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Lore for January

Red Dog by Ed Morgan

"Red Dog with Black Feet "....Artist: Ed Morgan

All Art work is copyrighted © by the Artist and may not be used without permission

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O'siyo, Welcome to my Lodge, come, come in and have a seat and we will pass the pipe as friends and then I will tell you a story of our Ancestors and thru this story you may learn of our ways and our culture. These Legends, Lores, and Stories are of our life and tell us how to live with all life in this our world, and Id like to share these with you. This month I will tell you of

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A boy went on a turtle hunt, and after following the different streams for hours, finally came to the conclusion that the only place he would find any turtles would be at the little lake, where the tribe always hunted them.

So, leaving the stream he had been following, he cut across country to the lake. On drawing near the lake he crawled on his hands and knees in order not to be seen by the turtles, who were very watchful, as they had been hunted so much. Peeping over the rock he saw a great many out on the shore sunning themselves, so he very cautiously undressed, so he could leap into the water and catch them before they secreted themselves. But on pulling off his shirt one of his hands was held up so high that the turtles saw it and jumped into the lake with a great splash.

The boy ran to the shore, but saw only bubbles coming up from the bottom. Directly the boy saw something coming to the surface, and soon it came up into sight. It was a little man, and soon others, by the hundreds, came up and swam about, splashing the water up into the air to a great height. So scared was the boy that he never stopped to gather up his clothes but ran home naked and fell into his grandmother's tent door.

"What is the trouble, grandchild," cried the old woman. But the boy could not answer. "Did you see anything unnatural?" He shook his head, "no." He made signs to the grandmother that his lungs were pressing so hard against his sides that he could not talk. He kept beating his side with his clenched hands. The grandmother got out her medicine bag, made a prayer to the Great Spirit to drive out the evil spirit that had entered her grandson's body, and after she had applied the medicine, the prayer must have been heard and answered, as the boy commenced telling her what he had heard and seen.

The grandmother went to the chief's tent and told what her grandson had seen. The chief sent two brave warriors to the lake to ascertain whether it was true or not. The two warriors crept to the little hill close to the lake, and there, sure enough, the lake was swarming with little men swimming, about, splashing the water high up into the air. The warriors, too, were scared and hurried home, and in the council called on their return told what they had seen. The boy was brought to the council and given the seat of honor (opposite the door), and was named "Wankan Wanyanka" (sees holy).

The lake had formerly borne the name of Truth Lake, but from this time on was called "Wicasa-bde" -- Man Lake.


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As always, and especially now that we are in a New Millenniumm, I ask everyone to make prayers for World Peace and Kindness for all Living things on our Mother, The Earth. I ask all Pipe Carriers to make smoke with me in prayer also for Leonard Pletier and others like him who have been imprisoned unjustly.

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News about Leonard Peltier case and to view his art work....click here for details!!!

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More Lore

FOR 2000

Januarys Lore: The Boy and the Turtles

FOR 1999

Januarys Lore: Old Man at the Beginning
Febuarys Lore: The Brave that went on the Warpath alone and Won the name of The Lone Warrior
Marchs Lore: The Man and the Oak
Aprils Lore: The Eagle's Revenge
Mays Lore: The Faithful Lovers
Junes Lore: Story of Pretty Feathered Foehead
Julys Lore: The Rabbit and the Elk
August Lore: Story of the Rabbits
Septembers Lore: The Wonderful Turtle
Octobers Lore: The Twin Brothers
Novembers Lore: The Legend of Standing Rock
Decembers Lore: The Simpletons Wisdom

FOR 1998

Januarys Lore: The Origin og Our Tribal Flower, The Trailing Arbutus
Febuarys Lore: A Bashful Courtship
Marchs Lore: The Bear and Rabbit hunt Buffalo
Aprils Lore:The Rabbit and the Bear with the Flint Body
Mays Lore: Bear's Lodge
Junes Lore:The Bound Children
Julys Lore: The Sign Of Corn
August Lore: The Raccoon and the Crawfish
Septembers Lore: Hunter and the Dakwa
Octobers Lore: The Little Mice
Novembers Lore: What the Stars are Like
Decembers Lore: The Resuscitation of the Only Daughter

Monthly Lore For 1997

December ++ The Deluge (Cherokee)

November ++ How The Rabbit Stole The Otter's Coat (Cherokee)

October ++ The Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting (Cherokee)

September ++ What The Stars Are Like (Cherokee)

August ++ The Moon And The Thunders (Cherokee)

July ++ The Journey To The Sunrise (Cherokee)

June ++ How They Brought Back The Tobacco + a second version (Cherokee)

May ++ The Origin Of The Pleiades And The Pine (Cherokee)

April ++ A NEW BOW FOR TANI (Cherokee)


Febuary ++ Kanati the Hunter and the Cave of Animals (Cherokee)

January ++ BEAR'S RACE WITH TURTLE (Seneca)

FOR 1996
|| November's Lore || December's Lore ||
|| August Lore || September's Lore || October's Lore ||
|| June's Lore || July's Lore ||
|| April's Lore || May's Lore ||
|| March's Lore ||
|February's Lore| Januarys||

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