What is a Traditionalist?

An answer to this question

So, what is this traditional person and/or why should that even matter in today’s fast pace world?

A traditionalist is anyone still with the love, teaching (learning) and understanding of our ancestors, their culture and ceremonies, while keeping their promise to their elders (now ancestors) have learned how to keep applying this knowledge in today’s world.

It is possible to remember the culture and why they were so important in the old days, while enjoying the progress of this age, in prayer and ceremonies enjoy the culture of your ancestors.

Keep your i-pads, your music, cars and internet while remembering how to invite Creator (God) into you dance, drum and prayer.

It is not only possible but enjoyable to be married in a church while also being married by a Traditional Spiritual Leader.

It is a dear, loving moment to bury your loved one with religion and also with your tribal family with a Traditional Spiritual Leader and so on.

Don’t havr one, hook up with one, only please be very careful with your choice!

Ask an elder!

AHO

What is prayer?

What is prayer?

A question asked to my  blog today
looking for a prayer to say at a ceremony.

prayers for ceremonies Tombstone Arizona
United States.

www.google.com/search?q=prayers+for+ceremonies&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=…

A prayer for any ceremony around the world
is always a good thing, a prayer said at a Native American ceremony if you are
not a Spiritual leader is very simple however, the best thing ever at any
ceremony.

First clear you mind of thinking fancy, in
fact clean your mind period, open your heart and just talk with your creator,
Creator is always by your side and will be glad to hear from you!

In your own words.

Do you offer tobacco at a native American wedding?

Do you offer tobacco at a native American wedding?

Yes!

A good Traditional Spiritual leader uses a lot of tobacco (Kinnick,
Kinnick) and charges you nothing for the service, so yes a good traditional
spiritual leader is always in need of the herbs (Kinnick~ Kinnick).

One should also remember that a tobacco gift given the correct way is a
prayer for a blessing to the person receiving your gift, so you can gift this
herb anytime that you feel the need to.

Because a traditional native American is always giving out this herb,
receiving this herb is a blessing to the pocket book.

Our gift given tobacco is Kinnick~ Kinnick!

Dishes for native American naming ceremony.

Today’s question of the day.

Dishes for native American naming ceremony.

To make it a shorter blog let me start with,
all of the ceremonies by my people, the Eastern Woodland, American Natives
usually serve something like coffee and desert at any practice meetings and at
the beginning of all our ceremonies.

Most of the time the tribal clan mothers will
have a pot luck meal after the ceremony for a social friendship gathering,
check with a Clan Mother or the Spiritual leader, because sometime a tribe will
just have it catered.

Although this cost some money, it will relieve
a lot of pressure on everyone.

A Traditional Native American Pot Luck.

This is a great way to go if you are having
your ceremony someplace that has a kitchen, We would always have a member in
the Knights of Columbus, Grange hall, Church, Polish, Elks, or Moose club,
anything along that line.

Because our tribe carried on a tradition
started in the 40’s by my grandfather, try to hold a meeting a month as close
as possible to different elders, making it easy for each to make a meeting, so
we needed to find many good, clean, friendly, cost efficient places.

THE SISTERS OF EMBRACEMENT SITE.

I have been reading
with interest and agreement this website and thought that you would like to do
the same.

http://www.sistersofembracement.org/index.htm

This is some
interesting quotes from the website.

This exists with
that. That exists with this. When this ceases, so does that.

The Red Path, a Holy
and Powerful Path to God

God, the Great
Mystery, is Ever-Present in His Nature

Many people
mistakenly think that Native Americans pray to rocks, trees, the wind, fire,
water, animals etc. But the fact is that in True Native Spirituality, God-The
Great Unknown/Mystery is Always Present in His Nature and Elements and He is
referred to and named in prayer. This is an important point…God is prayed to
by NAME, even if that name is “mystery”, “Great Spirit” or
“Wonder”, there is still A Name, A Person referred to, whether Male
or Female, A Superior Being is believed there and listening to our prayers.
Practicing a spirituality that prays to things, without mention of A Superior
Being of any kind, is paganism…not Native American Spirituality.

There are roughly 500
different Native American Nations and each practice unique and individual
spiritual traditions, rituals and prayers. We here at Sisters of Embracement
could not even hope to cover a third of the different ways of Native
Spirituality, but we offer what we do know about the Native Ways that some of
our sisters do practice which is the Lakota Way.

I would say that my new friends are
covering just about all of our over 500 tribes spiritual ways AHO?

Native American ceremony to fight evil spirits?

If
you have a pouch that you know Creator has blessed, believe that it has been
blessed so no evil can enter into you, as long as you keep believing!

http://mysmudgingblog.blogspot.com/search?q=Pouch

If
you do not have a pouch, buy one, have someone make it for you or even better
make your own.

This is a good site for a beginner however, use your own imagination while crafting.

Please!
Buy the skin, Sachems is from Moose skin however, do not go out and kill for
any reason especially for a little pouch.

http://www.nativetech.org/clothing/pouch/puzzlepouch/puzzlepouchinstructions.html

The internet ( with the blessings of Creator) will help in this project.

Then contact your nearest Spiritual leader, eye to eye, phone, or on the internet
for what comes next.

Native American 13 moon Warrior.

Blog question of the day.

Can a male go through the 13 moon ceremony?

The simple answer would be Yes, I guess?

Knowing by this question this person has no idea what is involved, this is the best answer to that question.

Being over 70 years now and confessing never heard of a boy or a man going through a Tribal Clan Mother 13 Moon Ceremony.

However, in this era of male/female discrimination, anything may be possible?

Now all one needs do is find a Spiritual Leader willing to over look this male/female fact and spend all of this time with this person necessary to complete the ceremony?

How to gift a Spiritual leader?

Native American Spirituality.

“Spirituality is not religion to American Natives.

Religion is not a Native concept, it is a non Native word,

with implications of things that often end badly, like

Holy wars, in the name of individual God’s and so on.

Native people do not ask what religion another Native is,

because they already know the answer.

To Native people, spirituality is about the Creator, period.”

Gifting a spiritual leader.

A spiritual leader is just another worker for Creator, one would gift them as you would any traditional Native person.

The traditional way to give is a gift of tobacco (Kicnic-kicnic), as the request is made to gift that person.

Remember, the left side of a person is the closest to the heart so, when you are sure that that person knows that you are approaching and with the gift in your left hand, reach out to that persons left hand, with your eyes looking at their heart, hand the gift, hand to hand.

A traditional leader uses a lot of this tobacco so, you can be sure that it will be greatly appreciated.

Native American Traditional Gift Giving?

Gift giving the American native way.

Unfortunately for me, many of the blog questions have been coming from Canada so, please be mindful of the fact that even though it is true that many of my people traveled, not knowing what a boarded was, this blog answers questions from the knowledge of my elders now ancestors.

There are many ways for you to ask your question.

Question of the day.

Does one have to give a gift at a traditional native wedding?

NO!

Every gift on Mother Earth is given by Creator freely, therefore, every gift must be given freely, no matter what the ceremony.

That said, Creator never said that you cannot give a gift your way.

Most Spiritual leaders frown on money gifts as an after though, Kinnick~ Kinnick (Herbs) would be the preferred way to gift.

You may gift or not gift whatever you wish to gift, your gift is the correct gift to give.

What is an Elder?

The Elder

An Elder is given the title and recognition as Elder by other Elders of his/her respective community or nation. They are selected based on their experience as mediators, their spiritual and traditional knowledge and their capacity to pass on these experiences to others.

One does not have to be a senior citizen to be an Elder.

The gifted individual is given the position of Elder by spiritual and human acceptance, and must commit to fulfill his/her responsibilities to ensure that traditional values, principles and other teachings are passed along, and to provide instruction to help individuals live in the right way.

In the performance of these activities, the Elder may be assisted by an Elder’s Helper.

During ceremonies, Elders may choose to smudge prior to the others in a group or they may often be offered a place of respect at the head of a line.

When food is served, Elders should be served before others in attendance, this is a respect that they have earned.

Grandfather Elder.

Everyone should know, at least in every tribe that I have visited, that Grandfather is a name sometime used for Creator.

Grandfather is also used as a sign of esteem admiration to an elder that has satisfied the requirements as stated above.

Grandmother Elder.

In a Matriarch society one must walk very carefully and carry a few red pouches when attempting to call an elder Grandmother.

One needs to be familiar with the person and her people so as not to get in a problem, women do not like to be reminded of age, so keep this in mind.