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.

Discussion Forum

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

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

Indian Country Today Media Network.comGenealogy - ICTMN.com

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Comment by tealasilverre on January 30, 2011 at 11:45pm
Blessing: "May the Great Spirit Guide and Watch Over You and Yours Always".   
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 19, 2011 at 10:49am

Four Directions Prayer 

(Stand facing South)

Great Spirit,

Thank you for this day,

for the breath and life within me,

and for all of your creations.



As I face South, I allow the spirit of All Possibilities to

wash over me.

Wherever I have fear or doubt, I trust that answers will

come.

Show me it is right for me to make decisions

with my heart, even if at times, my heart becomes hurt.

Help me to grow and nurture my self-worth in all ways.

(When you feel the expansion of all possibilities, turn to

face West.)



The West is the direction where the White Buffalo lives.

White Buffalo stands for strength, bravery and courage.

As you breathe in, allow the power and energy of the White

Buffalo spirit to wash over you and awaken your warrior

within.

(When you feel that powerful presence, turn to face the

North.)



The North is the direction where the black-tailed deer lives.

This is the direction of the spirit energy of humbleness and

humility.

As you breathe in, allow your soul and spirit to be touched

with humbleness,

knowing that all we are, and all that we have, comes from

the Great Spirit.

(When you truly feel touched with grateful humbleness,

turn to the East.)



The East is the land of the Eagle—the symbol for wisdom

and discernment.

I ask the spirit of the Eagle to be with me.

Sharpen my eyes and ears to hear your direction on my

path.

Guide my steps, my actions, and my every word.

(When you feel a deeper connection to the eagle’s

wisdom, turn back and face the South)



Great Father Spirit and Mother Earth,

Thank you for your beauty, and for all you have given me.

Help me to remember to love and feel compassion for all

creation.

Help me to walk my path with joy and love for myself, for

others,

for the four-legged, the winged ones, the plants and all

creation.

Remind me never to take from you more than I need,

and remind me to always give back more than I take.
Comment by WarMouse -Manager- on January 3, 2011 at 10:28pm
I wish I had more knowledge of the NA to form discussions on! Glad to see new members though, for sure :)
Comment by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler on November 19, 2010 at 2:48pm
O am glad to see new people here and Hope they bring knew knowledge of the old ways with them for many to enjoy and see

Comment by OneCrow on November 19, 2010 at 1:44pm
Thank you for the invitation!
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on September 29, 2010 at 2:51pm
Oh Great Spirit
Of the Indian People
Hear my words
For they are words that come
From the heart, soul and mind.
...
Oh Great Spirit
Be my mind,
Be my eyes,
Be my ears,
Be my heart,
Be my soul,
So that I may walk
With dignity and pride.

Oh Great Spirit
Of the Indian People
Know of me.
For I am of your people.
I am Indian,
An Indian of the Circle of Life
A prisoner of War
In my own Land!

Oh Great Spirit,
Of the Indian people,
Hear my words
For they are for you.
They are of you.
You are my way of life
In the Circle of Life.
Comment by SunKat on August 28, 2010 at 8:35pm
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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

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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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