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Native American or Friends of Native Americans

This groups is for everyone who is either Native American or part Native American, and those who appreciate and celebrate the Native American culture, people and history.

Location: Tennessee
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Comment by DenAsia_ShadowAngel on May 3, 2008 at 6:19pm
oppsss oh yeah i would love to learn the native american language as well....

love ya
shadow
Comment by DenAsia_ShadowAngel on May 3, 2008 at 6:16pm
Greetings my dear ones I am new to this group and hopefully will get to learn much and make lots of new friends....
I'm Shadow, I am part Native American and it has been very hard to figure out EXACTLY what my actual tribe is/was.....my ancestors or my Maternal grandmother;s side were part Native American and were apart of the Coahuitltecan Culture (not tribe), as well as my Paternal grandfather was also part Native Indian and apart of this same culture.....Just a note....Coahuiltecan cultures were not tribes at all, but a large band of different hunting tribes in Texas. Ocana, Cacaxtle and Comanche were believed to be in these bands /tribes. So I will have a while to figure it out more w/ more research.....*sigh* already have a migraine...lol

Well hope to talk to off you U soon...
Many Blessings 2 U
from the 1 everyone would hate 2 luv:
Shadow
Comment by Reanna on April 26, 2008 at 10:18am
My great-great grandmother on my mothers side was Chippewa. She married my great-great grandfather who actually found her after her family had been killed. My great-great grandfather was an Irish Immigrant who took up trapping when he reached north america. There is also some Cherokee heritage in my family. I am pleased to be a part of this group and welcome information anyone has on these two heritages.
Blessings
Reanna
Comment by Besombuddy on April 22, 2008 at 3:19pm
Hey, folks. Hoping you guys can help me here with some energy. I am out on disability due to having broken my leg in January. The mortgage company wants the house and the car company wants the car. I thought I was at the end of this mess but now am in work hardening for another 2+ weeks. Please send energy for a decent ending with positive cash flow so that these folks can be paid and I can keep what I have worked so hard to obtain. Blessings.
Comment by Besombuddy on April 22, 2008 at 3:16pm
I just returned home Sunday from the N. Alabama Cherokee Tribe's Pow Wow. It was wonderful. Did anyone here go to that one?
Comment by N.E. Shaman on April 21, 2008 at 2:15pm
Hello Nanaymie,
Osiyo means hello, I believe it is in Cherokee.
Comment by Besombuddy on April 17, 2008 at 5:30pm
Ahoka! I sent you all an email message instead of posting here. I am still learning how to navigate Paganspace, so I offer profound apologies to those who may have been offended. I look forward to getting to know the group.
Comment by CrochetedPanther on April 17, 2008 at 12:24pm
Greetings all! I am part Cherokee and have, although with some problems, always been interested and a part of Native American spiritual practices. I don't use that path now as much as I use to, but my fiance does.

I recently moved to Louisiana from Tahlequah/Tulsa, OK where I was going to school. While I was in Oklahoma, I was much more active in tribal and school related events dealing with Native American issues. I
Comment by Seneca DragonWolf on April 16, 2008 at 12:20pm
Greetings everyone! I am part Native American, Wolf Clan of the Seneca Indian tribe located in Tondawanda, NY. I am always looking to learn about my heritage as well as other tribes. I look forward to learning, sharing, and just over all making new friends.
Comment by Bineshii on April 16, 2008 at 8:48am
I have a very faint Native heritage but married an Ojibwe man (now deceased). My daughter and four grandchildren are (card carrying) tribal members. Grandkids go to Indian Community School, a private school which teaches Native values. We go to local pow wows where the grandkids dance in the grass dancer and jingle dress dancer style, though one granddaughter is switching to fancy shawl style. (see photos on my page)

While not native speakers of the language, we have taken classes in it, have attended language tables, and use some phrases at home and at social events like pow wows. There are 60 thousand speakers of Ojibwe, so it is one of the few Native languages that is likely to survive. Speakers live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Canada. It is in the Algonquin language family and there are other languages in this group that are still spoken. And there are cultural/language related groups of people from California to Maine.

Yes, there still is prejudice against Native Americans and it exists right along side an admiration for the Native cultures. There is a bumper sticker that I laugh at: "I was Native American before it was cool". And a T-shirt that has been around for a few years with a photo of some armed Native Americans with this text on it: Homeland Security - fighting terrorism since 1492.

I personally promote cultural understanding by studying the language and as a member of a committee that puts on the New Year's Eve Sobriety Pow Wow in Milwaukee. This event is open to people of all cultures and is an non-alcoholic alternative to celebrating the new year. It is a family event, free of charge with a free meal (pot luck). We fund it through a raffle of art contributed by Native artists and commercial sponsorship from organizations like Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

In Wisconsin there has been trouble in recent years over Native treaty rights to spear fishing. That seems to have calmed down in the last couple of years. My grandson was the victim of a racial slur from a 'Christian' boy who lived across the alley awhile back, but for the most part the grandkids have had good relationships with kids of other cultures. They have some Black friends as has my daughter, probably from a mutual understanding of what prejudice is all about from the receiving end.

Well hi, everyone! I hope this group becomes a really active one. And as a Star Trek fan, I believe in the Vulcan philosophy of IDIC (infinite diversity in infinite combinations)! Multi-culturalism lives!
 

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