Quotes by Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein
"The secret is that I don't know anything. I am your friend, I am not sick, not sad, not angry. But what about you?"
"Emotions become physical, and the physical becomes emotional. Healing is about peeling. God said there is only abundance, and the only way through is to forgive. Holding on to negative emotions becomes caner or another illness. Our healing is not just for ourselves, it is for the universe. We forget who we are, and that is the cause of our illness."
"The ceremonies, the Potlach are old ways. I can see now, today, that all that happened back then was for this purpose, for this life we are living today. It was for my work now. The ceremonies were about what all our ancestors were doing for the future, for future use. We just didn't know back then that meant today."
"It is essential to allow yourself to know what you know, instead of driving yourself to be," she believes. "When there is so much striving to be and become, we don't often recognize what it is we really want when it's right there in front of us."
“After the Chaos of this time, there will be peace.”
“The universe does not belong to you, you
belong to the Universe.”
"Healing is truth, sickness is hiding, it splits life. Creation is selfless. Selfish possession kills it."
“Fishskins were used for mukluks, mittens and rain coats. Fishskins were used especially by the river mainland people (Yukon-Kuskokwim). They also used the skins as bags for water containers. The fishskins come in different colors. It depends upon what kind of fish—if it’s a king salmon, if it’s a silver salmon, if it’s a trout or if it’s a pike. Some fish you have to scale; some fish you don’t. Like pike, you have to scale it, also the white fish."
Rita Pitka Blumenstein from SW Alaska about 'urine tanning': "You take the skin off and soak it in the water, and then you scrape it with a sea shell. Some fish you have to scale; some fish you don't. Like pike and white fish, you've got to scale it; you soak it in urine. The urine has to come from a young boy baby before weaning. It doesn't contain any chemicals, just momma's milk. For thicker skins, you have to use the urine from an older boy, around the time his voice changes....