Native American stories are told through ceremonial dance, the singing of songs, and even prayers that are offered. Even day to day living, things considered as mundane as preparing meals are taught in native American stories.
Here’s a link to 150 Native American Stories.
Before the Nation’s Hoop was Broken
“I did not see anything (New York 1886) to help my people. I could see that the Wasichus (white man) did not care for each other the way our people did before the nation’s hoop was broken. They would take everything from each other if they could, and so there were some who had more of everything than they could use, while crowds of people had nothing at all and maybe were starving. This could not be better than the old ways of my people.”
Honoring the Elders
Upon the death of a love one, the native American story of his life is told through singing of songs. In fact, it was common for over five hundred songs to be sung, and this ritual lasted several days. After all, native American stories are describing many years of a person’s life, and is offered in the hopes of helping those who are grieving. It was also believed that these native American stories aided the one who had died to journey on to his next world, whatever that may be.
All cultures held ancestors in high esteem, and this is obvious in native American stories. Ancestral native American stories tell of how life was believed to begin, and how different tribes had their beginning, as well.
Every Word has Meaning
No matter what, native American stories always promote a healthy relationship with the land. They are not considered to be individual; rather they are all a part of one another, a collective story of life. They can be descriptive of such things as the soil that crops are grown in, rainfall and snow, hunting, agriculture and even how to eat the earth’s bounty. They also include things like love and marriage, and lessons for life.
Native American stories even include the heavens, and describe how the moon, sun, earth and stars were thought to have begun. They are not mere words, as each word is there for a purpose, carefully thought out. An interesting fact about native American stories is that many of them have survived for generations, even with opposition. Native American stories are full of history, and a first hand account of beliefs of a nation of people worthy of our time and attention.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day
December 17, 2013
Thanks Tim for sharing this.
“Hear me! A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.”
You can take one arrow and break it in half. But if you take 12 arrows in a bundle, it’s almost impossible to break any of them. There is strength in Unity. When we are together we are very powerful. This is the way the ancestors told us we need to be. Strong. We need to unite ourselves. This is why the Elders say, when we make decisions, we must first consider the good of the people. If every person in the community thinks this way, then we will always make strong decisions.
Creator, let my decisions have the strength of the bundle.