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Ten Commandments of the Native Americans

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posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 06:56 PM
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1. The Earth is our Mother; Care for her.
2. Honor all your relations.
3. Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit.
4. All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect.
5. Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more.
6. Do what needs to be done for the good of all.
7. Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each new day.
8. Speak the truth; but only of the good in others.
9. Follow the rhythms of nature; rise and retire with the sun.
10. Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks.

Cherokee Prayer Blessing

May the Warm Winds of Heaven

Blow softly upon your house.

May the Great Spirit

Bless all who enter there.

May your Mocassins

Make happy tracks

in many snows,

and may the Rainbow

Always touch your shoulder.



I thought those were much better commandments for living a wholesome and pure life. I truly believe that if anyone knows the true answers that we all seek it would be the Natives, whether they be the Maori the Aborigines or the Native Americans(Indians).

They have a connection to our world and what lies beyond our physical realm that we occupy.



I also thought this would be very interesting to watch as well.

I hope you enjoy.


[edit on 8/8/2010 by Misoir]




posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 07:05 PM
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thank you, as i have some native american ancestry these threads always interest me. if you or anyone else has any more prayers or sayings or anything of that nature please post it i would love to read it.



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 07:06 PM
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I could not possibly agree more with this! Great post, thank you for contributing it


I have always felt that the best way to live is exactly as they describe. especially the part about taking what you need, and nothing more, and that all life is to be respected.



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 07:40 PM
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I heard that American Indians, when making big decisions, thought about the consequences and repercussions for 7 generations down the line... Pretty wise if ye ask me.



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 07:44 PM
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Why am I forced to stay up in the day time?

#9 said to rise and retire with the sun.

What the hell?

How does that have anything to do with morality or ethics?

Most of them sound fine but this one I just cannot accept.

I am a night owl.

I guess that means I am evil ? No sorry.
I am a Good Guy. Who enjoys being up all night long....

Really how the hell can anyone justify #9???

How else can you stargaze?

And didn't natives do many of their ceremonies after nightfall? Ohhh busted.

I bet this was written by a non-native.


It's ridiculous how many non-natives claim to be native American and write things like this, you would be surprised.

I seriously doubt this was written by a Native. Just my opinion.



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 07:50 PM
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i've been reading native literature for years.
in case some of you never have heard of or read, 'black elk speaks, here is part of the 1st chapter and a link.

black elk speaks
The Offering of the Pipe
Black Elk Speaks:




The Offering of the Pipe Black Elk Speaks: My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life, as you wish; and if it were only the story of my life I think I would not tell it; for what is one man that he should make much of his winters, even when they bend him like a heavy snow? So many other men have lived and shall live that story, to be grass upon the hills. It is the story of all life that is holy and is good to tell, and of us two-leggeds sharing in it with the four-leggeds and the wings of the air and all green things; for these are children of one mother and their father is one Spirit. This, then, is not the tale of a great hunter or of a great warrior, or of a great traveler, although I have made much meat in my time and fought for my people both as boy and man, and have gone far and seen strange lands and men. So also have many others done, and better than I. These things I shall remember by the way, and often they may seem to be the very tale itself, as when I was living them in happiness and sorrow. But now that I can see it all as from a lonely hilltop, I know it was the story of a mighty vision given to a man too weak to use it; of a holy tree that should have flourished in a people's heart with flowers and singing birds, and now is withered; and of a people's dream that died in bloody snow. But if the vision was true and mighty, as I know, it is true and mighty yet; for such things are of the spirit, and it is in the darkness of their eyes that men get lost. So I know that it is a good thing I am going to do; and because no good thing can be done by any man alone, I will first make an offering and send a voice to the Spirit of the World, that it may help me to be true. See, I fill this sacred pipe with the bark of the red willow; but before we smoke it, you must see how it is made and what it means. These four ribbons hanging here on the stem are the four quarters of the universe. The black one is for the west where the thunder beings live to send us rain; the white one for the north, whence comes the great white cleansing wind; the red one for the east, whence springs the light and where the morning star lives to give men wisdom; the yellow for the south, whence come the summer and the power to grow. But these four spirits are only one Spirit after all, and this eagle feather here is for that One, which is like a father, and also it is for the thoughts of men that should rise high as eagles do. Is not the sky a father and the earth a mother, and are not all living things with feet or wings or roots their children? And this hide upon the mouthpiece here, which should be bison hide, is for the earth, from whence we came and at whose breast we suck as babies all our lives, along with all the animals and birds and trees and grasses. And because it means all this, and more than any man can understand, the pipe is holy.



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 07:51 PM
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Thank you very much for the thread and the videos - I am Cherokee and I am honored. Blessings, Little T



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 07:53 PM
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Obviously they don't mean the exact time as the sun, but their suggestion is to stay within a general timeline of the sun's time. It is a helpful tip for staying in touch with nature.

I personally like the night because I see it as more peaceful and relaxing, where I can connect with my surroundings. But, like I said, it is probably just to make sure you wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night.

If you are asking if I am a Native American then the answer is no. But the person who created that video is a Native American according to the link.



They are recommending this time of sleep and awake due to the ability to connect with the Earth. You can't till the ground at night in the moonlight, you can't hunt best at night, you can't defend best at night, but night is a safe time to rest.

[edit on 8/8/2010 by Misoir]



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 07:56 PM
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#9 is a suggestion to stay in rhythm with nature. It does not mean that you are bad or have bad ethics if you don't do it. Your right - Natives do sometimes stay up at night and stargaze - there are many celebrations at night. Commandment #9 is good for when there is work to be done - as with many farmers sunrise to sunset.



[edit on 8-8-2010 by crazydaisy]



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 07:58 PM
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The video Indian is expressing his view, and thanks for that BTW Misoir,
But it is simplified...and is not the whole body of NDN prophesy...
still the point is pretty good...

and Muzzleflash..the sun never sets over the British empire so its always up somewhere..so you're good to go then...



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 08:33 PM
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I found another set of 10 native American commandments:

The TEN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMANDMENTS

I. Treat the Earth and all that dwells therein with respect. HONOUR EARTH!
II. Remain close to the Great Spirit. LOVE THE GODS!
III. Show great respect for your fellow beings. RESPECT ALL!
IV. Work together for the benefit of all humanity. WORK TOGETHER!
V. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed. BE HELPFUL!
VI. Do what you know to be right. DO RIGHT!
VII. Look after the well-being of mind and body. BE WELL!
VIII. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good. SHARE!
IX. Be truthful and honest at all times. BE HONEST!
X. Take full responsibility for your actions. BE RESPONSIBLE!

---

The Ten Indian Commandments
Chief White Cloud



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 08:46 PM
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If only we all lived like this. Thank you for the read.

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Have you ever tried harvesting your crops in the middle of the night in complete darkness? I can assure you it's quite impracticable. Let me guess, you don't live off the land? And you do know that we only need about 6-7 hours sleep? There's plenty of time for stargazing. When you live off the land, the sun is your friend.



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 08:49 PM
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Star and Flag for the great post.

As a Native American who lives here, were most were herded, I can
really relate to this.

Thanks for posting it !



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 09:04 PM
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I'm a Mohawk. I've never seen the ten Indian commandments. In my own culture we are told the Creator(Son-kwa-ia-ti-son) put us this earth(Tsio-on-tsia-te) to protect and preserve all life. Today there are very few Mohawks who follow the traditional ways. We've been inundated by American culture. Because General Motors polluted our reservation so badly most of the people drive Fords. We lost our way of life because of all the PCB's GM put in the St. Lawrence river. So now we have casino's. The average young person here is more likely to be listening to EminEm on his ipod than anything native. It's sad. There are a few of us who are trying to preserve our culture. We use the sweat lodge. In the sweat we sings songs of praise and thanks to the Creator and we pray. We have other ceremonies. We have thanksgiving ceremonies. We give thanks on a daily basis, thanks for our food, our relatives and all the four-leggeds and plant life. It is true that when a we take something out of nature we always put something back to replace it. For example if I need cedar to make tea, I'll got out in the woods and pick the cedar I need and replace it with tobacco. I replace it with tobacco and say a little prayer of thanks.



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 09:54 PM
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The Black Elk quote was truly one of the most beautiful things I've ever read! Thank you!
I'm also of Native descent, Nanticoke of the Delaware tribes, but even in my youth and before I was aware I was Native I've hated all the WASTE rampant in American lives!! WHY do we need 21 different brands of tiolet paper for example?? It's still my major peeve!!



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 10:01 PM
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amazing, isn't it, the rest is inside the link.
it also prooves how little some things change, considering the book was originally published back in the 30's. i believe. i'll double check.



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 10:01 PM
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This is beautiful it touches my soul

thankyou for this heartfelt post that came along just when I needed to hear it

funny how that happens



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 10:04 PM
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I am also part cherokee and blackfeet.
I am learning the cherokee language.I
am going to sing "Amazing Grace" in
cherokee at our church soon!



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 10:18 PM
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I was raised Metis - Wendat / Ojibway, French Creole, Irish,
I am a believer in Deganawidah, and the path of peace.
Cleve Baxter showed in the Secret Life of Plants how we are connected...

IMHO
the old ways must be mixed with the new knowledge ( not ways)
the world has changed since the old ways were the way,,,
but the sentiment is the same.

The spirit world is not so far away
It speaks to those that listen and it shows to those that look.



posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 10:23 PM
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Originally posted by mamabeth
reply to post by Misoir
 


I am also part cherokee and blackfeet.
I am learning the cherokee language.I
am going to sing "Amazing Grace" in
cherokee at our church soon!


You mean like this?





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