Happy Thanksgiving to all friends new and old who are in or from the U.S. of A.! 
American Thanksgiving is always the day that all Christmas decorations or sales would come on in full gear. On my way to school this morning, the radio was finally blasting with Christmas songs for the first time. We also got the first "white stuff" in the air today, not enough accumulation to stay on the ground but enough to cause many car accidents. I like to watch snow when I am home with a mug of hot coco, but not too keen on driving on the snowy road. The freezing rain made the road to work even more treacherous this morning. It is dangerous enough to drive in the freezing rain, but, somehow, people forget how to drive properly after half a year. There are always those people who have big “I”(a five-letter word that ends with ot and rhymes with riot) stenciled on their forehead when driving on the first day of snow by zooming, changing lanes and passing recklessly. Thank God for getting me to work safely.
I always like the thought of Thanksgiving. My students are currently working on the Native Studies. When we had our Canadian Thanksgiving in October, I read a simple picture book about the Thanksgiving prayer from the native Chiefs. I don’t remember the exact book title, but here is a very similar one on line from http://www.aaanativearts.com/article1011.html. It is a great concept to teach the children about how to appreciate the Mother Nature. 

I thank the web site for kindly sharing this prayer with all of us.
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Haudenosaunee thanks giving prayer....KEYWORDS: native American prayer thanksgiving prayer Haudenosaunee prayer Seneca prayer turtle clan prayer corn planter tribe Indian prayers prayer of thanks giving give thanks

AUTHOR: Family members state that the following prayer, as translated into English, was confirmed as being accurate by a woman who, at the time, was the hereditary Grandmother of the Turtle Clan of the Corn planter Tribe of the Seneca Nation of the Haudenosaunee. (She has since passed.)


Over the centuries, at the time of the "nut festival," the Grandmother of the Turtle Clan would say the following prayer prior to everyone partaking in the feast that was part of the festival. The nut festival was held in late autumn, following the gathering of nuts and other food to store for winter.

GREETINGS TO THE NATURAL WORLD!
(Greet the People)
Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Earth Mother)
We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our Mother, we send greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Waters)
We give thanks to all the Waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms - waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of water.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Fish)
We turn our minds to all the Fish life in the water. They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water. They also give themselves to us as food. We are grateful that we can still find pure water. So, we turn now to the Fish and send our greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Plants)
Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Food Plants)
With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting and thanks.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Medicine Herbs)
Now we turn to all the Medicine herbs of the world. From the beginning, they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the Medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Animals)
We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Trees)
We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many peoples of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Birds)
We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader. To all the Birds - from the smallest to the largest - we send our joyful greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Four Winds)
We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Thunder Beings)
Now we turn to the west where our Grandfathers, the Thunder Beings, live. With lightning and thundering voices, they bring with them the water that renews life. We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Sun)
We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to Grandmother Moon)
We put our minds together and give thanks to our oldest grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night-time sky. She is the leader of women all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Stars)
We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to all the Stars.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Enlightened Teachers)
We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring Teachers.

Now our minds are one.
(Give thanks to the Creator)
Now we turn our thoughts to the Creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.

Now our minds are one.
(Closing Words)

We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.

Now our minds are one.



Note: The words in bold in parenthesis are not meant to be spoken aloud. They are just page headings to help readers scan and interpret the article.

 
 
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    Thanksgiving, did you check out the news? It's a madness out there during sales =..=a crazy!!
  • I didn't hear much about the sales here, but I know cross-border shopping is going crazy, out of control!

    Julia1492 於 2007/11/24 08:29 回覆