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

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

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 December 3, 2012 at 1:25pm
"Listen to the howl of our spiritual brother, the wolf, for how it goes with him, so it goes for the natural world."
-- Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders
If we watch nature, we can tell a lot about what is going on in the world. The animals and the plants are great teachers. Some time ago, crops were sprayed with a poison to kill the insects. Other animals ate the insects. The small animals were eaten by the Eagles and the Wolves. We live in an interconnected system. What we do to one, we do to all. If our spiritual brothers are living in balance, chances are we humans are also living in balance.

Great Spirit, let me listen to my Earth teachers, the plants and the animals

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 30, 2012 at 12:38pm
"Someone must speak for them. I do not see a delegation for the four footed. I see no seat for eagles. We forget and we consider ourselves superior, but we are after all a mere part of the Creation."
-- Oren Lyons, ONONDAGA
Whenever we make decisions, we need to look around to see who would be affected. If we change the course of a river, who, what will be affected? If we put poison on the gardens, who, what will be affected? If wee cut the trees and too many are cut, who, what will be affected? We need to become aware of the consequences of our actions. We need to pay attention to our thoughts. We are accountable to our children to leave the Earth in good shape.

My Creator, help me make right decisions

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 29, 2012 at 12:46pm
"Life, the circle, a measurement with no beginning and no end."
-- Phillip Deere, MUSKOGEE-CREEK
The circle teaches us how the Creator made things and how to live. It teaches us how we should look at creation. Life travels in a circle. In the East is the baby, to the South is the youth, in the West is the adult and in the North is the Elder. Then we return to the Earth Mother to start the cycle again. We observe what is `around us' from the center of the circle. This develops our point of view. We must be careful not to become self-centered.

Great Spirit, let me observe life from the circle's point of view

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 28, 2012 at 1:37pm
"We're sitting on our blessed Mother Earth from which we get our strength and determination, love and humility, all the beautiful attributes that we've been given. So turn to one another; love one another; respect one another; respect Mother Earth; respect the waters-because that's life itself!"
-- Phil Lane, Sr. YANKTON SIOUX
Our entire point of view can be altered by making one change to align with the principles of the Great Spirit. Let's say we decide to become respectful. As we become respectful, our attitude will change. We will automatically draw into our lives knowledge about the other principles of the Great Spirit such as love, appreciation, trust, beauty, and peace of mind. By focusing on these principles, we will let go of selfishness, self centeredness, self pity, dishonesty, and fear. You focus on respect, you get respect; you focus on love, you get love; you focus on the Red Road, you get peace of mind.

Great Spirit, let me learn the lessons of respect

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 28, 2012 at 1:36pm
"It's the most precious thing...to know absolutely where you belong. There's a whole emotional wrapping-around-of-you here. You see the same rock, tree, road, clouds, sun -- you develop a nice kind of intimacy with the world around you. To be intimate is to grow, to learn...[it] is absolutely fulfilling. Intimacy, that's my magic word for why I live here."
-- Tessie Maranjo, SANTA CLARA PUEBLO
Every human being, to be mentally healthy, must have the feeling of belonging. When we have a sense of belonging we can be intimate. We can feel. We can connect. If we cannot develop this feeling of belonging, then we will feel lost of disconnected. To be disconnected from life is like walking around during the day not knowing the Sun exists. To have the feelings of intimacy is warm, glowy, joyful, loving, and connected. The feeling this Elder is talking about is available to everyone.

Great Spirit, let me be intimate

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 28, 2012 at 1:17pm
"Things would go well for us if we would think positively about everything."
-- Mary Hayes, CLAOQUOT
Each of our thoughts are like individual seeds. These thoughts will plant our life garden. Whatever our thoughts, they grow in our gardens. Each day we will process about 50,000 thoughts or thought seeds. Positive thoughts will produce positive results. Have you ever been aware of what you are thinking about during the day? Of the possible 50,000 thoughts in one day - if the positive thoughts were flowers and the negative thoughts were weeds - how would your garden look at the end of the day?

Great Spirit, let me plant positive seeds

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 28, 2012 at 1:12pm
"People and nations who understand the Natural Law are self-governing, following the principles of love and respect that insure freedom and peace."
-- Traditional Circle of Elders, NAVAJO-HOPI Joint Use Area
The Natural Laws work hand-in-hand with the circle. Each part of a circle will look to the center and will see something different. For example, if you put an irregular shaped object in the center of a circle and you have people standing in a circle around the object, each one will describe it differently. Everyone in the circle will be right. Only by honoring and respecting everyone's input, can the truth about the object be revealed. We need to learn to honor differences.

My Creator, let me honor all differences

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 28, 2012 at 1:00pm
"In our traditional ways, the woman is the foundation of the family."
-- Haida Gwaii Traditional Circle of Elders
We must pay attention to the role of the woman in the family. She is the heartbeat of the family. She should be respected and treated in a sacred manner. We should listen to her guidance. We should help make her role easier by helping with chores or just telling her how much we appreciate her.

Great Spirit, I ask you to bless all the moms

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 28, 2012 at 12:29pm
"People say that crisis changes people and turns ordinary people into wiser or more responsible ones."
-- Wilma Mankiller, CHEROKEE
There is a saying, conflict precedes clarity. The Medicine Wheel teachings say, in order for something to change it must first go through a struggle. When a crisis enters our lives, other powers are there to help us. We will learn some lessons. Will I honor and respect the next crisis?

Great Spirit, if a crisis occurs today, let me learn the lessons of wisdom

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 28, 2012 at 11:37am
"The Natural Law is a spiritual law. Its powers are both light and dark."
-- Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman Traditional Circle of Elders
There are some characteristics that are evident in the system which the Creator made. He made balance, harmony, and polarity. In other words, every (+) plus has a (-) minus. Every positive has a negative; every up has a down; every problem has a solution. The Spiritual Law is the same - it has light and dark. Both are good, so both need to be honored. Lessons can be learned on both sides.

Great Spirit, teach me the powers of the Natural Laws

 

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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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