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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I live in Spain, and this country can boast of unusual places. I can see El Torcal from the window of my workroom as a distant mountain ridge some 80 km away. You might like to read the following post.
This sounds interesting. Looks like you had a wonderful trip. It’s really different going to someplace as a passing tourist and then going there and be a bit enmeshed in the culture. The experience is really totally different. It’s wonderful that you experienced your trip in such a beautiful way.
Lol! I am glad to hear someone say they grew up a tomboy! It’s a more interesting version of life. 🙂
This is a wonderful article with loads of history and profound natural laws. It touched that part of me that always wants to remain true to what is. Thank you Taetske.
Happy to hear you liked reading my post-Danielle. Yes, this trip was very special. I enjoyed the sights with the gorgeous colors and smells nature has to offer. In Denver visiting the museum there was a floor dedicated to native American handicraft and in Seattle, there was a shop where they also had some lovely pieces of handicraft and photos from old times. As I have worked for 14 years in tourism I do not like mass tourism holidays. I prefer to be on my own and experience different things. I hope to see you again.
Happy to visit your website Taetske, no big surprise for me to find a wonderful website about mother earths treasures, this site is a mirror of your soul.
So much to learn about mother earth and mother nature, a long way still to walk, finding peace in our souls will allow us to listen to it and live according to it.
Here in South-western Quebec is apple picking season right now, I spend every morning picking apples, a hard work to do so I only do a few hours every day, but I love the time I go picking, this area used to be part of first nations people, so much to be learn about all this.
Have a great day.
Good afternoon Alejandra,
Thank you for visiting my website. A big thank you for the special comment you made about my website, I was touched I must tell you. There are so many nice things to write about when talking about Mother Nature, I am a big fan of her and hope that we as a human race understand that we have to take good care of her. Today I made a trip to the butterfly park here on the coast, I will write about that in my next post. I hope to see you again.
I love those rock art drawings. I am Australian and have a fascination with Aboriginal rock art. There are lots of interesting rock art sites in Australia that might interest you. I appreciate those 10 ancestral teachings. So wise and insightful. Thanks for sharing. Especially at this time of year when we are preparing for the new year.
Good afternoon Alicia,
Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?
You know I was born in Australia by Dutch parents, I still hold my Australian passport as one never knows how the world situation might develop. We went back to Europe in 1953 so visiting my birthcountry is still on the list.
I am giving you the link to a post which might interest you as it is on rock drawings.
I was mesmerized to see the beautiful landscape in this site. Thanks for taking us together on your tour as if I was been there and feel the calmness of nature.
I always celebrate life with mother nature every now and then. I am also deeply concern and thankful to God that we were blessed to live in the most amazing planet in the universe.
Please keep up the faith.
I am happy you enjoyed my travel story. I do hope that in the new year humanity as a whole will realize that we have an obligation to Mother Nature and of course to future generations. Take better care of our environment as we only have this place to live.
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Happy for you Taetske, I know the US has many wonderful places anyone would love to visit. My first visit of the US was back in 2010 and I was on a business trip so I did’t travel much.
After reading your visits to the Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge and Pendleton Woolen Mills, I just wished I were with you
That was quite a long journey of expedition, 3000km on the road. I have never traveled that long.
Thank you so much for a great article, enjoyed reading every part of it
Good afternoon Ngonidzashe,
For me it was also the first time to travel for so long. After 3 weeks my butt hurt I can tell you. America has gorgeous places to see, vast nature and beautiful panoramas. We plan a trip for 2019 if the situation permits.
To travel will give you lovely memories to cherish and if we go would like to visit new friends en route.
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It is amazing how our childhood experiences can form an integral part of our adult life in general, You had a fascinating childhood and it has shaped a part of your adulthood.The 10 ancestral teaching are full of insights and spiritual depth. Abiding by this principles will surely lift up ones consciousness of humanity and the world at large
Good afternoon Zuchii,
That is what humanity needs to realize. We are all equal with the same rights and obligations. We are responsible for Mother Earth, we have to take care of her as it is our habitat.
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Thank you for sharing your childhood memories. It is certainly something I can relate to because like you, I also grew up playing with boy stuff. And that’s because I didn’t have a sister, only two older brothers who taught me how to be tough.
I haven’t been to the US and I’m not sure if still want to visit it. Anyway, these ten ancestral teachings you mentioned are very much applicable today. They are good values which when practiced are sure to make a huge difference in our society. I’m sure you agree with me that a lot has changed tremendously for the past 2 decades.
Good afternoon Alice,
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We actually have a trip planned to the U.S. for 2019 but it will depend on the “situation”. I agree with you that a lot has changed over time. I call it “destructive forces” which are at work. It is about time to put a stop to that and start thinking of how to save our environment, it is high time.
Thank you for sharing your childhood recollections. It is certainly something I can relate to since, like you, I moreover developed up playing with boy stuff. And that’s since I didn’t have a sister. I had two more seasoned brothers who instructed me how to be tough. I haven’t been to the US and I’m not beyond any doubt in case still need to visit it.
Besides, these ten genealogical lessons you said are exceptionally much pertinent nowadays. They are great values which when practiced are beyond any doubt to form a colossal contrast in our society. I’m beyond any doubt you concur with me that a part has changed massively.
Good Morning Ezra,
The world is a mess. We have been abusing Mother Earth in an awful way and the scars on our environment are very visible. A big part of the damage done cannot be repaired anymore. The lost species of Fauna and Flora will not come back. We have to cherish and protect what is left, but I am afraid some big changes are now inevitable..
I would like to invite you to have a look at bUnited, a worldwide movement. You will find it on the sidebar, Save the Planet.It might resonate with you.
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Your trip to America sounds amazing, so thank you for sharing your happy memories with us. Awesome that you mention Nick Polizzi and The Sacred Science, as I also receive the newsletter and have enjoyed watching several of the docu-series on health and science that they have.
I fully agree with you that we need to live in harmony with nature and our surroundings and only take what is needed, without polluting and destroying what mother earth has given us. A great post and I enjoyed reading it.
Good Morning Line,
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As I turned 70 in May, this year I have a lot of memories. Childhood memories are extra special though. I see nature as a refuge where one can reload one’s batteries. I am blessed living on my little farm as during lockdown I could stretch my legs.
Since I started my websites in January 2017 I have become more conscious of what is happening in our world. That is why I marched in the Climate Change protest last year in Malaga. I also joined bUnited last year. Have a look at the green widget, Save the Planet.
Beautiful and thoughtful post! Living in harmony with the world – we can learn so much from the native people of America.
All the best,
Good Morning Pernilla,
Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. They way how the Native American people treat Mother Earth has always impressed me. There is enough for everybody. There is no need for upsetting the balance but sadly that happens as we are so greedy. I wonder where all this will end.
Hi Taetske, love the wisdoms of the Native Americans you shared.
What I was wondering: you say ‘take only what is needed’, shouldn’t we extend that to ‘reconsider what really is needed’? After all, ask a teenager what is really needed and they will probably answer ‘a smartphone, a moped or a car’. What I mean is, what some people call luxury, others call truly needed.
That’s another thing traveling can teach us, we don’t really need that much. After all, we don’t take the complete inside of our house with us when we go traveling. 🙂
Good Morning Hannie,
In my post I was referring to the natural riches Mother Earths has for us. Human greed has created an in-balance and that again has many consequences for us and the planet. The Native American people would hunt only a few bison to cover the actual need of the moment. Then the white men come and slaughter a whole herd and the poor animal is nearly extinct.
It is true that young children are being brainwashed into always wanting to have the latest. Advertising, tv and the internet are doing this. Perhaps I should also add that a poor education or the lack of it can create a wrong image for a growing-up child.
Travelling light, not so easy but I am doing my best. I must confess I cannot leave my house without my handbag. It weighs a ton as if half my house is inside.
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