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Dulce Middle School

Student responses regarding this presentation at Dulce Middle School on Friday, December 12, 2008

  • “Yes, I liked it because they said true stuff about how you should think of yourself and not worry about what other think of you.”
  • “I learned about stories they had about their tribe.  I liked their presentation.”
  • “Yes, I liked it.  The story taught me who they were.”
  • “I liked the presentation because it was very interesting and informative.”
  • “I liked the program.  The thing that I really liked was the songs they performed.”
  • “They shared their stories about being respectful.  I liked the story about ‘The Three Arrows’.
  • “I liked the dress that TallTree’s mother gave his wife.  I liked it”.
  • “I learned to ‘just be yourself’ and do anything you can and want to do”.
  • “It was very wonderful. I liked the music! It was really good.”
  • “Have I made a difference?  Yes, I have!”
  • “The one thing that jumped out at me was when they said a friend is always beside you and is sticking up for you.”
  • “I liked the music, because it was so calming!”
  • “The one thing I learned was not being ashamed of what your dreams are.”
  • “I liked the music because it was awesome and sounded cool.”
  • “Where ever you go, there you are!”
  • “Yes, I learned something from these people.  I learned that you can do anything.”
  • “I learned you can go all over the world and get paid for it.”
  • “Follow your dreams. It was good!”
  • “Probably to work harder at what I want to be.”
  • “Yea, I liked it.  What I learned is to make a difference.  I really liked the music because it was calming and nice.”
  • “I learned that I can be a warrior or a leader.  I loved today’s presentation.”
  • “So, I loved what I learned about because I can do anything I want to do.  If I put my mind and heart to it I can do anything.  The music was very nice to listen to and it calmed me down and relaxed me.”
  • “It was alright, I guess!!!
  • I liked when Mr. TallTree told the story about the great lakes.

Just a note your way to share with you how positively wonderful the program was that the TallTrees presented to the Elementary and Middle

School students here in the Dulce Independent School District.  I have attached some of the students responses  when they were surveyed about

their opinion of the presentation/s. We appreciate the opportunity to have meet both of the TallTrees and listen to their music, stories, traditional ways.  Our students felt they had a calming effect upon them.

Thank you!


Barbara Ashcraft, DMS Principal

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  This Monday, November 10th, the students and staff of St. Francis de Sales School had the opportunity to attend an inspiring assembly presented by best-selling author Chief Robert TallTree and his wife, motivational trainer Terri Lynn.  This is the second time that the TallTrees have visited our school. Both times, our students have been captivated by the TallTree’s performance, their message and presence. The significance of their stories and poignant music created an atmosphere that was not only educational but soothing and inspirational as well.  The TallTrees have traveled the world with their tales, having been featured on PBS, the BBC, Animal Planet and The Discovery Channel.  In addition to being a best-selling author, Chief TallTree is also a world renowned and Grammy-nominated recording artist and peace advocate.  The TallTrees spoke to our students about the Three Arrows of Power™, which is a Native American Guide to Living on Purpose.  To quote the TallTrees, “Every human being is born with Three Arrows of Power.  Our first arrow is the thoughts we think.  Our elders have taught us that our thoughts are more powerful than an automatic weapon!  So use your thoughts wisely.  Our second arrow is the words we speak.  Words are so sharp that they can cut like a knife.  Every one of us carries these scars.  Our third arrow is the actions we take.  We must learn to help one another and take care of the Earth.  With these arrows, we can change the world.  What a positive and moving message for all to learn!

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From: Bethann Morey
To: quest@thetalltrees.com
Sent: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 2:47 pm
Subject: Raymond elementary questions

First of all thank you for the positive assembly you provided for our students today.  There was lots of sign language being seen throughout the school day.  Our second grade class had some questions.


How did they put the color (picture) on the drum?

            What are the bottles and the box on the stage for?

How do the feathers stay on your head?

What was Mrs. TallTree holding during the flute song?

Do Native Americans haveuse  electricity?

Once again thank you,

Mrs. Morey’s Super Second Graders


Dear Mrs. Morey’s Super Second Graders,

Those are GREAT questions!! Here are the answers:

1.  Earth paints are made from natural vegetables and minerals (plants and ground rocks/soils) and mixed with natural animal fats/oils to make an oil paint. This is how the colors were put onto the drum.

2.  The feathers are attached with holders. The feather Mrs. TallTree wears is attached with a beaded barrette, and Mr. TallTree’s feather is held in place by a sewn in slot/pocket on his headpiece. It is specifically designed to hold the quill of the feather.

3.  During the flute song, Mrs. TallTree was holding a dance fan.

4.  Most Native Americans today have and use electricity, and live in houses just like you. There are some Native peoples who choose to live a more traditional way. For example, some of the Navajo people live in traditional hogans, and some of the Hopi people choose to live in adobe homes without electricity and running water.

We hope this answered your questions. Remember to use your Three Arrows wisely!









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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from The TallTrees! 🙂

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Here’s a reprint from the Native American Women’s Association newsletter – the Indican Community Newsletter.


Robert and Terri TallTree have been married since 1995 and have lived in Colorado Springs since that time, but Robert’s ties to this area date back to 1978 when he originally moved here.  Before they married, Terri had made her own mark on the corporate world developing innovative training programs in a variety of fields. After their marriage, together they began a budding culturally based educational business that now keeps them on the road most of the year. 



At first, Terri was basically in the background during these programs, but that all changed when Robert developed laryngitis during a scheduled program and Terri had to take over for the day.  Since then they have done the programs together, with much success in a business that continues to grow yearly and is now international.  Before marriage, Terri had been traditionally trained in Lakota philosophy and ceremony and permitted by the elders to use what she learned to teach others in her career field.  



They have presented their programs in such places as Morocco, Spain, England, Gibraltar, Canada, and across the USA.  They also do dozens of presentations at American Indian schools each year, as well as many other places.  One year, they spoke to more than 200,000 school children in Wisconsin and Colorado alone.  Their programs now include lectures, workshops, concerts and plenty of culturally relevant subjects and motivational material. 



Robert’s involvement in this area includes owning a shop in Manitou Springs from 1980 to 1994 where he created and sold his own and other talented Native’s unique silver jewelry and other artwork.  From 1985 to 1989 he headed the local Lone Feather Indian Council in a position that was then called Chief.  For two years, he was the host of the Native American segment of KKTV’s Involvement television series, a weekly program featuring hosts presenting minority topics and interviewees from the Pikes Peak area.  Robert hosted once or twice a month.  



He played the role of Alessandro in the 1985  historic play production of Helen Hunt Jackson’s book “Ramona” that was performed over several days at the Pioneer Museum.  He has also acted in several movies and authored the best-selling children’s book The Legend of Spinoza.  Along the way, he has several times been asked to help ceremonially welcome emigrants taking the oath of allegiance as new American citizens.



Robert also learned to play a flute after he fell in love with a beautiful flute that he acquired by trading several valuable pieces of his original jewelry. He now owns close to a hundred flutes and is an accomplished flautist.  He has been nominated for a Native American Music Award for his “Echoes of the Heart – A Sacred Journey” flute music CD.



Robert’s mother is Naomi End-of-Day Woman, who many of us know.  His great grandmother named him Con-nos-sem-tig, which translates to  “tree growing toward the heavens,” or  Tall Tree.  When he was a young man, he traveled often with his tribal elders, and they taught him as they traveled. 



Robert is a direct lineal descendent of the Swan Creek band of Saginaw Chippewa.  Terri is not Native by blood but has been adopted into the Chippewa Nation. 



Terri, for her part, has brought a wide range of CEO and Director of Development experience to their team.  She was once presented the Central Ohio Lung Association’s Humanitarian Award for outstanding contributions in developing programs for children with asthma.  She has been featured in the book Who We Could Be At Work by Margaret Lulic as a role model for corporate leaders interested in incorporating spirit into their work place.  She helped to grow the Spinoza Teddy Bear Company from a home-based business to a company with 32 employees and an international, multi-million dollar business.



Robert has three children who all live in the Colorado Springs area with their families.  His two daughters have given them seven grandchildren.  His son is not married yet.  Ashley, Alex, Aleyah, Aden and Aizlynn belong to daughter Brandi and carry the names Stargazer, Red Fox, Little Bird, Golden Eagle, and Dreamer (She Has a Vision), respectively.  Autumn and Kaylee belong to daughter Cinamyn and carry the names Strawberry Woman and She Soars Like An Eagle.



It will be fun watching these third generation TallTree decendents as they grow up in our midst, and their grandparents continue to represent their family and our community in their international travels.  


Robert and Terri are taking the summer off this year for the first time, and their plans include going to the reservation in Michigan for their annual homecoming gathering and family ceremonies. Grandmother Naomi will be there, naturally.



Robert and Terri will be marketing a new teaching kit this fall, “The TallTree Bundle,” and will be very busy getting that ready to go after their summer trip.  Then it will be time to go traveling again with the children’s, business, personal and parenting training classes they offer.  It has been nice to have them in town over this summer of leisure. You can read more and keep up with their adventures on their web site



Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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Here’s a bunch of pictures from our September Kansas tour.  We are so blessed to be able to tour schools around the nation.

This Lincoln Elementary School picture is with the principal, his name is Sherman. Nice guy!











Check out the marque at Nelson Elementary! Sweet!


The beautiful mural of the sea is inside Nelson, and their mascot is the Sharks.

The Crooked Creek Lodge is in Moline and Barbara, the owner, made us a wonderful homemade breakfast! Her daughter hand painted the artwork on the walls of the Lodge, and it was a wonderful stay!

The last photo is in front of West Elk High School in Howard, KS. We were trying to get the school sign in the background, but didn’t make it:-(












Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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When we were in Kansas last week we had a little time after one of our school programs, so we were exploring the area and came on the Safari Zoological Park.  We’re not putting any pictures on our blog due to copyright issues, but eventually Tom and Allie, the owners, are going to email us pictures they took of us with their animals, and we’ll share them.  They told us the most amazing story! This park has lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my), and other animals, and have for many years.  This past summer the owners decided to close the park because they were flat broke – ran out of money.  At around the same time their White Bengal Tiger had three cubs (who are so adorable, go to the website to look at pictures).  For some odd reason – and nobody knows why – the tiger mama refused to nurse the cubs.  So what happens?  The owner’s superhero dog steps up to nurse the cubs!  So now the cubs are flourishing due to Isabella, the family dog, and the owners are going on The Today Show, and Oprah because everybody’s so fascinated with the white-tiger-nursing-dog, which will hopefully generate income from donors to keep the park open.  Go look at pictures!  Again, we didn’t take pictures out of respect for copyright issues, but here’s a picture of Terri standing by a tree in the park.

We are humbled by how Nature has a continuous hand in showing us that we can all live together.

Gakina-awiiya (We Are All Related),

Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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Here’s some pictures from our student program in Wichita, Kansas yesterday.  Many thanks to the principal for taking these pictures.  We had a blast!

Gakina-awiiya (We Are All Related),

Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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