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
THE BOY AND THE TURTLES Sioux
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.
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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Januarys Lore: The Boy and the Turtles
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
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)
March ++ ATAGAHI-THE SECRET LAKE (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|| 1995 ||Decembers|Novembers|Octobers||
Quotes from a Native Past |Many Quotes|Chief Seattle|Chief Joseph|
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