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Old 10-08-2009, 07:01 AM   #551
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Great sketch!



Frank Frazetta American Indian Sketch
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Ill be away for a bit - helping someone with ceremony...


There is one common thread which brings all our people together, which is shamanism. I have stayed away from this subject, because there is so much on the web written by what has been coined, urban shamanism.

this is not the shamanism I know.

Again there is no new age spirituality in our teachings, it is very differenent from what people understand.

The key to understanding is to put our egos aside, and make sure of our connectin to the Creator. This Connection is our gift and source of LIfe, whether we know it or not.

A word here about teachers.

It is vital that all take responsibility for what is in your life. Do not judge.

the more you focus on your connection to the Creator, your life will come together. This is the key, our egos were never meant to rule the way.

the key and secret each is looking for will come as each focuses on our Connection to the Creator.


blessings to you

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wow Oliver what a beautiful picture!
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Sacred Ceremonies for a Price?
by Takatoka, Manataka Correspondent

http://www.manataka.org/page1172.html

We believe American Indian spiritual beliefs and practice cannot be bartered or sold at any price.



It costs nothing to enter the Sacred Circle because it does not belong to anyone, it is a gift of the Creator. There is no admission fee to a Purification Lodge because the messages, visions and teachings of the lodge are not owned by a human, but come directly from the Great Mystery. There is no monetary price to pay for the honor of going on a Vision Quest because the Spirit of God is there. When money and greed are present, the Spirit of the Creator is absent and thus there cannot be a Vision. The spiritual connection has been broken.



Several years ago, this Manataka member wrote in the article False Shamans "...Our ceremonies, dances, songs and symbols are sacred. They must be protected from theft, exploitation and desecration. We should encourage all people to seek their own ways of spiritual expression, the ways of their ancestors, and not to use American Indian ways to find spirituality within themselves..."



Our belief has not changed nor is it in danger of being compromised after many years of bombardment and assault from those who wish to imitate American Indian spiritual ways, and by others of mainstream society who simply do not understand. Most of these people who try to justify "voluntary donations" or an "abundance exchange" and otherwise attempt to force the acceptance of money in trade for ceremonies are intelligent and otherwise caring individuals. Yet, they find our very simple philosophy difficult to understand. It may be greed that clouds their thinking, or it may be a lack of respect for the beliefs of others or a lackadaisical attitude toward anything not born in Eurocentric thinking. We do not know why they find it hard to understand that accepting money for sacred ceremonies is not acceptable -- regardless of how it is arranged, how it is worded, or how it is accomplished. Could it be they do not care to take the time or make the sacrifice necessary to comprehend the depth and breath of this ancient philosophy?



Our ceremonies are sacred. We do not own them. The messages, visions, healings, insights, teachings and miracles given during ceremonies do not originate from the human psychic or even the human soul, they come only by the grace of God -- the Creator of All Things. We cannot sell that which does not belong to us. The act of accepting money in exchange for sacred ceremonies is an admission the person conducting the ceremony owns it and thus what happens is not born by the grace of God.



Coyote Grows Spirit Wings

A Manataka Elder was invited to give a lecture on top of an Arkansas mountain where his ancestors once lived. It was to be a large gathering in September 2009 that featured 'healers' of many disciplines. Months after accepting the invitation, the Elder spoke for the first time to the organizer who informed him that during the three-day event time will be arranged for each presenter to provide services such as "blessings, healings, dream interpretations, counseling, etc. during individual private sessions. On top of spending hundreds of dollars to participate, unsuspecting guests are expected to ante-up a "donation" or a "abundance exchange" of $55 per half-hour for personal sessions.



The Elder decided not to participate in the private sessions because money would be demanded in exchange for spiritual interventions.



But, the non-Indian organizer persisted and attempted to entice him by saying, "...voluntary donations will support your work..." The fast-buck organizer, then lectured the esteemed spiritual Elder in the customs of American Indians with "...Voluntary abundance exchanges often occur in Native American ceremony... Elders have always been able to receive gifts in exchange for vision quests..." The organizer, who says he has been on three Vision Quests (he paid money for at least two) went on to arrogantly instruct the Elder about the right ways of gifting and ceremony by saying, "...abundance exchange is appropriate when energy is expended to complete the energy value cycle..." No response was given by the Elder. As a result, the lecture was cancelled by the organizer.

The Elder would have presented the lecture as agreed, but he refused to be bullied and disrespected. Because he refused to perform sacred ceremony for an "energy exchange" (the promoter's words for money), hundreds of people were denied a portion of the program promised by the promoter.



From the organizer's point of view, money may be accepted for sacred ceremonies when a Spiritual Elder expends "energy" so the so-called value cycle may be completed. What the heck does that mean? A promoter's mumbo jumbo.



It was later learned the promoter often brags about the tens of thousands of dollars he makes from selling reservations to various events and rakes in thousands more during the events.



When an Elder agrees to perform ceremony it is not for the edification of the crowd or to please any promoter. If an American Indian spiritual Elder agrees to provide healing ceremonies in a private session, it is not done because there is money involved. It is done because there is real human need for healing and both parties exhibit strong faith in Almighty God to bring about the unbroken circle of love, peace and wellness.



However, it has been our experience that some people who gladly pay for ceremony are nothing more than novice wannabe shamans who plan to use bits and pieces of the actions and words of the ceremony to advance their own careers as so-called authentic healers. They pay for spiritual training, just like the promoter's vision quests experiences. Don't these idiots know that spiritual training is free? -- provided proper respect is given first.



We have witnessed first-hand at private events where people pay large amounts of money for the privilege of hearing the words of someone masquerading as an authentic Indian healer who charges money for ceremonies. Some people come away confused because they did not understand what really transpired. Some refuse to accept the thought that they were duped. Others, who want to play the copy-cat shaman game, come away with misinformation, poor examples of real ceremony and a lot of false ideas.



When money is offered for ceremony, the intent of the alleged spiritual Elder is suspect. Is the intent to act as a 'hollow bone' or conduit for Spirit or is the intent to grab the money and run? Whenever money is demanded for spiritual favors, the needy person is bit by a persistent feeling of doubt. "Is this guy real or does he only want my money?" Doubt is the exact opposite and the nemesis of faith. Faith is the one element the needy person must bring to ceremony. Without faith, there can be no healing. Therefore, instead of facilitating a beautiful moment when divine grace touches a person in need, it is turned into a farce.



Yes, we are aware of some American Indians openly solicit money for ceremony. Many genuine spiritual Elders publically speak out against their brothers and sisters who sell ceremony. Indians who sell ceremony will sometimes justify their actions by saying, "who cares if we taken money from stupid white people? They deserve to lose their money!" Therefore, the problem is not just pseudo-shamans and fast-buck promoters, the problem is also us. Indian people who use sacred Ways to enrich themselves know better, but the money has turned their heads and hearts.



Performing American Indian ceremony became stylishly popular several decades ago as "pseudo-Indian" groups, fake-shamans, and promoters began spouting concerns about the environment and animal welfare. Today, they talk about manipulating energy, channeling spirits, grids and crystal vortexes. They use distorted versions of Indian ceremonies and surround themselves with Indian dancers, singers and medicine people to enhance the appearance of realism.



Yes, the coyote with wings of gold is among us.



Money does not mix with American Indian spiritualism

In this case, the organizer confused the American Indian custom of honoring Elders with gifts and the performance of ceremony by linking two separate acts as if the power and grace of God can be bartered and exchanged for money. There is a big difference here.



First, there is a set price asked before the private session / ceremony. The idea that the exchange is 'voluntary' is a lot of superficial ****. The person who seeks healing certainly does not feel the price is voluntary. The person in need is put in an uncomfortable position of having to ante-up greenbacks for the right to receive blessings. The so-called 'healer' is forced by acceptance of the money to provide spiritual intervention when in fact, no spiritual relief may be possible because that decision rests solely with the Creator. Therefore, two people are made to feel cheap, one may feel cheated, and the only one to benefit is the organizer.



Let us imagine a person in need who paid money for healing, or some other blessing, is actually touched by Spirit during one of the pseudo-healing sessions. This is rare, but again it could be the decision of the Creator to do so. The question then becomes what lesson has the needy person learned? Did the individual learn that $55 worth of the healers time will buy a magnificent blessing of the Spirit? Did the person understand the miracle did not happen through the power of the human conducting the session, but it was a miracle of God? There are a dozen questions and no good answers for the unsavory practice of so-called "energy exchanges".



Healers of many disciplines including Reiki practitioners, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Ayurvedic Practitioners, Herbalists, Chiropractors, Nurses, Doctors, etc., all accept money for their services. Is this wrong? Absolutely not. These and other healing methodologies rely on human knowledge and experience and are not necessarily spiritual in nature or include American Indian ways. People who practice soul or power animal retrieval, divination or other forms of shamanic extraction often charge big fees for these services, but again they are not American Indian and it is none of our business if they charge money or not.



It is the phony fast-buck promoters and healers who use corrupted forms of American Indian ceremony for pay who must be stopped.



Second, presenting a gift to an Elder is something that is prayed about, thought about and planned for days or weeks before. Most of the time, the gift is handcrafted with loving hands or acquired by great labor. Or, the gift may be a simple stone, tobacco, sage, or a blanket. The intent of the gift is not to swap money for a favor as is the common Eurocentric idea of capitalism, but it is done from a heartfelt feeling of love and respect for the Elder and for his or her ancestors who suffered to gain the learning that has been passed along in a beautiful way. A gift given to an Elder is not an enticement, bribe, or an exchange of any kind. It is given freely without any attachments. When money is given with the expectation of receiving authentic Indian ceremony the entire process is tainted.



A spiritual Elder needs to eat and pay bills like everyone else. But, it must be remembered American Indian spirituality is not a profession. It is a way of life, it is a divine calling. Unlike organized religions with its hoards of paid clergy, clerical staffs, and huge facilities that require large amounts of money to operate, American Indian spirituality requires nothing but faith. Any attempt to pay American Indian spiritual leaders for ceremony is a direct assault on our sacred ways. So, how does an American Indian spiritual elder pay his bills? Simple. He works for a living or the tribe, family and supporters contribute to his or her welfare by providing necessities of life.



Third, it is true an Elder will expend a great amount of spiritual strength and energy during a healing ceremony. The Elder may take on or absorb negative energies that must be dealt with spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. The strain can sometimes be leave the wise healer exhausted. Yes, a great service of love is extended by the spiritual Elder, but the needy person is not required to give anything in exchange, except faith in the omnipotent power of God and a desire to help themselves.



It is by faith alone that allows the spiritual Elder and the person in-need to work together to bring about wholeness by the Grace of the Creator delivered by Spirit.



Fourth, money is not energy. Money is not a fair exchange for the beautiful works of Spirit --- Spirit has no value because it is priceless, beyond all human wealth and comprehension. An "energy exchange" cheapens the value and strength of American Indian spirituality, it is an abomination of true American Indian philosophy and belief to insinuate that money is a proper exchange. Oh we know in some circles money is said to possess great energy because it is believed people with money have power and people with money are to be feared. It is this same idea that builds huge institutions that attempt to control human thoughts and beliefs -- called organized religions. It is the same idea that compels some people to own and control everything in sight -- called imperialism or capitalism. It is this same idea that drives some people to create warring armies -- called oppressive governments. Fear and greed are the driving forces behind the love of money.



Freedom of worship is paramount

But people who follow the Good Red Road, do not want large institutions to control their spiritual beliefs - we have no large edifices to worship inside, no paid clergy, no written dogma or doctrine. Freedom of worship is paramount. We do not want to own every thing -- we believe the Creator gave us the gifts of the Earth Mother to share equally and fairly with our all brother and sisters - be they human, animal, plant or any other part of creation. We do not build large military complexes to protect us from our fears -- our families call upon the Spirit of Great Mystery to protect us, as they have done for thousands of years. Money is not an answer to our needs. Faith is the only answer we need.



There is much to learn and much to teach about the Beauty Way, the Good Red Road, American Indian philosophy. The depth and breadth of its wisdom has long been ignored and misunderstood by dominant society. People hunger to connect with the simple, yet profound concepts of our ways -- that we believe will help humankind to ascend to a higher plain of knowing and survive as a species on Mother Earth.



This cannot be done unless we divorce ourselves from the idea that money can be exchanged for sacred ceremonies.
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I'd like to share some inspiring work from native artists or artists who are
spiritually gifted and sensitive to native or natural ways of the Creator.

May you be blessed!

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Lakota WisdomKeepers

http://oneworldinconcert.com

Wisdomkeepers are the guardians of nature's mysteries within the Lakota
ceremonies and their practices, the medicine that is ruled by them, the
songs that infuse our senses and our spiritual body, and the forces they
produce that are identical to nature and its motivating power. These oral
and entirely spontaneous transmissions, given by the three holy men, Joe
Flying By, Dave Chief, and Leroy Curley, are a rare treasure of the highest
generosity, directed for the greatest good. Their stories are told with
complete equanimity, vividly conveying, without rancor or judgement, how
Western civilization lacks connection to the natural world. Because passing
on elders' wisdom in the oral tradition to the next generation is almost
impossible, given the fact that the three important elements of the Lakota
culture--the land, the people, and the language--are all but gone, the film's
producer/director has provided a great service to those who have an
interest in, and wish to learn from, ancient Native American teachings
that have rarely been exposed.

Producer/Director: Ora Abel-Russell





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Day..so good to see your wisdom and light shining

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Day, these paintings by Rudolph Carl Gorman are just great, they are full of some kind of sacred silence. Very clear...
Thank you, i will watch "Wisdomkeepers".

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Day..so good to see your wisdom and light shining

Blessings
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wowwww thanks for your words sister..so good to see you again!!
big hugs and lots of this stuff
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Day, these paintings by Rudolph Carl Gorman are just great, they are full of some kind of sacred silence. Very clear...
Thank you, i will watch "Wisdomkeepers".

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wow Oliver...beautiful words and insights...yes the Sacred Silence makes his paintings timeless and inspiring


love and respect to you too unalii
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You are so named, Day, to bring forth the light of day, representing all of your tribe that have come and gone and continue to shine forth. It is an honor to have come across your path in the now. My guides also honor you as they spoke for the very first time, since I have known them. You are a holder of your history.

If I may put a log that I have brought with me, to place on your fire. I have a story I would like to share with you. One that is of a great tragedy in your history that many have forgotten. But one that is also of the great love that your people share with each other that has endured a great test of time.

Thirty years ago, I lived in Western North Carolina. I was a young buck at the time. Fishing and hunting ran through my veins. I used to fish the river called Catawba almost everyday. This river was east of Cherokee, N.C. A good hours drive. Little did I know that I was also in a land of the Cherokee.

On this one particular evening, a couple of friends and I were having a conversation about paranormal stuff that was in the county. Things that had happened. One such story was about a black man who was accused of a crime he did not commit and was hung in a tree. So we heard of the location and decided to investigate. I had a Triumph convertible and so we loaded up and took off. We found the location of where this hanging took place. There was a shape of a man hanging from this tree that was shaped by honeysuckle. A vine with small yellow flowers that had a beautiful smell.

Well we decided to take off and on the way back we spotted something that was just out of place. It was a square of railing on the side of the road. Like industrial stair railing. 2" pipe basically. An area had been cordoned off without any markings as to what was inside it. The area was about 12' X 20'.
No larger. As it turned out, it was a burial site. Again no markings to be seen. It was also night but there was enough light to make out that it was a burial site. I was leaning on a rail and just checking it out. There were 6 small flat stones that were possibly head stones. As I was looking at this, I had this urge to enter this site. At first I denied it. I had rationalized that it was basically sacred ground and that out of respect, I would not cross it. As I was processing this, the urge became stronger. I fought against it. It took about 6 times then I realized I was being contacted. Whatever it was trying to contact me was not evil, so I said Ok. So I crossed the barrier and stood up and was going into what I call prayer mode. Mind you I was on the inside edge. Then all of a sudden, my eyes were opened and I saw before me a vision. Also a voice was speaking to me at the same time. In the vision was a horrible sight unfolding as the frames went forward. Before me was a tribe of a few thousand Cherokees dying from a plague. Very well could have been chicken pox brought here by the Whites. The encampments had many running around and treating the ill. They were dropping by the hundreds and it was a mystery to them as to why and what was happening. The voice was the Chief and he was powerless as to what was happening and kept asking me what was happening. I had no answers for him. What hit me was his sadness as to what befell them. I could feel his connection to everyone of them. The suffering. The anguish. It was suffocating. It got to the point where I could not watch any longer. So I snapped out of it. I also got out of there. I have not been the same since. I have also wondered why I was shown that ever since and maybe you will understand this much better. But I did realize a few things. One is that there has always been a great respect for one another and also a great love for one another that, you are all and still very much connected. Even the ones who have passed are still here with you. I still feel this great loss and still shed tears as to this event that took place way back then. In away I am glad I did not have any answers to give to this great Chief who knew every single one of them. A great Chief holds that connection with his people because they are "ONE". I get that. I am, despite my sadness, very much honored to have witnessed this. Hopefully you will be able to see through the eyes of the hawk what I have spoken here tonight and may it reaffirm that the connection is the Key to all of us and Grandfather. Even the 4 legged and the winged ones cried. I fear the whites will never learn what they have done and grow from it, or the young who will not want to remember the ways that were one with our Mother.

I have traveled many of these lands here in the states. I have been blessed by every tribe that I have visited. I am grateful. I apologize for the sharing of such a terrible story but I want you to know that it connected me and for that I am grateful. The Elders that reside beyond our space and time never told me that I would be blessed in such ways. Right now as I write this, one of my guides who is a Shaman, who is always expressionless, is smiling at me.

May Father Sun shine on you!

Namaste'
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'siyu Lionhawk!

thank you for all your good words and thoughts.
You have what we call a 'big story.'
We dont comment on other people's stories -
- just listen good.

you know what this means in the sharing of it,
keeping your heart and mind in a good place and being thankful ...
I see you found the things you were wondering about --
-now you Know too

Its an honor to hear your story -

its good to meet you Unalii (Friend)




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The Art of Karen Noles
















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James Bama : Young Oglala Sioux






James Bama : A Sioux Indian





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The Mounds and the Constant Fire: The Old Sacred Things

Cherokee Mounds

Some say that the mounds were built by another people. Others say they were built by the ancestors of the old Ani Kitu’hwagi for townhouse foundations. The townhouse was always built on the level bottom lands by the river in order that the people might have smooth ground for their dances and ballplays and might be able to go down to water during the dance.

When they were ready to build the mound they began by laying a circle of stones on the surface of the ground. Next they made a fire in the center of the circle and put near it the body of some prominent chief or priest who had lately died - some say seven chief men from the different clans - together with an Ulunsu’ti stone, an uktena scale or horn, a feather from the right wing of an eagle or great Tla nu wa which lived in those days, and heads of seven colors, red, white, black, blue, purple, yellow, and gray-blue. The priest then conjured all these with disease, so that, if ever an enemy invaded the country, even though he should burn and destroy the town and the townhouse, he would never live to return home.

Sacred Fire

The mound was then built up with earth, which the women brought in baskets, and as they piled it above the stones, the bodies of their great men, and the sacred things, they left an open place at the fire in the center and let down a hollow cedar trunk, with the bark on, which fitted around the fire and protected it from the earth. This cedar log was cut long enough to reach nearly to the surface inside the townhouse when everything was done. The earth was piled up around it, and the whole mound was finished off smoothly, and then the townhouse was built upon it. One man, called the Firekeeper, stayed always in the townhouse to feed and tend the fire. When there was to be a dance or a council, he pushed long stalks of atsil sun ti (fleabane), "the fire maker" down through the opening in the cedar log to the fire at the bottom. He left the ends of the stalks sticking out and piled lichens and punk around, after which he prayed, and as he prayed, the fire climbed up along the talks until it caught the punk. Then he put on wood, and by the time the dancers were ready there was a large fire blazing in the townhouse. After the dance he covered the hole over again with ashes, but the fire was always smoldering below. Just before the Green corn dance, in the old times, every fire in the settlement was extinguished and all the people came and got new fire from the townhouse. This was called atsi’la galunkw it’yu "the honored or sacred fire." Sometimes when the fire in a house went out, the woman came to the Firekeeper, who made a new fire by rubbing an ihya’ga stalk against the under side of a hard dry fungus that grows along locust trees.

Some sat this everlasting fire was only in the larger mounds at Nikwasi, Kitu’hwa, and a few other towns, and that when the new fire was thus drawn up for the Green Corn dance it was distributed from them to the other settlements. The fire burns yet at the bottom of these great mounds, and when the Cherokee soldiers were camped near Kitu’hwa during the Civil War, they saw smoke still raising from the mound.

Sacred Things

The Cherokee once had a wooden box, nearly square and wrapped up in buckskin, in which they kept the most sacred things of their old religion. Upon every important expedition, two priests carried it in turn and watched over it in camp so that nothing could come near to disturb it. The Delawares captured it more than a hundred years ago, and after that the old religion was neglected and trouble came to the Nation. They had also a great peace pipe, carved from white stone, with seven stem-holes, so that seven men could sit around and smoke from it at once at their peace councils. In the old town of Keowee they had a drum of stone, cut in the shape of a turtle, which was hung up inside the townhouse and used at all the town dances. The other towns of the Lower Cherokee used to borrow it too, for their own dances.
All the old things are gone now and the Indians are different.

(Myths of the Cherokee As Told by Swimmer to James Mooney, 1887-1890.
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This is my horse...from my dreams
Aho!



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I went to the link you provided..thanks for that! Beautiful!
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I am posting this just as it found it on this link
http://estheroinprogress.com/?p=259

Some hummingbird stories from ‘little RED elf’…thank you!



(artwork by Arlene Ness)

i hope you don’t mind a little story telling . . . but hummingbirds are one of my favorites, as are the myths and faerie tales about the hummingbird of which i found a nice handful and all of them Native American . . .
To attract a hummingbird, a flower must be red, bloom in the daytime, be rich in nectar and lack any sort of landing pad thereby eliminating competition from other birds. (like you – and your red hair!) They like red so much in fact that folks in Louisiana hang lots of red Christmas ribbon, red surveyor’s tape, and other red items around their yards to be sure hummingbirds won’t pass them by. Some believe the hummingbirds fly down pathways (like roads) and have trails of red leading from the road into their house which must be an incredible spectacle!
A Mayan legend says the hummingbird is actually the sun in disguise, and he is trying to seduce a beautiful woman, who is the moon.
Another Mayan legend says the first two hummingbirds were created from the small feather scraps left over from the construction of other birds. The god who made them was so pleased he had an elaborate wedding ceremony for them. First butterflies marked out a room, then flower petals fell on the ground to make a carpet; spiders spun webs to make a bridal pathway, then the sun sent down rays which caused the tiny groom to glow with dazzling reds and greens. The wedding guests noticed that whenever he turned away from the sun, he became drab again like the original gray feathers from which he was made.
A third Mayan legend speaks of a hummingbird piercing the tongue of ancient kings. When the blood was poured on sacred scrolls and burned, divine ancestors appeared in the smoke.
There is a legend from the Jatibonicu Taino Tribal Nation of Puerto Rico about a young woman and a young man, who were from rival tribes. Like Romeo and Juliet, they fell in love, precipitating the intense criticism of their family and friends. Nevertheless, the two of them found a way to escape both time and culture. One became a hummingbird and the other a red flower.
To the Chayma people of Trinidad, hummers are dead ancestors, so there is a taboo against harming them. An extinct Caribbean tribe called the Arawacs thought it was Hummingbird who brought tobacco. They called him the Doctor Bird.
Hopi and Zuni legends tell of hummingbirds intervening on behalf of humans, convincing the gods to bring rain. Because of this, people from these tribes often paint hummingbirds on water jars.
There is a legend from Mexico about a Taroscan Indian woman who was taught how to weave beautiful baskets by a grateful hummingbird to whom she had given sugar water during a drought. These baskets are now used in Day of the Dead Festivals.
The Pueblo Indians have hummingbird dances and use hummingbird feathers in rituals to bring rain. Pueblo shamans use hummingbirds as couriers to send gifts to the Great Mother who lives beneath the earth. To many of the Pueblo, the hummingbird is a tobacco bird. In one myth Hummingbird gets smoke from Caterpillar, the guardian of the tobacco plant, which is a nice Alice In Wonderland segue!
Another Pueblo story tells of a demon who is blinded after losing a bet with the sun. In anger he spews out hot lava. The earth catches fire. A hummingbird then saves the beautiful land of people and animals by gathering clouds from the four directions. Hummingbird uses rain from these clouds to put out the flames. This legend says the bright colors on a hummingbird’s throat came after he fled through the rainbow in search of rain clouds.
A Mojave, and my most favorite legend tells of a primordial time when people lived in an underground world of darkness. They send a hummingbird up to look for light. High above them the little bird found a twisted path to the sunlit upper world where people now live.
so you are right . . . keep it happy. keep it simple, live above ground in a world of light.
-little RED elf
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:26 PM   #575
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Here's a little bit more about the artist Arlene Ness who is a First Nations Gitxsan Artist...

from her bio
Hi, my name is Arlene Ness, and I am an artist.
I live in Northwestern BC in a little town called Hazelton, on Gitanmaax Reserve.
Aside from being a VERY busy mother of four, I am a first nations (Gitxsan) artist with traditional carving and jewelry, stained glass, and various other mediums. I hope you enjoy my art and come back every now and then to see what I have created.

I will be showcasing my artwork here, I hope you enjoy this website. Be sure to send e-mail to let me know what you think (or to contribute articles or ideas). I'll be updating, so check back!

website: http://www.arlenes-art.com/index.html

Arlene also carves Totem poles ...pls visit her website to see more of her talent and beauty!

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