It does not require many words to speak the truth.
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on March 11, 2010 at 11:55am —
Silence was meaningful with the lakota, and his granting a space of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regardful of the rule that "thought comes before speech."
And in the midst of sorrow, sickness, death or misfortune of any kind, and in the presence of the notable and great, silence was the mark of respect. More powerful than words was silence with the Lakota.
His strict obseverance of this tenet of good behavior was the reason, no doubt,… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on March 10, 2010 at 2:32pm —
I love the land and the buffalo and will not part wit it....I want the children raised as I was....I don't want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy but when we settle we settle down we grow pale and die.
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on February 23, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Let us put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make for our children.
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on February 14, 2010 at 12:15pm —
Great Spirit I want no blood upon my land to stain the grass. I want it all clear and pure, and I wish it so, that all who go through among my people may find it peaceful when they come, and leave peacefully when they go.
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on February 13, 2010 at 6:22pm —
The character of the Indian's emotion left little room in his heart for antagonism towards his fellow creatures....For the lakota mountains, lakes, rivers, springs, valleys and woods were all finished beauty. Winds, rains, snow, sunshine, day, night and the changes season were endlessly fascinating, birds insects, and animals filled the world with knowledge that defied the comprehension of man.
The Lakota was a true naturalist - a lover of Nature. He loved the earth, and all of the… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on February 11, 2010 at 8:06pm —
WHAT IS MAN WITHOUT THE BEAST? IF ALL THE BEASTS WERE GONE, MEN WOULD DIE FROM GREAT LONELINESS OF SPIRIT, FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS TO THE BEASTS ALSO HAPPENS TO MAN. ALL THINGS ARE CONNECTED. WHATEVER BEFALLS THE EARTH BEFALLS THE CHILDREN OF THE EARTH.
Suqwamish and Duwamish
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on February 6, 2010 at 11:00am —
Red Shirt addessing Missionaries at Council Meeting
Friends and brother, it was the will of the Great Spirit that we should meet together this day. He orders all things, and He has give us a fine day for our council. He has taken His garment from before the sun and has caused it to shine with brightness upon us.
Our eyes are opened so that we see clearly. Our ears are unstopped so that we have been able to distinctly hear the words which you have… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on February 3, 2010 at 8:00pm —
I love the land of winding waters more than any other part of this world. A man who would not love his fathers grave is worse than a wild animal.
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on February 2, 2010 at 10:50am —
We have everything to Lose and nothing to gain.
My words are like the stars that never change. Whatever Seattle says, the Great Chief in Washington can rely upon with as much certainty as he can upon the return of the sun or the seasons.
The White Chief [Governor Stevens of the time] says that the Big Chief at Washington sends us greetings of friendship and goodwill. This is kind of him, for we know he has little need of our friendship in… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on January 31, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Love and ways of the Land
I was born in Nature's wide domain! The trees were all that sheltered my infant limbs, the blue heavens all that covered me. I am one of Nature's children. I have always admired her. She shall be my glory: her features, her robes, and the wreath about her brow, the seasons, her stately oaks, and the evergreen - her hair, ringlets over the earth - all contribute to my enduring love of her.
And wherever I see her, emotions of pleasure roll in… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on January 29, 2010 at 11:48am —
The horse didn’t have time to stop and instead started to jump into the hay wagon, as the young people were screaming and bailing out on the dirt side of the wagon to keep from being under foot of those hooves of the horse ridden by one name Pete.
But wait, I am starting at the wrong place in this story, I need to go back to 1958 when this story was given to me by a good friend of my Great Uncle Pete. It was my Uncle Al’s neighbor Mr. Tip Sparks.
The sun was high and hot… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on January 18, 2010 at 3:45pm —
Grandfather Runs About Like A Horse Story
The bonfire snaps and crackles with orange-yellow, yellow-orange flames jumping up, reaching as to touch the heavens but only to vanish in mid air, as if darkness swallowed them. The fire’s light was so big that it brightened the darkened shadows where one could see the small adobe house, and the large cottonwood tree looming in the curtain of night-ness’. Low in the same light one could also see six children varied in age lying side by side… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on December 3, 2009 at 7:30pm —
Spirit of Intent - Indian’s have Humor
In my travels across our country over the past some years, living within different cultures and people of all races, religions and life styles, I have found that one of the best ways to understand that group is to understand what makes them laugh. And trust me there are differences, even among Native people, depending on the region one comes from.
And trust me on this, for as a Native American Indian we are totally opposite of… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on November 27, 2009 at 4:28pm —
A good friend of mine from Texas said he got this from his friend in New Mexico and thought it was worth passing on to you from me. Remember from where I got it, it may have become a tall Texas tale, but it evolved around truth but now in the story form, and felt it was worth passing it along, especailly to the gents in the group.
"New Mexico Chili Cook off"
If you can read this whole story without laughing, then there's no hope for you. I was crying by the end. This is an… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on October 11, 2009 at 8:13am —
Spirit of Intent
Can anyone tell where the Native Americans came from with their vocabulary.
To examine any language one has to use at least three languages to make a valid comparison. I was informed that the Algonquian language has Arabic words in it from a member of True West, that intrigued me so I thought that this would be a good time to explore some of the language in general, and include Native American language as well. Now I have to say, I didn’t know that the Arabic… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on August 26, 2009 at 11:36am —
SPIRIT OF INTENT
Why is the word “squaw” so offensive today?
First of all, it is believed by many that it is not any Indigenous word from any of the people that occupied the American soil, in other words it is not an Indian word. It was more than likely a word created by European colonists, before it became the United States of America, who could not pronounce the native Algonquian word for 'woman.' In the Algonquian native languages, the word for woman includes a “SKW”… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on August 15, 2009 at 11:30am —
SPIRIT OF INTENT
What is the proper term for Indians Today?
True West readers, there is a lot of fine information on the Internet about different native nations and the people’s languages of this country we call home, America. The sad parties, as much good stuff, there is an equal amount of junky stuff with false titles, such as scholarly emphasis-as if it made it true.
As a member of the True West community, I would like to add “Spirit… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on August 8, 2009 at 6:38pm —
I am Johnny Ramirez, and I am writing to keep my Grandfathers’ stories alive. It is our way of life, the Ndee way. Though in our native tradition we were not to use the name of the dead, we can and do repeat his events and stories without using his name, there by he has life through the stories and events he told, by me telling the story again and again.
But first let me share a bit about the author of this story, Johnny the writer of his grandfather’s story is. He was born in the… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on August 4, 2009 at 1:13pm —
I will be posting Blogs on the main site starting August of 2009, they will be my grandfathers stories that he shared with my brother, my sister and me as child.
As readers, you can recieve these stories that I share on the blog any way you want to accept them.
It makes no never mind to me, because I am just sharing, as a couple of friends encourage me to do.
I will also share some facts about the Indigenous Native American peoples that can be verified by other… Continue
Added by JOHNNY RAMIREZ on July 29, 2009 at 1:09pm —