The monitor within my breasts has
taught me the will of the Great Spirit.
On This Date in Native American History
April 19, 1907: Canadian long-distance
runner Tom Longboat, Onondaga,
won the Boston Marathon
Meditations with Native American Elders
“We all come from the same root, but the leaves are all different.”
John Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA
We all come from one Great Spirit but we are all different and unique. Nothing in the Great
Creation has a twin that is identical. Even children that are twins are different. Every single
person is extremely special and unique. Each person has a purpose and reason why they are on the
Earth. Just like every leaf on a tree is different, each one is needed to make the tree look like
it does. No leaf is better or worse than the other - all leaves are of equal worth and belong on
the tree. It is the same with human beings. We each belong here and do things that will affect
the great whole.
Great Spirit, today, let me see myself as a valuable contributor to the whole.
A Cherokee Feast Of Day
A woodland path is good medicine for a weary walker. Soft, rolling steps along the path do not
interrupt the harmony of the woods. Even the snort of the doe before she bounds away is to tell
her fawn to lie low. Many pauses give time to hear and see in detail the call of a busy titmouse
and the high pitched whistle of the finch. This is Cherokee paradise—to stand quietly in aged
timber and be so much a part of it. Even the tiny creek plays water-harps as it winds its way
around clumps of dried leaves and slips over round stones that are a part of its past handiwork.
This is a green cathedral with shafts of sunlight cutting through thick foliage to turn droplets
of water into prisms of color. Nothing is out of place—not even the walker.
Indian’s pictures last forever.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1858: The YANKTON SIOUX sign a treaty today. Article 8 provides for the Indians to retain access and use of the red pipestone quarry in southwestern, Minnesota.
1859: Ft.Mojave is establsihed today to "protect" the area from the MOJAVE and PAIUTEs.