Ralph Panaro, a Senica Indian, is known to all who love him as Ha:oka',
meaning "he who understands". Separated from his tribal lands in
upstate New York, Ha:oka' now lives in Sweedsboro, New Jersey with his wife
Joanne and two children, Joanne and Tina.
Ha:oka' has been a great help here at the farm, both physically and
spiritually, contributing his extensive knowledge of Native American arts and
philosophy to students. Ha:oka' also heads up and supervises the Native American
classes for Tom. Ha:oka' has rejoined the Long House religion of his people and
has become active in his clan, trying to preserve the once-dying traditions and
Ha:oka' believes strongly in the ancient ways and traditions of the native
peoples, feeling that a return to a oneness with Earth Mother will be the saving
factor for modern society. He also believes that all people belong to the great
family of the Great Spirit and hatred will diminish as mankind reaffirms its
commitment to the earth, dropping away the plastic gods and seeking the truths
and realities of life.
We here at Tracker Farm have a deep love and respect for this man that shares
his love and wisdom in such an intense and loving way.