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November 22, 1996 | JOHN POPE
Imparting Chumash tribal wisdom to students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School on Thursday, Mark Mendez warned the children to beware of coyotes, the "tricksters" of Native American lore, as they journey through life. "Stay true to your path," Mendez said, concluding a fable about a young boy who was led astray by a coyote. "There are no shortcuts. Don't be misled by the coyotes you may encounter."
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August 4, 1996 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the second day of the annual Southern California Indian Center Pow Wow reached full swing, Navajo elder Allen Neskahai, 68, hushed an audience of thousands who had come to revel in Indian culture and spoke to the Great Spirit. "We come to you with clean hands and clear hearts," Neskahai said. "Remind us that the Earth does not belong to us. Everything around us has a spirit, the wind, the trees, the water, everything."
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July 12, 1996 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not far from the place they call the center of the world, nine Karuk men in deerskin skirts and feathered woodpecker-scalp headdresses perform the sacred Jump Dance, reviving a ritual lost for nearly a century. Waving ornamental baskets in the air, they stomp their feet and chant in unison on a hill above the Klamath River, the spot where their ancestors staged the religious ceremony for thousands of years.
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April 19, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Solemnly and reverently, 15 members of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians shared with students at the UC Irvine a part of their heritage: the sacred songs of their Juaneno ancestors. "The songs are gifts to our people," said Rick Mendez, who led the ceremonial singing Thursday for an audience of about 150. "They come from our ancestors or through dreams."
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March 31, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orville Little Owl beat an elk-hide drum as he joined the other Iron Bull Singers at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday to tell musical tales of hunting expeditions and battles, some ancient and others more recent. A member of the Mandan-Hunkpapa Lakota tribe, Little Owl learned the songs of his elders when he was a child on a North Dakota reservation. The Vietnam War veteran said he also weaves his own experiences into his music. "I've been singing since I was 6 years old," he said.
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December 24, 1995 | RICHARD BENKE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Indian drum maker Mike Kopepassah cuts a spiral rawhide thong from a wet pelt, then laces it through holes in saturated cowhides stretched over and under a gnarled, hollowed-out cottonwood stump. The hides will dry and shrink tight, turning the stump into one of about 20,000 drums produced every year by craftsmen at Taos Drums and sent out worldwide. Some of the company's drums weigh hundreds of pounds, cost thousands of dollars and double as coffee tables.
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November 21, 1995 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After generations of forced separation from their families, many Native Americans have forgotten--or never knew--how their ancestors nurtured, disciplined and passed on values to their children. Terry Cross wants them to remember. By interviewing 100 tribal elders across the country, Cross, a social worker and director of the National Indian Child Welfare Assn. in Portland, Ore., has blended their common principles with modern parenting techniques in a course called "Positive Indian Parenting."
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August 14, 1995 | ED BOND
For most of the 10,000 or so visitors to the first-ever Los Angeles Intertribal Pow-Wow, the three-day Hansen Dam Equestrian Center event was a chance to sample a culture most knew little of. For many of the Native Americans, from 40 different tribes across the country, it meant more. "To me it's the closest thing to being home," said Sonny Skyhawk, founder of American Indians in Film, a Pasadena group that fights for a better image in movies for Native Americans.
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