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Lady Hawke's Native American Newsletter

 

Volume 3, Issue Three, March 2004

 


In This Issue

  • Native Recipe

  • Huff and Puff but this house won't blow down

  • Stats

  • A Bitter Battle

 

 

Lady Hawke's Downloadable Native American Arts and Crafts Directions Book

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Ghost Dance Native American Craft Book. 

 

 

Native American Arts and Crafts

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Vision Quest Native American Market. 

 

 

A Prayer For The Wild Things:

 

Oh, Great Spirit, we come to you with love and gratitude for all living things.
We now pray especially for our relatives of the wilderness - the four legged, the winged, those that live in the water, and those that crawl upon the land.  Bless them that they might continue to live in freedom and enjoy their right to be wild. Fill our hearts with tolerance, appreciation and respect for all living things so that we all might live together in harmony and peace.

 

Who Was Pocahontas?

By Cornel Pewewardy, Ph.D.

The "Indian Princess" stereotype is rooted in the legend of Pocahontas and is typically expressed through characters that are maidenly, demure, and deeply committed to some white man. The powerfully symbolic Indian woman, as Queen and Princess, has been with us since she came to stand for the "New World," a term that in and of itself reflects a Euro centric value judgment.

Pocahontas, however, was no myth (Mills, 1995). The daughter of Tidewater Virginia's legendary chief Powhatan, Pocahontas (c. 1595-1617) was lured aboard a British ship in the Jamestown area and held captive for more than a year (see Roundtree, 1990). She was dressed in the English fashion and took religious instruction, becoming baptized as a Christian. In 1615, Pocahontas married British colonist, John Rolfe. In 1616, as part of a plan to revive support for the Virginia colony, the couple traveled to England with their infant son. There, Pocahontas met King James I and Queen Anne. Just as she and Rolfe were setting-sail back to America the following March, Pocahontas died, perhaps because of smallpox, perhaps because of the foul English weather. She was buried in an English churchyard a few miles from London on the Thames River, far from her tribal homeland of the Mattaponi people (Sharpes, 1995).

The Mattoponi speak of Pocahontas as a remarkable young woman (Almeida, 1995). Her real name was Matowa. Unfortunately, she has been unjustly portrayed in history as a supporter of the invading English settlers, thus giving her the reputation amongst American Indians as being an "apple and a sellout". The reality is that she was a strong supporter of her people, and at a young age was put into the position of acting as an interpreter and ambassador between two cultures. The importance of her political position must have been recognized by the English, since they kidnapped her and held her as a political prisoner.

Pocahontas showed Britishers of two lands how remarkable an Indian woman could be. Further, in a country which doted on princesses, she exemplified just what the savants were looking for- an American one (Stedman 1982). It is unlikely that the "celestial princess" concept was known to the Indians before Englishman bestowed that title upon Pocahontas. Yet the images and roles generated by a misinformed Europe continue to dominate the popular concept of who Pocahontas was. These images force young viewers to internalize white middle class standards of beauty and value, much of which denies the cultural beauty of students of color (Bonilla 1995).

 

Ownership Of Indigenous Cultures

Are the Indigenous cultures fair game for anyone to pick up and use to their own advantage? This question is not only directed to the New Age practioners, but at the "artists" who make money selling sometimes respectful, but sometimes twisted, versions of rock art figures and other Native American images. It applies to the lodges and clubs that use pseudo-Indian ceremonies and to the fake Indians who are "moderators" in chat rooms and radio talk shows.

"All misguided and ill-founded opinions about Indians do us damage. However, the one that is often overlooked or even accepted because it seems to be less offensive - although ultimately, it is just as misleading and just as damaging - is the notion that Indians are or should be mystical and mysterious. When this is connected to the notion that Indians are capable of "communing" with nature, sensible Indian approaches to relating to the natural environment are obscured. Although we did - and do - commune with nature, that communion is not based on mystical abilities but on our acceptance of the realities of the physical world; in short, we accepted the facts of what nature is and does."
Joseph Marshall III
In Not All Indians Dance
On Behalf of the Wolf and the First Peoples, Red Crane Books

Squash Fritters

 Ingredients:
2 cups grated or mashed squash
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon melted butter or corn oil
1/2 cup cheese: Feta, Parmesan, Cheddar or Jack
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of cooked corn (optional)

Cook and drain the squash, then mash it or you can grate it, uncooked.  Beat eggs and other ingredients.  Heat some oil and drop batter by tablespoons into the hot oil in a frying pan.  Brown on both sides.  Drain and serve.

I'm so pleased with the overwhelming response to my web page and free newsletters (over 1200 subscribers now).  I love the fact that so many souls can find a bit of peace here.  Unfortunately the traffic has used up the bandwidth (number of allowed page views per day)  allowed on this server and I have bought extra bandwidth for the Lady Hawke Site.  If anyone is in a position to donate even a dollar to this cause I would appreciate it.  I have created a list of Lady Hawke site sponsors, if you would like your name on this list please note it with your donation.

Thank you so much,

Dee Redfeather Stewart

 

            

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