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Monday, December 9, 2013

BigMamaBlaze Top Secret Public Journal entry

I heard someone the other day say they were sick of "Indians" and their crying around about history.  They went on to say that "America" has given enough land to the "Indians" and now they have Casinos and a bunch of money, that Indians needs to shut up, better yet disappear.

I ask my local friends, is racism just a figment of my imagination?
I wish you could walk in my shoes.  I wish you could experience the looks I get, and experience for yourself what it is to an Indigenous woman in this town and in America.
There is nothing romantic about being an Indigenous person.  It is difficult, painful, frustrating, and requires an extraordinary amount of discipline.
It is painful every day, to pack around memories of the horror stories of my history and that of my people.  It is not a faucet I can turn off.
I must be quiet with my pain.  I fail miserably some days, at the "being quiet" part.  Believe me when I tell you, I can feel the hatred of others.  It feels like bees stinging me.  I'm just saying...
As I age I realize how strong I am.  To have come to my late forties and I'm not in prison nor do I have a criminal records of any sort.  I am not addicted to alcohol or hooked on drugs.  I am not homeless.  I have survived many tragedies and even more misunderstandings.  I have produced intelligent children who are balanced and mature.
I believe it has been a gift in many ways, this cultural dichotomy.  I was not given a clean womb to grow in.  My mother was called home to Creator when I was an infant.  I was stripped of my cultural rights by my own people because of the era in which I was born and because I am a woman.  I was buried in a foreign country's legal system as an infant and locked away from my heritage and rich culture.  I am first generation off the reserve (Canada terminology, American calls them reservations).  I have been torn in half from birth and my journey has been consumed with learning how to stitch myself back together.
I survived my youth.  I have survived years of anger and sorrow.  I am approaching becoming an elder (in Canada we are First Nations, In America we are tribes) in my culture, because we tend to die young, I am already an elder.  I feel calmer.  I have a deeper understanding of why I was separated from my Nation and country, family, and culture.  I grow closer to being a whole person with scars and longer a broken person.
I will share this as well, I have better days than others.  Some days I lament at the lack of knowledge many have about my race and our history.  I may feel this way for days or weeks.  When I come through those feelings, I inevitably feel like a warrior with a cause to share, to educate others of my journey and that there are thousands of people still alive that are just like me.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Re-Educate - YellowWolf ft. Addie Elliott (Paint The Town Red)

Westcoastin' - YellowWolf / Barndawg (Paint The Town Red)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A guide to balancing the elements

"A guide to balancing the elements

Ojibwa tea is a formula that was given to a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse by an Ojibwa medicine man (whose name seems lost to obscurity) as a cure for her mother's cancer. It is also called Essiac, which is Caisse spelled backward.
The medicine man was probably a member of the Mide (the Grand Medicine Society). Perhaps he envisioned the formula; maybe it had been passed on for generations. Whichever the case, it is a remarkable example of how the wheel may be used to create an herbal formula. The blend is made of four herbs, and four is the number of balance on the wheel. Notice how the formula's components visually increase in increments of four. We have roughly 1 part (by volume) of rhubarb root to 4 times that amount of burdock and slippery elm, to 4 times that amount of sheep sorrel.
Burdock and rhubarb root would be placed in the west, as they are gathered in the fall, and their medicinal qualities follow the body's deep internal rhythms. Slippery elm would be associated with the north simply because bark is one of the few things that can be gathered during the long frozen winters of the Far North. Also, the medicinal action of slippery elm affects the breath (spirit). Collected in mid-spring and healing to the skin, sheep sorrel leaves bring the aspect of the east to the formula.
What is missing from this equation? A plant element from the south. Why? Because cancer is an imbalance of excessive growth, and the energy from the south is growth. Not only physical growth but also the emotional, mental and visionary excesses of growth. To add herbs from the south (as some formulas add red clover blossoms) renders it less useful on a metaphysical level, according to the cosmology of the wheel.
The ultimate beauty of Native American herbalism is that it allows for your own personal preferences and differences. I have been told endless times when I ask about an herb, "Well, this is what worked for me, but I don't know if that will help you any at all." And if you choose to follow another theory of healing, do so - but follow it well.
Accepting our innate differences is an intrinsic part of healing. Medicine is and always will be an art as well as a science. The best we can do is to follow the Great Law of Peace and agree that if we can't agree on anything else, at least we can agree to get along with one another.

Nemenhah Certified for use as a Ceremonial Sacrament in traditional Native American Healing.
Governing Law: 42 USC Chapter 21c; 2000; c"  "

This is an excerpt from  I do not claim copyright on this post.  I am logging for the record, a link to this website/storefront for personal use and to introduce to the public this useful medicine.
I have put the above post in a quotation to legitimize the site's ownership and copyright of the excerpt and image contained within quotes.  Please understand I am not paraphrasing or infringing on copyrights duly owned by the referred website.  Thank you.
Visit website/storefront for products and information.  Peace...BMB

Friday, October 25, 2013

True Path Walkers
Obligations of the True Path Walkers

To bring back the natural harmony that humans once enjoyed.
To save the planet from present practices of destruction.
To find and re-employ real truth.
To promote true balance between both genders.
To share and be less materialistic.
To become rid of prejudice.
To learn to be related.

To be kind to animals and take no more than we need.
To play with one’s children and love each equally and fairly.
To be brave and courageous, enough so,
To take a stand and make a commitment.
To understand what Generations Unborn really means.
To accept the Great Mystery
In order to end foolish argument over religion.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Lord's Prayer translated

Nesika papa klaksta mitlite kopa saghalie;
(Our Father Who dwells on High;)
Kloshe kopa nesika tumtum mika nem.
(Good for our hearts your Name.)
Kloshe mika tyee kopa konaway tillikum;
(Good you Chief of all people;)
mika tumtum kopa illahee kahkwa kopa saghalie;
(Good Your heart to make our country such as Yours up above;)
Potlatch konaway sun nesika muckamuck,
(Give us all days our food,)
Pee kopet-kumtux donaway nesika mesachie,
(And stop remembering all our sins we make to them,)
Kahkwa nesilka mamook kopa kalskta spose mamook mesachie kopa nesia;
(As we suppose not their sin against us;)
Mahah siah kopa nesika konaway mesachie.
(Throw far away from us all evil.)
Kloshe kahkwa.
First People of Canada and America : Turtle Island

Child friendly site about Canadian and American Indians. 1400+ legends, 400+ agreements and treaties, 10,000+ pictures, clipart, Native American Books, Posters, Seed Bead Earrings, Native American Jewelry, Possible Bags and more.
First People of America and Canada : Turtle Island.

Data mining you child's information "permission form" is now part of school enrollment!

Tomorrow morning many Americans will take their children to the local school and blindly enroll them for the coming year. They will be given a student handbook complete with a couple dozen forms that must be signed. Some really are necessary, such as the permission form to give your child a band aid should they get a paper cut. Then there are the NEW forms that are more frightening than necessary. Yet most parents will just sign these, too.
What new forms are there? This year many observant parents have already found forms that advise them that the FERPA laws that used to protect their children have since been obliterated. Now, some 400 points of data can be shared with anyone who calls themselves “authorized” to receive the information. Businesses, doctor’s offices, psychiatrists, federal agencies, salesmen, and virtually anyone who meets the approval of the state or a local superintendent can become authorized to obtain 400 pieces of information about your child.
Be careful what you sign in the morning. You may just be giving away the keys to your child’s identity.
~Temerity Dowell

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Significance of Long hair for Native people

I found a wonderful website and really just wanted to share it and help expose the site to others.  I am enclosing a link.  The photo is not my image.  I am including this image as a visual accompanying the link.  The image is borrowed from this site.  I claim no copyright to this image.  Enjoy...Peace...BigMamaBlaze

Oh Great Spirit...

Oh Great Spirit who made all races
look kindly upon 
the whole human family 
and take away the arrogance and hatred 
which separates us from our brother.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

~An Indian Prayer~Weary~

"Oh Great Spirit who walks the four winds of our mighty heavens, hear my voice, for I stand before you as but one of your many children.
I have traveled long and far and I have grown tired and weary. My heart has much sadness for my journey has taken me to a land i do not understand and fear.
My eyes no longer see the beauty you have created for all to see. They now only see shadows and darkness.
My ears no long hear the laughter of children at play. They now only hear the silence of night and the beating of my own heart.
I fear I have taken the wrong road in life, and with each passing of the sun my heart becomes more heavy with sadness for I no longer walk in balance with the
Universe and upon Earth Mother.
Oh Great Spirit must I be lost forever like a pebble within a mountain of stones. Am I to wander forever in darkness?
Will you not lend me the wisdom of my four legged brother, the buffalo, the keen sight and swiftness of flight of my feathered brother, the Eagle so that I may
return like the blossoms of spring after the long snows of winter, where once again my eyes may see the rising of the sun, the beauty of our land Earth Mother.
I want my heart to dance again to the many songs of the birds in Spring.
I want to know the happiness and feel the tranquility of walking in balance with Earth Mother, and my brothers and sisters and where my heart and spirit shall wander no more forever.
When my lift has ended like the setting of the sun, I want to stand before you, Oh Great Spirit, with a pure heart, straight eyes and unashamed.

~Lee (Little Fawn) Moquin

First People of America and Canada : Turtle Island

Child friendly site about American and Canadian Indians. 1400+ legends, 400+ agreements and treaties, 10,000+ pictures, clipart, Native American Books, Posters, Seed Bead Earrings, Native American Jewelry, Possible Bags and more.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Great Spirit~Hear our prayer

~Great Spirit~

Great Spirit,
Give us hearts to understand;
Never to take from creation's beauty more than we give;
Never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed;
Never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth's beauty;
Never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand
That to destroy earth's music is to create confusion;
That to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
That to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;
That as we care for her she will care for us.

We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.

Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst,
Help us to find the way to refresh you lands.

Great Spirit, who waters are choked with debris and pollution,
Help us to find a way to cleanse your waters.

Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse,
Help us to restore beauty to our hand work.

Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed,
Help us to find a way to replenish them.

Great Spirit who gifts to us are being lost
In selfishness and corruption,
Help us to find the way to restore our humanity.

True Path Walkers

~Obligation of the True Path Walkers~

To bring back harmony that humans once enjoyed.
To save the planet from present practices of destruction.

To find and re-employ real truth.
To promote true balance between both genders.
To share and be less materialistic
To become rid of prejudice
To learn to be related
To be kind to animals and to take no more than we need
To play with ones children and love each one equally and fairly
To be brave and courageous enough so
To take a stand and make a commitment
To Understand what Generations unborn really means
To understand the Great Mystery
In order to end foolish argument over religion.


An Indian Prayer~Grandfather Cries

Grandfather do you know me?
I am your blood.
The son of your son.
I come to ask you a question Grandfather.
Grandfather, don't you know?
There are others that want to be Indian,
And if they can start from nothing,
I should be able to stop from something?
Grandfather don't you know me?
Grandfather, I don't look like you.
I don't know what you know.
It would be easy for me to hide behind my paler skin.
No one would know the pain I feel.
Or the tears I cry for your great-grandchildren.
Grandfather, don't you know me?
Grandfather, look what I have done to our world.
Mother Earth is on her knees.
The snake and owl rule the day.
I don't understand the language you speak Grandfather.
Grandfather, don't you know me?
Grandfather, I want my Pepsi, Levi's and Porsche too.
I want to go where the others go,
I want to see the things they see too.
I don't have time to dance the old way Grandfather.
Grandfather, why are you crying?
Grandfather, why are you crying?
Grandfather, why are you crying?
Grandfather, don't you know me?

~Charles Philip Whitedog~

Native Americans
First People is a child friendly site about Native Americans and members of the First Nations. 1400+ legends, 400+ agreements and treaties, 10,000+ pictures, clipart, Native American Books, Posters, Seed Bead Earrings, Native American Jewelry, Possible Bags and more.

Monday, August 5, 2013

People are gathering from all over the globe insisting Leaders address the needs of people/earth

This link leads to and a video that will hopefully spark hope inside the viewers.
What is happening on a global scale is frightening and exciting.  To see our youth stand up and say "No, enough is enough".
Your help is needed. Decide for yourself. This is a movement to change the world and the only way that can happen is if people unite.
I have said this on every social profile I have. Unity is the solution. The powers that be can be neutralized only by the people uniting.
Take a few minutes and follow the tweet to to view the short video. There is no cost.
No harm no foul is one is not ready or interested.
One that is interested, here is a good place to start.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Miss Adichie "The danger of a single story" aired on "Ted Talk"

Hands down, one of my favorite Ted Talks lectures.  My eleven year old daughter enjoyed this lecture.  To me, this is noteworthy as it testimony of the speaker's gift to cross generational boundaries.  My daughter and I enjoyed Miss Adichie so much we wanted to see if she was going to stop in Oregon on her tour.  Unfortunately we found we had missed her by three weeks.

Miss Adichie is a gifted storyteller. The lecture is about twenty five minute in duration.

Here is to extinguishing stereotypes and continuing to evolve in this human journey...

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

National Stepfamily Resource Center

Even the most balanced, well meaning, healthy, open minded, self actualized woman, who finds herself falling in love with a man, father to children from a previous relationship, cannot anticipate or comprehend the full potential of  challenges she faces regarding building a future marriage as a step-mother.  You think step parenting is hard?  It's nothing compared to contending with a woman who is hurting from learning of her ex's impending nuptuals.  This volatile concoction is likely to present a challenge known by stepmothers & mothers only.
Imagining your children visiting their father brings warm memories and feelings of relief. Now visitation with their father has been forever changed.  Visitation includes another woman.
No matter how amicable the break up was, how strong a woman feels she has become from the experience of divorce, no matter if she has moved on and entered into a relationship or marriage herself, the dynamic of another woman having a part in the development of her child's psychy, can be an emotional land mine.   The mother of the children is likely to feel anger and confusion.  So much so it can be toxic.  Impending nuptuals can illicit an intense feelings of threat, followed by a sense that mama bear needs to protect her cubs from that threat.
My biological mother was killed when I was an infant.  I was adopted at the age of two.  My parents divorced and both remarried.  Thus I had to learn how to cope with two sets of parents and two households and the rules in both households.  I have an open adoption with my first born.  Thus I had to contend with and learn to cope with another woman raising my son.  As an adult woman I married a man that had three children with two different woman prior to our marriage.  I can say with confidence that motherhood has had many different flavors in my life.
Nothing compared to the injured ex-girlfriend/baby mama anger and alienation campaign.  It was something I was unprepared for.  I knew nothing about it.  I did not realize what was happening until we were so deep into the process, it was too late to change my mind.  I was married and had my own child with a man with three children.  This man is still my husband.
Today there is a wealth of information on step parenting and blended families.  There are groups in many cities and online one can learn from.  Wide varieties of studies, experience, and resource are available to anyone.  Please seek and share support for this potentially difficult process.
I do not recommend being a step parent.  It is the hardest love of all.  No matter what I do, it is never enough and it's always a threat.  My heart is eased a tiny bit with the shift I see happening in various states with the family law reform movement.  It is my opinion that our family laws and family courts have a LONG way to go.
If you find yourself with a man who is a father to children from a previous relationship beware.  Seek support and make sure to wait before having children with this breed of man.  I say this for the sake of all children involved and for no other reason.  My husband is the kindest man and best father I know.  But if you look at court transcripts forensicly, you will see an entirely different picture.  Good luck and here is a link for women who are or who are considering becoming a stepmother.
Where National Stepfamily Resource Center

Thursday, March 21, 2013

An outstanding Hip Hop Song by a Native American Artist

Indigenous Hip Hop! I love this song, the production, everything about it. I'd love to see this kids win a Grammy!