Pre European History for North American People

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Pre European History for North American People

Pre 1600 knowledge, myth, lore, ways, & history upon the Native Peoples of the North Western Part of the world. Trying to relearn the teaching stories & ways of the past.

Website: http://travelingwithintheworld.ning.com/group/preeuropeanhistoryfornorthamericanpeople
Location: Within nature itself and the winds of time
Members: 35
Latest Activity: Feb 24, 2014

" In ages past, our old ones were the storytellers. This was the way things were passed along to the generations that followed. For this reason the aged people made it a point to remember every detail so they could relate it at a later time. They were the word and picture carriers making history and spirtual values alive and important. In recent times we have made our old ones think they are not so important. We spoof their stories and make them feel foolish. The truth is that we are ignorant of what is precious and how to 'a da li he li tse di -- appreciate age. Rigidity can creep in and set even the young mind if there are no soft memories, no laughter, no times too deep for tears. Age is grace -- a time too valuable to waste." Joyce Sequichie Hifler

While Native American culture has struggled to survive through centuries of  displacement and assimilation, the stories and legends passed on from generation to generation refuse to die; this is perhaps due to their common, timeless message of peace and harmony with nature, which is now more relevant with each passing year.

Long ago, before the conquistadors, colonists, missionaries, and settlers came to North-America from Europe, there were thousands of tribes, clans, and peoples of various beliefs and customs living in longhouses, teepees, aps, and other dwellings; hunting, fishing, farming and gathering, only taking what was needed, and making the most of every animal killed in the hunt, or plant which had been harvested.

While cultures and customs varied, all Native American Indian beliefs were rooted in Animism, meaning that they believed the universe was bound together by the spirits within all natural life, from plants, animals, humans, water, and even the Earth itself.

 Although all of the texts appearing in thiws group are in the English language, the goal is to present each text in it's earliest translated form, so that the richness of the details would still be present; undiluted from centuries of retellings.

We recognize that there are many more stories and legends which do not yet appear in this group, and that there are many other tribes which are not yet represented in her as well, but we intend to add more texts in the future, based on suggestions and submissions.  For now, enjoy the ancient lore of the Algonquin, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chinook, Choctaw, Chumash, Comanche, Creek, Hopi, Iroquois, Lakota, Lenape, Mohawk, Navajo, Seneca, Sioux, and others, and share your comments and ideas on your group.

By keeping Native American culture alive through storytelling, we may learn a thing or two about the world we live in.

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Feathers by Amy

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 11, 2014.

How the wendigo spirit came to be. by Kixs

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 19, 2014.

An Old Story - Blackfoot

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5 Alternative Lessons for Teachers During Heritage Month

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Lakota Sioux Creation Myth - Wind Cave Story 1 Reply

Started by PerseH ~Staff Wrangler~. Last reply by Vito Belmonte Aug 21, 2013.

peace pipe 1 Reply

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NATIVE INDIAN SKIN-WALKERS

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 22, 2012.

Early native Americans of the west by maurice jamie jodoin 1 Reply

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jul 25, 2012.

Ojibwa story of how corn came to the people. by Kixs

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jun 5, 2012.

Native American Indian Traditional Code of Ethics from Larry White Buffalo

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Apr 9, 2012.

Hopi Kachina Songs

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Apr 2, 2012.

North American Indian Gods by D.W. Owens

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 26, 2012.

Native Info...more of... by Rev. Carol A. Ingle AKA Raven

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Dec 9, 2011.

Wolf Gate - In Search of the Pathfinder 1 Reply

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Wade C. Dec 6, 2011.

National American Indian Heritage Month

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Nov 22, 2011.

SIOUX LEGENDS 7 Replies

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SENECA LEGENDS 1 Reply

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NAVAJO LEGENDS 2 Replies

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MOHAWK LEGENDS 2 Replies

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 10, 2014 at 1:24pm
"The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the dust and blood of our ancestors."
-- Plenty Coups, CROW
Mother Earth is the source of life and the place all life returns to. She gives us life. She feeds us through our journey and she waits for us to return to her. The Indian way is to recognize the earth as the place of our ancestors. That is why certain places on earth are considered sacred areas and sacred land; this is the place of our ancestors. We all need to reflect upon the earth, the place where our ancestors lived. We need to have love and respect for the earth.

My Creator, let me honor the place of our ancestors, Mother Earth

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 9, 2014 at 12:18pm
"It can be 100 degrees in the shade one afternoon and suddenly there comes a storm with hailstones as big as golf balls, the prairie is all white and your teeth chatter. That's good - a reminder that you are just a small particle of nature, not so powerful as you think."
-- Lame Deer, LAKOTA
No event, no relationship, no joy, no sadness, no situation ever stays the same. Every setback is only temporary. Even setbacks change. Why? Because the Great Spirit designed the world to be constantly changing. We are not the center of the universe, we are but a small part. The whole is constantly changing, and we as humans are constantly participating in the change. We have two choices, to resist change or participate in the change. Every change can be resisted, and every change can be made in cooperation. What will I choose today, resistance or cooperation?

Great Spirit, teach me to make cooperative changes

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 8, 2014 at 11:15am
"No individual or group can block another individual's path or change it against what fits his nature and his purpose. It might be done for a time, but in the end it won't work out."
-- Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
Every person is born for a purpose. We may know our purpose very early in our lives, or it may take us some time. Very often we need to experience many things before our purpose is clear to us. Sometimes we pick our goals to please others. Sometimes others pick our goals to make themselves happy. Often this makes us unhappy. We need to pray to the Creator and ask Him what our purpose is. When we live outside our purpose, our path is full of obstacles. When we live inside our purpose, our path is smooth. When we are aligned to our purpose, we are happy and content.

Great Spirit, whisper to me, in terms I can understand, what You would have me do and I will do it

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 7, 2014 at 7:49am
"I can tell you that understanding begins with love and respect. It begins with respect for the Great Spirit. All things - and I mean ALL things - have their own will and their own way and their own purpose; this is what is to be respected."
-- Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
Everything on earth has a purpose and is designed special. No two things are created identical. Sometimes in our minds we have a picture of how things should be, and often what we see is different from what they really are. When this happens we often want to control how things are, making them act or behave according to our picture. We need to leave things alone. God is running all things. How do we do this? In our minds we tell ourselves to love all things and respect all things just as they are. Accept what we cannot change.

Great Spirit, teach me the value of respect and help me to accept people, places and things just as they are

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 6, 2014 at 12:33pm
"We hold on to our otuhan, our give-aways, because they help us to remain Indians."
-- Lame Deer, LAKOTA
Our traditional communities and villages function on interdependence. Share the deer and give freely of what you have to another. Another way to express this principle is, it's better to give than to receive. To share what you have eliminates complexity. The Elders say, live a simple life. One of the principles in the Unseen World is, the more you give, the more you get. You can become a channel for abundance for your family, tribe, or community. A giving person sets up a flow or replacement. Whatever you share will be returned to you in an amount equal or greater. The Indian way is for everyone to give to another, thus the community wins.

Great Spirit, today, teach me the principle of giving. Let me be Your channel of abundance

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 5, 2014 at 1:20pm
"Let the person I serve express his thanks according to his own bringing up and his sense of humor."
-- Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX
"It is better to give than receive." But it doesn't really matter if we are giving or receiving. There is an identical feeling associated with both. We get this feeling every time we receive. We can't control when we receive gifts but we can control when we give gifts. Therefore, the more we give, the better we feel. When we are given gifts, or someone does something for us, it is the Indian way to honor this person.

Great Spirit, let me honor and be respectful to those who are good to me today

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 4, 2014 at 7:38am
"We say there is a right time and place for everything. It's easy to say, but hard to understand. You have to live it to understand it."
-- Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
The Elders tell us there is a right time and a right place. Don't plant seeds in the fall - wrong time. One way we find out about the right time and right place is our experience. If we are lucky, we have a few friends who will share their experience; this will help us too. The best way is to let God guide us. Only He knows the right time and the right place. So we need to pray and ask Him for guidance.

Great Spirit, show me patience so I can live in the right time and right place

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 3, 2014 at 11:25am
"It's very hard to do things in the right manner, but as long as we do things right, we are in turn with the Great Spirit."
-- Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
When we are right with the Great Spirit, we are right with all things. It is impossible to be out of harmony with anything or anybody when we are in harmony with the Great One. So, if during the day a problem crops up and someone makes us mad, the best thing we can do is talk to the Creator first, ask for His help, then continue our conversation with the other person. In this way, our emotional nature will keep aligned with our thoughts, and we will always stay right with the Great Spirit.

Great Spirit, I ask You to guide me on the Red Road today

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 2, 2014 at 8:11am
"Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is everything where power moves."
-- Black Elk (Hehaka sapa), OGLALA SIOUX
In these modern times it is difficult to understand why we should think circles and seasons. People and society are always moving, through distance, over yonder, going here and going there - hurry up, grow up, be successful, climb the ladder of success, etc. The Elders tell us to slow down, to be patient, pray and think circles. Circle thinking applies to relationships, business and every area of our lives. We need to teach our awareness to look for seasons and cycles.

My Creator, teach me the seasons of growth

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 1, 2014 at 10:58am
"You can't just sit down and talk about the truth. It doesn't work that way. You have to live it and be part of it and you might get to know it."
-- Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
We all read books that have much information in them. Often we pick up on little sayings that we remember. Inside of us is the little owl, the owl of knowing. It talks to us - guiding us and nurturing us. Often when we get information, it's hard to live by, but it's easy to talk about. It's living the Red Road that counts - Walk the Talk. If we really want freedom in our lives, if we really want to be happy, if we really want to have peace of mind, it's the truth we must seek.

My Creator, help me in my search for the truth today

 

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

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A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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