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Curanderismo, the Healing Art of Mexico

“The Great Spirit is in all things. He is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us. That which we put into the ground she returns to us.”
—Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki, Algonquin

Art by Chantal Lanouette (Algonquin), https://passthefeather.org/chantal-lanouette/

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"You have to look deeper,
way below the anger,
the hurt, the hate,
the jealousy, the self-pity,
way down deeper where the dreams lie.

Find your dream.

It’s the pursuit of the dream that heals you.”

- Lakota Prayer

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So I hope everyone enjoyed the new Indigenous Peoples' Federal Holiday! Finally, after decades of petitioning, letter writing, and protesting—the indigenous peoples of this nation were finally heard.

Indigenous Peoples' Day is a federal holiday in the United States that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. On October 8, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to formally recognize the holiday, by signing a presidential proclamation declaring October 11, 2021 to be a national holiday

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Ahavati said:So I hope everyone enjoyed the new Indigenous Peoples' Federal Holiday! Finally, after decades of petitioning, letter writing, and protesting—the indigenous peoples of this nation were finally heard.

Indigenous Peoples' Day is a federal holiday in the United States that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. On October 8, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to formally recognize the holiday, by signing a presidential proclamation declaring October 11, 2021 to be a national holiday


About. Damn. Time. * claps *

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"One day, when I was a little girl, my brother and I were on the playground. We saw a beautiful little blond haired girl and we went to play with her. She told my brother 'go home and wash your skin, you're dirty'. My little brother and I ran home crying to our Unci (grandmother). She laid a blanket down and said "Iyotakapi Takoja' (sit down grandchildren) she sat down with us and took a pinch of dirt from the ground and rubbed it into my arm. As it blended into my arm she said 'This is where you come from Takoja, -Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) This is who we are. You are Lakota and as a Lakota person you are the foundation that holds everything."

- Unci Marie Randall (pictured here)

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Ernie LaPointe - Great-grandson of Sitting Bull

This is fantastic news. He looks just like him!

Sitting Bull's great-grandson identified through DNA fragments

It took scientists 14 years to develop a technique to search for “autosomal DNA,” which is non-sex-specific DNA that people inherit from both their mother and father.

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/sitting-bulls-great-grandson-identified-dna-fragments-rcna3912?fbclid=IwAR0zDkuRiER_W7coYUe7BLmAQ3-aYSBviFS_tvCEb9ExtZTphD8QmMXkrKw

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Honor your ancestors and teach their ways to your children and grandchildren. <3

The Red Road

What is the Red Road

The "Red Road" is a metaphor for living a spiritual way of life.
Oglala Sioux medicine man and holy man, Black Elk, spoke of the all the people on the red road as being one interconnected circle of people that made a sacred hoop. Only you can walk your journey, but many are on the road.

What is walking the Red Road

"Walking the Red Road" is a deep sense of obligation and a meaningful personal commitment to purposefully live your life each day practicing and embodying The Seven Sacred Virtues of the Lakota.

Some people are standing on the road, and some people are walking on it. Are those walking the red road seeking perfection? No, they are simply walking in the right direction in a good way and they have seven sacred virtues that guide them.

The Lakota received these virtues from the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman who brought Sacred Pipe to the people. The stem of the pipe represents the male and the bowl represents the female.

When the stem of the pipe is merged with the bowl, the pipe
comes alive and empowered with The Seven Sacred Values of the Lakota:

1. Wóčhekiya - Prayer
2. Wičákha - Honesty
3. Wahwala - Humility
4. Waúnšila - Compassion
5. Waóhola - Respect
6. Wawokiye - Generosity
7. Wóksape - Wisdom

Those interested in walking the red road start with becoming familiar with these seven values. When learning them, you must control your anxious mind and be patient - there is no rank, level or social status to achieve.

Study these values, practice them, learn the sacred ceremonial songs, participate in sweat lodge ceremony and be genuine and diligent in honoring these ways.
Honor the gift of the vision whereas Wakan Tanka blessed the covenant of Native Ways becoming Human Ways to those that walk the red road.

A'Ho Mitakuye Oyasin
From Spirit Horse Nation

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The Journey

When the earth is sick and dying,
There will come a tribe of people
From all races...
Who will put their faith in deeds,
Not in words, and make the planet
Green again...

-   Cree Prophecy

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Mino giizhigad! Great messages! Chi-miigwech!

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Artist Frank Howell 'Fifty From the Robe'

“Oh Great Spirit, help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.”
-    Cherokee prayer

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The True Story of Thanksgiving Isn't the One You Learned in School

A billionaire boomer blames his generation for ruining the economy for millennials
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Most Americans are taught the same story about Thanksgiving—that Pilgrims sat together with Native Americans to share a meal and thank them for helping with a successful first harvest. But that story has been proven to be riddled with mistruths. While you may know that on some level, what's not often discussed is the truth about the holiday's history and the effect it has on many Native Americans.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-true-story-of-thanksgiving-isn-t-the-one-you-learned-in-school/ar-BB1970AT

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Anita Peters, who is Mashpee Wampanoag and goes by her traditional name Mother Bear, packs up the traditional clothing and furnishings from the wetu, a traditional building that is part of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum in Mashpee, Mass., on September 29, 2021. (Photo for The Washington Post by Josh Reynolds)


This tribe helped the Pilgrims survive for their first Thanksgiving. They still regret it 400 years later.

https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2021/11/25/this-tribe-helped-the-pilgrims-survive-for-their-first-thanksgiving-they-still-regret-it-400-years-later/

Who can blame their regret?



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