I’m not going to tell the story about all the injustices imposed on the Native American nations because most people already know it and if you don’t, you should because it is the history of this country, a part that we should all be ashamed of, a part that gives this country a bad reputation as was told to me when I was in England and a lady I met told me she did not like, nor would ever want to visit America because of they way they treat the Native Americans.
It was my love for these people, inspired and encouraged by my daughter who lived her short lifetime working at the local Native American Community Center, helping people get registered for their tribal affiliations, speaking and visiting so many reservations in order to write a book that told the truth, unlike what most people learn from school textbooks. From Michigan, to Nevada, Utah to Canada, we attended every Pow Wow we could find, always knowing we would meet such beautiful people, and reading every book that my daughter could get her hands on and following not only their history, but what was continually happening present day.
Over 500 treaties were made with American Indian tribes, primarily for land cessations, but 500 treaties were also broken, changed or nullified when it served the government’s interests. Most reservations are on swampy lands or in areas that offer no needs of the people. While living relatively close to a reservation at one point in our lives, the Cherokee nation tried with no success to be given just enough flat land to build a school for the children. Their mountainous terrain didn’t allow for such a feat, and the federal government also didn’t allow them to take back just enough land for a school, land that was stolen from them and wouldn’t have interfered with anyone since it was all rural country.
So often we are so ethnocentric that we are blinded by the beautiful cultures of people that are different then us. Their lives and beliefs may be different, but different doesn’t mean “less than” or “bad” or “uneducated”, “savage”, “unimportant”, “misguided”, and I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the picture. The Native Americans taught me to open my heart and mind which led me to a life of fighting for all indigenous people around the world.
If you are looking for a “cause“, a people you want help and fight for, you only have to look around to our brothers and sisters who are so abused, and mistreated right here in our own country. Click on the link below and it is a good way to get started:
Pine Ridge and the Rosebud Sioux Reservations are two of the poorest reservations. It takes such little time and so little money to help out. Money, of course, is always welcomed to help pay for heat or food for the elderly and/or children, but a trip to a local Dollar Store can buy a lot of school supplies or toys. Since each person has to hand make their own shawls and clothing for their traditions, a box of beads, material, thread, or real feathers, leather straps, or anything that is made naturally by nature is always appreciated.
Sit back and enjoy the videos below for an experience of a Pow Wow and a couple other videos, and treat yourself and your children by attending one in person. You can find Pow Wow Calendar of Events on the internet to find one near you.
Delbert Blackhorse – Teachings
Wyandotte, Michigan is named after the Wyandot Tribe, which is now located in Oklahoma. There are very few members of the tribe that still live in the area. A few years ago I had the Honor and privilege of meeting one of the prior Chief’s daughter, who lived in Southgate. She was such a beautiful, warm, and caring individual who really touched my heart and anyone who knew her were truly Blessed by her presence.
Wyandotte Nation History (Wyandot Tribe)
Hand Drum Contest
Womens Backup Singing Contest