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I am not NA by birth, but am walking that Path in my life. I am not comfortable sharing all that I do, however, I was hoping to find other mamas on this Path, so we could chat about raising our kids on the Path, maybe the stuggles/growth we have, PowWow's, crafts, whatever...<br>
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My dh is NA and we are raising our children that way. I'd love to chat about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I wasn't raised in my culture (actually not quite sure which tribe etc. as my Great grandmother was raised from infancy by a danish family in Oregon). My dh was raised traditional Southern Paiute. We are raising our children in the Paiute tradition. We love pow wow! Our kids love to dance, sing, drum etc. Our sons have long hair just like dh. My dh is the Cultural director for a native youth resident/foster treatment center. He loves his job! He does campouts, sweats 4x month, smudge daily, etc. His curriculum is The Sacred Tree. <a href="http://www.4worlds.org/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.4worlds.org/index.htm</a><br><br>
I am looking forward to this thread!<br>
Sarahb
 

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My son is really interested in smudging (or smoking, as he calls it!) and is very serious about it. He's only 3! But he has been on this Path before, if YKWIM. We go to a Medicine Wheel once a month, sometimes he goes with me. I used to bring both kids when they were babies, just to have them in that environment. Both had 'naming ceremonies' done by a Blackfoot woman who is now my teacher. Even though I was not born NA, I have always felt drawn to this way of life, as if I too had done this before. My dh does not follow this Path per se, but he is totally fine with me raising the kids this way. My son loves to drum also! We are looking into getting him his own drum, as he won't use mine...he 'knows'...<br>
Do any of you have any NA community in your area?
 

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When we lived in Georgia, we had a great community. Here we don't. But we don't seem to really need it.
 

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We have a really strong tribe here in So. Utah. Pow wow coming up in June.<br><br>
Drumming- We have a large pow wow drum and each family member has their own drumstick. Dh was a lead singer for 13 years with a group so has a wonderful voice as well as many songs. Our children learn to respect the drum at a very early age, offering tobacco and water before drumming. It is really neat to see.<br><br>
Dh is building a medicine wheel with the kids in his program as the advance through the levels of The Sacred Tree.<br><br>
Dh gave our children a meaningful middle name at birth:<br><br>
Eva Chumani (Lakota-drops of dew)<br>
Noah Chiaka (So. Paiute Duck)<br>
Eliza Pekai (So. Paiute Desert Turtle)<br>
Jonah Pacu (So. Paiute Fish)<br><br>
They will have a naming ceremony when they are older.<br><br>
Sarahb
 
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