“I’ve had a long regard for generational things: pottery, cultural things, participation in dancing, extended family. Only in that way does culture survive; only in that way is culture active.
–Tessie Naranjo, SANTA CLARA PUEBLO
Culture teaches us how to live and it ensures that knowledge about life is handed down from generation to generation. Culture gives us the feeling of belonging. It helps us raise our family in a good way. It teaches us how to treat one another. Culture sets boundaries for societies. We need to develop our culture. If we have left our culture, then we need to come back to it. Culture leads us back to the Great Spirit. Sometimes in our lives, we leave what we know works and experiment with something else. Then we get into trouble. So we need to come back home. Indian people are lucky to have a culture to return to.
Creator, thank you for the culture. Let me live it today
SOMETHING EXTRA TO THINK ABOUT
Msit Nókmaq/All My Relations, Our
Culture to us is not for making cheese, eating beluga caviar, or attending operas. Culture to us is the definitive way we exist in surviving to keep our traditions alive and to raise and teach our children in the customary ways of the old ones.
Arthur Medicine Eagle-Sonier, MEGAMAW
Gitsch Manito-Creator,Wásóq-Spiritworld,Thank you for our culture and the path we walk to do good for you. Thank you for our Ancestors
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