*HippysThemes* Shared Themes by Hippy & Friends...(HUGS INN !!!)
This sacred teaching is represented by the buffalo.
The buffalo, through giving its life and sharing every part of its being, showed the deep respect it had for the people. No animal was more important to the existence of Indigenous families than this animal. This sustainable and mutual relationship with the buffalo resulted in a relationship that was a true expression of respect. Native American life has always been based on respect. The main feature of native American spirituality, no matter which tribe is the relationship of man with the land. no animal was more important to the existence of Indigenous families than the buffalo. First Nations people were true conservationists for they lived in a sustainable relationship with the buffalo and they believed themselves to be true caretakers of the great herds. Through this special relationship the true spirit of Respect was understood.
This spirit of respect was shown toward all of life because Native people saw the inter connected ness to all life. They saw very clearly their dependence on the land. Therefore, the land and its resources were to be given absolute respect. WE must respect our Creator and our Mother Earth, but also every living thing. It is about being in touch with ourselves and everything around us. It is about knowing and understanding that we are part of everything, and everything is a part of us. We also believe that our Elders hold the answers. Our Elders keep our culture alive. We have much to learn from our Elders, and they deserve and receive our utmost respect. Respect means "To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy". Showing respect is a basic law of life. Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times. Special respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders. Animals were respected as equal in rights to humans. Of course they were hunted, but only for food, and the hunter first asked permission of the animal's spirit.[This is part of Chief Seattle's original speech of 1854, as reported by Henry Smith in 1887].
"To us the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground … Our dead never forget this beautiful world that gave them being. They still love its verdant valleys, its murmuring rivers, its magnificent mountains, sequestered vales and verdant lined lakes and bays …"