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Native American Artist’s Way Journey

(Photo:Wenona Gardner)

Boozhoo (Hello in Ojibwe)

Do you love Native American Arts? This Spring March 20, 2019 the Artist’s Way Circle hosted by White Turtle Rainbow (Native American Media Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is kicking off a 3 month journey exploring all sorts of Native American creativity online at: Artist’s Way Circle

Artist’s Way Circle founded May 26, 2000 (Wenona Gardner)

There will be 6 two week cycles starting March 20 through June 14, 2019. We will be using Artist’s Way book by Julia Cameron for inspiration. Emphasis on this journey is exploring Native American Art, Music, Writing, Dance, plus so much more each week this Spring 2019!

Artist’s Way Circle by White Turtle Rainbow, a Milwaukee Native American Media Company, was founded in memory from Native American Blackfoot artist Steve Nemacheck who committed suicide. In remembrance of Steve Nemacheck, the Artist’s Way Circle’s mission is to support artists especially Native American Artists. Artist’s Way Circle is both online on Facebook and meets in person at Mitchell Library on 10th and Mitchell St and through local Milwaukee art events throughout the year. One of the leaders of the Artist’s Way Circle is Native American Artist Carlos Ortega. Carlos has years experience with the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Carlos has lead discussions and live broadcasts in the Milwaukee community. Carlos can be reached at azurebreezes@gmail.com

White Turtle Rainbow supports the nonprofit Native Hope which started the #StorytellingHeals movement on Indigenous People’s Day. Native Hope encourages Native Americans finding their indigenous voice through storytelling, creativity, and media.

Everyone is welcome! Share & Invite your friends!

Chi Megwetch (Thank you very much in Ojibwe).

White Turtle Rainbow
White Turtle Rainbow
Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Tribe
Artist’s Way Facilitator for 23 years.
Member of the Native American Journalist Association

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14th Annual Red Shawl Fundraiser April 12, 2019 for Gerald L Ignace Indian Health Center

By Wenona Gardner

Native American, Health, Milwaukee
Gerald L Ignace Indian Health Center 930 W Mitchell Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204 (White Turtle Rainbow/Wenona Gardner)

Red Shawl Fundraiser April 12,2019

The Red Shawl Fundraiser is to benefit Gerald L Ignace Indian Health Center at 930 W Mitchell Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204. GLIIHC’s mission to improve the health, peace, and wellness of Milwaukee’s Urban Indian Community. The Red Shawl Fundraiser is April 12, 2019 at Potawatomi Casino and Bingo 1721 W Canal Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233. 1(800)PAYSBIG. Activities include silent and live auctions including art made by Native Americans such as jewelryand paintings both modern and traditional. Also a delicious catered meal plus Native American entertainment.

GLIIHC is a 40,000-square-foot health center which used to be Goldmann’s Department Store serving 7,500 patients who most are in poverty. GLIIHC was first opened in 1999 opened by Dr Gerald L Ignace who dreamed of a wellness center for Milwaukee Native American population. Whose aim is to serve the American Indian community’s needs through the medical clinic, pharmacy, dental on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor All Nations Wellness Center and Fitness Center. Serves a wide support for the entire person including cultural, behavioral, social, nutrition, fitness, diabetes education, and spiritualneeds. Offering Drumming Circle, Talking Circle, Women’s Talking Circle, Veteran’s Talking Circle, Wellbriety Circle, AODA group, 12 step group, and outpatient therapy for substance abuse, co-occurring, and mental health.

Milwaukee, Native American, Health
Fitness Room. Gerald L Ignace Indian Health Center 930 W Mitchell St Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204 (White Turtle Rainbow/Wenona Gardner)

GLIIHC has an amazing body of medical and cultural providers who work hard to meet the needs of the Indian Community. Such as Native American Women’s Talking Circle Facilitator Nicole Hesprich who provides women support and encourages community growth through the use of her drum.

Women’s Talking Circle Facilitator Nicole Hesprich who uses her drum for healing at Gerald L Ignace Indian Health Center (White Turtle Rainbow/Wenona Gardner

Nicole sees that Gerald L Ignace Indian Center provides very important medical, cultural, and spiritual services. Since the years that she has been working for Gerald L Ignace she has welcomed many in her Circle. “I am holding space. I am here and ready to serve and support to Native Americans.” Please support Nicole and the rest of the GLIIHC staff in offering support to the Milwaukee Native American Community by donating to the Red Shawl Fundraiser.

For info: 414-383-9526. Gerald L Ignace

Native American Witch

Native American Witches Growing

As the amount of witches is growing and at an all time high, so is growing Native American Witches. Skipper Gill is Lakota and a Native American Witch who leads a circle of witches and teaches classes on witchcraft. Skipper also sees within his witch’s circle an increasing amount of Native American Witches. “Well, I originally walked a Wiccan neopagan path but it didn’t feel like I was being true to myself. Then, I started truly studying Native American nature symbols, stories,and ceremonies. I realized how much it basically complimented my beliefs as a witch. I felt it was my true path,” said Skipper Gill. Skipper Gill says he sees within his circle over the years more and more Native American Witches.“That is true. It has a lot to do with people searching for a connection outside of organized religion. However I feel Hollywood is making us a little more mainstream now with Charmed reboot, Sabrina the Teenage witch, American Horror Story: Coven, etc.” says Skipper.

Waapan Alaangweew is a Native American Witch High Priestess of the Oneida Nation who has been leading Native American Witch Circles for over 30 years and she says “Over the last few decades I have seen more and more Native American Witches coming forward seeking spiritual fulfillment and a strong desire to heal Mother Earth.” Waapan started her healing journey in 1991 and has since walked the Red Road and the Magickal road combined. “We are part of the generation of the Eighth Fire prophecy where we must choose either the path of destruction or the path of creation led by Native Americans. The path of the Native American Witch is of positive creation and healing. People are at a time seeking of spiritual meaning and fulfillment. Now is the time,” says Waapan.

Witches Dance
Photograph Copyright Wenona Lee Gardner

Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel is both practiced in Native American culture and also among witches. There are similarities of Celtic culture and Native American traditions that have a lot of similarities. There is a UWM prestigious paper discussed while sitting in the American Indian Student Services Office. The writer went into great detail of his comparisons which one of the topics he went into was the similarity of both culture’s traditions in regards to both be being based on a clan system.

Smudging

The act of using sage, cedar, and sweet grass is used by many Native Americans and Witches. Sage and cedar provides protection, sweet grass brings blessings, and tobacco is for prayer. Witches have their own use of sacred aromatic smoke for ritual cleansing purposes as well that come from their own long cultural traditions. The practice of cleansing with sacred smoke the same way. So it is very natural as as a Witch who also happens to be Native American to continue to use sacred smoke in their spiritual practice.

Witches Dance
Photograph Copyright Wenona Lee Gardner

Native American Witch Circle

There is a circle of over 789 witches in a group called Native American Witches. This Circle has grown rapidly in such a short time. More Native American Witch Circles have appeared across the country becoming more and more visible. Witchcraft Circle Leader Skippy Gill says, “That many are curious about witchcraft…Witchcraft at it’s core is an honorable craft of healing and respecting the earth. I teach the craft mainly to get that message out.”