Afraid Of Bear / American Horse Tiospaye
PHETA KIN ILEYA HAN CHA WASTE' / It is good to keep the fire burning      MAY 26, 2019  / Bill Arena, Editor
   *  Sun Dance in the sacred Black Hills, Tree Day in 22 Days 
   *  Waneek Horn-Miller Inducted into Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
   *  Wisdom & Strength of the Indigenous Elders: Kahn-Tineta Horn
   *  Warriors on the Mountain: Powerful 2018 Ceremony Tests the People
   *  To Dance is to Pray. To Pray is to Heal. To Heal is the Give. To Give is the Live. 

Waneek Horn-Miller
Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

CALGARY, ALBERTA __ Our very own Waneek Horn-Miller was honored to be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in a special ceremony this week.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Waneek is the daughter of former fashion model and highly-respected First Nations activist Kahn-Tineta Horn and George Miller, Mohawk educator and academic, and sister of actress Kaniehtiio Horn. 
Waneek began her career as a competitive swimmer at the age of 7 and switched to water polo while attending Carleton University in Ottawa where she studied political science and was a three-time athlete of the year. She led the Canadian women's water polo team to gold at the 1999 Pan Am Games. Voted MVP and named co-captain, Waneek proudly utilized her warrior spirit and strong shooting skills to lead her team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. 

Between 1990 and 1997, she participated in the North American Indigenous Games and won over 20 gold medals, including one for rifle shooting. In 1999, Waneek won the national Tom Longboat Award that recognizes Aboriginal athletes for their outstanding contributions to sport in Canada and, in 2010, was selected as Torch Bearer for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

During her 2000 Olympic campaign Waneek was featured on the cover of Time magazine appearing nude except for a water polo ball and a feather.

The cover was somewhat controversial at the time but actually triumphed as a positive, respectful view of a healthy female athlete's body.
Waneek was personally inspired during those highly-competitive and potentially-controversial times by fellow Canadian Olympian, Alwyn Morris, of the Mohawk nation in Kahnawake, considered one of the most influential Indigenous athletes of all time. Following his advice, she continued to focus on hard work and spiritual connection and sharing her achievements and challenges in a positive way to inspire others to achieve their goals and dreams. 

STRONG INDIGENOUS WOMEN __ Waneek continues today to carry on a proud and strong family tradition of leading and teaching indigenous women and young people started by her own mother, Kahn-Tineta Horn. 

Kahn-Tineta Horn 
("she makes the
grass wave")

Waneek's mother, Kahn-Tineta Horn, is a Mohawk political activist, civil servant, and former fashion model. She is the mother of four daughters including Waneek Horn-Miller, Kaniehtiio Horn, Kahente Horn-Miller, and Dr. Ojistah Horn. 
Kahn-Tineta is a member of the Mohawk Bear Clan of Kahnawake. In the 1960s/70s, she became widely known for her criticisms of anti-native racism and government policy regarding First Nations peoples and for her advocacy of native separatism.

She was involved in the 1962 Conference on Indian Poverty in Washington, DC., the blocking of the International Bridge at Akwesane in 1968, and other indigenous rights campaigns. She and her daughters, Waneek Horn-Miller and Kaniehtiio Horn, were participants in the 1990 Oka Crisis when Waneek was stabbed in the chest by a soldier's bayonet. A photo of the incident showing Waneek holding her little sister, Kaniehtiio, then age 4, graphically symbolized the intergenerational, energetic standoff between Mohawks and the Canadian government.
As we prepare for ceremony in the Black Hills, we give thanks and honor ALL generations of strong Indigenous women who have led the way and demonstrate such amazing courage, faith, devotion and inspiration for the people. Wopila to Waneek Horn-Miller and her mother, Kahn-Tineta Hornand Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook and her mother, Grandmother (Unci) Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance, and ALL of our strong, spiritual, Indigenous women warriors. Mitakuye oyasin. 
Tree Day timer to June 17, 2019
Pheta kin ileya han cha waste'
It is good to keep the fire burning.

Why we dance / Wasaka enaun
Stay strong on your sacred path for the people.
Blazing Heat / Freezing Cold

As we humbly prepare for ANY eventuality on the mountain in just 22 days, we lift up our prayers and healing energy for ALL of our Mother Earth and our sacred Afraid of Bear / American Horse tiospaye. Safe journeys everyone. Wasaka enaun. Stay strong. See you soon.

~ Bill Arena
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