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THE ROLE OF CEREMONY IN NATIVE CULTURE
Ceremony served as a way to remind native people that their world was the living world and as long as it ws treated with respect and reciprocity, it would continue to serve as their grocery store, pharmacy and a connection to their ancestors and future generations.
CONNECTING TO THE LIVING WORLD WAS OUR LIFE . . . Until Recently
Robert “Redhawk” Eldridge and Ronnie Pepper discuss the role that connecting to nature played in their family’s lives.
LIVING FOR THE SEVENTH GENERATION
Many native tribes have the tradition of Living for the Seventh Generation. The land is treated with respect and not overused so that the world might offer as rich a bounty for the 7th generation as it does our own.
PLANTS AND ANIMALS AS TEACHERS
Native people have always said that since plants and animals were here long before us, they are our teachers. Listening to their stories opens up a world of abundance and healing.
TRADITIONAL ARTISANS AS CONSERVATIONISTS
Native mask makers, basketmakers and other artisans of nature’s gifts are always observant of the health of the natural materials they use, the human needs they are trying to fulfill and spirit. By weaving together these components, they are reminded that nature is a gift and that they are returning the gift through worthy use.