Friday, December 16, 2005

Remembering Who We Are

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"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the centre of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this centre is really everywhere, it is within each of us."

Black Elk

One of the hardest things today to keep in perspective is in the midst of all the worries and business of our lives is to remember who we are in the midst of it all. Many European concepts have invaded and superceded the values and principles that we as Native people used to hold so deep.

Respect for our fellow man, giving to someone in need, respect for mother earth, women being the important deicision makers in our communities, honor and pride as Native people and also most of our traditional and cultural values. We don't have to let another cultures concepts and beliefs over-ride our own. We as Native people must look deep within ourselves and remember who we once were and decide who we want to be today.

If we take a look inside our Native communities today we see many of the negative values that we have made more important than our own. Money, power, jealousies, gossip, the Me concept vs the we concept, and material wealth. I am not saying that having nice things and being in a position of power is wrong: what I am saying is that putting people first, before any of these things should always be more important. Who we are within ourselves is much more important than what we gain on the outside, those things can be lost, but who we are as people stays with us forever.

1. Show Respect to Others - Each Person Has a Special Gift

2. Share what you have - Giving Makes You Richer

3. Know Who You Are - You Are a Reflection on Your Family

4. Accept What Life Brings - You Cannot Control Many Things

5. Have Patience - Some Things Cannot Be Rushed

6. Live Carefully - What You Do Will Come Back to You

7. Take Care of Others - You Cannot Live without Them

8. Honor Your Elders - They Show You the Way in Life

9. Pray for Guidance - Many Things Are Not Known

10.See Connections - All Things Are Related

Look inside yourself and see how many of these cultural values you have maintained and then look to your community and see if your community represents any of these cultural values that we as Native people used to hold so dear.


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