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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.
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Wendell George | Sports are part of Indian culture

Little Joe watched as the excitement peaked at the end of the basketball game. The point guard deftly twisted and turned through the other team to the roar of the home team crowd. As he neared the basket, the tall opposing post collapsed on him, so he smoothly bounce-passed to his teammate, who made a layup unopposed. Neither boy cherished credit for the win as they felt they were just part of the teamwork necessary to succeed.
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Wendell George | The pope shook my hand

The brightly lit arena seemed to brighten even more as the pope entered to a wall of applause. I had managed to finagle a seat about 10 rows back from the stage. I sat next to some nuns and about 40 bishops with their zucchetto clerical skull caps. We were told to remain at our seats but when the pope came around the nun next to me grabbed my arm and said “come on!” and we went up to the retaining rope. I shook hands with the pope and felt ...
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Wendell George | Little Joe begins new journey

Little Joe wasn’t surprised when he discovered he was Native American. He had brown eyes, dark hair and some of his friends called him “Chief.” On his 13th birthday he decided to find out who his birth parents were. He had a good adopted family who provided him with an excellent education and a healthy life. But he wanted more.
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Wendell George | Relinquish the ego, find balance

Do we get smarter as we grow older? Native Americans believe so because they have deep respect for their elders. As my Dad, Moses, became one he said the Salish word for it is “Sqool-Chel” which strictly means “Soul” but better understood as a process of “Going into goodness.” That means the best of anything. Dad believed it is our purpose in life and we naturally gravitate to it.
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Wendell George | Why Native Americans have special respect for gravesites

For untold generations, stories circulated about our ancestors’ campgrounds in East Wenatchee. My dad, Moses, felt drawn there, so we moved to Grant Road and Kentucky Street. Much later, in 1987, 13,000-year-old Clovis spear points were discovered near Grant Road. The find included mammoth bone tools and evidence of giant sloths, camels, large bison and mastodon now extinct. The descendants of those people survived just like the Native Americans of today. Are they related?
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Wendell George | The mysteries of the medicine wheel

The Medicine Wheel is used in some form by many of the 562 tribes in the United States. But as independent thinkers we don’t agree on the sequence of the accepted colors red, yellow, black and white. Since most tribes didn’t have a written language we don’t know the beginning of the Medicine Wheel. There is evidence that it moved up from the Mayans to the Yaquis, Hopi, Cherokee, Sioux and on to other tribes. I first encountered it in the early 1970s on the Colville Indian Reservation.