A Native is Not by Jeremy Blackwater

A Native is Not by Jeremy Blackwater

I have been asked what a Native is by some anglo friends so here it is.

You are not a Native if you don’t share what you have.

You are not a Native if you don’t respect elders.

You are not a Native if you don’t give thanks to the Creator.

You are not a Native if you do not participate in at least one traditional ceremony.

You are not a Native if you do not understand and speak some of your language.

You are not a Native if you don’t know at least one traditional story.

You are not a Native if you don’t like your traditional food (especially frybread)

You are not a Native if you don’t wear some of your traditional jewelry.

You are not a Native if you do not treasure sacred feathers and something to burn like sage or tobacco.

You are not a Native if you do not see the sacred in all things under Father Sky and from Mother Earth.

 

In this Holy Week, let us remember the sacredness of all things.

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