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Old 07-15-2004, 03:31 PM
 
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I'm not native american but I am just poking on your thread to ask a question...I think you guys might be able to help...

In the last month and half, hawks have been getting my attention. Squawking, creating a scene and then when I come outside they flap around see me and then fly off. It happened at my father's house 30 miles from my home. It happened while my husband and I were driving in some other area about 10 miles from our house and then yesterday one was in the tree behind my house. He made such a commotion that my neighbors came out to see. I was the one to say, "it's a hawk" and then he flew off. I have never seen him here before. I just am starting to feel a message is there for me.

I have a book with some interpretations on Hawk but if any of you have any thoughts I'd be appreciative. I've been interested in native american culture for some time and have been to several reservations in the west. (Lumi, Navaho, New Mexico tribes)....
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Old 07-15-2004, 03:50 PM
 
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I'm Lenape mixed and my husband is Taino.
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s Manaka. Welcome to our little thread.

Tracy,I don't know what to tell you. Some people do believe they are messengers. I,however,couldn't say what these hawks are trying to tell *you*. If you truly believe they are trying to tell you something,just open your heart,and your eyes,and don't try to put words in their mouths. If the hawks are bringing you a message,it will be clear soon enough.
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everyone! How about some updates? How is everyone doing?

Things are going pretty good here. Just gearing up for the new school year. I've been doing lots of research,and I *hope* I found the perfect curriculum. This weekend we're hosting drum practice at our house,which means a houseful. I know I'll be in the kitchen all day. :LOL But,it really is wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. It's be awhile.
Hope you all are doing well!
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we are well. the babe is ten months old already! she is quite the handful. today she trashed our house and is tall enough to reach inside the garbage so she did that several times today.

my sister is having trouble with her eyes. her retinas are detaching and she has an appt with a specialist coming up. they may have to do laser surgery to repair it. we have a ceremony and a giveaway planned a few days before and we are hoping for the best.
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Little Bear,
thank you so much for your kind words. I have been reading about Hawk. There is some interesting thoughts on Hawk that feel right. I will continue to go inward and see if I can get the message.
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Where is everyone?

I'm so glad to have found Native mamas! I am Amy, Ojibwe, from Minnesota. I think I look hella Native. LOL!!!

Anyway, I have a 5-month-old daughter, Amaya. We AP parent in style, but I was unable to BF and we can't afford to cloth diaper (it's the upfront cost!) Right now we live in Philadelphia with my husband's family... I don't think there are very many natives out this way, which I think will be hard if my daughter ever goes to school here - my husband is African-American.

I really want to raise Amaya with her culture, which will be hard, but I think if we make a conscious effort to do things like go to the All Nations Powwow every year and things like that, she'll feel better about herself and I will too. I grew up in the culture a little bit and know some of the language, but I know it's something I need to cultivate in both of us.

It's great to be here with you mamas!
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welcome! this thread has been rather quiet as of late .
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oh, and your baby is quite the cutie!
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Well thank you! She looks less dangerous than she is.

Looks like we'll have to boost this thread up a little and get it going!!
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Hi.......... I have a long story............ here's the short of it. I just met my biological father and he is Choctaw. We are in the process of amending my birth certificate and he wants to give me my CDIB. I was wondering if there are any other Choctaws on the board because I have about a million questions. Thanks!
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Hi Everyone!
Welcome new folks! Glad you found the thread.

I see congrats are in order,Plum. Woo hoo!

Angst,I'm not Choctaw,but living here in the SE I know quite a few! I would suggest first talking to your father and your family about the things you want to know. If you don't get the answers you need,perhaps get in touch with someone at the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians or the Oklahoma band(don't know the exact name,but a quick "google" should bring it up). Someone like a historian. They may be able to put you in touch with someone who can talk to you on-to-one.


Update on us: We're currently schooling(yay!),and attending a pow wow when dh work schedule permits. Last week,we were in Rome,GA for the Running Water pow wow. Dh's drum got to sing quite a bit. They were all pleased about that. Other than that,pretty much the same old thing going on here. I'm so boring!:LOL
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I feel a little weird and perhaps out of place here, but I'll give it a shot. I have native american blood, but not north american. My paternal grandmother is pure Inca from Peru. I knew about my heritage, but I've never had the opportunity to go to Peru or meet the family... until my ds was born 3 months ago. My grandmother flew to the USA (major culture shock for her) he meet him. It was truly magical. I wanted to ask her so much and absorb her wisdom, but of course language barriers made it difficult and my dad tires of translating (spanish and quechua).
It was neat to see her take on birth and parenting though. I use a sling which she understood as "normal" - but when we would head to town and she would see people using travel system bucket car seat carriers she just didn't understand how a mother could be so separated from their child! Same with strollers... why is a baby away from mom and why are able bodied todlers not walking or being carried. Such a fresh perspective.
I asked her how she coped with the pain of childbirth, what techniques the Inca use and such. She didn't even understand the question. They just don't perceive it as "pain". She kept repeating, it's natural, it's natural. You only have pain if something goes wrong.
And she had all sorts of interesting remedies for this and that. One thing she said is that breast feeding mommas should drink pineapple skin tea? Anyone hear of this?
I really hope to bring my ds to Peru one day to meet his people and hope I can somehow give him a sense of his heritage. It's challenging in the modern USA.
Anyhow, I know south american is not what one thinks of when the shout out is for native american mommas. But there is another sphere... and other tribes... I've enjoyed reading your posts!
Thanks for listening!

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Old 09-10-2004, 04:46 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So cool,boatbaby! Thanks SO much for sharing!
And,of course,you're input is welcome here.
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Hey y'all. I'm Choctaw/Coushatta/Cajun (on Dad's side) and my mom's Anglo. I haven't been able to get my CDIB because my grandmother is clueless about which Choctaw tribe she's from, and the Coushattas have a 1/2 blood degree, which sucks for me. My grandparents were never open about being Indian, and my dad sure isn't now. My aunt is the one who told me we're Indian, after some folks at a powwow told me they knew my great-uncles.

My partner is 100% Anglo and not really interested in NA issues. My kids (8 and 3) know they're Indian and are proud of it. I used to go to powwows when we lived in Dallas, and we also attended a NA church there. We also lived in Oklahoma, where I worked at the Choctaw casino. Now we're in Austin, and I don't know any other Indians. I feel isolated. Are there any other NA mamas from Texas here?
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Not that I know of,but welcome to the thread and to MDC!
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i don't know how to help you hippydiva, but hello.

hi little bear's mama! yes, i am pregnant again . we're very excited about it. the girlie turned 1 recently.
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Yay Plum!!

Not to go all political and stuff,but have ya'll heard of Native Americans for Kerry?
www.johnkerry.com/communities/nativeamericans/
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Manaka!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited! I am Lenape as well! I have never run into anyone that was Lenape on the boards!

Are you associated with any tribe/group?? Which one?

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Well I'm a Native American for John Kerry.

I also have a 19-year-old cousin in Fallujah right now too, so I'm partial.

Not much going on here in Philly... getting colder. Remembering maple syrup time back home in Minnesota.
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Hello all. New here.

I'm distant Creek/Blackfoot, both by 3 and 4 generations respectively, and it was something the family just accepted and moved about so I don't have official documentation and only family stories and photographs. It was the South and a lot was going on in those days. But I'm begining to believe in a genetic memory as I get older (long story) b/c in every phase of life I get a reminder of my NA roots, sometimes completely out of the blue. And for that I am grateful.

My partner is Cherokee on his mother's side and still communicates directly w/ that side of his family and spent time growing up on the rez, and I appreciate being able to give that to our baby (I'm 13 wks PG).

We also are African American, Portuguese, Irish and German to add to the pot, so I guess we'll be checking "Other" or "All of the Above" on the census for now. It can be difficult to express all of this heritage in one little family, but we focus mostly on AA and NA and sort of just mention the rest in passing, although he's developed an interest in his father's side of the family (Portuguese). So we'll see what comes of it.

I just wanted to send out a big hello b/c I feel a loss of culture for myself and I guess I am still literally looking for my tribe. And don't want my baby to experience that identity crunch, though it's probably going to be inevitable, huh? So much has been lost, but there is also much to be learned and passed on. That is what I hope for my little one.

Sending love and light to you all!
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Hi all -

I'm part Tlingit. I say "part" because I am not really part of Tlingit culture, and the blood-quantum thing says I count, but they divide me up into fractions and I guess I've gotten used to it. I have very mixed feelings on this. Anyway, although I live in AK, I live far far away from other Tlingits. I lurk on a Tlingit list-serv, and I've learned so much. And mostly I've learned that if I want to learn more, I've got to go to where the people are, and I can't do that right now. I'm encouraged to hear that other people are struggling with how to give their kids a sense of Native culture as well. I feel really strange, though, because I have so little Tlingit culture to give my dd. I speak maybe 3 or 4 words, and used to dance when I was a small child. That's about it.
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Welcome new mamas!s

Bumping this thread back up into existance.:LOL
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Tres cool! I am so happy to see this thread!

I'm Tsalagi, enrolled Eastern Band and of the Ani Waya clan, but I've also got Cree and Mohawk blood from way back.

I come from a more political (AIM from the beginning) than traditional family, but I am working on learning. Right now I am working on finger weaving, conversational grammar and I am hoping to work with a pan-tribal all-woman drumming group soon <crosses fingers>. Aside from those personal endeavors, I am working with my student orgs at university on a student-initiated powwow, so if anyone is on the circuit or around Central Ohio at the end of February, please come on over! We're hosting three drums and hoping for a dance exhibition - possibly smoke dancers from up north.

I am so happy to see so many AP Native mamas. Yay! --- sg
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Wow! I just saw this thread, and it is very timely for me, as I have been thinking for a while now about how to connect with my Native American ancestry. I have always been interested in finding out more about it, but never really knew where to start. My grandfather's grandmother (does that make sense?) was Cherokee, but I didn't know much about that part of the family growing up. It wasn't until my grandfather was in his eighties that he really started getting involved in the culture and talking about his grandmother. He has passed on now, and I wish I had talked to him more while he was alive .

Anyway, I haven't had time to read all 8 pages of this thread, but wanted to say hi!
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Selu,

Weren't you on hipMama a long time ago?
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Hi Mamas
I am not a Native American, but I know I do have some blood (it is obvious when you look at my dad and grandma). There is something I would like to ask you help with. I participated in a Ghost Dance last august, and afterwards realize that I got pregnant either right before or during the dance. I am aware of the tradition (in some tribes) of naming the child after an event, and so I would like to find a name meaning Ghost Dance, but I do not speak any native language. Can someone help me with that? Thanks, Meegwetch,
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I'm Tlingit, and live in Southeast Alaska. I actually work for a tribe here, doing some cultural research stuff. My dp is Tsimpsian and Tlingit, and we named our son after a Tlingit word. Now we'll have to find another Tlingit name for the next one...

Hi idocrase! I know what it's like with the fractions, but isn't everyone? I've ceased to believe people who think they're full blood (tlingit). I think the list-serv is a great idea, I think I even know which one you mean. They have a lot of info. After years of struggling to get to know my culture and prove myself, I just have given in. I know what I am, I know who my family is, what my clan and house are, and I don't feel I have to prove myself anymore. Just learn what you can about your culture, and you're doing well.
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Manaka!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited! I am Lenape as well! I have never run into anyone that was Lenape on the boards!

Are you associated with any tribe/group?? Which one?

Didn't realize I belonged to this board before as Manaka,well anyway I am part Lenape and was born and raised in NJ,my blood line is very little,it's from way back,so it's from the NJ Lenape.But I have danced in pow wows and get recognized by other Lenapes.My husband belonged to the Taino council in NJ also,he was born and raised in Puerto Rico.
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