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    Hello, everyone!

    I'm new around here, and the reason I registered here was because I'm interested in history and various cultures, but am somewhat ignorant of Native American culture. Even though I've read many books on Native American history and culture, I'm sorry to say that I've had very little inter-action with actual Native Americans (I did have two Native friends in the service, one being a Tuscarora from up around Salamanca, NY named Sylvester, and an Inuit lady from Alaska named Anarolla), and would like to remedy that.

    I'd like to go to a few Pow Wows that are (fairly) close by (by that, I mean within about 800 miles of my house), and watch, learn and hopefully make a few new friends. Of coures, before I did that, I figured that it would be best if I learned the do's and don'ts of going to Pow Wows as a spectator/visitor, and that here would be one of the best places to do that.

    Anyways, here's a little about myself:

    I'm a US Navy veteran who served from 1999-2005 and took part in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as been stationed in Japan and visited numerous ports in Asia, Australlia, and the Mid-east. I came away from my experiences in the Navy with the confirmation of what my parents had taught me all along: All people are basically the same on the inside, we all share a common humanity and racism/nationalism/religious extremism are the doctrines of the "severly mentally challenged" to put it nicely.

    I've also taken the time to attend local cultural events and/or eat the local food dishes anytime I've visited a foreign country and try to learn things from the local people.

    I'm also into Gardening and Horticulture, and know quite a bit about medicinal plants. My true drive in the plant arena is experimental gardening. I've (so far) successfully over-wintered some supposedly "tropical" plants, such as Palm trees and Cast Iron plants outside my PA home....

    Other hobbies are making bead jewelry using various natural bead materials (and, occasionally, glass "wampum" beads like are seen in some traditional Native American beadwork, even though, technically, real wampum beads are made from shells), including various quarts minerals, tourmaline, freshwater pearls, shells, and bone.

    In addition to that, I'm also into making 3d computer animations (currently most of that work is going towards a massive mod I'm making for the Civilization III computer game), and I'm also into Asian history, especially Japan (I can speak Japanese fairly well).

    As for my background, I'm from German, Scottish, Irish, Hebrew, Itallian, French, and possibly (if the old family stories are true) Tuscarora descent. The funny thing is that nearly all of my ancestors were at war with each other at one time or another or are long-time enemies (like the Germans and French), which probably explains why I'm really tolerant of people who are, in some cases, radically diferent than myself.

    Well, anyways, I look forward to making some new friends and learning some new things here. :) Glad to meet you all.
    The text in my avatar reads: "We still speak the mother tongue" in Pennsylvania German.

  • #2
    Howdy Hikaro! Welcome to the site! Japan is somewhere I've always wanted to go to.
    Don't ever stop dancing


    • #3
      Hello Hikaro...........nice to meet you, I enjoyed read'n about you there, very interesting. EveryOne on here are all really nice people, we are all really good frens, just like family. Hope you enjoy the site.

      Hau Kona means Welcome in my language, which is the Assiniboine language.


      • #4
        Koneecheewa! (Pardon the spelling) I'm like you - my ancestors all murdered each other, too, which is why I think I developed more tolerance than a lot of people I know. Welcome.


        • #5
          MayChe: Hi back! If you DO get the opportunity to go to Japan, I'd reccomend going during either Early Spring (when they have the Hana-Mi Matsuri or Cherry blossom viewing festivals), Early summer, when they have the Mikoshi parades or during the first two weeks of August, when they have the O-Bon festivals at various mountain villages throughout Japan... Of course, New Year is also a good time, since its one of the biggest celebrations in Japan, and there's all sorts of fireworks, street vendors and other festive goings on.... I could even reccomend some good hotels and places to go (and how to get there).

          Oh, and if you're into making crafts and such for the Pow Wows you go to, be sure to take some with you, since Japanese will pay top yen for genuine Native American handicrafts, especially bead work, Jewelry and dream catchers... Interestingly, the indiginous Japanese religion, Shinto (Literally, the way of the gods or spirits) is somewhat similar to a number of native beliefs, and the Japanese believe that bad dreams are caused by Oni (demons) attacking people during their sleep, so they will put the dream catchers, sometimes with a Hama no Ya (demon slaying arrow that has been blessed by a local shinto Shrine priest or priestess) inserted through the strands as a ward to keep nightmare causing demons at bay....

          Lisa, Thanks! Is Hau kona pronounced How Kohna or How Kahna?

          Speaking of which, does anyone know where I could find any books on native american languages, especially Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)?
          The text in my avatar reads: "We still speak the mother tongue" in Pennsylvania German.


          • #6
            Welcome aboard... just like in the Navy...
            R.I.P. my Bros from the 1st MAR DIV, 3rd MAR DIV, 25th I.D., 10th MTN DIV, V Corps, 170th IBCT who gave their lives in the Cold War, Marines we lost in Korea during Team Spirit '89 & Okinawa '89- bodies never recovered, Panama, 1st Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq...


            • #7
              Originally posted by Ndnsoldierboy View Post
              Welcome aboard... just like in the Navy...
              You're a funny guy, Ndnsoldierboy.... I dig you Animaniacs avatar. They were my favorite after-school cartoon back when I was in H.S.

              BTW, I see something about the 1st Marines in your sig... were you in that group, because one of my cousins was... He was one of the first ones into Iraq. He made it back safe, thank God! Unfortunately, if they start re-calling IRR people, he could end up going back...
              The text in my avatar reads: "We still speak the mother tongue" in Pennsylvania German.


              • #8
                Hello and welcome to the site! I have an aquaintance that is a Japanese sword fighter (well, not really, but it makes people leave him alone when he cooks at his Japanese steakhouse)
                A tater tot is worth a thousand fries.


                • #9
                  boozhoo... (im not calling you a name) aniin...hello....


                  • #10
                    Hello there and welcome! Also thank you for serving our country!!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by andre View Post
                      Hello and welcome to the site! I have an aquaintance that is a Japanese sword fighter (well, not really, but it makes people leave him alone when he cooks at his Japanese steakhouse)
                      Well, if he is Japanese, chances are that he's had at least SOME sword training... You see, Kendo (Japanese sword fighting) is sort of like Football or basketball over there, and every Japanese high school has a kendo team.

                      Middle of the Sky and Eap7, nice to meet you folks, too.

                      BTW, I've been meaning to ask, but what is this "Fry Bread" stuff that I keep hearing about? Is it sort of like French toast or is it dough that's been Deep-Fried (sort of like Chinese dumplings)? I like to try out different foods when I get the opportunity, but I preferr to know what I'm potentially getting into (if the one Japanese restraunt I once went to would have put that the Ika-zushi had raw, rather than cooked, squid in it, I would never have made the mistake of ordering it).
                      The text in my avatar reads: "We still speak the mother tongue" in Pennsylvania German.


                      • #12
                        Hello and welcome to!!! I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina. You'll met great people here, really great, friendly people! Enjoy! :)
                        …there is one blue river,
                        it is wide… it is deep,
                        hundred years is wide,
                        thousand years is deep…
                        …there is one blue river
                        and each one of us will cross a river…

                        Mak Dizdar, Sarajevo 1971.



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