|Sandy Speaks Up|
|"...hello, my name is sandy. i am from the lakota nation, of the mnconju band. i came to tell you a bit about me. i do alot of craft work and enjoy the company of my grand children. they are lakota and cherokee . i live off reservation, but carry my traditions. we as elders must teach our children and their children everything we know so it never gets lost in time. be gentle in our teaching and understnd that today life is going to put many challenges in their paths. they need to know their past. being rich is nice but it doesnt make you a better person unless you put what you know to good use helping your people. i dont like to brag of who my ancestors are. get to know me for me. pilamaya..."|
|Spudmama Speaks Up|
|"...A missionary once remarked that, "Indians lack an essential selfishness." About 1928 or so, my grandmother, Margaret E. Grooms Garrett, was given tribal land which she sold to buy a farm. The farm was wonderful to her family because there they could raise enough of their own food that her children would no longer suffer from rickets and there they had better shelter than the canvass tent in which at least one of her children (my father) was born and two of her children had died back on the reservation. During the Great Depression, she started taking in abandoned children. She raised 21 children on this farm, only 4 of whom were her surviving natural children. By her words and her example, my grandmother taught me to share. As long as I have the smallest thing to share with somebody else, I am never poor. ..."|
|Seahorse Speaks Up|
|"...You can make a difference: “As the old man walked the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Catching up with the young man, he asked why he was doing this. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun. But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish. How can your efforts make any difference? The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the wave. It makes a difference to this one, he said.” -- Source Unknown ..."|
| SeaHorse gave me the honor of speaking for her here: |
SeaHorse's grandfather, Booze Theo Austin, had a saying - "Enough is enough and too much is a damn plenty!"
Many people, trying to be compassionate, loving and loyal, seem to set no limits on what they will tolerate in the behavior of those close to them. Some end up hurt, even damaged, by a misplaced sense of responsibility when people they care about take advantage of this.
Those lucky enough to have Mr. Austin's words before them may learn to set and keep closer boundaries. They may escape the pain and frustration that come of trying to coax unreasonable people into behaving reasonably and of carrying their shame for them when they don't.
After a person becomes an adult, keeping their behavior within reasonable limits is their own responsibility. No one else should shoulder that burden for them. And when they cross the boundaries, when "enough is enough, and too much is a damn plenty", only they own the consequences.
|BezhiigMaiingan Speaks Up|
|"...The wisdom of the "Creator" What we as common people must understand first that as "common people", there is a time for all things, and for all things there is a time. This is not a riddle, but pure facts. When young, we take things for granted,we think that life goes on forever. When we are old, we truly know the truth and that we are mortals, and susceptible to and are ruled by the "Creators" wisdom. We live, we die, all has a time. This is not a morbid message, just the facts of life. When I was young, I underwent hardships, which in turn developed great physical strength in my small body( I am 5'5" tall), and as an adult I could best those much larger than I in physical feats. I took great pride in my physical prowess, too much pride for the "Creator" to swallow. So more obstacles were placed in my way. I lost my left leg to "lupus", a hereditory desease among ndn descendants. That was an anchor to use the strength that was given me. I still had that strength, but could not fully utilize it. In other words, the "Creator" will take from us the thing we show too much pride in.So beware you young people, enjoy the life given to you, but do not become too involved in personal pride. Pride is good in small doses, and backed up with a healthy sense of honor, it will build a good life for you, and a good reputation. If one has a bad reputation, doors will not open as rapidly, to acheive goals in life. Because of extreme pride on my part, all things I loved in life were taken from me, my job, my family, and my happiness. So beware the steps you take in life, they may come back to kick you in the (butt). BezhiigMaiingan (OneWolf) Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Emery A. Iliff ..."|
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