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  • How to Use a Daily Devotional

    Updated May 14, 2024

    1. Prepare. While the Council Fire daily devotional is a handy size that you can carry and read anywhere-and some days you may do that-we suggest you make it part of a special time with the Lord. If at all possible, it's good to choose the same time each day so you can get into a routine (it only takes three weeks to develop a habit!). Try to choose a time when you will not face as many interruptions, and take steps to limit distractions (like turning off your phone or...

  • Activity Page

    Jody Dickson|Updated May 17, 2023

    This particular art is based on Psalm 1. Art is a way for me to worship our Creator. He created this world for us to enjoy. I believe He is honored when we worship Him with our time, talents, and treasures. I was inspired to draw it after reading "Paraphrase of Psalm 1" by Margaret Primrose in the book, Legends of the Trail, which is available on our website, https://www.indianlife.org....

  • Do you know the answer?

    Updated Jun 23, 2022

    Ask a relative or a friend these questions just to see what they say. When you know the right answer, see if you can explain what the thing is or what it’s used for. 1. Can you name a game Indigenous peoples invented? video games puzzles the cup and ball game 2. What is “pemmican”? a witch’s mask a product made from dried meat, dried berries and fat prepared by the Métis a canned apple dessert 3. What is “bannock”? a little basket for provisions a big onion that makes you cry a traditional bread among Indigenous peoples 4. C...

  • Find 10 Differences

    Updated Jun 23, 2022

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  • Rock Your Mocs this Month!

    Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Rock Your Mocs is a Native American and Indigenous people's movement held annually during November, which is also National Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. Participants wear moccasins throughout the day to show unity among those of Indigenous heritage. Those who don't wear mocs can wear a turquoise ribbon instead. RYM was founded by Jessica "Jaylyn" Atsye of Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico, who partnered with Emergence Productions, a Native American owned Event Production... Full story

  • Can you find the tribes-solution

    Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Here is your solution to the CAN YOU FIND THE TRIBES word puzzle!... Full story


    Updated Nov 22, 2021

    More than 1.6 million people in Canada are Indigenous. We've listed some of the tribes these people come from. Can you find each tribe in the block of letters below. You might find them backwards, forwards, up, down, or even at an angle! Solution on page 15 with Becky Kew article....

  • What Did You Say?

    Crying Wind|Updated Apr 9, 2020

    Recently Roger, a man I'd only known a short time, told me his father had passed away and he needed to go through his father's things and empty the house so he could sell it. He'd been living in a different state and hadn't seen his father in years, his mother had died years ago and he was an only child, the last of the family. He had no one to help him. I told him I'd be happy to help him sort through his father's things and pack up the photos and important keepsakes. I had...

  • Your Health

    Christina Ryan Claypool|Updated Apr 9, 2020

    Movie enthusiasts might remember the riveting role of the silent Indian "Chief Bromden" played by the late actor, Will Sampson, a 6-foot-7-inch, full-blooded Creek Indian. The chief was a fellow patient and friend of Jack Nicholson's character, Randle McMurphy in the classic movie, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Sampson received critical acclaim for his dramatic performance. The 1975 film won all five major Academy Awards over four decades ago. The poignant drama...

  • The Secret of the Joy Jar

    Heather Trent Beers|Updated Apr 9, 2020

    I plunged my hands in soapy dishwater and went into automatic pilot as usual when washing dishes: Stare through the dirty window above the kitchen sink, wash a glass, rinse it off, put it in the drainer. A plate now. Wash, rinse, repeat. A flurry of activity on my patio-birds feasting on seed I'd scattered. And not just one bird-seven! After wiping my sudsy hands on my jeans, I reached for my binoculars. Then I scrambled to the kitchen table and grabbed a scrap of paper....

  • The Prophecy of an Indian Chief

    Updated Apr 9, 2020

    Along the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg is a community of people of mixed nationality. At one time they knew nothing of the true gospel, nor had they any knowledge whatever of the Persons of the Godhead. Many years ago the writer, Robert McClurkin, was staying in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry George Thomas of Stoney Point, when Mr. Thomas told him the following story: In the days of grandfather, there was an old Indian Chief who lived some distance to the north. He was...

  • Your Health

    Updated Apr 8, 2020

    The weather outside may be frightful, but taking care of your health is still insightful! Here are some tips for keeping in shape during these cold winter months. 1. Plan exercise a week in advance. It's too easy in the winter time to think we'll exercise tomorrow . . . and tomorrow never comes as we burrow deeper in the warmth of the house.! On Saturday or Sunday, write down what your exercise plan will be for the next 7 days. Choose your activities and excercises and plan...

  • Tips for the Holiday

    Updated Apr 8, 2020

    Holidays can be stressful as we often see people we don't necessarily feel good will toward! How can we make our relationships over the holidays-and at every get together-a little easier? Here are a few tips: 1. Silence is golden. You don't have to share every opinion you have-especially when you know it will rankle someone else. You won't change the person's mind by arguing, so unless your family just enjoys arguing, choose your battles, avoid the controversies, and keep...

  • Your Health

    Jean Davis|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    Best-selling author Mark Hyman, M.D., is a family physician who founded the Ultra Wellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. In an interview about his book, The Blood Sugar Solution, http://drhyman.com/blog/video/with-tavis-smily/, Dr. Hyman said one in two Americans has either diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition he calls diabesity. Ninety percent of us don't even know we have it. That's one in two: me and you, you and your significant other, your child and his third grade tea... Full story

  • Real-Life Relationships

    Heather Trent Beers|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    My husband poked his fork in the lone casserole gracing the table. "How about a few side items with dinner sometime?" His words seemed harmless. Combine a couple of words and a cute face, and you have a simple request from your adoring husband of six months, right? Wrong. Because what I did was blend that simple request about "dinner" with the time I spent grocery shopping and my "I don't like cooking in the first place" feelings. In the end, what I heard was "You're not much...

  • Played among livestock, medicinal plants, 'rez golf' builds community among Navajo

    Jake Goodrick, Cronkite News|Updated Feb 1, 2019

    LOW MOUNTAIN, Ariz.-On a late-September morning deep within the Navajo Nation, Larron Badoni practiced his golf swing. Sun blanketed the plateaus and mesas surrounding the Lowerville Stingers Golf Club-nine holes scattered over a rocky, hilly, shrubby landscape dotted with blue shade structures, weathered carpets and pins flying red and white flags. It was just about time for the Lowerville Stingers Golf Club's seventh annual Rez Golf Two-Player Scramble to tee off in Low Moun...

  • MFA Boston receives gift of Native American art from estate of David Rockefeller

    Updated Nov 24, 2018

    BOSTON, Mass-The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), has announced the gift of the estate of David Rockefeller from the Collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller-an acquisition including 52 works of art by Native American artists and works representing Native American culture. The objects in this cornerstone gift were assembled primarily by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in the 1920s and 1930s, and include Plains beadwork, Navajo (Diné) weavings and...

  • The Amazing Thing about Ordinary

    Carrie Daws|Updated Jul 15, 2017

    Most people older than ten have faced some sort of tragedy. Some of us experienced horror younger than that. A car accident or house fire The death of a loved one Parental divorce Abuse, neglect, or abandonment Suicide of a close friend The list of bad things goes on and on. Yet we know that God redeems. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 61:3 that He exchanges beauty for ashes, or as the Contemporary English Version writes, "The Lord has sent me to comfort those who mourn,...

  • Joy (Foster) Harjo (b. 1951)

    K.B. Schaller|Updated Jul 15, 2017

    "Joy Harjo...transforms personal and collective bitterness to beauty, fragmentation to wholeness, and trauma to healing." -Alicia Ostiker, Chancellor, Academy of American Poets Multi-talented artist Joy Harjo is considered as pivotal in the artistic Native American Renaissance during the latter half of the 20th Century. Born Joy Foster in Tulsa, Oklahoma she took her paternal grandmother's surname when she enrolled in the Muscogee (Mvskoke/Creek ) Nation. She discovered and de...

  • Fear Nothing

    Eugene H. Peterson|Updated Jul 15, 2017

    You who sit down in the Creator's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow, Say this: "Creator God, You're my refuge. I trust in You and I'm safe!" That's right-He rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you- under them you're perfectly safe; His arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing-not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts...

  • I loved a girl

    Walter Trobich|Updated Jul 15, 2017

    Here begins the private correspondence between two young people and their pastor, which make up a bestselling book translated into 70 languages. Here are the first three letters... M.......January 8 Sir, This letter comes to you in my place. I'm too ashamed to go to see you. Besides, I don't have the money for the trip, because I'm no longer a teacher. I've lost my job. Last Friday, I loved a girl-or as you would put it, I committed adultery-at least that's what the white...

  • Special guests pay Indian Life a visit

    Updated Jul 15, 2017

    Recently, World Team's Marco Schuurman, and Ipomadi, the "Grandman" of the Wayana Tribe visited our Indian Life office in Winnipeg. Marco shared about the work in Suriname and French Guyana and translated for Ipomadi, who in addition to being his tribe's chief, serves as an elder in the Wayana church. Indian Life: Did you come to know Jesus as a child growing up or later in life? Ipomadi: I came to know Jesus in the children's club. Indian Life: How did you become a follower o...

  • Positive proof of love and appreciation

    Lauri Joy Holmes Andersen|Updated Jul 15, 2017

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM-The date was April 29, 2017; the venue was the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. The event? The Retirement/Farewell Party for Rev. Dr. Julian and Rev. Bernita Cachora-Gunn. As soon as we heard about the celebration, my husband and I knew we just had to be there. About 200 guests came from near and far-Arizona, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and of course, New Mexico. When Dave and I arrived at the venue, the air was filled with...

  • Beadwork: An Indigenous art form

    Updated May 12, 2017

    North American Native Beadwork is an art form which evolved to mostly use glass beads imported from Europe and recently Asia. Glass beads have been in use for almost 500 years in the Americas. Today a wide range of beading styles flourish. Alongside the widespread popularity of glass beads, bead artists continue incorporating natural items such as dyed porcupine quills, shell such as wampum and dendrite. Wampum shell beads are ceremonially and politically important to a range...

  • Ideas for a fun-filled, inspiring summer

    Updated May 12, 2017

    Summer is fast approaching and with it come fun activities and events as well as opportunities for service. There are Native day camps, week-long camps, jamborees, powwows, etc. Here is a handful of events that you may be interested in. Check them out. ON EAGLES' WINGS SUMMER OF HOPE 2017 is OEW's 25th summer. For 24 years, teams of Native youth have traveled thousands of miles, visiting several reservations to bring the message of hope to youth. Here's an example of what...

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