Week 24: Native American Cultures

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A Cynic's 2013 Challenge

There is something about the drums. Something human and primal, something ancient and something joyously present: that pulse that runs up your spine, raises the hair on your arms and ends in a tingle on the skin of your fingertips. Listeners to Radio 4’s recent series Science of Music may subscribe this sensation to the fact that when listening to music our brains are seeking patterns: what sound could therefore be more satisfying to our maths-hungry minds than rhythmic drumming? But perhaps our response to the drums is not pure biology, perhaps it has something to do with another theory I heard this week: that drumming is a spiritual experience, it lifts us, it is an ancient inheritance that calls out to those who have gone before. When we move to the beat of the drums, we are not simply holding hands with those beside us, we are dancing with…

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Wupatki National Monument, a Window to the Future

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Nine Hundred years ago Native Americans braved the elements and survived in Northern Arizona.

The climate they thrived in was different than it is today.  They were able to plant and raise crops that along with native plants and hunting provided them with enough food to survive.

The Box Canyon and Lomaki pueblos show the ingenious use of the natural geography to provide water to drink as well as raise crops.

These people were masters of Sustainability.  Collecting water from overland flow was how they grew their crops.

Why they left is mostly a mystery. What research has been done points to their exodus being caused by an extended period of drought!

Without water to drink or grow crops many of the Native Americans in the Southwest left this environment and settled in the Southern Colorado foothills and other locales that would provide them with the necessary water of life.

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slot machines and what not

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There are 460 Native American gambling casinos run by 240 tribes. From Milwaukee’s Potawatomie to Lone Butte in Chandler, Arizona, (1) round and round you go in an air conditioned tourist bus placing bets and….

What if the Iroquois Confederacy really did have a big influence on the American Constitution? The five nation peace is an attractive  legacy, especially to those who don’t mind surrendering their ears to a megaphone’s play by play of the passing scenery.

It would be like the Real Bronx Tours (2) parading through American ghettos where all that exciting crime takes place. Apparently, Europeans and Australians had  been buying tickets in bunches until they discontinued the activity. (2) Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz called the tour “the biggest fool on the planet….disgusting.”

Can you imagine how much those same European and Australian tourists would dig a look around American Indian Reservations with gambling hoe downs each and every night?…

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Stone Doors, Forts, and Flutes

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On the Beersheba Springs side of Savage Gulf, there is a huge gap in the ridge of the Cumberland Plateau known as Stone Door. Before they were called Native Americans :), the Indians carved out steps through this breach. It is quite impressive.

I read somewhere—and I can’t find it now—that the Indians who crossed the Stone Door used it as a migratory route every year. This is what piqued my interest. For two years, I searched online for pictures of this Stone Door. I couldn’t find any that comprehensively depicted it, and now I know why. The gap is just twisty enough that you can’t get it all in one shot.

There are pictures of the gap from the sky. There are pictures at the entrance of the Stone Door and at the bottom. But seeing the whole thing is something you can’t experience through a photo.

Obviously, there…

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Hardaway Powwow This Weekend at Badin

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The Stanly County Town of Badin continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events through the year.

This weekend, the town will host the first “Historic Badin Hardaway Powwow”. Organizers say the powwow will be “a rousing and colorful celebration of spirit and culture,” planned to unite Native American nations from around the country around the famed Hardaway Site. Dancers and drummers will be featured in what planners hope will become an annual event in the town.

The Hardaway site, along the shore of what is now Badin Lake, was first recognized in 1937. Digging was done there from 1948 to 1958, making the Hardaway Site one of the oldest archaeological sites excavated in the southeastern U.S.

The Hardaway Powwow is set to begin with a grand entry Fri. at 6:00 p.m. and continue until 10:00 p.m., followed by an afternoon and evening of activities again on…

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What Happened to “Kanawha”? 150 years later

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P1040838On June 20th, 1863 West Virginia became the 35th star on the flag of the USA.  President Lincoln signed the legislation on December 31, 1862.  The voters approved the  proposed state’s Constitution on March 26, 1863, and those votes were certified on April 20, 1863, with the state’s existence commencing in 60 days.  West Virginia holds several ironies.  It is the only state derived from another state.  It is the last slave-state admitted, but was pro-Union.  And, while it’s Constitutionality has been questioned, it has never been directly challenged nor confirmed in a court of law.  So, what happened to Kanawha?

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Native American High School Broadcast Workshop

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Northern Arizona University will be hosting a Native American High School Broadcast Workshop from June 17-22, 2013. Fifteen high school Native American Broadcast Workshopstudents will have the opportunity to produce professional quality radio and television productions while enjoying a week of college life at the beautiful Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff campus. Applicants must be Native American high school students and Arizona residents. Each applicant must submit a competitive essay. Don’t miss this

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