Funds for Mom’s Funeral RIP Eleanor Monteen Soto
Donations received starting today Thursday April 17, 2019 will go towards creating a funeral for mom’s family and friends from three tribes Mohican, Brothertown, and Oneida.
Please sign mom’s memorial page:
RIP Mohican, Oneida, Brothertown Medicine Woman and Pipe Carrier Eleanor (Monteen) Soto https://wenonagardner.com/2019/04/14/rip-mohican-oneida-brothertown-medicine-woman-and-pipe-carrier-eleanor-monteen-soto/
Prayers Services During Holy Week & Easter Sunday. Father Ed Cook invited mom’s family and friends to come and pray with our church.
Mohican, Brothertown, and Oneida
Author: Wenona Gardner
by Wenona Gardner
My name is Wenona Gardner and I'm a Native American Witch from the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans Tribe. After years apprenticeship with Medicine Woman and Pipe Carrier (Wambli Wasu Winyan) Hail Eagle Woman - Eleanor Soto (Monteen ) from the Mohican, Oneida, Brothertown, and Santee Sioux Tribes she blessed me with my Indian name Wabun Anung which means Morning Star. This Medicine Woman also blessed me to become a Medicine Helper where she taught me how to run Native American Healing, Praying, and Talking Circles. Later I would go on to become a Lead Peer Specialist where I lead hundreds in Talking Circles. In my journey along the medicine path I encountered Native American Witches who were more empowered. I encountered a Native American Witch's Circle of over 600 Native American Witches. My spiritual experiences were enhanced with my spiritual work with Celtic Ceremonies and those from CUUPS the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist of Pagans. In my experiences as a Native American Witch I have personally discovered shared spiritual concepts between Celtic and Native American traditions of both having ceremonies in circles, calling in the four directions, Moon Circles, Medicine Wheel, etc. I am continuing my work connecting to Native American Witch Circles. So the blessed journey continues.
Transormation of a Native American Woman from Medicine Helper to Native American Witch. Experiences where Celtic and Native American come together during Medicine Wheel Ceremonies and much similarities. Being confronted that there are groups of Native Americans being told to not to talk about being Native American in groups with witches.
Ch.1. Native American Witch
Ch 2. Native American Ceremonies & Beltaine
Ch 3. CUUPS: Covenant of the Universalist Unitarian Pagans
Ch 4. Native Americans and Irish similarities
Ch 5. Medicine Wheel
Ch. 6. Rainbow Warriors
Ch.7. Seventh Generation Prophecy
Ch 8. Idle No More Movement
Ch 9.Standing Rock
WOMAN OF THE DAWN – (a poem against Violence in Aboriginal Communities in US)
by Wenona Gardner.
WOMAN OF THE DAWN:
I am the heart of my family
I am the center of my community.
I carry the Nation on my back.
I carry the life of tomorrow in my my soul.
I rise above the violence.
Bones heal. Bruises fade. My fear I face.
The rage I channel to protect myself.
To protect my children.
I walk away from the destruction
With my Great Creator by my side.
I am the one who can change the tide.
I am the one who will say STOP!
No more forever.
For I am the Woman of the Dawn.
I rise with the Morning Sun.
Blazing with light, love, and hope.
I hold the future inside me.
Circle and Four Direction
Ever since I was in the WE Indians program through Milwaukee Public Schools where they brought in Native American Elders and Medicine People to come into city schools to teach the urban Native American students who were not being raised around Native American teachers while living in reservations. One of the first things the late Menominee Elder Scharlene Wheelock taught us Native American students was the importance that everything in life was in a circle. From our Indian Summer Festival Pow Wow in Milwaukee which is the World's largest Native American Festival all the way to the humble private sweat lodges run by Lakota Elder Albert Whitehead in the backyard of the Ponca run Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center in the city of Omaha, NE all are based on living in the sacred hoop of my life. So when I attended the Universalist Church on Astor St.in Milwaukee, WI I was surprised to learn that they were doing the Celtic Beltane ceremony and that I was invited to stand in the south direction and call in the element of fire. As I stood in the circle holding my flickering candle I soon realized the similarity of Native American ceremonies with Celtic ceremonies. Both are formed in a circle and both call in the four directions. Standing there calling in then fire element helped me realize that I was at home in both Native American and Beltane ceremonies. Thanks to the Universalist Unitarian Church and CUUPS which stands for Covenant of Unitarian Universalist of Pagans for making the Celtic Beltane Ceremony available to me and everybody else in the spirit of mutal understanding and spirituality through actually experiencing the ritual. I applaud CUUPS for teaching how similar Pagan and Native American spirituality is between the two. For more information on CUUPS visit their website at http://www.cuups.org.
Speaking about smiliarities of Irish culture and Native American traditions that have a lot of similarities was what I learned from an academic Professor who was both Native American and Irish who wrote an extensive academic paper on the very subject. I learned about this prestigious paper while sitting in the American Indian Student Services Office at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. According to this particularly well written paper he went into great detail of his comparisons which one of the topics he went into was the similarity of both culture's trsditions in regards to both be being based on a clan system. About 10 years later I ran into an Irish Psychiatric Nurse married to an Ojibwe wife and they both invited me into their home in Waukesha, WI to participate in what the couple described both Native American and Irish teachings of the Medicine Wheel. Again, I felt completely at home blending together the two cultures harmoniously together. I would experience these Medicine Wheel ceremonies as a guest in this mixed race couple's home for many years.
Native American Witch Circle
I was fortunate to find a circle of over 600 members in a group called Native American Witches. I had the pleasure of talking and becoming friends with this circle's spiritual leader who shared with me her unique spiritual path. For many years I thought I was the only Native American Witch until I met one First Nations Witch from Canada who became my friend. Now I blessed with a whole ocircle of Native American Witches. Which has inspired me to write a memoir on my journey as a Native American Witch during the NaNoWriMo which stands for National Novel Writing Month this November. However I am going to be a NaNoWriMo Rebel and write non fiction instead of a novel.If there are any NaNoWriMo writers out there I would appreciate having NaNoWriMo writing buddies. You can add me as a writing buddy by adding me under the NaNoWriMo username Wenona Gardner. My NaNoWriMo Author Profile is at: https://nanowrimo.org/participants/wenona-gardner.
Book Cover Design
Areas of study I am researching for my Native American Witch book are the following:
Animal Spirit Guides
Native American Witch Circles
If anybody has any information on these and related topics please email me.
Anushiik (Thank you in my native Munsee language)
Native American Witch
White Turtle Rainbow
of Mohicans Tribe
Money raised will cover expenses include editing, cover design, websites, promotions to publish the book, etc.
Anushiik Thank you in Munsee,
Mohican Forever! Facebook Group
Mohican Forever! Facebook Page
GOD BLESS ALL WHO READ THIS PAGE! GOD SHOWER BLESSINGS ON ALL WHO SHARE, DONATE AND PRAY for SHANE DAWSON AND KIRK GALVIN!!!!!!!
Wabun Anung...Morning Star Jesus Walks Inside me.....into White Turtle Rainbow....Sista to Ochita Wigmuka Winyan: Rainbow Armed Warrior Woman XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
Have any questions? Feel free to ask me.