Teach us the road to travel,
and we will not
depart from it forever.
Kiowa, c. 1810-1871
Meditations with Native American Elders-April 18
“Women know more about love than men do...Love is talking. Love is sharing. Love is learning
things about each other.”
Mary Leitka, HOH
The Elders say Mother Earth shares Her special gifts of love with the Women. The Women know about
bringing forth life and nurturing their offspring. Through this gift of love the Earth really
makes the Woman special. Men should look upon the Woman with a Sacred Eye. She should be
respected. The Woman is a role model for love. When the Woman talks, we should listen; when she
shares, we should be grateful. We should all learn about each other.
Grandmother, teach me to love with the power of the Woman.
A Cherokee Feast Of Days-April 18
We want to do the right thing, say the right thing, be the right person. We try to be in tune with
life, to find harmony within to blend with all that surrounds us. It just seems that so much has
been borrowed from us—time, concern, spirit—until we cry for restoration. Like children, we want
to ask, “Are we happy yet?” Is there a time of rhythm and order and an even beat, so that we may
walk without running, laugh without tears, care without fear of giving too much? Yes, beyond the
slightest doubt we can renew and we can overcome the feeling of being totally taxed to despair.
Speak to yourself, said the little Cherokee grandmother. Tell yourself you are u wo du hi, fine
looking, and your surroundings will see it and want you to be happy. In other words, change your
attitude and the world will respond.
Why do you take by force what you could obtain by love?
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1528: Today, Panfilo de Narvaez will claim Florida for Spain. He has just landed on the western Florida coast.
1644: Forces under 99 year old Opechancanough, a leader of the POWHATAN Confederacy, attacks the English along the Pamunkey and York rivers, 22 years after his first attack at Jamestown. His followers will kill almost 400 Virginia colonists.