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United Eastern Lenape Nation

Smoke Signals Newsletter


       January/February2020       Vol. 117



January 11 Saturday – High Council Meeting @ 2 pm at 5878 Pymatuning Lake Rd., Andover.  Dancing Woman is hosting.

12 Sunday – ROMF Village is gathering @ Noon at Dancing Woman's.  Leather crafting  with instructions by Ironhorse....and drumming. Bring your hand drums & rattles. Lessons:  Sponsorship & Lenape Scouts.


February   8 Saturday – High Council Mtg.  2 – 4 pm  (Iron Horse's home.)

  9 Sunday – ROMF gathering. Noon.  Craft:  Finger-weaving instructions by Dragonfly.  Bring your hand drum or rattle for drumming.   Lessons:  Sponsorship & Lenape Scouts.  (Iron Horse's home.)


March 14 Saturday – High Council Mtg. 2 – 4 pm   (Dancing Woman's home.)

15 Sunday – ROFM village gathering.  Noon  Craft:  Rosette beading instructions by Uncle Bob.  Bring your hand drum or rattle for drumming.  Lessons:  Sponsorship & Lenape Scouts.  (Dancing Woman's)


We are encouraged that the village gatherings are including lessons in culture and crafting.  The members (our brothers and sisters) have asked that we get back to the basics and that is being done.  Now all we need is YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES TO ATTEND THESE GATHERINGS.


If you need a ride, contact someone to see if you can ride with them.  If you are unable to attend meetings, contact Dancing Woman or your Clan Mother or Clan Chief and let them know why you are not attending.  We understand that not everyone has a clean slate on their calendars.  If that is your situation, find out how you can participate in your own way.


By having some drumming with hand drums and rattles, we are remembering the songs and practicing even if it isn't with the Village/Nation's Drum.  Our Drum has a wonderful Spirit.....let's keep it that way.


Dancing Lessons?     Youth Activities?   Adult Activities?


How about a Karaoke Night once a month?  Everyone has fun with that.  We actually have a couple of DJ's in the nation who could set things up.  Have a night for adults and an afternoon for the kids.  Check out Karafun Karaoke online.  We have all the equipment.  We may also have a place or two to set up this event.  Anyone interested?


Membership = Active participation.  (For those living a distance...add an article to the newsletter,  make some crafts to add to the Trading Post, keep in touch with your Clan members through your Clan Mother or Clan Chief.)  This is good for locals as well.



I promise to uphold our Aims & Goals and By-Laws.

I promise to support my nation in all ways.

I promise to honor all Chiefs, Clan Mothers, Elders and Youth.


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January 10


The Great Spirits in all things, he is in the air we breathe.

The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother.

She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us....

--Bedagi (Big Thunder)

Wabanaki Algonquin, 1900's


Did you know?


The Talking Feather is a communication device used by various tribes to ensure a person's right to speak without interruption from others.  The leader of the meeting would first hold the Talking Feather, and then pass it around the room or give it to those who requested a turn.  The feather typically held a special meaning to that particular tribe, and it would be decorated with distinctive colors and symbols.  In other tribal communities, a Talking Stick would be used in the same manner.


(Note:  River of Many Fish Village has a talking stick for this purpose.  The last I saw it, it was on the wall in the kitchen by the front window.....or, in the front entryway on the wall.)

The Uses of a Buffalo


From the Grandmothers Counsel the World..


Note to the Reader


It has been a great honor to work closely with the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers in crafting this book.  It has been humbling for me to note that the sum total of all the years of life lived by the Grandmothers adds up to 859.  Furthermore, the cultures they represent have histories that span millennia.

There is no way that any one writer, any one individual, can become a voice for the collective wisdom of the ages.  I have done my best to express what I have heard and learned from the Grandmothers, but my ability to act as a bridge or translator to a wider audience is, to a certain extent, hindered by the limits of my own understanding and experience.  I assume full responsibility for any misrepresentations or failures to rightfully express the teachings and mission of the Grandmothers Council.

Finally, though my name appears on the cover of this book, the words of wisdom expressed within it are not mine, and I do not lay claim to them.  In a sense, this book represents our collective spiritual heritage.

May the words of the Grandmothers spread love, faith, hope, and charity for all who come upon them.

--Carol Schaefer


Statement of the International Council of

Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers


We are thirteen indigenous Grandmothers who came together for the first time from October 11 through October 17, 2004, in Phoenicia, New York.  We gathered from the four directions in the land of the people of the Iroquois Confederacy.  We came here from the Amazon rain forest, the Arctic Circle of North America,  the great forests of the American Northwest, the vast plains of North America, the highlands of Central America, the Black Hills of South Dakota, the mountains of Oaxaca, the desert of the American Southwest, the mountains of Tibet, and the rain forest of central Africa.

Affirming our relations with traditional medicine peoples and communities throughout the world, we have been brought together by a common vision to form a new global alliance.

We are the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.  We have united as one.  Ours is an alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth—for all Her inhabitants, for all the children, and for the next seven generations.

We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth:  the contamination of our air, waters, and soil; the atrocities of war; the global scourge of poverty; the threat of nuclear weapons and waste; the prevailing culture of materialism; the epidemics that threaten the health of the Earth's peoples; the exploitation of indigenous medicines; and the destruction of indigenous ways of life.

We, the international Council of Thirteen Grandmothers, believe that our ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking, and healing are vitally needed today.  We come together to nurture, educate, and train our children.  We come together to uphold the practice of our ceremonies and affirm the right to use our plant medicines free of legal restriction.  We come together to protect the lands where our peoples live and upon which our cultures depend, to safeguard the collective heritage of traditional medicines, and to defend the Earth Herself.  We believe that the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.

We join with all those who honor the Creator and all who work and pray for our children, for world peace, and for healing of our Mother Earth.


For all our relations:


Margaret Behan, Cheyenne/Arapaho

Rita Pitka Blumenstein, Yupik

Julieta Casimiro, Mazatec     

Aama Bombo, Tamang

Floremayo, Mayan    

Maria Alice Campos Freire, Brazil

Tsering Dolma Gyaltong, Tibetan               

Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance, Oglala Lakota

Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance, Oglala Lakota

Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Takelma Siletz

Mona Polacca, Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa

Clara Shinobu Irua, Brazil

Bernadette Rebienot, Omyèné


Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet

pictured here with Dalai Lama


I have the book “Grandmothers Counsel the World” by Carol Schaefer with me.  ISBN 978-1-59030-293-4


Have the young ones tell us about this picture.  

What are they doing?  Where did they get their tools?  

Why were they dressed this way?  

What is on the racks?  

When did the Lenape do things this way?


Please share their stories.  Consider this the Young Ones Page.


If the child can write, give him/her this space.  If child is too young, tell us what the child told you about this picture.  












Message from Nation's Mother


Dear Ones,

Thank you for carrying on with meetings, gatherings and everything in between.  With your help, we are able to relax for awhile and meditate in an effort to get ourselves in the right frame of mind to do the work we are supposed to be doing.

You may wonder “What exactly is the Nation's Mother supposed to be doing?”


“According to the Constitution and By Laws: Article VI, Section 4 “Nation's Mother”

  1. Mediator between Clan Mothers.

  2. Represents all Nation's women at tribal functions.

  3. Votes in General and High Councils.

  4. Generally the oldest active qualified female member of said Nation.

  5. Has authority to remove tribal chief in concurrence with Clan Mothers.

  6. Minor disputes and problems with the women of three clans should be brought to the attention of her Clan Mother and/or Clan Chief.  In case no satisfactory solution is arrived at the matter is brought before the Nation's Mother who will at all times try to be fair and impartial in her counseling.  If her solution is not accepted, then she is to consult the Medicine Chief and the Tribal Chief giving I full detail the problem or problems of both parties involved.  If then no solution has been arrived at, it's the Tribal Chief's duty to call a High Council meeting and the problem/problems, or disputes will be resolved.  This may be brought to Council 3 times, if the problem is not resolved or 

  7. With the aid of the War Chief, shall assume the rights and duties of Tribal Chief in their absence.”

According to our protocol sheet...when a problem arises between 2 or more parties, they should: 1.  talk to each other about it & settle it.

2.  If that doesn't work....go to the clan mother/clan chief as appropriate. They are to be unbiased and listen to each person, encouraging them to settle the dispute.

3.  If that doesn't work...See Article VI, Section 5 & 6. Or review your protocol sheet.  If you do not have one, request one from your Clan Mother/Chief.

Aside from that.............I feel that it is my responsibility to see that our culture is taught to our members.  Most of that comes in conversations with individuals and some comes when we have a class that has been prepared.  Our new Adoption Policy with Sponsorship will help all members and the applicants to learn the culture and hopefully live by the values of the Red Road.

I love you all...............and, even though I'm having a good time in this retreating from my normal life........I do miss all of you.    Love,  Kuma Morning Dove


Project for 2020

Create a timeline of the Lenape showing how things have changed since 8000 BC.

This could be done in a way it can be displayed in our Council House or on the grounds of our Living Village.

I have the timeline from 8000 BC to 2007 AD.



Meditation for January 20, 2020


I will follow the white man's trail.  

I will take him as my friend, but I will not bend

my back to his burdens.

I will be cunning as a coyote.  I will ask him to

understand his ways, then

I will prepare the way for my children, 

and their children.

The Great Spirit has shown me--- a day will come

when they will outrun the 

the white man in his own shoes.

-----------Many Horses


Did you know?

That Appaloosa horses, though named by Canadian-French explorers, 

were developed by the Nez Perce Indians.


Red Road Ethic 2 – Honor Mother Nature

365 Days of Walking the Red Road


Mother Nature is not for us...she is part of us and we, like everything else that lives and breathes upon her, are her children.  Your own direct connection with Mother Earth is to be encouraged daily.  Paint her portraits, swim in her waters, tend to her flowers, stroll through her glorious forests,  and care for her many children: all plants, people, and animals.

We mus live according to her principles and choose not to pollute her body.  The alternative is death to our mother – and death to her children.


The Great Spirits our father, but the Earth is our mother.  She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us, and healing plants she gives us likewise.  If we are wounded, we go to our mother and seek to lay the wounded part against her, to be healed.

                 ----Bedagi (Big Thunder),  Wabanaki                                             

  Algonquin, 1900's


February 1, 2020

The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.

(Why do we have so many boundaries ...village to village, 

county to county, state to state, and country to country?)


January 18th Meditation

We will bury the tomahawk in the earth.

----Sauk Adage Meant as a Pledge of Peace.


On this date January 18, 1800:  The Peace Preservation Act was passed.


So................when we “bury the hatchet” we are doing what?

Making peace

Making a New Year's resolution

Dismissing the past

Starting anew

Turning the page

And, it is a plus if we forgive in our heart the turmoil caused by the action.

We will become whole again............and our spirit will be healthy.


Quiet Wolf sends his love.........we're getting a few things done to move the camper tomorrow morning......heading to Arizona to see friends and family....then to California.

This picture is one of the displays that we saw at the Mimbres Museum in Deming, NM.

Notice the clay flute on the left.....but, something I've never seen from history is the Native stringed instrument on the right.

This museum is a world-class museum........several different areas in an old building that was originally a USO building...according to the markings on the outside of it.

You can check this out on the internet.  Look for museums in Deming, NM.


Until we meet again …. by newsletter...or in person...

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