"The Piasa bird (pronounced Pie-a-saw) is said to have flown over the "Great Father of Waters" thousands of moons before the white
man came, when magolonyn and mastodon were still living." The Piasa, or Piusa, means "the bird that devours
men" or "bird of the evil spirit". Early drawings depict it as part bird, reptile, mammal, and fish. The colors used
in early paintings… Continue
Added by ERIC SHARP on August 9, 2010 at 10:07am —
The Spirit Bear: the rare "blonde" black bear of Canada's western coast
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:24 PM on 15th July 2009… Continue
Added by Cindy Partipilo on August 7, 2010 at 8:00am —
The true Indian sets no price upon either his property or his labor. His generosity is limited only by the strength and ability. He regards it as an honor to be selected for a difficult or dangerous service, and would rather :"Let the person I serve express his thanks according to his own bringing up and his sense of… Continue
Added by ERIC SHARP on August 4, 2010 at 11:43am —
Coyote thought he knew more than anyone; but the hummingbird knew more. Then Coyote wanted to kill him. He caught him, struck him, and mashed him entirely. Then he went off. The hummingbird… Continue
Added by ERIC SHARP on August 4, 2010 at 11:00am —
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
On this day in 1948, a federal court ruled Indians in New Mexico could vote. More than a month earlier, Miguel Trujillo Sr. from Isleta Pueblo attempted to register to vote in a near by town. He was refused and sued the state. He's credited for making it possible for New Mexico tribes to vote in state and national elections
Added by ERIC SHARP on August 4, 2010 at 10:15am —
Interesting facts about hummingbirds:
the hummingbird is the smallest bird and also the smallest of all animals that have a backbone.
a hummingbird has no sense of smell…
Added by ERIC SHARP on August 1, 2010 at 2:00pm —
My daughter's friend came by yesterday and ask me if her parents that were with her could see the things that I made ,and I allowed them too do so and the man said you are Indian as if he could not see my skin color ,and I ask him could you not tell that by looking at me and he said but your dark tan looked so perfect . Her parents left for when I turn around and droped my pants and walked away with my perfect tan reer end and my pants and shorts in hand . I've been told many things in my… Continue
Added by Bishop William M. Moore on August 1, 2010 at 7:30am —
An old man living in Alaska had lost all of his friends and family, and he felt sad to think that he was left alone. He began to wonder whether he should leave and start a new life in another village. But he worried, "If I paddle away to another village and the people there see that I am alone, they may think that I've run away from my own village because I was accused of some disgraceful thing."… Continue
Added by ERIC SHARP on July 30, 2010 at 10:46am —
It was first a traveling exhibit of archival photographs. It premiered at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, June 2 to October 31, 1999.
Photographs can speak. They can whisper or shout. They can lie. Many photographs, though, are silent. When individuals, events or other… Continue
Added by ERIC SHARP on July 30, 2010 at 10:07am —
Thunder Cloud stood outside his father’s tipi and watched as the village came alive around him. It was a cold crisp morning and the snow that covered the land like a blanket lay deep underfoot. Many of the women of the Hunkpapa village were reluctant to leave the warmth and comfort of their lodges to go and collect firewood from the stockpile at the edge of their winter camp.
Wrapped in his buffalo robe young Thunder Cloud waited outside in the cold for he knew she would appear soon. He… Continue
Added by ERIC SHARP on July 25, 2010 at 3:58pm —
When the boy was old enough to be given a man's name, Snow Bird called him Braveness because of his courage as a hunter. Many of the girls in the Caddo village wanted to win Braveness as a husband, but he paid little attention to any of them.
One morning he started out for a day of hunting, and while he was walking along looking for wild game, he saw someone ahead of him sitting under a small elm tree. As he approached, he was surprised to find that the person was a young woman, and he… Continue
Added by ERIC SHARP on July 25, 2010 at 1:14pm —
An Antarctic octopus that spews cold-resistant venom! A giant jellyfish that might have stung up to 100 people! A 40-ton whale that crushes yachts (well, at least one yacht, anyway)! The Web loves weird sea creatures. This past week, there was a lot to love.
Octopus fears no cold
They almost sound like some kind of a cartoon super villain. But not only are they real, they might have something to offer medicine. This past week, researchers discovered four new species… Continue
Added by ERIC SHARP on July 24, 2010 at 4:08pm —
A totem can be the symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Native American tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.
Native beliefs further explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the… Continue
Added by ERIC SHARP on July 24, 2010 at 3:31pm —
As most of you know, I am part of an online 'radio' show that is aimed at aspiring musical talent. Our aim is to help these future stars direct their career .. help guide them in how to make the necessary decisions and better prepare themselves for a career in an incredibly competitive yet rewarding field.
One of the things I have noticed is the lack of integration of Native artists into what is 'affectionately' know as "the mainstream."
I have heard much of the… Continue
Added by David on July 20, 2010 at 7:18am —
This is the house blessing ritual I have used for many years to bless a home before or shortly after moving in. The purpose of this ritual is many layered: to clear away any energies which may be lingering in the house from previous inhabitants, to protect the space against unwanted intrusions in the future, to encourage any spirit who might be there to leave and be on their way and to create a loving, harmonious space in which to live.
Everyone who will be living in the house should… Continue
Added by Hedgewitch on July 19, 2010 at 10:15am —
Some might tell you to find a sacred place but all places are sacred.
Some might tell you, you need to be in the forest, or by the sea, or on a mountain, but any place will do.
Some might tell you, you need tools, candles, athame, wand, a representation of The Lord and Lady, a bit of salt and maybe a bell or incense.
You need none of these things. For you have everything you need within yourself, the greatest tool… Continue
Added by Hedgewitch on July 19, 2010 at 10:07am —
Even before early humankind learned to draw on the cave, wall symbols were an important part of the human experience. The Universal symbol of an open hand; an open hand or palms turned up was an obvious gesture displaying no weapon. Today and every day, we are bombarded with symbols. Symbols, tell us where to go and how to get there, warn us of danger and give us information at a glance.
Both Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud wrote about universal symbols, specifically for use in… Continue
Added by Hedgewitch on July 19, 2010 at 10:04am —
If you ask a Hedgewitch to explain her path each one would give you a different explanation of exactly it means to them to be one. Like all paths this path is not a narrow path. For me my path is very much like the explanation I will be posting below. The explanation was written by Sally Morningstar. What makes me stand out from most Hedgewitches is I do not do a lot with herbs. Yes I grow them, Yes I have extensive gardens, and yes my connection… Continue
Added by Hedgewitch on July 19, 2010 at 10:02am —
Tanawha,(a fabulous hawk or eagel in Cherokee) ( Natives Frist called todays Grandfather mountain Tanawha ) a warrior called out to the mountain , can you leed me to the top so I can see the world ? Tanawha answered back to the warrior , I will send to you a trail finder . A large wolf came out and ask the warrior for what trail do you want to take . T warrior saids the one to the top , and the wolf told the warrior but there are many , the trail of ther ber ,the trail of the deer , the trail… Continue
Added by Bishop William M. Moore on July 18, 2010 at 9:00am —
There is a bond within us to give thanks for all things . Just as we give thanks to the woman that is with us for all that she has done that day . To the animal spirit that has guided us alomg our path . To the wind that cool the heat of the day To our Brothers and Sisters that put up with us and to the children that put up with listening to us as we speak that they may know of our past and keep the Creator and Mother Earth with them always .To our Fathers and Mothers before us that gave… Continue
Added by Bishop William M. Moore on July 16, 2010 at 7:00am —