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Six American Indian tribes – the Kaw, Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee, Ponca and Tonkawa – gather each year to celebrate their tribal heritage.

– The Standing Bear Powwow: a Gathering of Tribes, a Celebration of Culture (http://cdnorigin.travelok.com/article_page/the-standing-bear-powwow-a-gathering-of-tribes-a-celebration-of-culture)

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The standing bear pow-wow is held near the Standing Bear Monument in Ponca City Oklahoma. the monument is our Tribal form of community art. the monument is  dedicated to chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Nation. He is known for his ability to stand up for not only his own rights but for the rights of all Indian people alike. He went to trial and won the case that determined Indian people were humans and equal or the same as other nationalities.

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The concept of  “ART”,  is a great way to explain the uniqueness of Native American Culture. Each different  tribal nation has differences represented through songs and dance. in the way we wear our clothes to the materials we use to make regalia. Native art is in every aspect of cultural gathering and traditions. We use art to tell stories and teach our ways to the future generations and restore our knowledge in our culture.

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“Watching these six tribes work together on a project is incredibly inspiring and there is an amazing amount of non-native support for the powwow in the Ponca City area. From volunteers to corporate partners, there’s just a tremendous outpouring of support from the non-native community. That’s very gratifying to the tribes and ultimately supports what we’re all about, which is educating.”

– The Standing Bear Powwow: a Gathering of Tribes, a Celebration of Culture

The form of Art is used to educate the community about the tribes history and encourage the learning for future events.

A colorful 60-foot diameter circular viewing court is located at the feet of Standing Bear and contains large sandstone boulders around its parameter affixed with the official brass seals of the six area tribes, Osage, Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria Kaw, Tonkawa and Ponca. The names of eight clans of the Ponca Tribe are inlaid in the floor of the plaza in earth tone colors of terra cotta red, pine green and various shades of browns. A center pool reflects the sky and at its center the eternal flame of “grandfather fire” burns on a large round sandstone pedestal.

http://standingbearpark.com/

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TravelOK.com Video

TravelOK.com Video.

 

video about standing bear monument and our tribal communities in the northern Oklahoma Indian Territory

Thanksgiving day Meal

This year my son and I were unable to go home and eat with oour families. So instead we hung out in Lawrence KS with some of our friends. This was our first thanksgiving not with our family which was different because the food we usually prepare is not like the food we ate on Nov. 22, 2012. Thanksgiving meal is one of the best cooked meals all year, people are focused on the foosd during this holiday more than others. The food that my family usually prepares is the traditional Turkey and gravy, along with potatoes baked and mashed. We prepare many veggies and side dishes but the best part is all the desert. We usually have different pies like pumpkin and cherry and serve fruits and berries.

     This year we had different food, my friends are from the Oneida nation and we had wild rice, veggies and bread. They also had the traditional turkey and gravy but the side dishes were things that my son and I are not used to having. The desert was also good homemade pies, and to drink we had lemonade. I thought the food seemed healthy and it definately tasted great, I’m glad we were able to try something new.

   On my facebook feed i came across this image and it really got my attention. The idea of banning the holiday because Indians didnt get the same actions of kindness when they were unselfish and helpful to pilgrims and other europeans. 

 

 I also found this image and thought it was interesting because this is what you think of when someone brings up the first thanksgiving. In my opinion it was nothing like this but for the most part this is the typical american image of thanksgiving.

Climate Change impacts on Tribes #7

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    Tribes experienced climate change in the mid- to late 1800’s. Many were relocated into areas that they had to adapt to. The tribes had no knowledge of the area that was to become their new home. The tribes were self-sufficient and lived sustainable lives in their Indigenous Culture. The Tribes never went hungry, or sick. There were many ways to harvest food, hunt game and natural remedies for medicinal purposes. The population was also decreased by a substantial amount. That affected the entire Identity and culture of Tribal people.

Today the Tribal Nations have established communities and they are not completely sustainable but have been making efforts. The American economy today has food prices increasing and climate change is affecting the way tribes buy, sell, and grow food is changing. The tribe I am from has begun to grow some garden foods, for the most part the food we eat is bought from the manufactures. The food that we feed our children and our elders is food purchased from groceries stores. We no longer hunt game,fish in the waters, or harvest foods like we once did.

climate change impact on Food

Climate Change Impacts on Food

 

                The climate change here in Lawrence Kansas has caused impacts on local farms. There has been a major drought especially over the spring and summer seasons it has hurt the economy. I have noticed that many garden projects have been expanded or created to produce healthy affordable food for communities. That is one way climate change has impacted my view on food, I have really noticed and become interested in all the gardening projects, from the most recent to the earliest gardens.

                The Haskell garden has grown and gained much attention. I hope to see it become more developed and sustainable for students to model their own gardens at Home. The composting project will help the size increase because it can provide large amounts of fertile soil and the collection of compost is increasing. Students are really interested in the project and involved in the actions of composting and recycling. This will improve the entire campus in recycling and reducing garbage from the amounts of food composted.

   Climate change has been like a wake-up call to all our habits. Our eating habits especially if we can garden in our communities and produce enough food to sustain our families. This is a great alternative to buying manufactured and processed food from the store. If not just money, gardening can benefit in other ways also.

    The generation now, our children have been studied and are living shorter life spans because of the modern food choices in our diets. Fast-food or unhealthy processed food seems to be accessed more easily by families. In reality gardening gives you the most convenience and the healthiest choices for your family.

Talk about smart use of space—these young gardeners use their small urban backyard to grow vegetables and raise hens for eggs, saving a lot on grocery bills and ensuring daily access to healthy food.

Food for Money #6

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    In Native American communities the people support and encourage fellow tribal members, one way the people support each other is by fundraising. The fundraisers are for events or individuals who need sponsorship or help with expenses. The fundraisers in my community mostly deal with food, or traditional dancing.

      People in Native communities need help with expenses so they raise money for something like a sport, or athletic event is an example. Many clubs, organizations and groups; student and non-student also do fundraisers in the Native Community. The most famous fundraiser that I notice is an Indian Taco Sale. The sales are profitable because the money is needed and greatly appreciated. There are other foods as well such as meat pies, breakfast burritos, Indian Dogs ( hot dogs in fry bread) and just plain fry bread, not so much healthy but definitely tasty ! Which is why these foods make a profit, people will always need food and so there will always be a market for these fundraisers in our Native communities.

Haskell Composting Initiative

The start of a new Project

Haskell Composting Initiative.