Wednesday, August 12, 2009

miami indian pow wow

Woods, NE Indiana

There were ten million Native Americans on

this continent when the first non-Indians arrived.

Over the next 300 years, 90% of all Native American original population

was either wiped out by disease, famine, or warfare imported by the whites.

By 1840 all the eastern tribes had been subdued,

annihilated or forcibly removed to

Indian Territory west of the Mississippi.


Last weekend was the 12th Annual

Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow

held in Columbia City, Indiana.

The following are two relatively short

clips of musician Arvil Bird and the

opening ceremony. Like most areas

over the weekend, it was major hot.

Speakers spoke about taking responsibility,

speaking positively and making attempts

to see the other side, without being hostile.

Unlike the news stories of recent town hall

meetings around the country.


mum said...

cm: I'll be back later to watch the vids. Glad you could make it to the pow wow. The message you summarized certainly rings true - it carries even more weight, considering what was done to the speakers' ancestors.

Cheers from Graulhet.

Anonymous said...

Hi C.M., reminds one of what the Spanish did to the South Americans. I did find it surprising to seem them carring the flags, in the first vid. Tells me they can forgive, yes? And I was not privy to the bearded Indians, as alluded to in the second vid. Interesting... Icould tell it was a hot day all right! But even with that, I would have expected to see more folks there...

tut-tut said...

Lord, I read brief excerpts of what B. O'Reilly, Dobbs et al. have to say this morning. Stomach churning, to say the least.

Is there reason out there, beyond small pockets of caring people?? I hope so.

Tess Kincaid said...

There's no woods quite like a Hoosier woods. Okay, this post made my Cherokee DNA tingle.

tony said...

Grace Continues & Survives.
Thank You.
An Important Post Sir.

P11 said...

Listen "Don't drink the water" by Dave Matthews. Guatemalan Mayans also were tried to wipe out by Spaniards in 1,500's and in the 80's by the army :(, but they still are the 60% of Guatemala's population :).

ratatouille's archives said...

Hi! C.M.
Wow!...Thanks, for the information about the removal,annihilation and other causes that "almost" wiped out the "first" people that inhabited this region.

and for sharing both videos too!... once again Thanks,

DeeDee ;-D

Nicholas Garcia (Nick) said...

I sense a call to unity. A place where the old and the young gather, sharing a kindred spirit. A time for the old to remember their roots, and the young can learn their histories.

Most of my life I've lived in Arizona. My younger years in Flagstaff, where I had several opportunities to go to pow-wow. Then I viewed the music with the singing and dancing as quite odd and almost silly. In time, thank God I've come to realize the music , the song, and the dance are so very important. First as a vehicle guiding them to the spiritual place. And secondly as a walking, talking, history book. thanks nick

Celeste Maia said...

I really enjoyed the well chosen videos.
And the text, and the feelings expressed.

Coffee Messiah said...

mum: Thanks for your comments. History is full of native land people and those who've attempted to take over their lands. Sad really.

subT: I've noticed in any of the previous pow wows and this one, there is always a booth, dedicated to those who have fought in any of the wars. They are proud people.
This was early sunday, hence not much of a crowd. But it was hot as blazes, and was the last of 3 days also.

t & t: Yikes, can't read or listen to any of those ; ( I'm sure there's plenty of us, but all media needs to stir things up, so you only hear/read the nutty people, who don't speak for many I am sure.

willow: Thanks for stopping by.

tony: Thanks!

cafeP: Thanks for your comment and yes, people all around the world have been swept away. Most of us know they still exist though ; )

dd: Thanks for stopping by!

nikgee: Thanks for stopping by and your comment. Although many people and their traditions are strange to us, there's a tradition, passed down from generation to generation, something that is missed by us here in the usa. We rarely get together as families anymore. I remember as a youngster always being around my grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. Seems that slowed down in the 70s ; (

celeste: Thanks You and for stopping by and taking a look.

Nicholas Garcia (Nick) said...

Wow, I had forgotten about that. I to remember always being around family in those younger days. In 71 I moved out of my parents house.I guess that is about the time we started drifting apart and away from the family gathering. I really do miss it.

I guess it must have beem some time in the mid 70's the word was "extended family". This was happening for several reasons. As we grew up we moved out of the house, off to school or to begin families of our own. Some moving far away making it difficult to get home.

The busier our worlds became, the more distracted, the less time there was for family tradition. so , it doesn't surprise me that we adapted the extended family as we tryed to rekindle that feeling of belonging. nick

Coffee Messiah said...

nik: For whatever reasons, our society, from the 70s onward, at least from my point of view, has found more and more ways never imagined, to separate people from one another.

Sometimes, this feels like one of those ways, although in other respects, you are able to interact with people on the other hand, that you never would have other wise.

David G said...

Ah, Coffee, it's great that you champion the cause of the Red Indians. They got short shift from the invaders much like the Australian aborigines did.

We can't unscramble the eggs I guess but some effort should be made to help those innocents who history and the white man trampled all over.


Coffee Messiah said...

david g: We can't forget history, although there are still too many who continue on the road forged by others, never learning, as we well know.

Hope all is well with you and Thanks for stopping by!

mooshoo said...

i used to go to these as a child.. i remember watching them dance and sing and listening to my grandfather tell us of our history .. thanks for posting this :)

Coffee Messiah said...

lp: Hey, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. We were real surprised when we came out here from the west coast at the cultural history of the native americans in this area, and just how little survives. Cheers 2 U!