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  • Going home FINALLY.......

    Halito,

    OMG, Finally like ET I'm going to go home............

    Next month I'm going to Pearl River (our 60th fair) and spend some time on the Chahta rez. I will be the first person in 4 generations of my family to go home. I grew up in L.A. the first born outside of Oklahoma after the Relocation Act in the 40's. Like many, 'part' of my clan left Miss. and walked to Oklahoma under Jackson's mandate.

    I'll see Nanih Waiya and talk with elders and hopefully meet those from my clan that stayed. This has been a long time coming. Living in Burque I haven't met any Chahtas, but have friends in Texas and Cali. So it will be a real treat to sit with the elders, watch stickball, hear Chahta spoken continously, attempt some of our dances that aren't done outside the rez and eat our food which I cook at home. Like catfish and hot water corn bread, (Banaha), Pashofa, cornmeal pancakes yum yum yum.

    Yall wish this grandma well. Nope I don't want to move to Pearl River, it's way too hot and the mesquitos hold title deeds......lol

    This summer I'll also celebrate my 63rd BDAY...then 3 more to go for Soc. Sec. Then I'll sit down, sew, bead and cook for my daughter and her family in Texas.

    Yokoke 4 listening
    Civilzation has been thrust upon me..and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity Chief Luther Standing Bear

  • #2
    Cool....I hope you enjoy your visit....
    And I hope it meets your expectations....

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    • #3
      Thats fantastic! COngratulations! I know you are going to have a magnificent time ^_^

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      • #4
        All the best to you!

        Bee

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        • #5
          been there

          I'm very happy for you. I hope that you will meet all of the your expectations on the rez. My family moved to Los Angeles from the Navajo reservation under the federal relocation program in the 1950's. I was just a kid in elementary school (government boarding school, from where I ran away several times). We lived near down town LA for a while and then moved out to Monterey Park, and finally to Lawndale. I graduated from Leuzinger High and attended El Camino Junior College for a while. Then I transferred to University of New Mexico, from where I graduated. I've been back to LA only once since I left many moons ago. I used to date a Mexican girl, and we still keep in touch today, mainly by email. Some of my best memories as a child, and of high school, are in LA. I had great times at the Indian center, used to go to all those activities there every Thursday evening. I live back East now (South Carolina), but I plan to move back to the reservation too, maybe in a couple of years. Every year, I take a plane or Greyhound bus to go home in August. I'm looking forward to this year's trip in a couple of months. I'm retired now, but I keep dancing at powwows (golden age category), and when I go home, I participate in several powwows, Gallup Indian ceremonial powwow, Navajo Nation Fair powwow, and Shiprock Navajo fair powwow. I try to find other powwows in between, like New Mexico State Fair powwow and Famington festival powwow. Fun, fun, fun, for me. I also get to eat good frybread, Kneel Down bread, steam corn, and mutton stew. Good stuff. I miss LA. I hope someday to return there again, see my old girl friend (she is a retired school teacher), and participate in some powwows. Have a great time on your reservation.

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          • #6
            Thanks Fast Buck

            When I moved to Burque and my daughter moved to Texas we thought there would be more powwows than in California. But that's not true, with all the UC;s, state univ. and Casinos there's 2 - 3 powwows a month in Cali. Here in Albuquerque there's GON and that's about it, I know powwow is not a true custom of the Pueblos but I just thought there'd be more with so many Ndns here and the pan-Ndn era.

            My family used to go to the El Camino PW and close family friends (Kiowas) used to work a fry bread booth, man those hot summers turning fry bread and whip cream, strawberries or just honey. The UCLA, Pechanga, Long Beach and Wildhorse PWs were all must go PW.s. My family was part of the Prayer House circle at the UMC in Long Beach run by Kiowas and we'd do beadwork or just find an excuse to eat at a restaurant on Thursday nights. Though I've been to OK, I don't know why we never made time to go back to Ms. were we came from. Enjoy your time home too, Hey golden age is great!!!
            Civilzation has been thrust upon me..and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity Chief Luther Standing Bear

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            • #7
              Wow, sounds like a GREAT trip. Have a good time!
              ...it is what it is...

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              • #8
                I went "home" last summer for the first time - gave me goosebumps...kind of hard to put the feeling into words, just felt good being in Chickasaw territory.

                Have a great trip - I doubt you'll be disappointed.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NorthofAda View Post
                  I went "home" last summer for the first time - gave me goosebumps...kind of hard to put the feeling into words, just felt good being in Chickasaw territory.

                  Have a great trip - I doubt you'll be disappointed.
                  I felt that way when I went to Tishomingo. If I didn't have to do staff development I'd be going with mom. I know she will have the time of her life!
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                  • #10
                    thanks all

                    I fixed fried catfish nuggets, rice and cabbage/with fried onions, cut corn and bacon with banaha for Sunday dinner just to put me in a 'home' state of miind. Can't wait to get home and eat the left overs. On my way to LaLa land (lax) for a 24hr layover then back home, everyone have a good week and thanks for the encouragement.


                    Chahta Apokni
                    Civilzation has been thrust upon me..and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity Chief Luther Standing Bear

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