To my new friend that wishes to quit smoking? I smoked around 3 packs a day until 1986, yes, I quit a thousand times, not good enough! One day my union offered me free nicotine patches to help me quit, so I took them up on it. The patches soon gave me a real bad rash, skin broke out, (Native Americans are allergic to chemicals) so I stopped the patches. However, I did everything else that the little booklet told me to do as in picking a date in my future to quit (just a few days) and dump all smokes! If you stick with this you may find as I did that it really is not that hard even for us cowards? Most of the smoking is in the head not in the mind or the heart, hope that this helps? Creator (GOD) Bless, give this an honest try?
Time to thank my V.A.
Today was my day to give some of my blood plus other fluids to the VA.
I walked in the door about 20 minutes early as usual and waited my turn at the window.
This guy walked out of the lab room, cane in tow and right up to my face?
I am use to most of the people in the building being friendly however, this had never happened before.
He said “GOOD MORNING, HAPPY NEW YEAR”, I said “Good Morning and a happy new year to you”.
At the door he turned and said So what part of the country are you from?
I am guessing because of my shirt with the big red fox on it (a Paw~ paus gift) my Prayer pouch and long hair got up his Curiosity?
I said originally from Connecticut.
He said “anywhere around all of that shooting”?
I said “just around the corner, it is a beautiful town”.
Have you ever been in a real loud room that went stone quiet in a second?
As I turned around to once again face the window, Everyone in the room was standing heads bowed in prayer for the children, not a dry eye in the room, including mine.
Now that is togetherness! Thank you to my Veteran brothers & Sisters!
If we can clone and mass-produce this teenager!
Teen with cerebral palsy (and his opponent) are wrestling inspirations
Thank you John for your question (Welcome Home).
This should get the attention of all of those wannabe people selling so called Sacred herb to the unknowing public!
Hundreds of years ago it was necessary to have a Medicine Man, a Medicine Women, a Chief, a Sachem, Clan Mother, Warriors and so on, each had their own job helping the tribe, communication was by drum, smoke signals runners and so on.
In today’s fast paced world with computers the world is a much smaller place because of the ease of communication.
Today’s medicine people must hide their information because of the thousands of unscrupulous people that only want to make money off of your lack of knowledge about herbs!
Remember, the only way to know that a Medicine Man is in fact a Medicine Man is to catch him doing his job, a bragger is just that, a bragger, nothing else!
The work of a Medicine person, as with any other member of a tribe around the world was never a secret to be kept from the rest of the people?
Any native man worth his salt will tell you the same thing “behind every worthy man is a worthy women pushing, pulling, nagging, and teaching him along the correct path!
In other words, a Medicine Man receives his medicine from a Medicine Women, the Medicine Women goes out to find the herb, collects the correct herbs, mixes them correctly and gives them to the Medicine Man, both of them in a ceremony ask Creator for the blessing of the herbs, so to be correctly taught, go to your Medicine Women first!
While it is always a good thing to read books on herbs and all that has been learned about them, trust only your people to teach the ancestors ways.
While on the subject of herbs, Seaweed ( as was discussed in an earlier posting) has been a staple in the mix of herbs all up and down the east coast however, we never mix poisons into a mix as being done by Euro Americans today!
After you collect or buy herbs that you wish to use in your ceremony and only if you have a pure heart, in other words you are not one of those thousands of wannabe’s out to get your hands into the public’s pockets, all you need to do is find a quiet place out of sight of the public and ask Creator to bless your herbs so that you can use them in your ceremonies!
It is OK to sell herbs, one can NEVER sell Sacred, Blessed, Herbs, just too make more money from the public, Creator is watching!
It is always good to sell and teach herbs to help in healing!
The only person that I would CALL OUT before a person calling themselves a Medicine person that stands in a sacred circle giving the prayer at Grand Entry with a long winded prayer to his or her gods, would be someone like this the following!
A self appointed bag of wind telling a lot of words, all half truths!
SO MUCH FOR THE MYTHS
CONSIDER THE FACTS ON CARRAGEENAN FOR A CHANGE
Q. What is Carrageenan??
A. Carrageenan is a naturally-occurring seaweed extract. It is widely used in foods and non-foods to improve texture and stability. Common uses include meat and poultry, dairy products, canned pet food, cosmetics and toothpaste.
Just because you call yourself a doctor and you can full up my blogger with a lot of words, does not make you an expert, nor does your long winded statement, on my blogger, make your statements true!
Indigenous people have been getting sick on your chemicals for all of those years you write about!
Each time we eat something that has your safe product in it we get extremely sick, we eat the same foods without your product in it we do not?
Just making my statement on my blogger!
Welcome to Powell Ohio
Ohio is the land of the Shawnee people.
Bing.com: how is tobacco wrapped when presenting to an elder
Your question is a good one however, search has taken you to a site that does not answer your question totally.
how is tobacco wrapped when presenting to an elder
As long as it is Herbs such as Kinnick-Kinnick it can be wrapped (Red Cloth) or freely given, not a Cigarette or Cigar!
When walking up to this elder, assuming your elder is a traditionalist, please make sure that this elder knows that you are coming, be respectful, show your herbs in your left hand, ( no need to be over the top, just make sure that the elder knows what you are about to do) then reach out with the tobacco while still in your left hand to the elders left hand.
Explain the purpose for the tobacco.
Once again being respectful back away a few steps and be on your way with the full knowledge that Creator is smiling on you while on your journey!
Red represents your mother, Mother Earth.
Smoking a cigarette, like smallpox blankets, Jails (Reservations), and whisky, has always been a European form of annihilation of our people.
At no time before first contact, did indigenous people smoke a chemical cigarette!
Yes, it is true that many people call what we do while at a pipe ceremony “smoking a pipe” however, inside of this pipe, if one is a traditionalist, is very strong herbs (Kinnick, Kinnick) so we would not inhale that smoke!
So, what makes one think that they were passed around at our ceremonies?
Passing around chemical type cigarette’s is the true oxymoron!
Death from a cigarette!
My ancestors were simple common sense people.
Their tobacco was grown without chemicals, the ancestors did not need them!
Today our elders know that cigarettes cause cancer, even if they smoke, someone that they know and love has died a horrible death from this cancer.
Please do not insult them by an offering of a cancer causing cigarette.
Will you please use Kinnick~ Kinnick (herbs)?
While trying to get information across country making ready for another sacred ceremony it became clear just how hard this is getting to be.
The traditionalists must be very careful about what they say, do and write because there are copycat phonies everywhere they go just waiting to pounce on anything that they believe can make a buck off the unknowing public.
For instance, in the early 1980’s when someone said ” O.K. so you cannot take money, what can you take to thank you for your work in my ceremony”?
The answer was, ” A Spiritual Teacher (Leader) can always use Tobacco because a good teacher is always busy and at each meeting, gathering or ceremony they use a lot of tobacco”.
So, throughout the 80’s and 90’s phony native teachers would hand out and except a pack of cigarettes as payment for services.
If you wish to give a cigarette or two to a known smoker, this is between you and that smoker.
If you wish to gift a Spiritual Teacher for any reason, please do not hand over a cancer stick.
Traditionalist do teach many ceremonies like naming, weddings, funerals and adoptions however, as with the cigarettes, copycat phonies jumped on this also.
Now at many gatherings and/or powwows you might hear, ” I just got my Indian name” or “I was just adopted by so and so”!
It takes weeks, months and sometimes years for most of these ceremonies when done correctly!
If money or goods of any kind other then herb changed hands, you have been duped by one of these phonies!
Looking for information about
where can you buy blessed sweet grass
You can buy sacred herbs, not blessed, at many places and yes some people ship however, once blessed it will always be free!
If it is not free it was never blessed by any traditional spiritual native!
Herbs are Tobacco, Sweet grass, Sage, Herbs and Cigarettes!
What we must always teach our doctors!
Assume that they do not know!
Native Americans are missing an enzyme.
When the enzyme is missing no melanin is produced, tyrosinasenegative albinism and tyrosinase-positive albinism.
Native Americans have a high incidence to both forms of albinism.
“No we are not drunken Indians”
“Yes we are allergic to many chemicals”!
Please be careful.