Gathers for Thanksgiving
By Roy Cook
are truly blessed." Esther Abrahano gathered her thoughts and
spoke from the heart. "The Creator is here and compassionate.
All Nations here in this room and all over our great land recognize
the gifts of the Creator."
November 17, Sunday afternoon, a large gathering of Native American
families visitors and friends listened to prayers from Anthony
Gastelum, Yaqui and member of the American Indian Warriors Association.
Gloriously touching women's voices lifted the hearts and emotions
of the people. The drum vibrated the wooden floor and entered
our body as if thunder and we felt kinetic.
author is honored to be called on, for the third year, to speak
to the community. The topic is Native American Warrior tradition
and its role in the USA military. We have always defended this
land, our land and our people. This is a Warriors mission that
transcends politics. At the same time it is as basic as our
love for our Indian ways. All we do is so that the people may
live. Mitak Oyatsin.
were greatly blessed to see so many of our familiar Native American
supporters and friends return to this annual community dinner.
There were over two hundred in attendance. This is a fine audience
to acknowledge a tribute recognition of Mr. Joe Renteria. His
tireless work to assist the Native American community is greatly
appreciated. The Indian Human Resource Center honored him with
a bomber jacket. Joe is a WW II veteran. He served in the Air
Force. His family obligations will respectfully be his priority.
We all thank you and know if time permits he will be there again
for the community.
what can I say about the dinner? We ate, and ate and talked
and laughed and ate some more. After all we need to keep our
Indian image in focus. Round, brown, and a little greasy on
the sides! Just kidding. I am not kidding about, the bounty
of the tables: Turkey, all the trimmings and those delightful
side dishes from many Nations. Four kinds of dressing, three
bean dishes, hominy stew, eight or ten salads, potatoes, yams
and spaghetti for those that need to be different.
not even going to try to describe the desert selection. I will
just confess the ladies ran me off as I was trying to sample
most of them! Our appreciation to those who are always there
to work in the kitchen. Don Vingault and Juan Castellanos sliced
The meat and toted the loads from the cars into the serving
area. There were a lot of others working hard and I'm sorry
if I don't mention you by name but thank you all. Leah Spaga
teamed with Mara Peters to keep me from sugar OD.
Hey if you were there you know if it is a good time
then the people just stay there and keep talking and enjoying ourselves.
They had to run us out, it was a great gathering.