ON THE COVER: Kayla Pinola leading the Kashaya dancers at Fort Ross. © Paul Miller, 2013
No Indian child should ever have to experience the embarrassment of being told their ancestors were something “less than” and having struggles delegitimized. No Indian child should have to feel anguish when going on a tour and studying a unit that is mandated by the state. Sadly, though, this still happens.
I have always found it ironic that I was born on Thanksgiving Day…
I think that right now, the way that the world is changing is through indigenous peoples around the world looking at their own knowledge for survival into the future.
For traditional Tongva (Gabrielino) people, the new year will begin on the winter solstice, December 21, 2013, followed by a year of ten months. For the first time, a modern calendar based on the traditional Tongva year has been printed.
On September 6, 2012, a group of Kashaya people traced the paths of their lost ancestors to Russia as part of the Fort Ross expedition.
The Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation has been trying to build a roundhouse on the site of Wahhoga Village in Yosemite Valley since the 1970′s. The reason is as simple and solid as the bedrock mortars scattered over the valley floor. “We needed a place to meet,” explained Jay Johnson, as we sat around the table at the Miwu Mati Healing Center in Mariposa.
My story comes from a beautiful valley called Yosemite. It is the home of my husband’s people—the Yosemite Indians. I entered that valley sixty-five years ago—just a young woman. I didn’t know that I would someday be telling stories of his people.
With the words of an old grandmother, Ah’poni’ha, me’moo’ische-e (Great Spirit, we are your little children) swimming within my spirit, my twin boys and I went to the home of Grampa Ramsey Bone Blake.
A Bull-Durham medicine pouch hangs from the turn signals of his war-pony van. He descends from medicine people, and what’s in the pouch he won’t say, only that it protects him, sends powers his way.
With Respect: Farrell Cunningham, Ronald James Wermuth
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