Rakweeskeh 'Rahkeh' MillerÂ - Tuscarora Medicine Man and Healer, student of Wallace "Mad Bear" Anderson and Rolling Thunder.
Rahkeh was born in 1948 on the traditional homelands of the Tuscarora Nation in what is now called North Carolina. He was delivered and raised by his Eel Clan grandmother in the Green Swamparea where nature was fully alive and where they were able to grow their own foods the natural way. His grandmother was his first teacher of the ways through living it to its fullest.
Rahkeh was drafted into the U.S.military in 1967 and is now a Vietnam War Veteran. In 1971 he began working with Native peoples in regaining the strength of identity. In 1974 he traveled to Akwesasne Mohawk territory and helped with the production of Akwesasne Notes, a Native and natural peoples news magazine. In 1975 through 1976 Rahkeh returned to North Carolinato work with his people in reclaiming their culture. Then in 1976 Rahkeh met his second teacher of the ways, Mad Bear Anderson, of the Tuscarora Territorynear Lewiston, New York.
Mad Bear was a mentor and took Rahkeh under his wing and was an Uncle to him in the Traditional way. He groomed and directed Rahkeh from 1976 through 1985. Rahkweeskeh assisted Mad Bear and the other Elders when they established the Unity of the Eagle and the Condor (North America).
Since 1978 Rahkeh has worked in nation-rebuilding for the Tuscarora people in North Carolina; at the Wandering Spirit Survival School in Toronto, Ontario; served on the Board of directors for the Algonquin Indian School in Providence, Rhode Island; worked with Chief Big Eagle and the Pagussettes in Connecticut; worked with the Wampanoags of Massachusetts;ÃƒÆ’Ã‚â€šÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â worked with the people of Buffalo Robe Lodge in Alberta, Canada; helped set up and served on the board of a Native Cultural and Self-Reliance Center at Salt River Pima Reservation in Arizona.
Rahkeh participated on the Longest Walk from Onondaga Nation Territory to Washington D.C.
in 1978, and in 1980 he participated on the Long Walk for Survival from
Big Mountain Arizona to the United Nations in New York City.
Since 1978 Rahkweeskeh has been working in Inner Purification, Healing and Renewal and continues to work with Inner Purification, Healing and Renewal with himself and other people. He has helped many people over the years. He began teaching within Native Culture in 1975 and as he evolved so has his teaching. Through the experience of the genocide that has been and is upon North American Indians (The Original People of North America), Rahkeh was instructed to educate people of American Society on these Problems and their causes.
In later years people from American Society began to ask for help, and the only way for him to help them to understand our problems, was and is to help them to understand themselves and their problems and the causes of these, then to help them take their Inner Journey of themselves to face and to understand what they're made-up of and to free themselves from what's not healthy for their life or life itself, without giving away any of our Sacred Medicines or Ways.
Rahkeh is a Craftsman and Silversmith and has participated in many craft shows and Pow Wows. His Silver Jewelry have been in Galleries and Museums in the Northeast including the Museum of the American Indian in New York City. His Silver Jewelry has gone to Canada, England, Germany and Spain.
Rahkweeskeh is presently a Facilitator for TMAR Human Development and Stress Release, and is co-founder of Traditional Native Survival and Cultural Center Inc.. He continues to participate in Traditional Gatherings and is a well respected Elder.
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