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American Indian Warriors Association meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm.
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American Indian Warrior Association

MONTHLY Meeting Review

May 7, 2014

This evening AIWA President William Buchanan brought Pizza to the meeting at 7:05pm. There were plenty of pizza selections and H20 and chocolate chip cookies for the members to enjoy.

Therefore, this is just one of the reasons we have incorporated a very casual ‘pot luck meal’ into our monthly meetings. This hospitality is very familiar in many Tribal communities, rural or urban. For example: 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.

Attending were: William Buchanan, Juan del Rio, Joaquin Sandoval and Roy Cook.

Discussion on AIWA dues, IRS reporting, bills paid and how to continue to present a higher positive profile AIWA image at community Pow wows.

JS gifted the AIWA image on a stick down large decal. All ooed and ahhed their thanks to Joaquin.

WB; will be Head Gourd dancer at the Balboa Park Heritage pow wow on May 10&11, 2014 and IB pow wow in June. Additionally, AIWA is invited to be Honor Color guard at Balboa Park in May and IB in June.

AIWA President William Buchanan closed the meeting at 8:45pm.

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.

For all my relations.


Respectfully submitted: Roy Cook, AIWA Historian/secretary
“Duc, sequere, aut de via decede! Latin (Lead, follow or get out of the way!)”

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 Planter’s 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 tribe’s Native American calendar you reference. It is known as the Making Fat Moon, the Fatness Moon, the Buck Moon and the Rose Moon. July’s 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.