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

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

5 Alternative Lessons for Teachers During Heritage Month

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Nov 15, 2013.

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

Started by daniel chester. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 19, 2013.

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

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 27, 2011.

SENECA LEGENDS 1 Reply

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NAVAJO LEGENDS 2 Replies

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 27, 2011.

MOHAWK LEGENDS 2 Replies

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 3, 2013 at 1:12pm
"I believe that being a medicine man, more than anything else, is a state of mind, a way of looking at and understanding this earth, a sense of what it is all about."
-- Lame Deer, LAKOTA
The Medicine Wheel explains different ways of looking at the world. The four directions are the East, the South, the West, and the North. In the East is the view of the eagle. The eagle flies high and sees the earth from that point of view. The South is the direction of the mouse. Moving on the earth, the mouse will not see what the eagle sees. Both the eagle and the mouse see the truth. The West is the direction of the bear. The bear will see different from the mouse and the eagle. From the North comes the point of view of the bison. To be a Medicine Man you must journey through all points of view and develop the mind to see the interconnectedness of all four directions. This takes time, patience, and an open mind. Eventually, you understand there is only love.

Great Spirit, today, allow my mind to stay open

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 3, 2013 at 12:55pm

"Always remember that the Great Mystery is good; evil can come only from ourselves!"
-- Grandmother of Charles Eastman. SANTEE SIOUX
The Great Mystery is love, good, and principle. He is a guiding Father. He doesn't play games. He knows only how to love. Sometimes, when things go wrong, we blame Him or others. Usually, if we are honest, we can see how decisions or things done in the past put us in a position to be hurt. It comes back to us. When this happens, it is not something the Creator caused, but something we, ourselves caused. Most of our problems are of our own making. When this happens, we should correct what we've done, ask the Great Spirit for forgiveness, and pray for guidance in the future.

My Creator, bless me with Your good

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 3, 2013 at 12:51pm

"They must give themselves to Wakan' Tanka and live a spiritual life. They will have the peace that frees them from fear."
-- Frank Fools Crow, LAKOTA
There are two wills available for us: self will and God's will. Our choice is: figure it out ourselves, or have the Creator involved in our lives. If we are honest with ourselves and look at past experiences, what are our lives like when we try to figure it out ourselves? Is there fear, confusion, frustration, anger, attacking others, conflict, fault finding, manipulation, teasing others, belittling others or devaluation? If these things are present, they indicate that we are choosing self will. What is it like if we turn our will over to the Creator? What are the results if we ask the Great Spirit to guide our life? Examples are: freedom, choices, consequences, love, forgiveness, helping others, happiness, joy, solutions, and peace. Which will I choose today, self will or God's will?

Creator, I know what my choice is. I want You to direct my life. I want You to direct my thinking. You are the Grandfather. You know what I need even before I do. Today I ask You to tell me what I can do for You today. Tell me in a way I can understand and I will be happy to do it

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 3, 2013 at 12:40pm

"We don't have to say or think what we don't wish to. We have a choice in those things, and we have to realize that and practice using that choice."
-- Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
Having choices makes us fully accountable. No one can make us think anything we don't want to think. No one can determine our behavior and how we act. It's not what's going on but how we look at what's going on. If someone does something and we get upset, we can change how we look at it any time we want. We can tell ourselves in the morning that the day is going to be beautiful and that we have expectations that great things will happen. Doing this daily sets our mind to look for the joy and the excitement of each day.

Great Spirit, help me to choose my thoughts with Your wisdom

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on December 16, 2012 at 11:26pm
"In our language there is no word to say inferior or superiority or equality because we are equal; it's a known fact. But life has become very complicated since the newcomers came here. And how does your spirit react to it?. It's painful. You have to be strong to walk through the storm. I know I'm a bridge between two worlds. All I ask is for people to wash their feet before they try to walk on me."
-- Alanis Obomsawin, ABENAKI
For native people who speak their language, English can be very confusing. Many times you cannot express in English the true meaning of Indian words. When we hear something in English we sometimes react or our spirit reacts. Sometimes we need to use English words out of order to express our true meanings. We need to be patient and pray. Living in two worlds can be difficult. Life is painful sometimes. The pain of life is where the lessons are learned.

Creator, let me learn the lessons You have taught my people

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on December 16, 2012 at 11:21pm
"Male and female is fundamental to life; partners in work to be done."
-- Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders
The Great Spirit created a system which would allow us to reproduce, to have companionship, to love, to laugh, to cry, and be happy. Man and Woman each have gifts the other doesn't have. But, together they have these gifts to share with each other. The Great Spirit made it this way. So let us treat each other with respect. Let us look upon each other in a sacred way.

Grandfather, Grandmother, bring the spirits to teach us

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on December 16, 2012 at 11:05pm
"People are equal partners with the plants and animals, not their masters who exploit them."
-- Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
As human beings, we are not above anything nor are we below anything. Because of being equal, we need to discuss a little about the value of respect. Not just respect when it comes to human beings, but respect when it comes to everything. We are not masters over things; we are caretakers for the Great Spirit. We need to treat all things with respect.

Great Spirit, let me accept and see all things as equal

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on December 16, 2012 at 10:39pm
"If you have one hundred people who live together, and if each one cares for the rest, there is One Mind."
-- Shining Arrows, CROW
One of the principles of Community is Unity. The alignment of thoughts in groups of people will cause One Mind to form. One Mind is Unity. Each individual in the community must align their thoughts with what other members are thinking. If all the people think of helping one another, then the community will be service oriented and powerful results will be enjoyed. Having our thoughts aligned within a group will cause our children to experience a positive environment. When they have children, the grandchildren will automatically experience these results also.

My Creator, help me to contribute to positive group thought

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on December 3, 2012 at 1:49pm
"Sometimes dreams are wiser then waking."
-- Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa), OGLALA
The Great Spirit has many ways of communicating with the human being. He talks to us through the five senses; sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. For example, we can observe nature and see a lesson or get an answer. These five senses function primarily in the physical world. But we also have the ability to receive communication from the Unseen World. To do this we have a sixth sense. It comes in the form of dreams, imagination, intuition, inspiration, or a hunch. Along with the dream or intuitive thought there is a feeling, a knowing. We just know it's true without the need for proof. We need to pay attention to our dreams and intuition. Don't cast them off as being silly or useless. Be respectful to our dreams and feelings.

Creator, if you speak to me through dreams, let me know it in terms I can understand

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on December 3, 2012 at 1:39pm
"The smarter a man is the more he needs God to protect him from thinking he knows everything."
-- George Webb, PIMA
A spiritual person needs to be careful. The more confident we are, the more likely our egos will get us into trouble. It's relatively easy to become self-righteous. We start to think we are teachers and others are students. We start to judge others. We start, very subtlely at first, to play God. After a while we really get good at it. This is very dangerous. We need to remind ourselves, we are here to do God's will. We need to pray every morning. Each day we need to check in with God to see what He would have us do. At night we need to spend time with God and review our day. By doing these things, we will stay on track.

My Creator, guide my path and show me how to correct my life

 

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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.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

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.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

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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