As we celebrate Thanksgiving in this country, let us all take a minute to thank our Mother Earth for the bounty she provides for us.
Some more quotes to savor:
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. (Qwatsinas [Hereditary Chief Edward Moody], Nuxalk Nation)
I do not see a delegation for the Four Footed. I see no seat for the Eagles. We forget and we consider ourselves superior. But we are after all a mere part of Creation. And we must consider to understand where we are. And we stand somewhere between the mountain and the ant. Somewhere and only there as part and parcel of the Creation. (Chief Oren Lyons, Oneida, 1977)
In honor of Indigenous Peoples month in this country, I would like to offer some quotes.
Being Indian is an attitude, a state of mind, a way of being in harmony with all things and all beings. It is allowing the heart to be the distributor of energy on this planet, to allow feelings and sensitivities to determine where energy goes, bringing aliveness up from the Earth and from the Sky, putting it in and giving it out from the heart. (Brooke Medicine Eagle)
The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged . . . (Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux Chief)
Have you seen those commercials where an above-average-looking person is driving a huge, gas-guzzling vehicle over mountain roads or over rocky terrain or in the middle of some wilderness? They look like they are enjoying the experience, connecting with Nature and all that.
And in every single commercial, they have their windows ROLLED UP. So much for connecting with Nature. It looks more like Nature dominance, if you ask me. Not to mention how much damage the car is doing to the countryside or how many carbon emissions it is putting in our atmosphere. And with that attitude apparently selling automobiles, it makes you wonder if humankind realizes how it got into the dire environmental predicament it finds itself in. Duh!
So, in honor of Indigenous Peoples month in this country, I would like to offer some ideas on how we can better relate to our precious Mother Earth. Stay tuned.