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Posted by: Willa Duncan on May 7 2015 10:34

Eagles In A Storm

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come.

When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages, below the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm. (Author Unknown)

The storms do not have to overcome us.

(NOTE: Thank you Phyllis for sharing this poem with me. With my deceased son's death date just passing this hit my heart just right and uplifted my spirit. I used to tell Jay he was like an eagle and I was on one side of him under his wing while God was on the other side. When I got physically or emotionally exhausted so that I couldn't continue foreward God took over and kept both of us lifted up by being on the ot...

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Other:Mother Eagle and the Hunter
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 29 2015 10:48

Once upon a time there was an Indian who was the most famous hunter for hundreds of miules around. This was because he had magical powers which enabled him to lure any wild animal into his clutches. "The grass is sweeter here," he would call to a stag. And the stag would trust him and come, so that the hunter could put an arrow in it's ribs. He even dared to lure down the fierce eagles who circled over the forests looking for prey. "There's some tender meat for you here," he would call up to an eagle. "Come down and get it." And when the eagle flew down to sieze the meat in its talons, the hunter would come out of hidiing and send an arrow into its heart. It was a dangerous game. "Take care," people warned him. "Beware of the mother eagle's revenge." But the hunter just laughed.

One day he saw the mother eagle circling high up in the sky. She was the biggest and strongest of all the eagles. The hunter waved at ...

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Other:Legend of the Dreamcatcher
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 24 2015 10:47

A spider was quietly spinning his web in his own space. It was beside the sleeping space of Nokomis, the grandmother.

Each day, Nokomis watched the spider at work, quietly spinning away. One day as she was watching him, her grandson came in. "Nokomis-iya!" he shouted, glancing at the spider. He stomped over to the spider, picked up a shoe and went to hit it.

"No-keegwa," the old lady whispered, "Don't hurt him."

"Nokomis, why do you protect the spider?" asked the little boy.

The old lady smiled, but did not answer. When the boy left, the spider went to the old woman and thanked her for saving his life. He said to her, "For many years you have watched me spin and weave my web. You have admired my work. In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift." He smiled his special spider smile and moved away, spinning as he went. Soon the moon glistened on a magical silvery web moving gently in the window. "See how I spin?" he said. "See and learn, for each web will snare bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small hole. This is my gift to you. Use it so that only good dreams will be remembered. The bad dreams will become hopelessly entangled in the web." (Author Unknown)


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Other:The Lord's Prayer
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 22 2015 09:23

Our Father heaven dweller

My loving will be (to) Thy name

Your Lordship Let it make its appearance

Here upon earth let happen what you think

The same as in heaven is done

Daily our food give to us this day

Forgive us our debts, the same as we forgive our debtors

And do not temptation being lead us into

Deliver us from evil existing

For thine your Lordship is

And the power is

And the glory is forever


The Twenty Third Psalm

The Great Father above a Shepherd Chief is. I am His and with Him I want not. He throws out to me a rope and the name of the rope is love and He draws me to where the grasss is green and the water is not dangerous, and I eat and lie down and am satisfied. Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down but He lifts me up again and drawwse me to a good road. His name is WONDERFUL. Sometimes, it may be very soon, it may be a very long long time. He will draw me i...

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Other:Sacred Colors
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 22 2015 08:23

The Medicine Wheel

The shape of the medicine wheel represents the circle of life and death, never ending. The cross within the middle symbolizes the four directions and each direction is signified with a color.

North-(Red) Wisdom

East-(Yellow) Beginning, Family

South-(White) Youth, Friendship

West-(Black) Solitude, Adulthood

Red symbolic of success

Black is always typical of death

Blue symbolized failure, disappointment, unsatisfied desire

White denoted peace, and happiness

Sacred Directions:

Up Above-yellow

Down Below-brown

Here In The Center-green

Prayer To The Directions: (Chief Seattle)

Great Spirit of Light come to me out of the East(red) with the power of the rising sun. Let there be light in my words, let there be light on my path that I walk. Let me remember always that you gave the gift of a new day and ...

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Media:Treaty of 1791
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 22 2015 07:46

Beginning in the 1791s a series of treaties between the United States and the Cherokees living in Ga. were given recognition to the Cherokees as a nation with their own laws and cutoms. Gradually the treaties whittled away as the white man took more and more of the Indian lands.

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Important:Words Of Wisdom
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 21 2015 13:22

"There is no such thing as "part Cherokee", either you're Cherokee or you're not."

"Learn how to withhold judgement, Learn to listen, Get in touch with your inner self, Look at life with joy, Dopn't ever cry over something that cannot cry over you." (Modoc)

"You have noticed everything an Indioan does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. The life of man is a circle from childhood to adulthood, and so it is in everything where power moves. our teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children." (Black Elk)

" With all things and in all things, we are relatives." (Sioux)

"Lose your temper and you lose a friend, lie and you lose yourself." (Hopi)

"Have patience. All things change in due time. Wishing cannot bring autumn glory or cause winter to cease." (Cherokee)

A nation is not conquerored until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then, it is done, no matter how brave it's warriors nor how strong its weapons." (Cheyenne)

"Marriage among my people was like traveling in a canoe. The man sat in front and paddled the canoe. The woman sat in the steren but she steered. " (Anonymous)

"Wars are fought to see who owns the land, but in the end it possesses man. Who dares say he owns it-is he not buried beneath it?" (Cochise)

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Other:Spirit of Little Deer
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 21 2015 13:02

Little Deer was the protector of the deer. The Cherokee hunters were instructed in the ways of hunting the deer and prayed to the Deer Spirit for pardon when they killed it for food. If a hunter killed a deer needlessly and without asking the Deer's Spirit pardon, Little Deer would track down the hunter and give him rheumatism so that he could hunt no more.

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Family stories:The Rebel - Thomas Wyatt the Younger
Posted by: Carol Shirley on Jan 11 2013 01:32


(highlight the above link, then right click and select "go to..."

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Family stories:More on the life of English poet, Sir Thomas Wyatt, the Elder
Posted by: Carol Shirley on Jan 11 2013 01:09

Below is a link to a website called "The Anne Boleyn Files". Highlight the link, right click and select "go to..."


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