Native Americans gather to celebrate traditions

By Ryan Broussard

rybroussard@theadvocate.com/

on

November 24, 2013

Native American traditions on display at ‘powwow

http://theadvocate.com/news/ascension/7641954-123/native-american-traditions-on-display

Welcome to some of my teachings from a visitor from GONZALES Baton Rouge, LA

http://www.gonzalesla.com/

Yes it is somewhat unusual to see a drum or two in the middle of a circle in today’s world.

As for is it a problem for elder traditional natives?

I hope not.

You see even though I am not familiar with tribes around New Orleans although I have been there to taste some really fine food, I am real pleased to see tradition at its best.

In my part of the country, the north east, long before first contact and the word powwow as you know it, we celebrated a ceremony known as a Paw-paus.

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/what-is-this-thing-called-pawpaus/

As explained in some of our posting, our sacred fire was over in the west of the circle for sacred reasons and the drums

(the heartbeat of mother earth and our tribe)

was always in the circle as we danced around them with Kiehtan our Creator.

GONZALES — As dancers of all ages filed into a tribal circle Saturday, U.S. Army veteran Shaun Murphy joined the familiar ritual, swaying to the Native American rhythms hammered out by drummers in the circle’s center.

Of course this gathering in indoors so one would not expect to see a fire in that circle however, it could very well be outdoors in the west?

Triangle inside a circle

Welcome to the visitor from the

city Idyllwild California

http://www.idyllwild.com/

And the

city San Jose California

http://www.sanjoseca.gov/

Looking for information about a triangle inside of a circle?

to one of my websites

Circle

http://walkingfox.tripod.com/id11.html

I was going to pass this question and keep checking my trackers however, you asked for a

Native American symbol of a triangle inside of our circle?

I am only familiar with western native tribes such as the ones in your state from a second hand source however, this source is familiar with those tribes and I have been to a few, so I believe that they, as with our tribes over on the east coast, would never place anything like an occult, Christian or Muslim sign into their or our circles, if they do then it is no longer a Native American Circle, but a Muslim, Christian or Occult Circle!

With this in mind one must conclude that you were at one of their gathering?

If it is a traditional native American gathering at a true native circle it is always about Creator?

What does the circle of life mean in the Native American belief

Welcome to the visitor from a neighbor visitor from the city of Westerly Rhode Island

http://www.citytowninfo.com/places/rhode-island/westerly

To my old tripod website

http://walkingfox.tripod.com/id11.html

Because tripod changed/sold the good website and opened something else?

I, along with millions of others, no longer have control of the site.

However, you may wish to try a few of my better sites/blogs?

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/circle-of-life/

http://mysmudgingblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/natives-circle-of-life.html

In the mean time a few helping hints might help?

The Circle is the oldest symbol of the world.

The Circle is a reminder of our connections to Mother Earth.

The sun, mood and planets travel in circles.

The Circle is the symbol of the heartbeat of all people.

Because of this and a notice that life itself is a circle, dead to live back to death.

The four seasons, summer, fall, winter, spring and so on.

Keeper of the Fire After Grand Entry

Assuming that the fire is now started and Grand Entry, Flag song, Veterans honor and so forth are now going on.

Fire Keeper, not to be confused with the Keeper of the Circle unless one person is assigned to do both, now becomes an invisible, for lack of an English word, fire feeder, to me the most important job or job of joy during the gathering, sitting with Kiehtan?

If everything from my last posting is completed correctly and we are talking Paw paus and some earlier powwows, your circle is now ready for the Firekeeper prayers for a blessing from Kiehtan and a visit.

Firekeeper/Keeper of the Circle

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/firekeeper/

Kiehtan has come to visit with the people so the Firekeeper and assistants must keep the fire going for the length of the Paw-paus or powwow.

The first thing we must understand before going any further would be that only Creator can bless anyone or anything, I cannot emphasize this enough times!

Only Creator (Kiehtan) can bless.

Blessings come down to Mother Earth, never up from her or any creations!

If the smudging of the circle is done correctly you should feel a peace of mind and a need to fellowship while in your circle.

Remember the bucket of shame at the east from the last posting?

You were asked, if you wanted, to put all bad thoughts into this bucket and Kiehtan removed them so now stand by for your blessing, if you are a believer?

My three favorite words are “Before first contact.”

Paw-paus fire, as stated in earlier postings is at the west out on the grounds someplace convenient so now smudging can commence without disturbing dancers and attendants.

For many years after this first contact the fire was also in the west because as you may know if you have been to these newer age gatherings, the East is clogged up for far too long while the head veteran is lining up the flags and veterans, dancers are making ready to enter and many others are standing around in the way waiting for their time to be smudged.

This cannot look good to outsider visitors?

Shechaim Ohjieshan

CIRCLE of LIFE?

What is this circle of life question that keeps coming up on my trackers?
I, as have many people, posted about this subject a few times however, it is still the number one question of the trackers?
I can only speak as a traditionalist elder and from teaching from my elders from the New England area.
Our circle of life started long ago while (Creator) and (Father Sky) were on one of their walks around, what we now call the universe, which was already a circle of life in of its self.
Each time they passed this, a circle of water, they paused with pride in its beauty. On one of those trips there was an agreement to speak with (Turtle Woman) about an addition for this circle of water. About going down to this circle of water and become what we now call land (Mother Earth). Mother Earth asked and received children to care for as part of this agreement, then became the mother of all creation on this new circle. We (Humans) are but a member of this creation, at no time did Creator, Father Sky or Mother Earth call us the Top of the Food Chain? Humans are but a small piece of this circle so, if we were to take away all of our weapons then see how we make out in a fight with those animals that we call our food chain?
Creator and Father Sky still circle around this universe, Mother Earth still turns in a circle and still circles around our sun which still circles around in this universe. Creation is a circle from birth (life) young growth, age and death, a circle of life.
Native American circle of life meaning.
The Circle is the oldest symbol of the world. The Circle is a reminder of our connections to Mother Earth. The sun, mood and planets travel in circles. The Circle is the symbol. Our drums are circles and the heartbeat of all people. Our gatherings, powwows and Paw-paus are held in a circle. the four corners and four directions ceremonies are through a circle. Without this circle there would be no life.
https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/native-american-symbol-for-sacred-circle-of-life/

http://mysmudgingblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/native-circles.html
http://mysmudgingblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/native-american-sacred-circle.html

Miracles From the Sky.

Adopt-A-Native-Elder
Program

http://www.anelder.org/

Miracles
From the Sky:

The
Program is organized in the Native American Spirit of

the
Giveaway Circle.

http://www.anelder.org/index.php?ID=881

The
Giveaway Circle has a tradition of giving the best that we have.

That
may be a gift of time, talents or skills, or actual gifts of food and clothing.

The
miracle is the letters and gifts that arrive from people that they don’t know
and may never meet.

Sacred Corners.

THE FOUR SACRED CORNERS.

(Shehukte Kina Konacya).

A question was asked of me so, because I use the words “Sacred Four Corners”, I need to explain.

Please keep in mind that we have never and will never go into the many sacred ceremonies in writings because they are our Sacred Ceremonies.

Everything in an American Native’s ( Native American) culture is with the circle of life or within a circle, Mother Earth, Powwow circle, Paw~ paus circle, Fire circle, Prayer circle, even our Alters are in a circle.

Then why would we be speaking about corners?

In the Eastern Woodland Culture ( my people), Corners is speaking about our people in these circles at our Sacred Ceremonies, Naming, Funeral, 13 Moon, wedding and so on.

Herbs in a circle are being used by my people.

Herb type tobacco is the first plant that the Creator gave to the people.

It is the leader of all the plant life.

Sage, Cedar and Sweet grass, follow this tobacco (Kinnick~Kinnick) and together this is the four sacred corners (medicines).

The sacred medicines are used in everyday life along with our ceremonies.

Kinnick~ Kinnick is always at the east gate because the east is always first in ceremonies, sweet grass in the south gate because it is mild, quiet and calm, sage in the west strong in control watching for our safety and cedar in the north because our people live in the northern most part of Indian country.

Naming Ceremony Protocol.

First and the most important thing would be to make sure that you are an American native, to find this out ask an elder.

The traditional way to make a request to receive your American Native name is to give a gift of tobacco (Kinnick, Kinnick), as the request is made, to the person you are requesting the name from.

You and your family should also plan a meal or “feast” to celebrate after the ceremony is completed.

If  others are receiving their names, the covered dishes will be shared.

Present a gift of herbs from your left hand to the left hand of the individual you are wishing to receive a name from, this means heart to heart.

This person should be a person you respect and should be someone who is an American Native elder from the nation that you are requesting a name.

Personally ask if you may make a request of this person, either in person, by phone or e-mail.

Receive this individual’s consent to allow you to make a request.

Honor a male and a female with this herb and request that they stand with you as sponsors at the ceremony.

These should be individuals who have made a significant impact in your life and are familiar with that American Native Tribe.

Naming ceremony is held in a prayer circle with a fire, both of which must be properly prepared. (Honor the prayer circle with appropriate attire and attitudes.

Regalia should be worn if available.

Give thanks to the Creator and all the sponsors.  One should NEVER have to pay for any American Native gift; If you do the gift will be void, and so will the ceremony!

Remember, our Creator gave the gifts freely and so should we, a gift like herbs or something native is permitted, and any gift can be permitted as long as it is freely given!

Naming Ceremony Protocol.

Some people are still charging for teaching and or ceremonies, this is so wrong.

This has been covered in my blog and website Naming Ceremony Protocol.

On my Tobacco blog it was explained that a tracker on my blog and website is used as one of many teaching tool.

When people ask questions about ceremonies it is very important to understand that one should never pay for teaching or ceremonies, the only exception is native tobacco ( Kicnic-kicnic also known as herbs) and if Some family’s give a meal after however, that is up to a family not for payment.

Kinnick – Kinnick before going through a sacred ceremony is just another package of herbs and can be sold!

What Creator gives for free must remain free.

While using search engines you see that many tribes have their way to do ceremonies.

As with ours, in most tribes it is O. K. to have a baby invited into a naming ceremony, as long as there is no charge. Creator used a Red Fox to give me my name at the age of 6.

Many tribes also have a naming ceremony once the person is old enough to know what it is all about, the only real important thing to remember is, allow time for an elder to go to Creator in prayer for the correct name, this should if possible be done before the day of the ceremony, because all ceremonies must be blessed by Creator or there really is no ceremony.

Yes this is getting redundant however, wannabe spiritual leaders are still doing, not performing, ceremonies and are still charging.

This is a repeat of an earlier blog.

First and the most important thing would be to make sure that you are an American native, to find this out ask an elder.

The traditional way to make a request to receive your American native name is to give a gift of Kinnick – kinnick, as the request is made, to the person you are requesting the name from.

You and your family must also plan a meal or “feast” to celebrate after the Naming Ceremony is completed.

If others are receiving their names, the covered dishes will be shared.

Present a gift of tobacco from your left hand to the left hand of the individual you are wishing to receive a name from this means heart to heart.

This person should be a person you respect and must be someone who is an American native elder from the nation that you are requesting a name from.

Personally ask if you may make a request of this person, either in person, by phone or e-mail. Receive this individual’s consent to allow you to make a request.

Honor a male and a female with tobacco and request that they stand with you as sponsors at the ceremony. These should be individuals who have made a significant impact in your life and are familiar with that American native nation.

Naming ceremony is held in a prayer circle with a fire, both of which must be properly prepared. (Honor the prayer circle with appropriate attire and attitudes. Regalia should be worn if available.)

Give thanks to the Creator and all the sponsors.

One should NEVER have to pay for any American native gift;

If you do the gift will be void, and so will the ceremony!