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TO LIVE OR NOT TO LIVE?

To Live Or Not To Live! You choose to do this unconsciously every moment of your life. The moment your born to the moment of you death your physical,mental, and spiritual being is in constant thought. Whether you know it or not you are directing your life the way you want it to go. Don't stop believing you have control over your life because you do. Giving away you power to others isn't going to give you what you need the most. You and only you can truely know what you need. Your the one who is living in your body and mind to give an exact account of things. Be present in your healing be mindful of what your body needs. There is the power of your prayers,the attention to positive vibrations that you can contact through meditation. Be mindful of your thoughts especially when dealing with a life threatening situation. The body will respond to what your spirit wants, so make absolutely sure you know what it wants. So much negative thoughts convey to your body that it is sick or dieing that it will cause this to happen. The word dis-ease gives an indication this is very true. Giving your power over to doctors who just don't know what your body and spiritual needs are. Modern medicine leaves out this important information that can heal you, that is you are in control through you mental processes. Use discernment when given information about your health through the medical profession. Feel within yourself if that is what your body needs. Don't let the fear that is generated at you by them that you have to do it their way. Removing body parts doesn't always have to be done. Why I ask you do you think being given chemotherapy to kill your healthy cells along with bad ones will cure you? Think,think and think again,read and study and above all meditate on it. Believing that the doctors know more about life then anyone else is a wrong idea to have. Follow your heart, your intuition and your gut feelings when dealing with your life. Make wise choices, and if you have to change your choices do that, but above all make sure you are in control of your choices. Ask yourself, are you just tired of living and want a way out? Is it good to have people worried about your health so you stay sick? Taking this route leads to a dead end and I mean dead. Your not going to a better place after your dead your going to a place that you will have to still learn things but may be harder to learn them there then here. Here we learn how to live,love and join together physically. Theres a good reason we chose to be born, something we wished to learn from this experience. Your spirit will know when its time to go, don't force it by giving up. Be an example for others to follow, work at being the highest good for yourself and others. Marie Southern

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ROCKY BOY CHIPPEWA CHIEF

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INDIAN WAYS

Indian with war painted face
stood astride his fiesty pinto.
Beneath his blackbird feathers
laid a peace-pipe to be offered.
Midnight shadows climbing the cliffs
making ghostly figures of dead warriors.
Still he loved the indian ways.
Deer ahead eating sparse grass
never heard the arrow fly.
He rode for hours on end
never questioning his journey.
Spotted by soldiers he stopped
waiting for their horses to come closer.
Holding out the peace-pipe of his forefathers
soldier of age a look of courage reached out.
As they sat watching each other
not knowing the language each other spoke.
A bond developed between these two tribes
an ending to a long struggle for mankind.
Still he loved the indian ways.

Marie Southern

Copyright 2006 Marie Louise Southern

CHIPPEWA (CHIP-eh-wah) or Ojibwa (ow-JIB-wah)

The Chippewa, "puckered up" people, also are known as the Ojibwa. They lived west of the Great Lakes in a hard environment. The plains the Chippewa called home were carved from ancient mountains by glaciers. Many rivers were formed but the land was left too cold for growing and plagued by high winds; long, cold winters; and little rainfall.

These conditions led the Chippewa to a life of migration, traveling in clans and gathering plants, hunting and fishing along the way. When villages were built they consisted of domed wigwams made of arced saplings covered with bark or mats made of cattail leaves. As many as eight family members would often live together in one wigwam. When off on the hunt, the men would build small, wooden lodges with peaked roofs to serve as base camps along the way.

Several weeks a year the Chippewa would gather wild rice in freshwater marshes, with was their basic food staple. The event was a family affair, with the men paddling canoes through the marsh, while the women and children walked in the water, bending the rice stalks over the canoe and knocking the kernels off.

Occasionally the women would defy the short growing season and attempt small crops of corn, beans and squash.

In the spring, families would camp near groves of maple trees and tap them for the sap, which was boiled down and used for syrup and sugar.

Ojibwa women did most of the fishing, except in winter when the men would spear fish through the ice. Winter also allowed for hunting trips to favorite duck blinds, as well as the search for deer, bear, moose and other small animals for meat.

Quillwork fashioned from the quills of porcupines often adorned the buckskin clothes of the men and women. Women's dresses were often belted or tied over one shoulder. The Chippewa also sometimes wore underclothing of woven plant fibers. Leggings, moccasins, fur robes, pointed hats of leather and mittens - often lined with rabbit fur - were added in cold weather.

Deeply spiritual, the Ojibwa believe spirits control all natural events. The spirit Manitou lies at the center of that spirituality. Manitou resides in all things - the trees, birds, sky, animals - and is particularly fond of tobacco, which the Chippewa provide through offerings and pipe smoke. Wenebajo, is central to Chippewa myth. A clever but kind trickster, Wenebajo offer the people the secrets of corn, tobacco and medicinal plants.

In time, the appearance of French trappers and missionaries and pressure from the Iroquois forced the Ojibwa to move to the south or west. Once the Chippewa left their traditional homelands, they adapted the ways of the Plains tribes. By the mid-1800s the Ojibwa were already on government reservations.

In 1854 it was discovered that valuable minerals were located on the Chippewa reservation, so the government decided to buy back that land from the Chippewa, too. The tribe decided to sell, thinking they could take the money and use it to buy back their homelands, or at least part of it.

Even today the Ojibwa are still involved in long-running court cases against the United States government in regard to their land, much of which was seized for nonpayment of taxes many, many years ago despite the fact original treaties seem to indicate no taxes would ever be levied.

Descendants of the Chippewa/Ojibwa live in Canada, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Montana and in urban centers in many states.

I am Chippewa Indian my spirit name is Spiritseeker.