyHawkღ on January 7, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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