And the most interesting part is that they held it as the most sacred of symbols, Hence the medicine wheel.
The peoples of the americas of course knew what the wheel could do for them in terms of transportation and agriculture, but they chose to forgo it.
Perhaps they knew that the sacrifices made in the process would force them to drop that part of their culture that allowed them to live sustainably on
this continent for twenty thousand years while not leaving any sort of negative impact for future generations.
There are theories that some cultures depleted the local resources of timber etc., perhaps this it true, but was the somewhat small size of the
communities and the close relationship with earth the factor that helped them move on and allow that particular space the time it needed to regrow?
According to the prophecy, after seven generations of living in close contact with the Europeans, the Onkwehonwe would see the day when the elm trees
would die. The prophecy said that animals would be born strange and deformed, their limbs twisted out of shape. Huge stone monsters would tear open
the face of the earth. The rivers would burn aflame. The air would burn the eyes of man. According to the prophecy of the Seventh Generation the
Onkwehonwe would see the day when birds would fall from the sky, the fish would die in the water, and man would grow ashamed of the way that he had
treated his mother and provider, the Earth.
Life was slow for People of the Americas, they lived under the sky and held most sacred the earth and her inhabitants. This perspective gave them some
insight about what kind of impact the Europeans would have on the land. Yet, somehow they had already learned these lessons or had the foresight to
know the outcome that would eventually take place if the community did not take care of the land around it.
The sacred wheel, was a symbol of the organic connection between the people and the elements of nature. They lived for future generations. They filled
their lives with the beauty and wonders of story telling, dreams and the works of creation. They lived by a code of honor and had the most healthy
form of government known in history. Their tools were efficient, their path was light upon the earth and they left little trace of their existence in
the surrounding environment.
We should take a step back and try and indoctrinate some of these peoples lifestyle and philosophy into our lives today. Technology may have it's
benefits, but it needs to be utilized only for the benefit of future generations. We need to learn to gauge the consequences of harvesting our
resources before we utilize technology for this purpose, then we may be able to use the same technology to put more back in, and nurture those same
resources back to good health.
Our planet and the life on it is one finite unit, everything that we do to effect the unseen hidden parts will eventually come to effect the future of
our children. The American Natives knew this and treaded so lightly on their world that they forgo even the benefits of the simple wheel. They
realized the organic connection between all things and lived accordingly with more glory and life than we can imagine in todays manufactured culture.
Folks, it's time to slow down and enjoy the wind, water and local delights that nature has provided us with. Spend more than a little time enjoying
yourself under the sky. Exploit the free things that life has to offer. Try and spend your weekends outside, save your money. Learn to process your
own food, clothing and tools, gather them from your local surroundings. Walk instead of driving, or better yet go out and invest in a solar powered
There is a group of people that are utilizing some of the older traditional ways. They have gatherings called rendezvous and they offer a wealth of
information and methods utilizing the older more highly efficient ways of the Native Americans as well as the settlers. Find your local rendezvous and
go out and see what it's all about. You may find a cheap, informative alternative to the weekend tradition.
Notice the wheel.
Thanks for reading. I hope you all enjoyed, and will do some good things this year to help give back.