by Taetske | 3:05 pm
(Last Updated On: December 25, 2018)

 

Native American Wisdom and some childhood memories

 

beautiful landscape

Beautiful Landscape

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 Anderson, 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 real 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 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 a great experience.  A trip to the Dinosaur National Monument, marveling at that 30m high wall with all the fossils.

 

30 meter high wall with fossils

30-meter high wall with fossils

 

In addition to the fossilized remains of dinosaurs, we saw a wall of rock drawings in 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

 

Rock drawings

Rock drawings

 

Close up of rock drawing

Close up of rock drawings

 

On the way to Idaho, we drove through Flaming Gorge which was also more than impressive.

 

Impressive Flaming Gorge

Impressive Flaming Gorge

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 the there 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 different tribes and I am happy they are now presented in blankets and different 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 a 3000km on the road.

 

 

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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

 

Bison in Indian country

Bison in Indian country

 

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 nice 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.

 

Source: My Life.

Photo Source: Pixabay and Private

 

 

Comments

Danielle

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.

Sep 13.2017 | 01:18 pm

    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.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 13.2017 | 03:13 pm

Alejandra

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.

Sep 18.2017 | 04:25 pm

    Taetske

    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.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 19.2017 | 03:09 pm

Alicia

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.

Dec 26.2018 | 07:55 am

    Taetske

    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.
    https://motherearthstreasures.com/ancient-mysteries-and-an-unusual-discovery

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 26.2018 | 02:38 pm

delroaustria

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.   

Dec 26.2018 | 08:01 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon,

    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.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 26.2018 | 02:38 pm

Ngonidzashe Manzwangani

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

Dec 26.2018 | 08:16 am

    Taetske

    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.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope to see you again.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 26.2018 | 03:54 pm

zuchii

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

Dec 26.2018 | 08:32 am

    Taetske

    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.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 26.2018 | 03:44 pm

Alice

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.

Dec 26.2018 | 09:13 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Alice,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    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.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 26.2018 | 03:44 pm

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