Native American Life
Native American Life Principles and Practices
Native American 10 Commandments
Treat mother earth and all that dwell thereon with respect, reverence and compassion
Be close to Great Spirit /Father Sky that together with Mother Earth,
Governs and Balances all our relations
Treat all fellow beings- the children of Mother Earth and Father Sky
with respect, reverence and compassion
Work together in cooperation for the benefit of all humans
and all our relations
Let assistance, service and kindness be our fundamental premise/promise
Dedicate a share of your efforts and rewards to a cause(s) for greater good
Consider the importance of honesty at all times and if it is ever wiser to lie
Take full response ability for your actions all ways
First Philosophy – TO THE WOMEN
The cycle of life for the woman is the baby, girl, woman, and grandmother.
These are the four directions of life.
She has been given by natural laws the ability to reproduce life. The most sacred of all things in life.
Therefore, all men should treat her with dignity and respect.
Never was it our way to harm her mentally or physically. Native american men were never abusers. We always treated our women with respect and understanding.
So, from now on,
I will treat women in a sacred manner.
The Creator gave women the responsibility for bringing new life into the world. Life is sacred, so I will look upon women in a sacred manner.
In our traditional ways, the woman is the foundation of the family.
I will work with her to create a home atmosphere of respect, security and harmony.
I will refrain from any form of emotional or physical abuse.
If I have these feelings, I will talk to the Creator for guidance.
I will treat all women as if they were my own female relatives.
This I vow.
Second Philosophy – TO THE CHILDREN
As an eagle prepares its young to leave the nest with all the skills and knowledge it needs to participate in life, in the same manner so I will guide my children.
I will use the culture to prepare them for life.
The most important thing I can give to my children is my time.
I will spend time with them in order to learn them and to listen to them.
I will teach my children to pray, as well as the importance of respect.
We are the caretakers of the children for the Great Spirit. They are Great Spirit’s children, not ours.
I am proud of our Native language It’s words are the children of all creation. . I will learn to use language to honor Great Spirit and the well being of all our relations. I will help my children to learn and use Language in this way.
In today’s world it is easy for the children to go astray, so I will work to provide positive alternatives for them.
I will teach them the culture.
I will encourage education. I will encourage sports. I will encourage them to talk with the Elders for guidance; but mostly, I will seek to be a role model myself.
I make this commitment to my children so they will have courage and find guidance through both traditional and modern ways.
Third Philosophy – TO THE FAMILY
The Creator gave to us the family, which is the place where all teachings are handed down from the grandparent, to the parent, and to the child. The children’s behavior is a mirror of the parent’s behavior. Knowing this, I realize the importance for each native american man to be responsible to the family in order to fulfill the need to build a strong and balanced family. By doing this, I will break the cycle of hurt and ensure the positive emotional mental and physical health of our children, including children yet to be born.
So, from now on,
I will dedicate my priorities to building my family.
I will always persevere in order to share raising the family together with mother.
I am accountable to nourish the strength of my family. To do this, I nurture our family’s spiritual, cultural and social health. I demonstrate trust, respect, honor and discipline; and mostly I will be consistent in all my efforts.
I will see that the grandparents and community Elders play a significant role in the education of my children.
I realize that the male and female together are fundamental to our family life. I will listen to my mate’s council for our family’s benefit, as well as for the benefit of my Native American Nation.
The native american community provides many essential qualities for the family. The most important is the sense of belonging; that is, to belong to „the people“, and to have a safe place to go. Our native american communities need to be restored to health so the future generation will be guaranteed a place to go for culture, language and native american socializing. In the community, the honor of one is the honor of all and the pain of one is the pain of all. I will work to strengthen recovery in all parts of my community.
As a native american man,
I will give back to my community by donating my time and talents when I am able.
I will cultivate friendships with other native american men for mutual support and strength.
I will consider the effects of our decisions on behalf of the next seven generations; in this way, our children and grandchildren will inherit healthy communities.
I will care about those in my community so that our shared mind changes for the better. Alcohol and drugs, will vanish, and our communities will forever be free of violence.
If each of us can do all these things, then others, will follow; ours will be a proud community.
Fifth Philosophy – THE EARTH
Our Mother Earth is the source of all life, whether it be plants, the two-legged, four-legged, winged ones or human beings. The Mother Earth is the greatest teacher, when we listen, observe and respect her. When we live in harmony with Mother Earth, she recycles what we consume and make the resulting goods available to our children. As a native american man, I teach my children how to care for the Earth so she is here in vital health for the future generations.
So from now on,
I realize the Earth is our Mother. I treat her with honor and respect.
I honor the interconnectedness of all things and all forms of life.
I realize the Earth does not belong to us, but that together with Father Sky, we belong to each other..
The natural law is the ultimate authority upon the lands and water. I learn the knowledge and wisdom of the natural laws. I pass this knowledge on to my children.
The Mother Earth is a living entity that maintains life. I speak out in a beneficial way whenever I see someone abusing the Earth. Just as I protect my own mother, so I protect the Earth. I ensure that the land, water, and air is intact for my children and for my children’s children-the unborn.
Sixth Philosophy – TO THE CREATOR
As a native american man, I realize we make no gains without the Great Spirit being in our lives. Neither I, nor anything I attempt to do, works without Great Spirit. Being native american and being spiritual has the same meaning. Spirituality is our gift from the Great One. This said, I vow to walk the Red Road the journey of the soul.
As a native american man,
I honor and use the traditional and spiritual values which have guided my ancestors for the past generations.
I look with new eyes on the powers of our ceremonies and religious ways, for they are important to the very survival of our people.
We have survived and are going to grow and flourish spiritually. We will fulfill our teachings and the purpose that Great Spirit has given us with dignity.
Each day, I pray and ask guidance. I commit to walk the Red Road – what the spiritual way is called in my culture.
If each of us can do these things then others will follow. From this moment forward, I reserve time and energy for spirituality, seeking to knowGreat Spirit’s will.
Seventh Philosophy – TO MYSELF
I reflect and inquire about what kind of person I want to be now and when I am an Elder. I develop myself now to be this person.
I walk with the Great Spirit and the grandfathers at my side. I develop myself to remain positive. I develop the balance between a flexible and committed mind.
I examine myself daily to see what I was helpful and what I need to improve. I examine my strengths and weaknesses. I ask the Great Spirit to guide me. I develop a vital and helpful mind body and soul.
Each day, I listen for Great Spirit’s voice in the wind. I watch nature and ask to be shown lessons which will shape on my path.
I seek our the guiding principles which guided my native american ancestors. I walk in dignity, honor and humility, conducting myself as a peaceful warrior.
I seek the guidance of the native american Elders so that I may maintain the knowledge of culture, ceremonies and songs, so that I may pass these on to future generations.
I choose to do all these things myself, because no one else can do them for me.
I know I CANNOT GIVE AWAY WHAT I DON’T HAVE, so I learn to Walk the Talk.