All Native American Tribes
from the book: Native American Traditions 2014
Learning to ” Walk Silent “
Silent Walker: Once was man, whom mother earth tried to teach to walk silent within the woods. But, man always stirred the leaves. Man asked of mother: “Why do leaves still still?” Mother responded: “Because you have yet to divide yourself.”
Man pondered and considered the silent walk path. Thus, the man began to renew his soul and walked with eyes stretched to visit the hawk and eagle, and to look beyond the trees, the forest and the earth itself: Began man to journey in walk to see what silent had to say! Lo and behold: One marvelous day: THE MAN WALKED AS THE SILENT WALKER. Mother said, ” Now you have found the way of insight and knowledge: One stone away”.
FIRST WORD OF ADVICE:
NEVER GIVE ANYONE ADVICE YOUR NOT WILLING TO DO ALSO WITHIN YOUR LIFE…FOR GIVING ADVICE SEEMS SO DIPLOMATICALLY EASY…THAT WE ALL DO IT TIME TO TIME.. BUT I SAY…NEVER GIVE SOMETHING I MYSELF CANNOT DO!
Native Tradition shares with us: THIS GREAT TRUTH!
That no man has the right to tell another man what to do.
We can share our Wisdom and Knowledge “When asked”.
Halloween and the Native People
Long long ago along the two rivers and the clouded falls, and as far as stories have been told at the fire by the elders:
A long, time ago the human people believed that evil spirits and demons caused destruction and misfortune. Like the crazy crow or the all seeing Owl.
One legend says that near the fall when people are celebrating the hunting festival, jealous ghosts kept on trying to trick mortal humans by letting them in by the fire. With promises of great herds and deer without numbers, and the human people started to believe the spirit.
A wise and very old respected medicine man brought to the human people furs of the fox, and furs of the racoon and the bear, and explained if they often wore masks of these and if they went out after dark to keep from being recognized by the ghosts they would be protected by the Heart of the Buffalo.
Throughout parts of the Nation the word went forth. And, the weary warrior’s carrying the tale were like the poor because they were outside their tribes and clan, and would go from tepee to tepee begging for flat cakes or sweet berries.
To this day we see the people of the wooden houses claim it their idea!
But we human beings know the story told!
A long time ago, was when the human people wore masks whenever diseases and disaster or famine struck. They believe that their masks would scare away the cause of the bad things. As the tale from the beginning was retold and retold.
Then after many moons even the young human children dressed up to scare the Spirits.. In the United States, the human being children would gather to the wooden log homes where the friendly woman would give candy, cookies and apples to the adorned human children in exchange for promises of no naughty tricks or mischief which were more stories told about the human being.
Much later, as the country grew and the human beings declined: The children of the wooden houses began to dress up but did not have the animal skins of the human people. Thus, they made their own, and many could not sew well. There by came the costumes of rags and strange things.
May you all enjoy the above:
Medicine Woman of the Bear Clan
The use of Tobacco
Indian stories has it that in ancient times, when the land was barren and the people were starving, the Great Spirit sent forth a woman to save humanity. As she traveled over the world, everywhere her right hand touched the soil, there grew potatoes. And everywhere her left hand touched the soil, there grew corn. And when the world was rich and fertile, she sat down and rested. When she arose, there grew tobacco…
Which The sacred pipe and Native American Pipe Ceremony are at the heart of native people’s cultures as they travel the road of balance. The smoke coming from the mouth symbolizes the truth being spoken, and the plumes of smoke provide a path for prayers to reach the Great Spirit, and for the Great Spirit to travel down to Mother Earth.
The Native American pipe ceremony is a sacred ritual for connecting physical and spiritual worlds. “The pipe is a link between the earth and the sky,
Tobacco is offered in respect to Medicine People
And, this Tradition lives on!
American Indian Drums:
The most important Native American instrument was and still is the drum, as you can tell by going to any Pow Wow or Native American event.
The drum is the “Living Beating Heart of the Nation “and represents unto all Ears:
” WE ARE OF ONE BLOOD “
They are used to pray, or sing and to dance with.
The fringe part of the fan is said to represent Native roots.
The fringe: Why we put 12 fringes on the handle of the fan handle. These 12 fringes represent the roots; it represents the 12 months; it represents the 12 tails of the eagle and hawk; it represents the songs, the mountain song, and the early morning dawn songs.
Tradition explains to us that Clans, Tribes and Nations Warred against each other: Thus the War Parties!
Pow Wows were the Native American people’s way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and make new ones between the Clans, Tribes and Nations. At a Pow Wow no weapons of War were allowed save for the knife. Warriors were not allowed to fight.
The Warriors Dance arrived as a challenge back and forth. This Tradition is still with us Today: On many reservations the Warriors Dance is private to registered members of the Tribe and Special people they invite. NO CAMERAS are allowed for the Warriors Dance, and this must be respected by all attending.
A Pow Wow is a time to renew thought of the old ways and to preserve a rich heritage. It is a sharing of stories, items exchanged and the feeding of all attending from the hunt and prosperity of the Tribe holding the Pow Wow. Friend or foe all were always fed! Fires were lit and dotted the night skies! Stories were told and sharing of good hunts.
Pow Wow singers are very important figures in the Native American culture. Without them there would be no dancing. The songs are of many varieties, from religious to war to social. As various tribes gathered together, they would share their songs, often changing the songs so singers of different tribes could join.
With these changes came the use of “vocals” to replace the words of the old songs. Thus, some songs today are sung in vocals with no words.
Yet they still hold special meaning to those who know the song. Many songs are still sung in native tongue either newly composed or revivals of old songs. These songs are reminders to the Indian people of their old ways and rich heritage.
Dancers have always been a very important part of the life of the American Indian. Most dancers seen at Pow Wows today are social dances which might have had different meanings in earlier days. Although dance styles and content have changed, their meaning and importance has not. The outfits worn by the dancers, like the styles of clothing today evolve over time, it is not a stagnant culture, but a vibrant and changing way of life.
Blessings to all…………………….Annlee