Posts Tagged ‘respect’

“Standing Tall”
“Chief Robert TallTree and his wife Terri Lynn speak to pupils at Fairbanks Elementary School Wednesday. The TallTrees have been presenting Native American cultural programs for more than 30 years, appearing on PBS, the BBC, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.Through traditional Native American music and stories, they teach children to respect themselves, the earth, and all living things. The program was funded by Union County Health Department.”

from the Marysville Journal-Tribune http://www.marysvillejt.com

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We have the privilege of hearing people’s wonderful stories from all over the world. Every one of those stories is presented with a unique voice bestowed by the Creator.

The more we travel, the more we learn how precious the gift of diversity is. We hear quiet people who tell stories about overcoming adversity. We hear people with resounding voices who can encourage an entire audience to laughter and celebration. And we hear elders offering the wisdom of their experience through stories to their grandchildren.

And many of their stories are much like the ones we tell. Their stories, and ours, honor our ancestors, speak of the children we love and give thanks for the bounty our Mother Earth provides for us.

We celebrate all of these people and the stories they tell.

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Inner peace and love are the greatest of God’s gifts.

(Tenton Sioux Proverb)

And on an unrelated note…see, we wear street clothes too! We’ve posted so many pictures of us in our native regalia, we wanted to set the record straight!  🙂

Our native attire has been created by our families, and we love it and are very proud to wear it. Native people don’t wear their traditional attire every day, though. We only wear it on special occasions. Our elders taught us to always stand proud and strong. When we have the opportunity to do a presentation, we always wear our best. Our regalia is our best. Our native regalia reflects how much we are loved and supported by our families.

We don’t refer to it as a “costume.” Because a costume is something you wear when you’re pretending to be something you’re not. If you are in a play, or you dress up for Halloween, that is a costume. But we are not pretending, and we are very proud of our heritage. This is why we relate to our traditional clothing in a respectful manner, by calling it native ‘attire,’ ‘regalia,’ or native ‘dress.’


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