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Lady Hawke's Native American Site

Lady Hawke's Native American Newsletter

 

Volume 2, Issue Ten, November 2003

 


In This Issue

  • Native Recipe

  • National Day Of Mourning

  • Worth Remembering

  • Children's Powwow

  • A Talking Leaf

Native American Arts and Crafts

For beautiful and affordable Native American crafts visit:

Vision Quest Native American Market. 

Native Recipe

Corn

Potawatomi Popcorn Recipe

Prep and cook time: About 6 minutes

Notes: Poultry seasoning may not sound native, but its principal ingredient is sage - which grows wild in the Southwest.

Makes: 10 to 12 servings

3 quarts popped popcorn

3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine

1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon cayenne

Salt

In a large bag or bowl, mix popcorn, melted butter, poultry seasoning, cayenne, and salt to taste.

THE NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING

On Thanksgiving Day, many Native Americans and their supporters gather at the top of Coles Hill, overlooking Plymouth Rock, for the "National Day of Mourning."

The first National Day of Mourning was held in 1970. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts invited Wampanoag leader Frank James to deliver a speech. When the text of Mr. Jamesí speech, a powerful statement of anger at the history of oppression of the Native people of America, became known before the event, the Commonwealth "dis-invited" him. That silencing of a strong and honest Native voice led to the convening of the National Day of Mourning.

The historical event we know today as the "First Thanksgiving" was a harvest festival held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors and allies. It has acquired significance beyond the bare historical facts. Thanksgiving has become a much broader symbol of the entirety of the American experience. Many find this a cause for rejoicing. The dissenting view of Native Americans, who have suffered the theft of their lands and the destruction of their traditional way of life at the hands of the American nation, is equally valid.

To some, the "First Thanksgiving" presents a distorted picture of the history of relations between the European colonists and their descendants and the Native People. The total emphasis is placed on the respect that existed between the Wampanoags led by the sachem Massasoit and the first generation of Pilgrims in Plymouth, while the long history of subsequent violence and discrimination suffered by Native People across America is nowhere represented.  To others, the event shines forth as an example of the respect that was possible once, if only for the brief span of a single generation in a single place, between two different cultures and as a vision of what may again be possible someday among people of goodwill.

History is not a set of "truths" to be memorized, history is an ongoing process of interpretation and learning. The true richness and depth of history come from multiplicity and complexity, from debate and disagreement and dialogue. There is room for more than one history; there is room for many voices.

Worth Remembering:

11/08/1978

The Indian Child Welfare Act took place today 24 years ago.

11/14/1978

Native American Grave Protection Act took place today 24 years ago.

Children's Powwow:

November 16, 2003
Children's Powwow in Greeley, Colorado

Hosted by Native American Student Services at the University of Northern Colorado.
The powwow will run from 12:00 noon to about 5:00 pm and will be located at the Long's Peak/Mt. Evans Ballroom at the University Center.

A Talking Leaf:  From Princess Evening Sky

I am sending out a talking leaf to my Native Brothers and Sisters. I am known as what is called Hearing Impaired, as are many native friends of mine. It seems that while there is so much Close-Captioned Movies/Dramas/Musicals such as Music from a Painted Cave and Spirit, yet there is NO CC Native shows/musicals/documentaries that are Close Captioned for those who DON'T have the "ears to hear!" CC Is printing the words across the TV screens... If you know of any CC NA stuff, could you please contact me at Princess Evening Sky?  I am disabled but could at least get the word out to other NA groups! I am thankful for Lady Hawke having compassion for this new project! NATIVES PERFORMERS; PLEASE CONSIDER INVESTING JUST A LITTLE MORE MONEY; INCLUDE THE WORDS/CHANTS TO YOUR SONGS; INCLUDE CC FOR YOUR VIDEOS! IT WOULD MEAN SO MUCH TO US...HELP OUR EYES BE OUR EARS EVEN MORE...THANK YOU.