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Old 12-23-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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Christmas 2011

Yá'át'ééh,

To the Diné people, the spruce tree is a very sacred tree and has healing powers in its natural habitat, it is used in winter ceremonies for healing a patient. The other “Christmas trees” that are used are all sacred as we make offerings to these trees for a good blessing, even for our young children, their placentas are buried on the east side of one these trees so that they have a great strong foundation, a beautiful appearance and respectful just like the tree itself. We make offerings to these trees as they are living beings as well, it has a spirit, prayers and songs. Our most powerful of deities was born among the spruce trees, WhiteShell Woman at a place called Ch’óol’í’í (or Spruce Mountain) or what is now known as Gobernador Knob in what is now known as Dinétah.

These trees bring us blessings, no wonder we see gifts under the trees, no wonder it brings excitement to the eyes of our children. No wonder is brings happiness into the home, because of these reasons, we give it an offering before we cut down a tree, we give it water and upon returning it to the mountains, we leave it with another offering of songs and prayers, we thank it for bringing blessings into our homes. We treat it with respect from the beginning to the end, and leave it along a stream bed.

This is what this tree is about, this is our “Christmas tree”, a tree of HOPE.

Children go home for the holidays during their breaks, they come home to their grandparents and help out wherever they can for their breaks are short, they do as much as they can. Some partake in ceremonies and winter activities such as string games, Keshjee’ (shoe games) or storytelling events. Our grandparents are very thankful today, for some of these holidays as it brings his or her CHILDREN back to them.

With that, I wish each and every one of you, the best of this holiday season, be safe, rejoice and rejuvenate. Live life for awhile as you travel back to your REAL HOMES, be safe, my Powwows.com family and friends. We all need each other to keep things going here.

Merry Christmas

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the coolest xmas i ever had was there in dine country...i'm looking forward to kicking it with fam this weekend and gettin our grub on, which we dont need a holiday as an excuse to do
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That's beautiful, T-Techno. Thank you for sharing this with us. I love the smell of spruce. I've spent many happy times up in northern Arizona where the pines grow tall. Miss that smell.
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Thanks Techno and have a great break and holiday if I don't come back on for a while.
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I was from New Mexico before I moved here in Canada 16 years ago. There are different trees to put in many homes to make very pretty lights and ornaments to make the people very happy and hopeful. I have always love to use luminaries along the side of the walk from the house to the sidewalk and even up on the roof. Don't forget there are trees that are still planted outside and they are lighted up to let the communities see the beautiful lights.


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TT, I'm glad our Dene cousins kept the Spruce tree with them. I will be thinking of you and your people as we drink our spruce tea this Christmas with our families.
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Yá'át'ééh,

To the Diné people, the spruce tree is a very sacred tree and has healing powers in its natural habitat, it is used in winter ceremonies for healing a patient. The other “Christmas trees” that are used are all sacred as we make offerings to these trees for a good blessing, even for our young children, their placentas are buried on the east side of one these trees so that they have a great strong foundation, a beautiful appearance and respectful just like the tree itself. We make offerings to these trees as they are living beings as well, it has a spirit, prayers and songs. Our most powerful of deities was born among the spruce trees, WhiteShell Woman at a place called Ch’óol’í’í (or Spruce Mountain) or what is now known as Gobernador Knob in what is now known as Dinétah.

These trees bring us blessings, no wonder we see gifts under the trees, no wonder it brings excitement to the eyes of our children. No wonder is brings happiness into the home, because of these reasons, we give it an offering before we cut down a tree, we give it water and upon returning it to the mountains, we leave it with another offering of songs and prayers, we thank it for bringing blessings into our homes. We treat it with respect from the beginning to the end, and leave it along a stream bed.

This is what this tree is about, this is our “Christmas tree”, a tree of HOPE.

Children go home for the holidays during their breaks, they come home to their grandparents and help out wherever they can for their breaks are short, they do as much as they can. Some partake in ceremonies and winter activities such as string games, Keshjee’ (shoe games) or storytelling events. Our grandparents are very thankful today, for some of these holidays as it brings his or her CHILDREN back to them.

With that, I wish each and every one of you, the best of this holiday season, be safe, rejoice and rejuvenate. Live life for awhile as you travel back to your REAL HOMES, be safe, my Powwows.com family and friends. We all need each other to keep things going here.

Merry Christmas

Ahéhee’!
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TT, I'm glad our Dene cousins kept the Spruce tree with them. I will be thinking of you and your people as we drink our spruce tea this Christmas with our families.
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I was from New Mexico before I moved here in Canada 16 years ago. There are different trees to put in many homes to make very pretty lights and ornaments to make the people very happy and hopeful. I have always love to use luminaries along the side of the walk from the house to the sidewalk and even up on the roof. Don't forget there are trees that are still planted outside and they are lighted up to let the communities see the beautiful lights.


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Thanks Techno and have a great break and holiday if I don't come back on for a while.
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That's beautiful, T-Techno. Thank you for sharing this with us. I love the smell of spruce. I've spent many happy times up in northern Arizona where the pines grow tall. Miss that smell.
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According to the stories, December is the month of heavy wind, and the air is heavy with the mating aroma of animals. This is also when Father Sky dresses up Mother Earth in a beautiful dress of white snow.

The winter season on the Diné Nation is a very joyous and enlightening time of the year. It is a precious time for the elders to share their cultural wisdom through oral stories with the young who not only find it educational, but sometimes humorous and entertaining.

Many elders describe their harsh upbringing and hardships as a teaching tool to prepare the youth for the future. One such teaching requires the youth to roll in the snow, which is a form of discipline to help build a strong mind and body.

Winter is when the elders teach the young about the origin of the Diné (the people). It is also a time to learn traditional values, norms about behavior, and ethics and morals. The elders explain how nature’s foods, plants, herbs, mountains, animals, and all creation must be respected because it was put upon Mother Earth to help the Diné survive. Today, these cultural teachings are carried on through sacred songs, prayers, and ceremonies.

Since the beginning of time, oral stories have been a part of Diné culture. Storytelling is especially prevalent during the cold months when all the insects, reptiles and animals are in hibernation. Moreover, only certain stories, cultural activities, and ceremonies are held specifically during the winter season.

For instance, the Diné shoe game is an event that is only held during the winter, which involves many different songs that were given to the Diné centuries ago by various animals and birds. In fact, the elders explain that the very first shoe game was played by animals and birds.

One aspect of Diné creation pertains to laughter. In fact, there is a small ceremonial ritual that is held when a baby first laughs. Moreover, many stories incorporate teasing and humor, which are used as teaching tools.

Another winter cultural activity may be a string game, which is associated with a Deity called Spider Woman. Oral stories say that Spider Woman taught the people how to weave. It is said that the string game teaches patience and helps to increase memory skill.
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