So many times I hear of someone having a Native American name just to find
out that name was just handed to them by someone who is not even Native
American or... they just gave it to themselves either just because they
thought it was the thing to do or... on the instructions of someone to do
that who doesn't have a clue or right to do so. It's important for
you to know that a Native American name isn't just happened upon. A Native American name is just as important to us as a Christian name
given in Baptism. And just as the sacrament of Baptism is a Holy
Ceremony, so is the Ceremony by which a Native Name is given.
There are certain things that are done according to OUR CUSTOMS and our
TRADITIONS to come by a Native American name...IN THE RIGHT WAY.
They are not just handed out like tootsie pops to kids!
So often we are asked to share what our culture and customs are about and
its wondered why we don't do this as freely as some would like us to.
Its because of things like this that happen that stop us from doing just
that! Our ways, customs, traditions, and ceremonies... BELONG TO
Be proud of your own heritage and stop trying to be what your not in ways
you don't understand or have a right to do. You make fools of
yourselves and a mockery of our Sacred Ways and Traditions...and then you
feel insulted because we do not speak of these things to you. Have
you ever thought of how you insult us by doing stupid things like just
taking a name that sounds Native American , especially when some of those
names are some of our great leaders names or of our sacred truths... for
instance... White Buffalo, or CrazyHorse etc. Even our own people
don't do this.
Another thing is... what some of you call Totem Animals or Spirit Guides -
This is another thing you don't just happen upon because someone told you
they see this, or that as your Spirit Guide or Totem Animal. Again,
this is something very Sacred and Personal and acquired in a certain way. Also, once that does happen, you NEVER speak of this to anyone telling
them what that guide is...its that personal and Sacred. Besides, what
business is it of anyone else's, and most certainly... YOU DON'T HAVE A
DOZEN or so of these hanging around to your beck an call like I hear so
many speak of as well.
In chat sites, the audacity of readers who claim to see and have the right
to do this because they claim to be led by Spirit to do this...is a BLATANT
MOCKERY, and even more so, if they also claim to have Native
blood. THEY LIE. It is not ok to do this or believe this to be
true. If you are of the many who have done so... you have been sorely
mislead in accepting a name or guide this way and the person having told
you this... HAS LIED and more so, has absolutely NO RIGHT whatsoever to do
There is a certain protocol to acquiring both a Native Name and your
Sacred Animal Guide. Part of that is...YOU ARE A NATIVE
AMERICAN! Or, have in some way EARNED THE RIGHT to such things.
And , if you go around saying you have a Native Name or a Spirit Guide; be
prepared to be asked how you got them. If not in the proper
way... then you also LIE, to yourself and it will quickly be discovered by
those who know our ways you lie.
We do not go around stealing traditions or ceremonial ways of other ethnic
religious backgrounds... be proud of who you are and your own
background and honor that. If you can't do that... find something that does
work for you but stop STEALING OUR SACRED WAYS... just to feel you FIT IN,
or finally belong to something, or it makes you feel important.
LEAVE THE SACRED WAYS AND TRADITIONS AND CEREMONIES OF NATIVE AMERICANS TO
- NATIVE AMERICANS... ITS OUR HERITAGE - NOT YOURS TO BORROW OR STEAL ON A
And if you claim to have a Native name or Spirit Guide be sure your ready
to back up just how you got those things! And please, don't be
insulted when your mocked or laughed at by some of our people for being a
fool and easily mislead without having sought truth, and trying to be
something your not... a Indian... you don't see us trying to be Polish or
Italian or Jew, Irish or French etc. why do you try to be Indian?
Another thing... we don't have SHAMANS. In ANY tribe!
And finally... no where ever, in any tribe whatsoever, has there been a
PRINCESS... so if you also claim to have a Princess in your
background...again your just showing what a fool you are to have believed
such information as was given to you and the ignorance in that
information... and just maybe asked..."Oh, and who was the KING AND
QUEEN of that tribe?"
It is because of things like this and soooo much more that we do not care
to share with you - OUR SACRED WAYS.
You show no respect!! You are who "you" are and
if you can not honor that... you will honor nothing.
OF THE IROQUOIS
HISTORY OF THIS FLAG:
In 1570, five Native Americans in the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada Formed the confederacy, or Iroquois League. They were the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas and the
Senecas, in early 1700s, the sixth tribe, the Tuscaroras migrated from North Carolina to the border regions between New York and Pennsylvania and united with the original five tribes into one cohesive alliance. From earliest times, the unity of the Iroquois was symbolized by a wampum belt fashioned in a pattern that has become known as "Hiawatha's Belt". The symbolism is quite clear. The five devices represent the five original tribes. From left to right they represent the Seneca, the keepers of the Western Door; the Cayugas, the "people of the marsh" and "keepers of the Great Pipe"; The Onondaga, who were the "name bearers" who kept the wampum belt that contained the history of the Iroquois; the Oneida, the "stone people" symbolized by the Great Tree; and lastly the Mohawk, the "keepers of the eastern door".
OF THE TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY
Derived from the colours used in the wampum belts:
White: Emblem of something good, of peace and purity
Purple: Emblem of more important affairs of a civic nature.
The Eagle (A:kweks)
Because of his ability to see afar, the Peacemaker placed him at the top of the Great Tree of Peace. If he sees in the distance any evil approaching of any danger threatening, he will at once warn the Houdenosaunee, the People of the Confederacy
The Silver Chain
A covenant which represents the relationship between the Houdenosaunee, which the Mohawk Nation is a member, and the Europeans. This relationship was to be "pure, strong, and untarnished" as the silver of the chain. The tradition behind the silver chain is important as it recognizes a need for the continuous attention to "polish" the chain and keep it in a healthy condition. Together these symbolize the need for continuous dialog between the Mohawk Nation and other government to maintain the health of their relationship and to deal with current issues.
Symbolizes the Great Peace and the Great Law (Kayenerenhkowa) that was established by the Five Nations of the Houdenosaunee. It is provided thus: There are now the Five Nations League Chiefs standing with joined hands in a circle...be firm so that if a tree should fall upon your joined hands, it should not separate you or weaken your hold. So shall the strength of your union be preserved.
AMERICAN RADIO STATIONS
I haven't done any recent inquires as to whether some of these stations
are still operational.
is a list of what I have acquired from several years back and some may
still be broadcasting.
P.O. Box 140
P.O. Box 40
P.O. Box 178
20450 Empire Ave.
Pinehill, NM 87357
Unalakleet, AK 99684
Bend, OR 97701
RR #2, P.O. Box 2788
P.O. Box 603
Pribiloff Sch. District
P.O. Box 0711
Hayward, WI 54843
Dulce, NM 87528
St. Paul, AK 99660
Red Springs, NC 28377
Iac Courte Oreilles
P.O. Box 146
P.O. Box 907
P.O. Box 109
Yankton Dakota Sioux,
St. Francis, SD 57572
Magdalena, NM 87825
Barrow, AK 99723
Rosebud Lakota Sioux
Alamo Navajo Sch. Bd.
Standing Rock, Sioux
Fort Yates, ND
KSKO-870 AM Quinault Tribe,
P.O. Box 150
P.O. Box 1220
P.O. Box 70 Taholah, WA
Porcupine, SD 57772
Hoopa, CA 95546
McGrath, AK 99627 Red Lake
Oglala Lakota Sioux
Athabascan Red Lake, MN
Urban Alaska Natives,
P.O. Box 190
P.O. Box 489
P.O. Box 126
Belcourt, ND 58316
Warm Springs, OR 97761
Ft. Yukon, AK 99740
Turtle Mtn. Chippewa
Warm Springs Confed.
P.O. Box 160
P.O. Box 78
New Town, ND 58763
Tuba City, AZ 86045
Kotzebue, AK 99752
Greyhills Navajo H.S.
P.O. Box 737
P.O. Box 268
Ignacio, CO 81137
Bethel, AK 99559
Sisseton, SD 57262
Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux
WASG-550 AMWASG-550 AM
P.O. Box 310
1210 S. Main
Whiteriver, AZ 85941
Chevak, AK 99563
Atmore, AL 36502
White Mtn. Apache
Poarch Band, Creek
P.O. Box 339
P.O. Box 670
P.O. Box 2569
Zuni, NM 87327
Dillingham, AK 99576
Window Rock, AZ 86515