Cherokee Nation Harvest Celebrations 

​To All My Relations,

On this day we celebrate the two Tsalagi Ceremonies of Donagohuni ( Ripe Corn Ceremony) and Elawatalegi ( Bouncing Bush Feast). These ceremonies celebrate the harvest and Autumn which is where Earth Mother gets ready for her long rest.
October will be Nuwatieqwa ( Great Moon Ceremony) where we celebrate the moon that puts all to rest for the coming Winter. It’s important to remember our connections and ties to the Earth and how important the balance is between us and nature. To be thankful for the natural gifts that ensure that our generations now and generations to come can enjoy.

Let us try to do our part to ensure that we do not lose sight of what really matters and that as we walk the true path that the Creator has put in place for us to follow we do our part to protect it and not abuse it. In a world where we have a tendency to become self absorbed in our modern lives we must remember that the material world cannot exist without the natural.
Remember our original instructions to be “Keepers of the Earth” that we have a obligation to do everything possible to take care of this world and everything associated with it. We are one of many branches of the Tree of Life. I give this message to you with all the love that I possess…
WaDo,
Tony Q. Tsisqua Vaughan

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Indigenous Peoples Day 2017

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Indigenous Peoples Day

On this day many states have adopted and changed this day from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. This change has nothing to do with political correctness, it has to do with changing incorrect history. You cannot discover what is already inhabited. You cannot celebrate the slaughter of millions of people for the sake of conquest and discovery. There is noting to celebrate about genocide. And the only thing Columbus discovered was that he was lost…

When I was teaching history I remember the countless times I was confronted by colleagues and school administrators about teaching “outside of the curriculum” and almost getting dismissed because I wanted and felt strongly that we should not lie to our children and youth. The truth brings understanding, it brings respect and compassion.

I remember hearing the stories from my Arawak and Taino friends and Elders about the atrocities and how they fled from the encroachment into the mountains of Ponce and other mountainous regions of Boriquen.
It is long overdo that the truth must be taught and the history books no longer hide the ugly truth of encroachment in the Americas. There are many Nations of people’s that are tired of the romantic imagery and history and just want the respect and acknowledgement that comes with the truth.

This post is a request for all educators, parents, educational institutions and administrators to rise up beyond the lies and falsehoods and start the process of teaching the truth, correcting history books and periodicals. Also to not assume that every Native American knows about their heritage either. I found examples of many teachers pointing and singling out Native students in classrooms and asking them for information when they may not have it, causing embarrassment.

There have been generations of families whom were silenced because of laws that prohibited Natives from displaying and practicing their traditions, and not even considered citizens until 1924 especially on the East Coast. So on this day please say a prayer for the lives that were lost and silenced. The history that was never corrected, and try to educate yourselves and your children so that the truth can finally be told. Let’s strive for historical accuracy and truth…

WaDo,

Tony Tsisqua Vaughan

Daughters of His Kingdom

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Daughters of Heavenly Father

I would like to bring to your attention the spiritual importance of respecting the women in our families and relationships. For centuries women have been treated like commodities and possessions. Men have traded women, and have abused them in many ways. Even today expressions like “my woman” or “the little woman” give the impressions of possessions more than loving partners. Spiritually God created woman to be not only a loving partner but an essential half of the priesthood on this Earth and in the heavens. Let’s explore the importance of spiritual respect for women. “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh.”(Gen. 2:22–24)

Decision of Existence

Even though Eve was beguiled by Lucifer in the Garden of Eden a single decision became a mutual one. Some would tell you that Eve was weak and easily swayed but that is not true. She made the first decision that man must exist with knowledge of good and evil. When Adam was approached with the forbidden fruit, he seconded the decision by partaking of it. This was a mutual decision even though it was a transgression before Heavenly Father. Therefore this became a mutual decision of and for knowledge and existence.”And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.(Gen. 3:17–20)

The Restored Gospel and Women

When then restored gospel of Jesus Christ was brought forth to the earth again the role of women changed in regards to the priesthood. Women sit besides men in the Holy Temples and perform sacred ordinances together. This goes against a common belief that women who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are either lower or subservient to their male counterparts. The family is an essential part of life and it takes a man and woman to exist in a gospel based home. This is not to say that families that have different circumstances cannot have a faith based life. They can because Heavenly Father does not discriminate between His children. It is part of your agency to make the right decisions in your life that Heavenly Father wishes to be within the doctrines, covenants, and commandments he has given to us. “And again, verily, verily, I say unto you, if any man have a wife, who holds the keys of this power, and he teaches unto her the law of my priesthood, as pertaining to these things, then shall she believe and administer unto him, or she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord your God; for I will destroy her; for I will magnify my name upon all those who receive and abide in my law.”(Doctrine and Covenants 132:64)

So as you can see, women have a very significant importance in the gospel and are not subservient to men. They are part of a partnership of marriage and to live in general. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints women are not belittled of treated badly. There are instances where men do that to their spouses and partners but if this is found they are disciplined and counseled. Please take care of each other and show mutual respect to each other too. You are together for all time and eternity so work together and build a home that is centered on the wonderful kingdom of Zion. Zion is not just a place of happiness in a significant location; it is a state of spiritual being…