Fire Rings and the Native American Indians

In the start of time upon this world there existed no fire. Cold penetrated to the bones of the animal people.

And the animal people were often cold on many days. Only the Thunders, who lived in the world beyond the sky arch, had fire. At last they sent Lightning down to an island.

Lightning put fire into the bottom of a great known hollow sycamore tree.

The animal people knew that the fire was there, because they could see smoke rising from the top of the tree. But they could not get to it on account of the water. So they held a grand council to decide what to do.

All those that could fly or could swim were very eager to go after the fire. Raven said, “Let me go. I am large and strong.”

At that time Raven was white. He flew high and far across the water and reached the top of the sycamore tree. While he sat there wondering what to do, the heat scorched all his feathers black. The frightened Raven flew home without the fire, and his feathers have been black ever since. Then the council sent Screech Owl. He flew to the island. But while he was looking down into the hollow tree, a blast of hot air came up and nearly burned out his eyes. He flew home and to this day, Screech Owl’s eyes are red.

Then Hooting Owl and Homed Owl were sent to the island together. But the smoke nearly blinded them, and the ashes carried up by the wind made white rings about their eyes. They had to come home, and were never able to get rid of the white rings.

Then Little Snake swam across to the island, crawled through the grass to the tree, and entered it through a small hole at the bottom. But the smoke and the heat were too much for him, too. He escaped alive, but his body had been scorched black. And it was so twisted that he doubled on his track as if always trying to escape from a small space.

Big Snake, the climber, offered to go for fire, but he fell into the burning stump and became as black as Little Snake. He has been the great blacksnake ever since.

At last Water Spider said that she would go. Water Spider has black downy hair and red stripes on her body. She could ran on top of water and she could dive to the bottom. She would have no trouble in getting to the island.

“But you are so little, how will you carry enough fire?” the council asked.

“I’ll manage all right,” answered Water Spider. “I can spin a web.” so she spun a thread from her body and wove it into a little bowl and fastened the little bowl on her back. Then she crossed over to the island and through the grass. She put one little coal of fire into her bowl and brought it across to the people.

Every since, we have had fire. And the Water Spider still has her little bowl on her back. And make the fires anew in the honor with 7 woods of the Creator. Fire Rings are ceremonial to send sweet essence to  Creator from the things of Mother Earth.

It is a gathering of rising of smoke and the sending of thoughts and prayers to the Great Spirit (oitchi manido ) The fire base is started: As the ceremony begins: A medicine man or woman adds 7 woods unto the fire and special gifts of the Earth like tobacco, sweet grass, acorns, pine cones, sage and flower pedals, and even seeds. First the offering is held to each of the Winds of the Earth and then placed into the fire. The Fire Ring is now blessed and the people can send their personal gifts to ( Mide manido ) Grand Medicine spirit through the fire, and even the evils of the world they no longer desire to bare as they walk. Healing and the gathering and sharing of the miracle of the smoke also are shared: The Fire Ring is a cleansing to the family and that is why family groups hold them also on a regular basis and are started by the families elder who add the 7 woods, and the special gifts to the Great Medicine Spirit. Greater Fire Rings held by Medicine Men are for all who desire to participate. It is a Ceremony! Many are also personally invited by the Medicine Man who asks of each one a special secret gift for the Fire Ring from each one invited that they must bring from Mother Earth to honor all their forefathers, and to make the Fire Ring personal upon their family so their thoughts and prayers arise in the smoke. Sadly, many have forgotten the tradition and Spiritual meaning and need of gwav-ah-ko mi-kA-nA>h and the Fire Ring for their self and their families. But, this also is now changing as Traditions return upon the People. As the Miracles are renewed and eyes open and ears once more hear the feet of the deer among the dried leaves. It is changing as One Blood once more holds the truth near.

So says:  Wha-O Chee  Medicine Man of the Bear Clan 

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Picture Stones:

A story was told of an old wise Medicine Man named Mugwa who one day was sitting along a running stream which ran uphill.

Mugwa heard a vision that said” “Look at the stones!” Hearing this, Mugwa began to search the stones around him and one caught his eye. Upon picking it up he saw a picture of Katonka upon the stone, and knew then the humor of the Creator, and the wonder of the gift from Mother Earth.

To this day Medicine men and Medicine woman have had the gifts of Picture Stones given to them by Mother Earth. Each having its’ own story and great power of insight upon the stones. Some even feel warm as some even feel cold. Creators’ humor is upon each stone crafted from The Hand which holds us all as One Blood and One Nation.

I am Wha-O Chee (Bear Standing )

[ of the Mide manido (“Grand Medicine spirit”) ] {Eternal Medicine

Lodge}

And I share to the Nations that which I have received: Every stone has been cleansed and stood upon the Fire Ring Every picture stone has been within the smoke of the tobacco. Picture stones are good medicine.

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Smudge Feathers:

Using a smoking smudge feather wand for purification is part of many Native American traditions.

Talking sticks:

Passing the talking stick from speaker to speaker is a respectful way to communicate and share opinions. This tradition is especially helpful in keeping disagreements from getting out of hand. Cherokee people respected the Talking Stick.

Dream Catchers:

The earliest dream catchers (sacred hoops) were crafted for children to protect them from nightmares, and were made from grape vines and honeysuckle vines. I craft with both!

Sweat Lodge:

The Native American sweat lodge or purification ritual cleans and heals the body, mind, and spirit.

Dreams:

The appearance of birds and animals, either in reality or dream time, are considered to be totem messengers offering spiritual guidance. And, Totems today still are spiritual guidance no matter if large or if small. Hand-made and carved are the traditional Totems. The Medicine people of every tribe and the Nation are the keepers of the Visions.

Story Gift:

Native American Traditional Storytelling is the Greatest Gift to share!

Medicine Sticks are very powerful and must be used with cautions.

Hair ties and hair feather decorations are very traditional.

Sacred stone remains the Turquoise and is used many ways!

Walking sticks were used by many elders and decorated. Some could tell a history of hunting or even of family history.

 Native American Indian Cherokee Clothing and Regalia:

Originally, there were many different traditional clothing styles in North America. Nearly every Native American tribe had its own distinctive style of dress, and the people could often tell each others tribal identities by looking at their clothes, headdresses, and ornamentation. The Cherokee Nation has some very special clothing: Like the Cherokee Tear Dress!

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New Book

Native American Traditions 2014

 

 

Annlees New Book:

A sharing about Native American traditions, culture and pow wows and the Fire Ring stories.Sharing the etiquette and respect with the reasoning’s and whys in a “Simple Fashion” from our Walk upon the pathways set before us each day. The information is right on to Traditions, Culture and Ceremonies. And is detailed in Traditions which are thousands of years of heritage Culture of the Native American Indians.

Our Informational Guide of Tradition
1. Wah-O-Cha-Ni Standing ( shares ) Aka Annlee
2. Dream Catchers “The Legend”
3. Medicine Earring Symbols shared
4. Picture Stones
5. Fire Rings and the Native Americans
6. Odds and Ends about Traditions
Stories from around the Fire Rings
Wisdom begins with an action: Learning by reading is an action.
Tradition needs a SEED to GROW———Plant a seed in a young one today.

Informational for all ages!
Available in PDF Format Immediate Download after purchase.  

Hint? Once you have the PDF it also is fully printable.

Product Details

ISBN
9781312189805
Copyright
Bear Cave System (Standard Copyright License)
Edition
2014
Published
May 13, 2014
Language
English
Pages
55 on 8×11 Full Printed Sheets….. Or about 300 plus on a Kindle Reader
File Format
PDF
File Size
295.11 KB

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Before we published the new book:?

We test marketed PRINTED VERSION AT $ 4.99 AT THE POW WOWS. And it went like “Hot Cakes” on a cold Winters morning. Many brothers and sisters bought the printed version for them self, and for their children. Now we are offering the Native American Traditions 2014 new version at a savings of $3.00 by creating a e-PDF instant download that is also PRINTABLE.

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