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Blackfoot Wisdom

The Blackfoot are wise and intelligent people; and, we think this page is a very good example of that.  It is things such as this that has turned Morning Star's heart and mind toward the ancient ways of belief.

Teachings from iit-tsi-pah-tah-pii-op (The Source of Life).

Respect our Mothers and Sisters and all that is female. They are the sacred vessels of our being into this world.

Love one another and help one another in all matters.

Respect the sacred at all times. Respect the traditions and beliefs of all people. Your duty is to listen to what others have to say about their teachings. Above all else do not make war over the sacred beliefs of others.

Be truthful and respectful in your speech.

We are related to all things in the universe. Greet each other and all that exists by saying: Oki Niksokowa: Greetings, Hello my relative.

It is a sacred thing to be giving and sharing in your personal behavior toward others.

Be very slow to anger. When you get angry use it constructively. It is an emotion to be used for survival and teaching, not killing or saying hurtful things to other human beings.

Your duty is to be a teacher to all children.

The earth and all that exists is here to be respected and shared.

Obey the teachings iit-tsi-pa-tah-pii-op (The Source of Life). This is the source of the teachings of the Grandfather and Grandmother Spirit.


The Invitation

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human. It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself, if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty every day, and if you can source your life from Divine presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!" It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have, I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children. It doesn't interest me who you are, how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the Fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder

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"We once thought you people came to live with us. You still could have that chance. We're still here, and we live on this land. We don't live in your libraries in the pages of your books. This project is not for digging up our pottery-or for digging up our bones, for that matter. It's not even for digging up data and statistics about us. We have a long surviving and sacred tradition and an experiential wisdom that's been passed on for more centuries than you people can imagine. This is your chance to benefit from that. All you have to do is be quiet and listen and quit worrying about proving and believing. I want this to happen because this is still our home here, and you are our guests here-and because you still do not understand our home and you are spoiling it."

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