Fall Wind Dancer

Location: Great Lakes Region, United States

I am a 55 yr. old Mother of 4 and Grandmother. Involved with bringing about the recognition of Native Americans in a positive and informed light,Veterans issues, senior citizens, the disabled, & children all these issues are important to me. I believe in fairness and equality for all. I am concerned about the environment and what we as individuals can do to care for the earth and each other. I believe in the power of prayer& unity and believe strongly that though I am one we are many.I am Tsalagi(Cherokee) my name in Tsalagi is ULAGAHASTI UNOLE ALISGIA or translated Fall Wind Dancer. Also, visit me at myspace: http://www.myspace.com/fallwinddancer

Thursday, June 29, 2006

One One One One such a little - BIG word

UNITY CORPS : This is my first sketch for Unity Corps can hardly wait for the feed back. What does this represent to you?To me it represents that unity begins in the womb. Feed back is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

A Great Source of Inspiration

My daughter Jodi & my daughter Gina .
Bottom left is me at their age now. I see myself in them and it amazes me. I watch them grow in spirituality and strength.I am so pleased with the way they have grown into their womanhood and in their love of God , their children and as human beings. I am honored to have them as my daughters. I have two other children whom I dearly love a son and older daughter who are not featured here.

My daughter Gina

This is my daughter Gina. She is a wonderful Christian author. You can visit her blog by clicking on the Novel Journey link here on this page. I hope you will support her work. She is truly an amazing author and wonderful Christian. She has 3 books to her credit and I am so looking forward to her next. I am blessed to have her as a daughter she is an inspiration to me and her sister.

Beautiful Native American Art

Some beautiful Native American art depicting beautiful Native Women. Their spirituality and gentleness.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

My Youngest Daughter

This is the cover of my daughters new book and some of her art work. She is so very talented and a true inspiration to me as well as others. I am blessed to call her my daughter. I will be showcasing her work and promoting her talent. You may purchase her book through Publish America as well as Amazon.com - Borders.com - Barnes and Noble.com . There is a direct link to her blog on this page please visit her and see for yourself.

The Dragon is painted free hand and is only one of a series of three oriental paintings she has done for me.

This is a painting she did for UNITY CORPS of which we are both proud members. It shows her inner spirit .
This is my youngest daughter. She is a great source of inspiration and pride.

Justice for the Children of the Aboriginal Holocaust

Date: Jun 22, 2006 10:04 PM
Spirit Keepers CaravanAugust 14 - September 30, 2006
Bringing the Children Home
More than 50,000 aboriginal children died in church-run residential schools across Canada between 1890 and 1984. Few of their remains were ever brought home for a proper burial. Their killers were never brought to justice. And the truth of the Aboriginal Holocaust has remained buried.
Until now.
Clan Mothers and Elders have decided to launch a Spirit Keepers Caravan that will visit the sites of former residential schools and help give voice to the spirits of the children who died there. The Caravan will rally survivors and ask the government of Canada and the Catholic, Anglican and United Church to return the remains of the disappeared children to their homes so they may finally be laid to rest.
It is time for the full truth of their fate to be known, and for those who have passed on to receive their healing, too. The Spirit Keepers Caravan expects full disclosure and accountability by those responsible for the deaths of so many children.
This is an invitation to your elders and all your people to welcome and participate in our Caravan. We intend to travel across Turtle Island and bring our message to the world, so that all of the residential school children may finally be brought home and have their story told.
The Caravan will be leaving Unceded Coast Salish territory ("Vancouver") on August 14, 2006, to be joined by others. Contact us now to plan a ceremonial event or public forum on your territory.
For more information, contact our Elders at this email:
With thanks from The Elders of the Spirit Keepers Caravan: Growing Rock, Anishinabe-Cree NationMartha Joseph, Getksan NationWhispers Wind, Anishinabe Nation

Read and Hear the truth of Genocide in Canada, past and present, at this website: http://www.hiddenfromhistory.org/ ...... and on this radio program: "Hidden from History", every Monday from 1-2 pm (PST) on CFRO 102.7 FM (http://www.coopradio.org/) (Vancouver)
"When the desire for Truth and Virtue becomes the only bias in our mind, only then can we know in ourselves what is right." Peter Annett, Humanist and dissident, 1769 (jailed and persecuted by the Church of England for his questioning of the Bible and the church)

Father and Son

Friday, June 23, 2006



Why Not Peace?

Why not peace? It seems to me to best interests of our country would be served to be known as a nation of peace and humanitarianism. We can remain a super power without war. Quiet Giants. Concentrate our efforts on world hunger and poverty. Put our finances into the things that would better our nation and the world. There can never be enough retribution to avenge 9/11. Instead their legacy could be to end violence and feed the hungry, house the homeless,end disease, and the abuse of our less fortunate. Heal the earth our Mother address global warming with a ferver. Put prayer back in the schools allow those moments of choice for our young at the beginning of each day. Where they can pray or meditate in their way according to their beliefs. Teach them they are responsible to and for one another. Give them an achievable goal through UNITY.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Golden Years? Todays thought

I cannot figure the reasoning behind the title Golden years. I have pondered and meditated and prayed. There is nothing golden about growing older. You finally realize the whys and wherefores but too old to do anything about it. You cannot go backwards or fix it or push a reset button. Just when you get things right , your arthritis kicks in. Just when you know for sure your partner is the love of your life and you have no desire to live without them they develop dimentia or a terminal illness. I guess you could become bitter and withdrawn but that would only make getting older even more of an exercise in futility. It seems to me that just when you get your head together your butt falls apart. I wish the young could step back and pay attention and get it right on the way. It would be such a joy to know this getting older thing had a purpose that achieved its goal. Take care of yourself young ones it will catch up with you one day. Treat your older folks with respect and take care of them they are a window into what your future could or could not be.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Fathers Day Zach

Happy Fathers Day Zach!!

We love you and miss you!!

Very much!!!

May Creator God Be your shield

and bring you safely home to your wife and son. As well as the rest of your family who pray for you every day!
Love You Dude
Aunt & Uncle
Cousins and a whole host of others

Saturday, June 17, 2006


Art to me is an individuals way to share ones' perspective. It mirrors the inner sanctum of the soul.

Friday, June 16, 2006

The origin and purpose of Love

What color is Love?
Where did it begin?
What country does it live in?
Who loves the most?
Can it be given?
Can it be received?
Where do you look for it?
Where does it go?
How does it get there?

I think I know. It lives in everyone, everywhere. It has always been as the Creator has always been. It is a wonderful gift,and it knows no boundaries. It comes in a variety of colors and it is very diverse. It the biggest thing there is but it fits anywhere.
It goes everywhere and you send it out from your heart and soul.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

One Last Kiss

One Last kiss was all I had.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

My Prayer

Creator God,

I am on my knees praying for mankind. Is it only me who sees the pain inflicted on this your earth, our home? I look and hear then quake with fear, at pestilence, pain, war and disease. Acid rain, pollution reign and still mankind ignores. The earth cries out with agony with warnings of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados as inconvenience breaks the pace . Still the priority is War and the space race. Children and elderly freeze and starve. While Presidents ,Prime Ministers and Kings carve their knives into our young. We go on each day along the way," can we still ignore ?" Where terrorists plan genocide and homocide becomes a way of life. Desensitized our carnal lives go on as if forever. And so my prayer goes on to say help mankind learn to love each other. Protect the elderly and the weak, the young, and that which sustains all life. Our Mother earth place of human birth. Heal and protect and then reflect on lessons of the past. Repeat them not, but we must stop and first love one another.

By Fall Wind Dancer



When I was growing up it was really tough. I was raised by my Paternal Grandparents. Aunts, Uncles and cousins were very resentful. My parents were married very young and I was the firstborn. I had a very difficult childhood. I would cry and I can remember my Grandfather saying, and I Quote"You cannot pick your blood line, but you can choose your family". Well at the time and being so young. I did not quite understand. I do now. I am grateful for that man he is my hero. My Grandfather my Pappa. Although he is no longer here he will remain in my heart and soul for the rest of my life. If not for The Creator and my Pappa, I know I would never have survived in this world. He left me a legacy that no one could ever take away or alter.
He taught me to take the high road, that it doesn't matter what "they" do, it only matters what "I" do. For in the end I will answer for myself. What "they" answer for is on "them". I try to live each day treating others as I hope to be treated. To pause to hear and listen to my husband and children. To watch my grandchildren grow, learn, laugh, & play. To say I love you and I care everyday. My legacy to them is my love and committment. I have learned to choose wisely who I allow into my life and theirs. Not all is what it seems and caution is the order of these days we live in. But I also leave the legacy that all human hearts are human and diversity is a wonderful asset in this world. That people are people and the color of their skin, ethnicity, or religion, or origin only makes life more fullfilling and diverse. Diversity is a good thing. My "family" is very diverse . I like it that way and I want to leave this plain knowing that my "family " is a part of the Creators family "The Human Race". That they will not judge others based on racism, hatred & biggotry. Take each person for who they are and even if they do not match what you have grown to believe, they still have a right to believe it. That there are no borders for God. How can one man own the land on which another man walks? That came from a Native American Chief and makes so much sense to me now. Embrace one another, do good to one another, choose your family. Let it be the family of the Human Race.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Love your children

Teach them well

For what you teach them today

Will determine our future

Monday, June 12, 2006


Oh-sweet innocence! How I covet you,
And dream of my own long since passed,
When fireflies and candy were the talk of the town,
How I envy the past...

Those long summer nights,
And Saturday morning delights...

When mama would make her seet banana bread,
Only that traveling aroma could get me out of bed...

Now the days more abrupt,
Not much time for me,
To stop and savor anything,
Except a clock I obey faithfully...

Lost now in coffee, instead of grass,
Commanded attention at meetings instead of class...

How I thought the world was on my shoulders,
How reality confirms it as you grow older...

by Jodi Lynn Bell

Sunday, June 11, 2006

American Indian Skulls Found in Attic

Group offers help reburying skulls
Scott Richardson


BLOOMINGTON -- Midwest Soarring, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to American Indian preservation, has offered its assistance to Bloomington police Wednesday to insure the proper burial of about 30 American Indian skulls.The skulls were found in a Bloomington attic over the weekend and were part of a collection of the late Dale Fitz-Henry Sr., a Bloomington dentist who died in 1982.They were discovered Sunday in a cabinet in a house at 511 Florence Ave., after the house was sold for back taxes following the presumed death of Fitz-Henry’s son, Dale Fitz-Henry II, in a cabin fire near Carlock last year. New owners of the home made the discovery.Bloomington police took charge of the skulls and assigned Sgt. Henry Craft, who is part American Indian, to track their original burial site, if possible. Some of the skulls bear the notation, "Anderson Lake 1933." Police have no other firm leads.State archeologists said Wednesday they wonder if the reference is to a series of known burial mounds on bluffs above the Illinois River in Fulton County.Joseph "Standing Bear" Schranz, executive director of Midwest Soarring, praised police for the respect they’ve shown the remains thus far, including their refusal to allow the news media to photograph them.But, Schranz worries the skulls could be turned over to the Illinois State Museum and stored if attempts to locate an exact burial site are unsuccessful.The skulls were exhumed before federal and state laws governing their disposition were passed."Simply trading one case for another is not something we want to see," said Schranz, an Ojibwa. "Whether we can trace them or not, we know they are Native American, and as such they deserve a proper burial."Schranz said the discovery was the largest find of American Indian remains he’s recently heard of in Illinois. He was angered one of the skulls was apparently used as an ashtray."The disrespect never ends. It always saddens me to realize people treat us as objects, not as human beings. We are definitely not collectibles," he said.Schranz said the best result would be to rebury the skulls at their original site. If that cannot be determined, Schranz said his organization owns land in Central Illinois dedicated for the purpose.Michael Wiant, executive director of the Dickson Mounds state historical site and a Normal native, said professional archeologists might glean clues to the skulls’ origin from American Indian artifacts, including arrowheads, found with the remains.Dave Blanchette, spokesman for the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency, agreed."Normally in the process of identification, grave goods are critical. They point the way," Blanchette said.The name, "Anderson Lake," made Wiant wonder if it refers to a series of burial mounds university archeologists excavated in the early 1930s.Among them is a well-known site called the Crable Site, which a team from the University of Chicago studied in 1933, said Nick Klobuchar, who maintains the state’s data base of more than 53,000 known archeological sites for the Illinois State Museum.Most of the sites in the region date to the Middle Mississippian era from about 1000 to about 1200, he said.Craft also wondered if "Anderson Lake" refers to Anderson Mounds, which became a state park near Anderson, Ind., in the early 1930s.However, Angie Garcia, interpretive naturalist at Anderson Mounds, said though the park lies on The White River, the park doesn’t have a lake and was never known as Anderson Lake.

Saturday, June 10, 2006


No matter what happens in this life we must go on. I have learned it isn't always easy and mostly unfair, but it is the sum total of all we go through, that makes us who we are. I believe we have a responsibility to do all we can to make a positive contribution, No matter how small we think it may be it all matters. We are all connected. We are all one and we are the keepers of one anothers hearts and lives. We can change a life with a word or a smile. We should make it count.



In this life you had so much adversity. You never had the very best of material possessions. You never complained, you created your own beauty with your hands crafting and that smile. The beautiful Native American art you created the pride you took & that we shared as sisters in our Native Heritage. I loved you then I love you still and I miss you more with each and every passing moment. I often wonder will the pain ever ease ? I know somehow it will not. I know our other sisters miss you too our neices and nephews, your children. The only solice I find is that you are whole and new healthy and with our loved ones most especially Mom and Dad. We were very fortunate in life for our fortune is in Heaven with our Father. I pray my little one you are there with Jesus and with those who love you. I will see you again one day and I will leap with joy. Be free my little Spiritdove , to fly about the Heavens. Just know I MISS YOU SOOOO MUCH. Tomorrow makes 2 long painful years without you and now that Mommy is gone too I feel so alone. I know God is with me and that I have at least 2 children who care. But I cannot help but wonder if you are ok. I know God takes care of all things. I will trust in Him and Him alone to care for you and for those who have gone on. Loving you always and forever, Fall Wind Dancer
The poem Cherokee Angel written by my daughter Jodi L. Bell is on this blog it is dedicated specifically to her Aunt and my sister Dianne whom I affectionately call Spirit Dove.
February 26, 1953-June 11, 2004

Friday, June 09, 2006

Let It Rain-Haiku's

Explosion of sorts
A conundrum of colors

Flows in harmony...

by Jodi Lynn Bell

In God's presence now
A soul returns to Heaven
Where it first began...

by Jodi Lynn Bell

Laugh out loud sweet child
Play in your own oblivion
In your coveted innocence...

by Jodi Lynn Bell

A single flower sits
Amongst a field of the like
Yet, the most beautiful of the blossoms...

by Jodi Lynn Bell

A fire in your eyes
Piercing heat envelopes your heart
Unyielding desire...

by Jodi Lynn Bell

The beams of Heaven
Through the clouds shine down on me
The rain liberates...

by Jodi Lynn Bell

Perfect harmony
Amidst the flowing river
Beautiful silence...

by Jodi Lynn Bell

Sit by the river
And listen to the water
Deafening beauty...

by Jodi Lynn Bell

Let the rain fall down
On my smiling happy face
Wash away all doubts

by Jodi Lynn Bell

Take heed and comfort in the words of this Great Poet

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: From The Song of Hiawatha

"Oh my children! my poor children! Listen to the words of wisdom,Listen to the words of warning, From the lips of The Great Spirit, From The Master of life, Who made you! "I have given you lands to hunt in, I have given you streams to fish in, I have given you bear and bison, I have given you brant and beaver, Filled the marshes full of wild fowl, Filled the rivers full of fishes; Why then are you not contented? Why then will you hunt each other? " I am weary with your quarrels, Weary of your wars and blood shed, Weary of your prayers for vengeance, Of your wranglings and dissensions; All your strength is in your union, All your danger in discord; Therefore be at peace hence foreward, And as brothers live together.

I will send a prophet to you , A deliverer of the nations. Who shall guide you and shall teach you, Who shall toil and suffer with you. If you listen to his counsels, You will multiply and prosper; If his warnings pass unheeded, You will fade away and perish! "Bathe now in the stream before you, Wash the war paint from your faces, Wash the blood stains from your fingers,Bury your war clubs and your weapons, Break the red stone from this quarry, Mould and make it into Peace-pipes, Take the reeds that grow beside you, Deck them with your brightest feathers, Smoke the calumet together,"And as brothers live henceforeward!"

Thursday, June 08, 2006

War Good God Y'all- What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing

I am glad to hear the world is free of a horrific terrorist. But I cannot help but wonder what this will give rise to. What will this spawn? Will yet another rise to the occassion? Will there be unrelenting retaliations? We have so many young men and women over there. How many more must we loose before we get it? "HOLY" War what an oxymoron if you ask me and even if you do not care what I think I am a woman free to express what I feel. How can War be "HOLY"? That's absolutely ludicrous. Murder, beheadings , how can you call this "HOLY"? God is God. He is righteous and true. He knows exactly how to get the job done. In His Infinate Wisdom and since you believe in the concept God can do ANYTHING, because He is God. Then let go and let God. Who appointed anyone but God to play God? Taking young people and sending them to boot camp a week after they had last period in High School, give them some training a rifle and send an eighteen or nineteen year old who had a curfew last week to war with a country that has been at war for thousands of years . "BRILLIANT". I ask God to stop this senseless shedding of the blood of Americans as well as some innocent Iraqi and others. Shine the light of truth on the reasons we are there or remain there. So Zarqawi is dead how many now will die?
I say God Forbid mankind take one more life. God is God. He can handle whatever happens. He does not need your help . If he wishes lives to be taken for His purpose He can and does slam down an earthquake or two . Floods, Hurricanes, tornados etc. He requires of you that you love one another and that He is Your God you worship, obey, honor and above all else serve and Love. He can take care of the rest. Every time mankind decides he can do it better or his way the Circle is broken and all is off balance. I totally support all our Military Personel including my beloved nephew in whom I take great pride. May God Bless and Keep Safe these brave souls.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

News On Indigenous Women's Issues

I came across this article online at http://indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413074&print=yes I found it quite interesting and informative. A must read for Native American Women. The headline reads "Women call for revisions to U.N. development goals. BY: Gale Courey Toensing/Indian Country today

NEW YORK - Indigenous women have called for a revamping of the United Nations Millenium Development Goals to reflect the points of view and values of indigenous peoples.

The Indigenous Womens Caucas of the U.N. Permanent Forum on indigenous issues presented a statement called "Millenium Development Goals and Indigenous Peoples: Re-Defining the Goals " at the forums fifth session in New York on May 15-26th. I think this is an issue worth reading and learning more about and I hope to keep you updated in future posts.

Can you Imagine?

Can you imagine loving someone so much that after 17 years his touch , his embrace , his warmth can still send your heart soaring into the skies. I love you Alberto for all time. Thank you for all the years, drying of all the tears, the comfort of your protective spirit, for loving me and our children and grandchildren so much.

Seventeen Years and We Are Still In Love

This is just a simple tribute to the man I love so dearly . This month marks 17 years of something you only read in psychological thrillers and still he and I are here together. With our children and grandchildren . A blended family of love. I cannot tell you it has been an easy time. I can tell you that whatever caused us to remain in love, I wouldn't trade one day with him. I pray the Creator grant us at least 100 more. Each day we seem to love each other more and more. I never knew true love until my Alberto, but I had a Phd in what love wasn't. I love you soooo completely and intensely it boggles my mind. I don't what ya got honey but keep it coming.

Love for always

Fall Wind Dancer

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Feeling so badly about something in my family that I as a Mother felt , surely there must be at least one more thing I can do. One more thing before I have to get really tough. Then a friend of mine posted this online. I suddenly realized today I do have the technology and the wisdom to know , IT IS ME . This tough thing I do, is me changing the only one I can change and knowing the difference. What a lesson!!!!

There Is Always Something You Can Do! Doing nothing is exactly that, nothing.

The Creator has endowed each thing a specific ability, talent if you will. It is His gift to you. What you do with that gift , is your gift to The Creator and therefore to all of the Human Race. Make sure that what you do today positively impacts your world and sends a clear message of healing ,unity, and hope for the future. In doing what you do best you have an opportunity to send positive vibrations into your world and the unknown that is our universe.

Unity In All Things This Is Not an Option It Is A Responsibility

What we find in these words of The Great chief Seattle ring true in every aspect. We Owe Our
Creator , Our Mother Earth, Each Other and every single thing in existence to realize that what we do has a domino affect . We are all one , we are all connected. What happens to anyone or anything eventually makes its way to the entirety of all that exists. Most especially the Human Race. For we are charged with taking care of the management and carrying out of all. We are our brothers/sisters, parents, planets, animals keepers and if we do nothing all will die. But if we work together we can only make life better for all.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Words That Hurt once said although forgiven can never be taken back

Did you ever say something or do something you'd give just about anything to take back or rewind time so it never happened? Did it dawn on you that if you just took a few moments to reflect, pray, or meditate, think ahead you wouldn't have said or done it? No matter what anyone says once words enter the air they are there forever. Forgiveness a strong virtue and a must if you intend to survive this life and possibly the next, does not always include forgetting.
Trust is earned once broken with a deed or statement may never be rebuilt even though that person(s) may live and let live, they are never the same toward you. This happens far too often and alot of times between families. Siblings, children - parents, etc. How glorious it would be if we . Engaged our brains , before we engaged our mouths or motor skills!!!!!

Rush rush Hurry Hurry!!!!!!!!! Slow down

Ponder this; The mere speed with which we live our lives today. Never even having time to sit in a park, walk a trail,, spend time playing with our children, taking advantage of our senior citizens and elders who have so much knowledge to pass down. So many pitfalls we could avoid if we would just Slow Down , listen , learn and realize the where and the why of the directions we choose to take. How much more pleasant we would be to each other and how much more we would enjoy our lives. Think of the diversity and the beauty within each and every member of the Human Race of different ethnic backgrounds. Art, craft, knowledge of so many things , foods, traditions. When you practice racism and biggotry you expose your shoe size not your IQ you limit yourself and why would you do that? Learning and growing are what it is all about.

What an awesome concept.Yet it can be a reality if just a moment was taken in time to THINK of how much we have to offer each other and our world.

Good quote for today

Why must we destroy one another? Think for just a moment in time, what accomplishments we can achieve for the advancement of our race "The Human Race".
Together we can do most anything and if you believe in a Higher Power, whether you call him/her God,Jehovah, Elohim,Allah,Budda,GreatSpirit, Creator. Then practice your faith with all your heart and all your soul. Faith is the evidence of all things hoped for. Respect each other, discuss your views, no need to argue them . Believe in your God and violence will disappear . It will instantly be replaced with faith, hope, and the greatest of these is love, one for another in the "Human Race".
Fall Wind Dancer