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Walking the Red Road
"Being Indian is mainly in your heart. It's a way of walking with the earth instead of upon it. A lot of the history books talk about us Indians in the past tense, but we don't plan on going anywhere... We have lost so much, but the thing that holds us together is that we all belong to and are protectors of the earth; that's the reason for us being here. Mother Earth is not a resource, she is an heirloom."
- David Ipinia, Yurok Artist, Sacramento, CA
It is said when we walk on the Earth, we are walking on our ancestors and our unborn children. This is the relationship Native People have with the Earth. It is this relationship which gives insight into the Earth's rhythm and heartbeat and creates the feeling of belonging. If you feel you belong to something, you'll treat it with respect. If you feel you are above something, you'll treat it with disrespect. Indian Spirituality is tied to the Earth. We belong to the Earth along with all other creatures on the Earth. We must align to this realization.
Sons of the Earth
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Want to hear American Warriors: Songs For Indian Veterans?
The compilation of American Warriors was inspired by a 1994 Congressional mandate to create a memorial honoring Indian war veterans. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this release will be donated to a fund to help create that memorial in Washington, DC. (The fund will be administered by the National Congress of American Indians.)
MOHAWK PRAYER OF THANKS
To be a human is an honor, and we offer thanksgiving for all the gifts of life.
THE TEACHING OF TECUMSEH
Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life. Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people but grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the light and for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
Touch not the poisonous firewater. Abuse no one and nothing, For abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again In a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
Ashes to Dust - by J.D. Challenger
EAGLE FEATHER FAN
The eagle is my power,
And my fan is an eagle.
It is strong and beautiful
In my hand. And it is real.
My fingers hold upon it
As if the beaded handle
Were the twist of bristlecone.
The bones of my hand are fine
And hollow; the fan bears them.
My hand veers in the thin air
Of the summits.
It scuds on the cold currents;
All afternoon it circles
To the singing, to the drums.
- N. Scott Momaday
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