What's in a name?
I recently learned some interesting tidbits about my birth name.
Dave means "beloved"
Harm means "warrior."
A beloved warrior. So it's only fitting that this warrior is now a member of the Cherokee Nation.
On August 4, 2009 I was accepted as a Cherokee at heart. This is what was said...
"You, Dave Harm, are now named "Messenger" (A tse Nu sti)...I name you Messenger, after observing you and the message of
love and hope and strength that you give.... so Dave the Messenger.....is now a Cherokee Indian... May your life song be long and
your path smoother and straighter...This I pray to our Great Spirit...."U NE QUA." You are now a Cherokee with some Shawnee in
him....WELCOME my brother Dave Harm."
So the beloved warrior has a new name - Messenger. Not only delivering the message, but also sharing it and receiving it.
|I was admitted into the
Wolf Clan of the Cherokee Nation.
What does this mean?
Ani'-Wah' Ya or Wolf Clan is the largest clan today and the
most prominent clan, providing most of the war chiefs, and
warriors. True Ani'-Wah' Ya are protectors of the people. The
wolf clan are keepers and trackers of the wolf and the only
clan who could kill a wolf through special ceremonies and wolf
medicines. The Clan color of the Ani'-Wah' is Red and their
wood is Hickory.
|Wolf's wisdom includes...
* Facing the end of one's cycle with dignity and courage *
Death and rebirth * Spirit teaching * Guidance in dreams
and meditations * Instinct linked with intelligence * Social
and familial values * Outwitting enemies * Ability to pass
unseen * Steadfastness * Skill in protection of self and
family * Taking advantage of change
The 10 Commandments of Native Americans
1. Treat Mother Earth and all who dwell thereon with respect!
2. Remain close to the Great Spirit
3. Show great respect for your fellow beings
4. Work together for the benefit of all mankind!
5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed
6. Do what you know is right
7. Look after the well-being of mind and body
8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good
9. Be truthful and honest at all times
10. Take full responsibility for your actions....
The 10 Commandments of the Cherokees
1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The
Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance,
conceit, anger, jealously and greed stem from a lost soul.
Pray that they will find guidance.
3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to
make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone.
Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
4. Treat the guest in your home with much consideration.
Serve the best food, give them the best bed and treat them
with respect and honor.
5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a
community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not
earned nor given. It is not yours.
6. Respect all things that are placed upon mother earth--
whether it be plant, animal, mineral, water, land, or human.
7. Honor other people's thoughts, wishes and words. Never
interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each
person the right to personal expression.
8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy
that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns
9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be
10. Bad thought cause illness of the mind, body, and spirit.
The Trail of Life Prayer (from the Trail of Tears)
As I walk the trail of life, in the fear of the wind and rain,
Grant O’ Great Spirit that I may always walk like a man.
O’ Great Spirit
Help me always to speak the truth quietly,
To listen with an open mind when others speak,
And to remember the peace that may be found in silence.
with becoming a Native American