Black Red Roots in Community

The Seven Principles of Nation Building or Nguzo Saba provide a model for what is to be accomplished by the joining of the “Black Red Roots Community”. It is the building of a Nation on principles that are very characteristic of both the African and the Indian. The principles demonstrate how both have survived throughout history and how they can be strengthened for the future. In Nguzo Saba the principles include the following:

  

  • UMOJA – UNITY
  • KUJICHAGULIA – SELF-DERTIMINATION
  • UJIMA –  COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY
  • UJAMAA – COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS
  • NIA – PURPOSE
  • KUUMBA – CREATIVITY
  • IMANI – FAITH

  

During the celebration of Nguzo Saba candles are lit for each one of the seven principles. The symbolic colors of the candles are three RED candles, one BLACK candle, and three GREEN candles. The red candles symbolize the blood of ancestors, the black candle symbolizes the faces of the people, and the green candles symbolize the land, the youth, and new ideas.

  

These candles are symbolic of the Black Red Roots Community’s purpose. It is the joining together of African Americans (Black) with the Native Americans (Red) heritages to nourish the roots (Green) of their common ancestries and inform the youth of their rich legacies to increase knowledge and new ideas for common unity.

  

Article by CherokeeCloud

Written September 6, 2006

Bird In Flight

Bird in Flight – Cherokee 

Native Name – Tsisqua  Ulawidvda

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Native American Arts and Crafts

Geographically a purchase from a Native American Reservation might be a sure way to guarantee or authenticate a purchase of arts or crafts. But, not very many people intend to travel to a reservation to make a purchase. Most people will make purchases from a Native American local product store, catalog, or at a gathering such as a Pow-Wow.

  

The Indian blood quantum method of purchase might be very intrusive. It would even be considered rude to ask the seller, artist, or craftsman to see his or her official state or federally recognized Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) quantum card. So, the honor system is respected for purchases.

  

A reference to handmade products would focus on the fact that historically Native Americans utilized their hands and creativity to skin animals, whittle tree limbs, pound rocks, stones, and jewels, and collect clay or reeds to make clothing, tools, jewelry, baskets and pots. So, if the item to be purchased was made by hands through passing down of tradition, rather than on an assembly line a purchaser might be satisfied with authenticity.

  

Or lastly, the arts and crafts have a label or engraved stamp that indicates Native American agreement of authenticity.

 

Whatever the method used to justify ‘authenticity’ the most valuable measure is for the purchaser to feel an obligation to support Native American people and their attempt for self-determination and co-operative economics.  

 Article by CherokeeCloud

 Written September 1, 2006

Second Son

Second Son – Cherokee 

Native Name – Talini  Uwetsi

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First Explorers

Did you know that by the time the first explorers and settlers arrived from Europe, Native Americans had populated the entire North American Continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the northern reaches of Canada.

Native American Day

Native American Day is the 4th Friday in September. This day is set aside to honor and celebrate Native Americans, the first Americans to live in the U.S. Still commonly referred to as American Indians, the term "Native Americans" has been used in recent years as a sign of respect and recognition that they were indeed the first people to populate our wonderful nation.

Native Identities

Early federal census records, 1790-1850, included Indians only if they lived in settled areas, were taxed, and did not maintain a tribal affiliation. These censuses did not specify their race. Indians were indicated as white, if living with white settlers, or black, if living with African Americans. Indians who lived on reservations or who roamed as nomads over unsettled tracts of land and were not taxed and were not counted in these federal censuses.

Indian Reservations

An Indian or Native American Reservation is a land area that is under the management of a Native American tribe. It is land that through the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) was reserved for Native Americans. … Indian Reservations »»

Weeks of Sorrows – Hurricane Katrina Reflections

As I viewed the Hurricane Katrina weather disaster and the following disaster of judgment amongst officials it was a sad memory of the weakest and poorest amongst us being treated with disrespect and contempt. How could the riches nation in the world not take care of its people as the news media reported their sufferings? And the entire world viewed with unbelief the negligence and politics as usual attitudes and actions.

 

It was weeks of sorrow much like those experienced in the ancestral past as Africans were huddled and lined up like sardines in the hulls of slave ships, much the same memory of the mostly African Americans huddled in the New Orleans Dome. Little to no food, water, and with the simplest accommodations were available. People treated as if they were animals rather than valued humans.  

Native Americans, mostly Mississippi Choctaw faring much the same, as they suffered many losses. But, with one ray of hope coming as other Native American tribes acted to provide assistance for their brothers and sisters. I am reminded of the Seminole Tribe of Florida who sent emergency crews to the Mississippi Choctaw Reservation. The Klamath Tribes in Oregon who made provisions to send their primary physician, Dr. Curtis Hanst, and their pharmacist, Dr. Matt Baker, to New Orleans, the city that has endured some of the worst damage. The Chitimacha Tribe taking in 400 tribal members who lived in New Orleans. Then, the Poarch Creeks, sending clothing, food and water to the Chitimacha Tribe in Louisiana.. These examples being only a few examples of Native Americans aiding Native Americans. 

I received an email from a Cherokee Elder requesting clothing be sent to Arkansas to assist Mississippi Choctaw that would be arriving in Arkansas for relief. It was good to help and good to know that a system although informal was in place to aid fellow Native Americans during the Katrina Hurricane disaster. I wondered if the Native Americans knew their assistance from governmental agencies would be limited or non-existent based on past experiences, so they immediately sprang to action to help each other. 

Self-help is sure help… 

Article by CherokeeCloud

Written August 30, 2006

  

 

Article by CherokeeCloud

 Written August 30, 2006

Ojibwe Saying

"It is time to talk with our Brothers and Sisters of other nations, colors and beliefs. The ideas and philosophies of yesterday may be the key to the world family's future."

Edward Benton-Benai, Ojibwe