Native American Wisdom and some childhood memories
As a small girl living in Holland, I was very lucky to have a Mother who took the time to read to me. She read the stories, legends, and fairy tales written by world-famous writers like Hans Christian Andersen, or Rudyard Kipling to name a few.
I was especially fascinated by the stories about the different Indian tribes of America. Their way of living, respecting nature, and in general not taking more than needed at a certain time I really admired. I had quite a few books illustrated mainly with drawings. Having a vivid imagination, I lived the stories myself.
My Mother made an outfit embroidered with colorful beads, also a headband with feathers. For my birthday, I got a proper bow with arrows and was happily practicing in the garden. With the cat and dog, I made exciting expeditions in that part of the garden, which had been left in its natural state.
Everything was always special. I would discover new things and had a happy childhood. For sure I was not a little girl playing with dolls, I was a real tomboy.
Now, many years later, looking back at those times, I remember it with fondness. I was a lucky little girl. I have never lost my fascination for the Indian people, and growing up got to know much more about their history.
My trip to the U.S.
In 2016, I was so lucky to be invited to travel to the US for 3 weeks. I had been to the US previously in 1999 and also in 2011, but on those occasions, I only visited Florida. This time the trip started in Denver, where we spend some days to then drive up into the Rocky mountains staying in Steamboat Springs.
I saw many remarkable things like Strawberry’s Springs, a thermal hot bath. Sitting in the warm water surrounded by snow and pine trees is an exceptional experience. A trip to the Dinosaur National Monument, marveling at that 30m high wall with all the fossils.
In addition to the fossilized remains of dinosaurs, we saw a wall of rock drawings in the Dinosaur National Monument. Ancient Native Americans produced rock drawings all over the west that are still a marvel.
There is little evidence of who actually produced these drawings, but the modern native tribes just call them the Ancient Ones. You can see my discussion on Native American Drawings at my post Ancient Mysteries and an Unusual Discovery
On the way to Idaho, we drove through Flaming Gorge, which was also more than impressive.
Indian patterns from Pendleton Woolen Mills
In Pendleton, Oregon, we visited the Pendleton Woolen Mills. The company’s roots began in 1863 when Mr. Thomas L. Kay made a transcontinental trek to the west coast. He started working in existing Oregon’s woolen mills.
You can look up the total history on Wikipedia and here is the link to the company www.pendleton-usa.com. You will find multiple Indian patterns presented in the woolen items made there.
These patterns have been used by many tribes and I am happy they are now presented in blankets and unique pieces of clothing, like that these patterns are not forgotten.
The trip ended in Seattle with many stops and visits in between. It was a great 3 weeks, visiting 5 states and 3000km on the road.
See the world through different eyes
It becomes more evident each day that living in harmony with the Earth is the right way to go. Instead of destroying our habitat, we should learn to take only what is needed.
This book is a collection of extracts, the wise words of the Native Americans like Black Elk. Reading this book will open your eyes to understanding new ways of living and caring.
The Sacred Science Newsletter
For some years I subscribe to the newsletter of The Sacred Science. The subjects they touch in these newsletters I find ever so interesting. Unknown ancient rituals and healing methods. The founder of Sacred Science, Nick Polizzi, works hard so that this knowledge of indigenous peoples of the world is not lost. You can contact them on.
Recently I received some lovely information on the native Indians of America.
These 10 ancestral teachings are so valid in our modern world. If we would stick to them, our world would look a lot different. In essence, they are ecological in their advice. We should listen and take these rules to heart.
10 Ancestral Teachings
- The Earth is our Mother, care for her.
- Honor your ancestors through your actions.
- Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit.
- All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect.
- Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more.
- Put the good of all before your own interests.
- Give constant thanks for each new day.
- Speak the truth, but only of good in others.
- Follow the rhythms of nature; rise and retire with the sun.
- Enjoy life’s journey, but leave no tracks
The Two Wolves
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.”
“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
These are 2 marvelous examples of Indian knowledge and wisdom. We should heed these wise words. We, the modern human, have lost contact with nature and its ways. Living in harmony with her would help Mother Earth as she provides for our needs.
To be able to travel is one of the enlightening things one can do in life. Experiencing different cultures, perhaps learn a little of the unknown language, to mingle with the locals, view their customs and rituals, their art and how they cook, and admire nature in faraway places. All of this will shape beautiful memories.
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