Posts Tagged ‘grandparents’

Here’s a picture of us with Terri’s Dad, Chet Blood.

We love you Dad!

Thinking of Dad reminds us of the generations that have gone before us, and how they have done so much to make this world a better place. As Native Americans we have a strong tradition of honoring our elders, as do many other ethnic groups in the United States and throughout the world. It’s so important, now more than ever, to thank our parents and grandparents for the people that we’ve become, and for the sacrifices that they have made. 

May we always walk in a way that makes our ancestors proud and happy.

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“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born.  We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.” – Hereditary Chief Qwatsinas  (Edward Moody)

Yesterday we had lunch with our granddaughter, and it was a BLAST!  When she was born, her parents gave her the name Autumn.  In our culture, the clan matriarch also gifts a name when a baby is born.  Robert’s mother is our matriarch, and she gifted her the name Ode’min-quay – which translates to heart-berry.           

Our grandchildren call us Maga and Bunka.  Grandpa is “Bunka”, and Grandma is “Maga”. Bunka and Maga had a fun time with Ode’min-quayyesterday.  All of our grandchildren are beautiful, and we are blessed.

Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer


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