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APRIL COPY OF MINUTES TO THE MAY MEETING
Indian Warrior Association
April 2, 2014
This evening AIWA President William Buchanan opened the meeting at 7:45pm. There were plenty of pizza selections, chicken enchilada, H20 and soda pop.
Therefore, this is just one of the reasons we have incorporated a very casual pot luck meal into our monthly meetings. I realize that many of us may be more familiar with non-Tribal social behaviors but even so, when we sit down and break bread we set aside our differences and enter into the fellowship of company and participate with a good heart. You do not have to eat it all. Nor should one be picky, just set it aside. Do not delude yourself with non-traditional or middle class values of deploring waste or that you just ate and forgot. For example in many Tribal communities, rural or urban, should a visitor arrive while a meal is being prepared or eaten, he will be invited to share the food. A failure to extend such an invitation is as deliberate an insult as is a refusal to accept that traditional Tribal hospitality.
Generosity is taken so much for granted that it must be thought of as a basic personality trait rather than as a form of etiquette. The American Indian people in general are historically and currently the most hospitable. One who is consistently the most generous is the most regarded in Tribal communities. The charge of stinginess is the most damning accusation that can be leveled at a person.
All life is a gift of the Creator and each and every day we need to acknowledge this unconditional generosity and love. I am not perfect but a work in progress.
All my relations.
Attending were: William Buchanan, Juan del Rio, Joaquin Sandoval and Roy Cook.
Discussion on higher positive profile AIWA image at community, Pow wows. Also noted is the Multi-Cultural Bayside Parade participation. And topical issues regarding returning and past conflict veterans is a constant priority:
1. Officer reports were received from Treasurer, Joaquin S., IRS report and Roy C story on long delayed Congressional Metal of Honor for ethnic and Jewish veterans discussed.
2. William B. AIWA President: Recruitment strategies continue to be of a high priority.
1. The AIWA participation at the SE Ballard Center, Earth Mother tribute April 23 in Old Town was cancelled.
2. WB; will be Head Gourd dancer at Balboa Park Heritage pow wow in May and IB pow wow in June AIWA is invited to be Honor Color guard at SDSU April 5 & 6 pow wow.
All are welcome
to join in the potluck luncheon at the TONKAWA Seniors monthly meeting
1 pm. Sunday April 13, 2014. TONKAWA and AIWA share the same facility
on different days of the month and this Bayside CC location will be
the official address for both groups. C/o Bayside Community Center 2202
Comstock St. San Diego, CA 92111
The Round Robin continues to be a healthy venue to air and share veteran concerns with comrades in arms with a tribal flavor. What are the Native American networks of Veteran or Wounded Warrior organizations by regional and Tribal definition? Finally, AIWA welcomes our local and Tribal involvements and our mission to continue to be of service to the community and look forward to positive ideas for our future months meetings. (For more history and stories see link below.)
AIWA President William Buchanan closed the meeting at 8:41pm.
submitted: Roy Cook, AIWA Historian/secretary
FYI: Not only does the Native American calendar begin during a different time of year than contemporary calendars, it is also moon based. In addition, every three years an additional moon is added to help the Indian calendar coincide with the traditional ones. Some months in the Native American calendar have multiple names for moons. This could be caused by the different tribes that were involved in the moon naming, different translations of the same name, or the overlapping of more than one moon in the same calendar month.
For example, January has been given the moon name of Strong Cold Moon, or Frost in the Teepee Moon by the Lakota Indians. However, other tribes refer to January as Wolf Moon, Strong Frost Moon, and Snow moon.
February has been named the dark red Calves Moon by the Sioux Indians. It also goes by Raccoon Moon, Hunger Moon, and Snow Moon. March is called the Snow Blind Moon, the Maple Sugar Moon, the Worm Moon, the Awaking Moon, the Crow Moon, or the Buffalo Calves Drop Moon.
April also has many moon names. It is referred to as the Growing Grass Moon, the Frog Moon, the Red Grass Appearing Moon, the Planters Moon, and the Pink Moon. May is called the When Ponies Shed Moon, the Flower Moon, and the Budding Moon.
June also has a variety of moon names depending on which tribes Native American calendar you reference. It is known as the Making Fat Moon, the Fatness Moon, the Buck Moon and the Rose Moon. Julys moons are called the ripe Cherries Moon, the Heat Moon, the Blood Moon, or the Red Cherries Moon.
August is called the Geese Shed Feathers Moon, the Black Cherries Moon, the Green Corn moon, and the Thunder Moon. September is referred to as the Hunting Moon, Corn Festival Moon, harvest Moon, Black Calf Moon, and Drying Grass Moon. October is often called the Flying Ducks Moon, Falling Leaves Moon, or Changing Seasons Moon.
The Native American calendar commonly refers to November as the Beaver Moon, or Falling Leaves Moon. December is called the Popping trees Moon, Cold Moon, Deer Shed Their Horns Moon, or Long Night Moon.