- Aug 6, 2007When you are a child of the land youcome to appreciate the moments of pleasure whenthe early morning sun gilds the tree trunks andthrows shadows across the garden. And whenevening comes with its cool shadows and nocturnalsounds you revel in your native ways.The woods at night ring with golden bellsall blending in a joyous sound that is the locustchorus. And suddenly it all stops and for a briefmoment there is total silence and then the highplaintive mewl of an owl. It is an evening concertand you are alone with it--except for those wholived on these wooded ridges and loved it too. Theconductor is the hour that leads it all in a song ofthe heart.There is no other place for us.BLACKTOOTH1900By: Joyce Sequichie HiflerThere is a special magic and holinessabout the girl and woman. There arethe bringers of life to the people, andthe teachers of the little children.-SWEET MEDICINE,CHEYENNEOn This Date inNative American HistoryAugust 6, 1975: President Gerald Fordsigned into law an act granting non-English-speaking citizens, includingAmerican Indians, the right to vote inmore than one language."We have to have one mind for the FourDirections. Until we reach that one mind,we cannot be filled withunderstanding....The Creator will notanswer until you have just one mind, justlike if you have one person."-Grandfather William CommandaALGONQUINThe Elders have taught us to balance our livesemotionally, mentally, physically and spiritu-ally. If I am out of control emotionally, I getangry, doubtful or erratic, I am out of bal-lance. If I trigger bad mental pictures of mybrothers and sisters, I am out of balance. If Iget too hungry, angry, lonely or tired, I amout of balance physically. If I don't pray andtalk to the Creator daily, I am out of balancespiritually. To be centered, I must be in bal-lance. The Creator talks to me in the quiet andstill place. So if I get angry, what should I dofirst is to pause and get still so I can hear theguidance of the Grandfathers.Oh GreatSpirit whosevoice I hear inthe winds,protect andkeep me safetoday - hearmy prayers.
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