January 1999 Rona Moore

Membership Cards

Well most members should have cards but In case you were missed sorry. If you are a member and did not get a card please contact us right away and we will get you one. You may notice at some time that are two slightly different designed cards. This is due to a computer problem. I was unable for sometime to get the computer to allow me to print out the original card design so I changed the font and got it printed out.

We are happy to announce that we have a number of new members including: Lee Taylor, Butch Taylor, Barbara Winter, and Cheryl Haven. Check back page for list of members.


Open House

The Open House is over and I would call it a success. Everyone who had consignments at the gift shop made a few dollars, we had quite a few people stop by and we even had a man offer to donate some glass shelves for displays.

I think people liked what they saw and many said they would be back. If you are a member and would like to consign some kind of Native Art ( this includes all native crafts) at the depot gift shop contact us. We hope to have a even better NEW Year.










Drumming & Dance

We have been on vacation for the Holiday season. We will be having dance classes again starting January 21st from 6PM - 8PM. We look forward to seeing all of you there. On January 28th at 5PM I would be available to run a choker making class. The class is free to members with all participants paying for the beads that they use. Price will depend on the length and number of rows used. Beads will cost proximately $10.00. Class size is limited if you are interested contact Rona at 825-3741.

Balance ( taken off the net)

The very essence of life is the continual balance between the dual polarities of the universe. Such polarities include positive and negative, good and

evil, love and fear, yin and yang, spirit and matter, day and night, joy and sorrow, dominance and submission--male and female.

These apparent "opposites" are in truth only the two halves that make one whole, the whole being the total experience of life. They do not, as they appear, work against each other, but in fact complement each other.

if you doubt this, try connecting only the positive wire to your electric lamp and see if the light comes on. Or, even more important, what would be the future of our race if all the males moved to Mars--or all the females? Any attempt to avoid the struggle for balance leads to nothingness; it is the balance of these dual polarities that brings about the harmony

of the universe.

The Cherokee Woman at the time of the discovery of the Americas had more rights and privileges than the married woman of Arizona today. Women not only owned the property, participated in both the fighting of Wars and the Councils of War, but also sat with the Civil Councils of Peace. Lineage was traced through her Clan. Upon marriage, the new husband was

expected to live with the Clan of his wife. To get a divorce, the wife simply put the husbands personal belongings outside the door of the lodge. There were no legal entanglements over the division of property or the custody of children, for all the property of any value already belonged to her, and the children belonged to her Clan. The husband belonged to

another Clan; he wasnt even a blood relation!

This was not the "petticoat government" that some enterprising journalist dubbed it in those times; it was a balanced male/female culture where each one knew his/her privileges and responsibilities, and where equality of the sexes did not mean that they were cloned copies of each other.

Then along came the White Man with his Great White Father Paternalism and reduced the Cherokee Woman to the passive role of procreation. For the White Woman of that time was in the position of a submissive, economically deprived wife, under the aggressive dictatorship of her husband.

Not to wonder that Cherokees take a dim view of celebrating Columbus Day--they were inclined to agree with the words put into the mouths of

American Indians by the comedian Flip Wilson: "You get on out here, Chris! We dont wanna be discovered nohow!"

The imbalance in the male and female roles came into being with the shift from rural-tribal to urban-mechanized living conditions in the Old

World some centuries ago. It represented a moving away from the feminine characteristics of nature, spirit, mystery and the arts; and toward the

masculine characteristics of war, power, material possessions and mechanization.

Women of today have come a long way toward their rightful place in the sun, but have not yet reached the position of the Cherokee Woman at The Time of Discovery.

Astrologers tell us we have arrived at the Age of Aquarius; the Metaphysicists say that the Harmonic Convergence ushered in a new and enlightened era;

the Hopi Indian calendar indicates that the Fourth World is somewhere near the shift into the Fifth World; the ancient Aztec Calendar reveals that

the Fifth World is near its conclusion and the Sixth World is imminent; Psychics such as Ruth Montgomery and the late Edgar Cayce predict a global upset before the end of the century. It is to be hoped that nay or all of these changes will be on a consciousness plane instead of physical cataclysm.

and that the Womens Movement does not mean that women are merely taking on the characteristics of men, but that they will bring the male/female

polarity into balance.

Written BY: Raven Hail (AWO, GO-LA-NV) was born in Oklahoma in 1921. An active member

of the Cherokee Nation, she is the author of three novels, a cookbook, too many articles to list, a play, and a recording of Native American songs.

She lectures on Cherokee culture and teaches traditional skills such as beadwork, basketry, singing, dancing, and folklore.

The Medicine Wheel

The circle that links all life, featuring the mystic four corners. Four being the sacred Indian number, the number of seasons, the direction of the winds and a persons life span. The wheel is thought to bring good fortune and to ward off all evil.

The Dreamcatcher

The indians of the Eastern Woodlands believe that dreams have magical qualities; that is the ability to change or direct one's path in life.

The night air is filled with both good and bad dreams. It is believed that one should hang a dream catcher on an infant's cradleboard or in the lodge for the benefit of all. The dreamcatcher catches the dreams. The good dreams, knowing the way, slip through the center hole and drift gently off the soft

feather to the sleeper below. The bad dreams, not knowing the way, become entangled in the webbing to perish with the first light of day. Hang a dream catcher above your bed and you will have sweet dreams.



Sacred Pipes

The Sacred Pipes of the native peoples of North America vary greatly in origin, design and purpose. Many, but not all tribal groups practice Sacred Pipe rituals and/or traditions. The origins and instructions for particular Sacred Pipes generally determine their ownership, keepership, rituals and other elements

of their use and care. Some pipes originated as sacred spiritual gifts to entire tribal nations and in some cases, the holy pipes were linked to the very existence of the nation. Those pipes are rarely exposed to view and are the responsibility of the most holy and highly regarded carekeepers.

Other traditional uses for Sacred Pipes include ending tribal differences, forming or strengthening alliances, safeguarding travelers, deflecting weapons, greeting strangers, praying with the people, and Sundance Ceremonies.

Sacred Pipes can be owned by individuals, families, clans, societies, bands, or tribal groups. Once a pipe is consecrated for a specific purpose, only then does it become a Sacred Pipe. From then on, it is important to maintain the traditions and ritual beliefs of the owners and keepers of the pipe.

We encourage those that purchase pipes to honor that which is sacred and respect the traditions and life ways of the native people that brought us the Sacred Pipe.


True wampum beads are made from the shell of the quahog or round clam shell. These beads have been highly prized by the native peoples of the East Coast. "Belts" or strings of wampum beads were used not only as ornamentation, but often to tell a story and as a pledge of the truth of the words being spoken when such "belts" or strings were held or worn. These were also used as symbols of high office, records of diplomatic negotiations and treaties, and records of other important events. The manufacture of these beads came to a peak in the early 1600's as they were used for trade with the Europeans.

Today, there are few Native craftspeople creating these beads from the quahog shell, and hence, the glass reproduction beads have become quite popular due to their affordability. Each "belt" or string which we have re-created has a meaning and a story. We encourage you to honor and respect the meaning of these "belts" as you bring some of the traditional life ways of the Eastern Native Peoples into your life.

Onh, Kwarroha; ison

mi takn oyasin

With all beings and all things, we shall be as relatives.

Lakota saying

Thanks to:

Will Gunier For his generous Donation and the many member referrals

Art Zimiga for all the time and energy you put into getting an operating plan in place.

Adam Fortunate Eagle for making contacts for the organization and sharing your ideas.

John Barrett The thoughtful donation of Tobacco and cedar and $s

Bud Johnston for buying the second computer for the office and for the calls and time spent each week helping out.

Whats Up?

Contacts have been made with several schools locally and in Iowa, MN., SD., WI., and MI. Our board is having a meeting Wednesday January 20th to put together an informational packet on what topics of presentations, we as an organization will offer, as well as costs to the schools.

I am set up to do three presentations at Jasper Elementary School. I will be making dream catchers with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders Monday March 1st..

Right now Travis Erickson, Rona Moore, Bud Johnston, and Adam Fortunate Eagle are willing to do presentations for the keepers. We will be writing outlines and resumes for each presenter.

I have also contacted the Minnesota Council on Foundations and several other funding sources. I am building a resource file to apply for grants to fund specific projects. I have applied to the National geographic Foundation through Paul Goble to have 26 Books (The Legend of the White Buffalo Calf Women by Paul Goble) to be donated to our organization. Paul forwarded the letter to the National Geographic Society along with a letter recommending they give us the books. If they give them to us Paul Goble will sign each book. THANKS!!!

We now have 78 enrolled members. Just today I received a membership from a Lady in Ketchakan Alaska.

We have been working on the web pages for The Keepers they are still having problems. We hope to soon have them working properly.

Our computers have been replace with new ones as we had so many problems with the used ones. We aslo have a color scanner, HP printer, and a writable CD ROM.

Research on pipes and on the Pipestone Indian School continues. Will keep you posted.


Adam Fortunate Eagle Falon, Nevada

Jon Meemken Pipestone, MN.

Argus Dowdy Skiatook, OK.

Butch Taylor Flandreau, SD.

Lee Taylor Flandreau, SD.

Charles Anderson Coatsville, PA.

Michael Baker Boonsville, MO.

Randi Blank Boonsville, MO.

Eugene Bell Highbridge, WI.

Linda Covey Columbia, MO.

Matthew Clayton Oakgrove, MO.

Eric Carl Joplin, MO.

John Currington Parkhills, MO.

Travis Erickson Pipestone, MN.

Nicole Erickson Pipestone, MN.

Rosie Dreager Eugene, OR.

James Freeman Kansas City, MO.

Mary Kay Goble Commerce, MI.

John Giddens Boonsville, MO.

Jim Gilmore Buena Vista, CO.

Wilbur Gunier Roche, MO.

Kathy Hale Pipestone, MN.

John Hammond Boonville, MO.

Rickey Hull Loveland, CO.

Sande Gill Harold Moberly, MO.

Jaquet Rheineck,Switzerland

Cheryl Haven Ketchikan, AK

Francis Johnston Sioux Falls, SD

Kevin Ladd Pierce, MO.

Rodney McCollum Boonville, MO.

Albert Patten Parker, AZ.

Rona Moore Pipestone, MN.

Edmond J. Ritter Cincinnati, Ohio

Jeremy Saling Boonville, MO.

Christine Schut Pipestone, MN.


James Schuhs Marlow, OK.

Todd Tellinghuisen Pipestone, MN.

Steven Turner Higginsville, MO

Tim Walden Boonville, MO.

Roy Wahquahboshleuk Mayetta, Kansas

Daniel Yanagihara Honalalu, Hawaii

Cesar Kzakahi Brookings, SD.

Barbara Winter Anchorage, AK.

Robin Fritz Pipestone, MN.

Cory Frasher St. Joseph. MO.

Wesley Smothermon Boonville, MO.

Travis Bowen Boonville, MO.

Roy Simmons Boonville, MO.

Johnny Weber Boonville, MO.

Gary Pinckard Boonville, MO.

Russell Hannan Boonville, MO.

Robert McFall Rogers ville, MO.

Richard Bone Boonville, MO.

Jason Courtaway Desoto, MO.

Kevin Scott East Prairie, MO.

Ray Simmons Boonville, MO.

Jerry Skiver Boonville, MO.

Travis Snyder Bismark, MO.

Neal Conway Boonville, MO.

Damontray Blair Boonville, MO.

Travis Bowen Boonville, MO.

Robert Oliver Boonville, MO.

Jerry Odan Boonville, MO.

Keith Wilson Belton, MO.

Dan Wren Fenta, MO.

Marlin McGarry Tulsa, OK.

Robert Oliver Boonville, MO.

Chane Nutt Thompson, MO.

Camille Kalosh Springfield, MO.

James Blackmon Boonville, MO.

Adgar Wrinkle Boonville, MO.

Terry JWZeigler Perryville, MO.

Willam Hansen Boonville, MO.

Jesse DJNalay Boonville, MO.

Russell Springer Kansas City, MO.

John Reeves Boonville, MO.

Kevin Scott East Prairie, MO.

Robert Missey Boonville, MO.

Keith Wilson Belton, MO.



I believe in preserving the sacred tradition of the pipe to all Native Americans by assuring free access to The Great Pipestone Quarries of Minnesota by members of all tribes, as they have been for time immortal and support the art form of pipemaking.

I would like to be a member of your organization The Keepers Of The Sacred Tradition Of Pipemakers.

I believe that The Great Pipestone Quarries, and the three maidens should be maintained as a sacred site for peace among all nations. I also believe It is important to preserve each tribes unique culture, arts and stories for future generations

Annual membership

Associate $25.00


Executive Board ( must be voted in)

Voting Council Member ( must be voted in)

I am ( check all that apply)

Interested in preserving Native Culture, Arts & Histories.

A Spiritual leader

A Pipe Carrier

A Pipemaker

A Native Artisan

Tribal member

Tribe ________________________

Enrollment #__________________

Members receive a monthly news letter, 10% discount at gift shop and special prices on supplies for Artisans.




I would like to make a donation of

$50.00 receive Pipestone Turtle

$100.00 Pipemaker video

$200.00 Keeper Jacket

$500.00 Pipe & Jacket

$1000.00 Turtle, Video, Jacket, & Pipe

Please include full name and complete address so that we may contact you.

Name ____________________________

Partner ____________________________

Address ____________________________

City _______________________

State _______________________

Zip _______________________

Child ____________________________

Child ____________________________

Child ____________________________

Child ____________________________

Phone ____________________________

e-mail _________________________________

Fax ____________________________

I would like to be involved by?







For Sale

The Pipemaker Video - This video has won awards for being an excellent documentary. The film lets you see how the Pipestone is quarried and how pipes are made. The artists in this video share their ideas and beliefs about this ancient art. $25.00 + $3.00 shipping

Wild Rice: bag of wild rice contains about 2 cups enough rice to make a large pot of soup. Rice is broken but cooks much faster than unbroken rice. $5.00 a bag about $1.50 shipping.

Leather bags about 2x3 inches with fringe and a leather lace used to put small medicine objects in and wear close to your heart $8.00 + $1.50 shipping

leather bags about 3x4 inches with fringe and a leather lace to put larger medicine objects, carry tobacco, or as small purse $15.00 + $2.00 shipping

leather bags about 6x6 inches with fringe, flap, and strap use to carry larger items would make a nice small purse $45.00 +$3.00 shipping

leather bags about 12x12 inches with flap, fringe hand made pipestone button and leather strap $150.00 + $3.00 shipping

Native Art cards various designs $2.25 each package of ten cards $22.50 + $3.00 shipping

Pipestone Turtles: these hand made stone turtles make a great gift. What better gift but a wish for long life, patience, and determination. $5.00 -+ $1.50 shipping

Dreamcatchers about 6 inches across. Made from willow hoop collected in Pipestone. Hand woven with beads and leathers. $25.00 + $3.00 shipping

Pipestone Pipe about 4" T bowl and 12" stem hand made. $75.00 + $3.00 shipping

Contact the Keepers to purchase any items listed in this news letter

The Turtle

The Turtle is significant to

Native Americans who often refer to the North American Continent as

"Great Turtle Island"

.It is a religious symbol to many, and it is a

central being in many myths and legends.

The turtle represents

Mother earth, and is a symbol of long life,

fertility, patience, determination and the

continuing circle of life


For Sale

#10 seed beads black, blue, white, red, green. Beads are sold to members at $1.50 a hank plus shipping non members pay $2.25

Leather dear skin $2.25 a square foot for members. Leather is buff colored sizes vary. Non members pay $3.50 a square foot. Shipping varies

#13 o cuts beautiful beads that shine like cut stones. $4.50 a hank for members and $6.75 for non members plus shipping.

Leather sewing needles the best around large medium and small all $2.25 each plus shipping

Remember all members get 10% off all items that do not have a special members price