Medicine wheel event in Whittier reintroduces centuries-old spiritual tradition
WHITTIER — In Native American culture, medicine does not come from a pharmacy. Instead, medicine can be anything that promotes balance in one's life and the lives of others, said Jacquelyn Dobrinska, Venus Rising Institute outreach coordinator.
“In Western culture, medicine is about getting to the store, purchasing the prescription we need and then getting better as we take it,” she said. “In Native American culture, it is all about bringing harmony back into our lives.”
CROW AGENCY, Mont. – When the “Native Words, Native Warriors” display came to the Crow Indian Reservation in time for the annual Crow Native Days that coincide with the Battle of the Little Bighorn anniversary, tribal secretary Scott Russell was given the task of honoring not only the various tribes and code talkers of the World War II display, but the Crow Nation’s own plethora of veterans and active military personnel.Students take an Idyllwild summer class to learn Native American food preparation
Some students came to learn more about Native American foods and others saw an opportunity to learn what they might be able to cook from the native plants growing in their backyards at a recent Native Plants for Food and Medicine class at Idyllwild Arts summer program.
"You're going to take all this and keep it going," instructor Lorene Sisquoc, of Riverside, told the students as they shared their thoughts about the weekend workshop earlier this month and gave thanks to the Creator for the native food feast they prepared.
From a few yards away, they look just like rocks.
But as Paul Nevin pulls his motorboat closer, his finger traces a shape in the air, and suddenly, in the golden, waning light, the image of a bear practically leaps off the rock.
Native Americans carved images in rock on islands in the middle of rocky rapids in the Susquehanna River, near Safe Harbor, Lancaster County.
Educators have long complained that U.S. students are falling behind other countries in science. There’s also a shortage of blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans in the sciences. An organization in New York City has been devoted to increasing those numbers for the past 10 years through summer internships in prestigious science and medical labs.
At City College's chemical engineering lab, students and undergrads dressed in white lab coats lean against 1970s-era blue cabinets surrounded by microscopes, and a nitrogen tank used for polishing glass slides.