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Matrilineal Social Structures

Respect and Equality for all living beings

Honour lives in truth, Cowardness in lies

Reverance for parents and elders as our children are bound to give to us

Honouring father and mother and those before them

Peace in sentiment for universal brotherhood

Prefering atonement to revenge

Forgiveness... converting enemies to friends

Oppose tyrany, advocate justice, tolerance and restraint

Equality of brotherhood through democracy


No one of us is superior to the other

True greatness is measured in what one does for his people not in material wealth

Earth is the mother of all things,... no one has more title than the other

Equality of women giving them more rights than post colonial modern cultures

In our Quest to
'Promote the Preservation of Traditionnal Aboriginal Cultures and Heritage
We have all realised that
'WHAT WE DO TODAY AFFECTS THE NEXT SEVEN GENERATIONS'
Yvan St Jean

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Knowledge talks, wisdom listens.
~ Unknown~

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By: E Czajkowski : Walking Bear

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Full Moon Names of the Native Americans
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http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/3103/


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A Native American Proverb

"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."


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Frances Densmore (Enthnomusicologist), Mountain Chief (Blackfoot - Pikuni) - 1916
{Note Frances is about to record songs for the Smithsonian Intitution in Washington, DC.}
Blackfoot Series: 1882-1945


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Innu Family
Innu Series: CIRCA 1908


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Ottawa-Odawa Series: Students CIRCA: 1888


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Iroquois group
Iroquois Series: 1914


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Mah-Je-Gah-Bo (aka He Looks Well Standing)
Ojibwa Series: CIRCA 1872

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Raven Skye WinterHawk I feel the grass beneath my feet and am inspired to dance to the drum beat and live in spirit among my people.



Kahnawake - Native Indians Reserve the physical and spiritual home of Mohawks.


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WE WERE NOT THE SAVAGES

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Shared by Akua, Earth Warrior

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http://gaduginews.blogspot.com/2010/0 ... d-mounds-in-torontos.html

Raven Skye WinterHawk: Oh my Native First People, Your Creator has never abandoned you, even
when others have. Through it all He was with you. Our Creator has sustained you and the time has arrived for you to rise
again and come home to the land and the ways of your people. It is time
to return to the ways of our ancestors.

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ELDER, FAITHKEEPER SONNY EDWARDS AHKWESASNE



We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.
~ Iroquois ~


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The Origins of the Smoke Dance
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http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork ... igins-of-the-smoke-dance/



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Raven Skye WinterHawk: Seven Ways Of Honor.... With Strength we shall grow.... With Respect we shall follow.... With Love we shall seek.... With Honor we shall serve.... With Grace we shall live.... With Humility we shall heal.... With Courage we shall overcome.





Author Unknown: A nation is not defeated till the hearts of it's women are on the ground!

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http://www.kitchensisters.org/girlsto ... ave-heart-womens-society/
SHARED BY: First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies

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Raven Sweet: “They can't chain my spirit! My spirit runs free! Walls can't contain it! Laws can't restrain it! Authority has no power over it!”

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In our Quest to
'Promote the Preservation of Traditionnal Aboriginal Cultures and Heritage
We have all realised that
'WHAT WE DO TODAY AFFECTS THE NEXT SEVEN GENERATIONS'



WHAT ONE VOICE CAN ACHIEVE....







One evening an old Cherokee man told his grandson about a battle that
was going on inside himself. He... said, "My son, it is between 2 wolves.
One is evil: Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity,
guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, judgment, prejudice, false
pride,superiority and ego. The other is good: Joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, tolerance, benevolence, empathy,
generosity, truth, compassion and faith..."


The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his
grandfather, "Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee man simply replied,
"The one I feed." Is there a wolf you're feeding? Make it a great weekend!
Old Cherokee story shared by: John T. Moss

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Here is a prophecy from the Lenape friends
shared By: P. Bollinger

Neweneit Na Ahas

The Prophecy of the Fourth Crow
As told by Robert Red Hawk Ruth
Translated by Shelley DePaul
Lomewe, luwe na okwes xu laxakwihele xkwithakamika.
Long ago it was said that a fox will be loosened on the earth.
Ok nen luwe newa ahasak xu peyok.
Also it was said four crows will come.
Netami ahas kenthu li guttitehewagan wichi Kishelemukonk.
The first crow flew the way of harmony with Creator.
Nisheneit ahas kwechi pilito entalelemukonk, shek palsu ok ankela.
The second crow tried to clean the world, but he became sick and he died.
Nexeneit ahas weneyoo ankelek xansa ok koshiphuwe.
The third crow saw his dead brother and he hid.
Neweneit ahas kenthu li guttitehewagan lapi wichi Kishelemukonk.
The fourth crow flew the way of harmony again with Creator.
Kenahkihechik xu withatuwak xkwithakamika.
Caretakers they will live together on the earth
We have chosen to tell the story of the Lenape in Pennsylvania through “The Prophecy of the Fourth Crow,” an ancient story passed down among the Lenape for generations. This story relates the ways in which Lenape people have struggled to survive and to keep their community and culture intact. Chief Red Hawk summarizes the current interpretation of the Prophecy in the following way:
“We now know that the First Crow was the Lenape before the coming of the Europeans. The Second Crow symbolized the death and destruction of our culture. The Third Crow was our people going underground and hiding. The Fourth Crow was the Lenape becoming caretakers again and working with everybody to restore this land.

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Women are Sacred
Written by Chaska Denny
Shared with permission.

My Grandfathers told me "All the females of Creations are Sacred. THEY are the ones to keep the generations coming to live the Life in Creators Sacred Design of the Universe. They are deeply connected to the spirit of the Grandmother Earth, and through them we are reborn again. They do not have to purify as WE men do, they have their own natural way of purification, Moon Time. If they choose to purify as WE do, then it is considered More.

WE men are trying to catch up to them, because they are deeply spiritual, more than WE men, so we say we are trying to catch up to them. We men in our spiritual road, must endure suffering in Fasting, and the Sundance road we follow, and where ever we may be, THEY will be beside us, supporting us in these things we must do to further our spiritual ways. When it is that way for us men, then it is really good, it is very strong, so WE men we always supports the women. Those of us that are of the Warriors way, they shall walk a half a step before the woman, only because the Man is the protector and must be first to greet a enemy. The women are the foundation within a Man to inspire him, to encourage him and to help him in all things. Therefore Women are Sacred to us....."

Words of my Grandfather's brother/friend Grandpa Fools Crow to me.......
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Grandpa Fools Crow, Holyman

"In anceint days, there came a time when the only one left of our Nation was a young woman. She was told where to go...she was there alone....everyone was gone....in her heart she cried out to the Greatest Mystery of what had happened, she was all alone and desired to be where all the people had gone (spiritsland)...a eagle came to her from the Greatest Mystery, it transformed itself into a Man. From that, we have come all the way back to who we are today. So, we of this Nation are of the Eagle nation, clan and relative to all Eagles, we are descended from this Sacred Woman and Sacred Eagle"

She was called Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman, she was in life a baby that was orphaned, then raised by the Buffalo Nation. She was seen running among the Buffalo on the plains by many in those days, she was protected by the Buffalo nation and she protected the Buffalo nation. She never knew a man and died pure, therefore the Great Mystery chose her to represent to Our nation the Buffalo Nation. She brought the Sacred Pipe to us in a Sacred Way, and she gave us the 7 ceremonies that we carry on with even to this day, as she instructed us to do, within that she spoke of how sacred this life is, how to conduct ourselves in life to ourselves, each other and the rest of all creations....Women are Sacred

Those that follow these ways, shall know of the Sacred of a woman, and shall respect and honor it, for she still comes to our ceremonies and she still communicates to us, so we must obey and hold tight to what is given to us...."

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“We were told that we would see America come and go. In a sense America is dying, from within, because they forgot the instructions of how to live on earth.Its the Hopi belief, its our belief, that if you are not spiritually connected to the earth, and understand the spiritual reality of how to live on earth, its likely that you wi...ll not make it.Everything is spiritual, everything has a spirit, everything was brought here by the creator, the one creator. Some people call him God, some people call him Buddha, some people call him Allah, some people call him other names. We call him Tunkaschila... Grandfather.We are here on earth only a few winters, then we go to the spirit world. The spirit world is more real then most of us believe. The spirit world is everything.Over 95% of our body is water. In order to stay healthy you've got to drink good water. ... Water is sacred, air is sacred. Our DNA is made out of the same DNA as the tree, the tree breaths what we exhale, we need what the tree exhales. So we have a common destiny with the tree. We are all from the earth, and when earth, the water, the atmosphere is corrupted then it will create its own reaction. The mother is reacting. In the Hopi prophecy they say the storms and floods will become greater. To me its not a negative thing to know that there will be great changes. Its not negative, its evolution. When you look at it as evolution, it's time, nothing stays the same.You should learn how to plant something. That is the first connection. You should treat all things as spirit, realize that we are one family. Its never something like the end. Its like life, there is no end to life”

-Floyd Red Crow Westerman
Shared By: Walking the Red Road

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The Crow
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‎"People once believed, that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens, that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes the crow could bring that soul back to put the wrong things right."
Shared By: H. HELKROW

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‎"Your words circle like soaring birds which never land. I will try to catch them and take them back for my people to hear." ~~ Blue Jacket (Weyapiersenwah), Shawnee, 1791 **( Isn't this a beautiful quote to remember as we catch the words of others and share with our people ) **
Shared by: Raven Skye WinterHawk

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Way of the Circle
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The "Way of the Circle" has been passed down through generations and is represented in all the Cherokee stories, myths, legends and other forms of teaching.
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* When you arise each morning, give thanks to the creator, to the four sacred directions, Mother Earth, Father Sky and all your relations.
* Remember that all things are connected.
* All things have a purpose.
* Honor others by treating them with kindness; always assume a guest is tired, cold or hungry. Provide them with the best you have to offer.
* If you have more than what you need, give the excess to another who is in need.
* Your word is your honor; Do not break your word unless permission is granted by those you promise something to.
* Always seek harmony and balance in all things.
* Share with others.
* Practice silence and patience.
* Practice modesty in all things; boasting and loud behavior is not acceptable.
* Always ask permission and give thanks for all received.
* Always show respect and be aware of all things around you.
* Do not stare at others. Drop your eyes as a sign of respect, especially in the presence of elders, teachers and honored persons.
* Always greet a friend in passing.
* Never criticize or talk about anyone in a harmful way.
* Never touch something that belongs to another without permission.
* Always respect the privacy of others.
* Never interrupt someone talking. It shows lack of patience, control and respect.
* Listen to your heart.
* Always remember that a smile is sacred.
* Live each day as it comes.
* Neither kill nor harbor angry thoughts.
* Do what needs to be done now, not later.
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Life Spirit
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My life spirit comes from the land and I feel it in my energy and my youthfulness. As I grow older my body and soul does not change. If you take me from the lands of our ancestors I will wither away fast, grow old then die. If the government continues taking the land and destroying it, again, I will wither away fast... and die. Because I live and breath what our mother earth gives to me each day.
By: Two Bears Standing - David Cada


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"We have to have one mind for the Four Directions. Until we reach that one mind, we cannot be filled with understanding....The creator will not answer until you have just one mind, just like if have just one person."

Grandfather William Commanda, ALGONQUIN

The Elders have taught us to balance our lives emotionally, mentally, phyically and spiritually. If I am out of control emotionally, I get angry, doubtful or eratic. I am out of balance. If I trigger bad mental pictures of my brothers and sisters, I am out of balance. If I get too hungry, angry, lonely or tired, I am out of balance physically. If I don't pray and talk to the Creator daily, then I am out of balance spiritually. To be centered, I must be in balance. The Creator talks to me in the quiet and still place. So if I get angry, what I first should do is to pause and get still so I can hear the guidence of the Grandfathers.

Oh Great Spirit whos' voice I hear in the winds, protect and keep me safe today- hear my prayers

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Shared By: Akua, earth warrior

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Enchanted Music From The Southwest
by: Ronald Roybal
http://www.youtube.com/RonaldRoybal




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Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.~Crazy Horse


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"We must come together with one heart, one mind, one love and one determination"
Elder Grandfather William Commanda
"OJIGKWANONG"
LIFETIME

William Commanda: Algonquin, Maniwaki QC. (Order of Canada)

With contemporary passion with ongoing national and international outreach and activities at the age of 96, William Commanda, prophecy holder and shaman, continues tirelessly to honour, share and promote his ancestral Indigenous heritage and wisdom with all
CIRCLE OF ALL NATIONS
http://www.circleofallnations.ca/
http://web.mac.com/circleofallnations ... ofallnations/Welcome.html.





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