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Wenatchi P'Squosa Territory

Wendell George | The Wenatchi (P'Squosa) Territory

In the fall of 1980, Moses George rode on horseback through the NW part of the Wenatchi (P’Squosa) Territory. He and T.B. Charley, another tribal member, were asked by the U.S. Forest Service to look for areas that had previously grown huckleberries. They rode to the Chiwawa Ridge along Raging Creek from the Chiwawa River Road. Chiwawa Ridge is about 2,300 feet elevation with Twin Lakes of Raging Creek and School Lake to the north. Moses was on Dusty, a Forest Service horse, as he overlooked the valley.
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Wendell George | Little Joe learns about the symbolism of the eagle

When Neil Armstrong guided the Apollo 11 lunar module to the moon on July 20, 1969, he said “The Eagle has landed.” As he moved to the surface, he said, “One step for man and one giant leap for mankind.” But did mankind’s giant leap open the door for solving world problems? Astronaut Edgar Mitchell believed so during his 1971 Apollo 14 flight but progress has been slow since.
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Wendell George | Little Joe and the animal world

It was natural for Little Joe to follow the Indian First Commandment, “Treat the earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.” He and his pet spaniel shared an uncompromising love. She built her world around him by imitating him, like bouncing a tennis ball and catching it. He thought she was the smartest dog in the world and proudly showed the trick to his uncle (Twasen).
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Wendell George | Little Joe asks about the number four

For Native Americans the Four directions, Four winds, and Medicine Wheel describe what life is all about. The number Four has fascinated the world since the beginning. The Greeks with the Four basic elements, Earth, Air , Water and Fire which match the North, West, South, and East counterclockwise directions. The Bible with the Four winds to one spirit and the Four Horsemen. The first Four numbers are the scientific basis of the whole physical universe. They point to the unity of our psyche and matter.
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Wendell George | Little Joe discovers language can be confusing

Little Joe’s heart synchronized with the ancient two beats per second rhythm of the ceremonial drums. His vision swirled in ever descending spirals as he relaxed and felt his worries dissolve. The incoming frequencies exploded into vivid colors uncovering a long-sought memory. Other recognized patterns gradually emerged into his awareness. Even with minimum input and analysis, the meaning became clear to him. He sensed this was the survival instinct of his ancestors: his Spirit Power (Sumach) in action.