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Old 08-22-2007, 11:27 AM   #87
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Originally Posted by timmy tiger View Post
I talk to my Uncle and other family members several times a week and before I go to a pow wow and when I get back. And sometimes I will call him or he will call me when I'm there to see how things are going. He's a good man.

I am seeing things and I think that I have some things figured out, but not everything. What I'm seeing is fairly simple, but goes totally unnoticed. Indian people stick to gether fairly much, you do have your fights--but that happens in every family and way of life. It is even noticed when someone has a native background, yet, not necessarily enough quantium for enrollement, many people accept them for what they are and who they are. I've seen this many times, it's about honor and the way in which one carries themselves. Now, when an Indian person marries a non-native (someone who totally admits that they have no native blood at all) this spouse is totally accepted as a part of the Tribe or family unquestionably (in the cases that I have seen). What I am seeing in many many cases is that these spouses are so excited and honored to be accepted as a part of the Indian community that when they are out in public they will talk to anyone about anything and they (sometimes) get a little carried away and talk about things that (maybe) they shouldn't such as: Ceramonies that they've been to or other things that they have had shared with them and things along these lines. I have seen this personally many many times and it's blown me away. So then the person that the spouse had talked to takes this little info and adds to it, then you know what---they are out there running ceramonies and giving names of people that they have never spoken to. Then you have the "I read a book" syndrome or the "I got it off the internet". That drives me crazy. I had a man sit right in my living room telling me about women things and said that he knows that it's accuate because he got it off the internet. I went off on him and he's never been back. I go to my family if I have questions and ask them. If they don't know they send me to someone who will know.
This is an important lesson for all "newbies" out there to learn!

If you're trying to learn about your people and your traditions because you weren't raised that way, and you have folks that are kind enough to teach you the right way, you should honor them and your ancestors by protecting that teaching - not sharing it with every Tom, Dick and Harry.

I'm still in that learning phase and have met people in my tribe's homeland and online who have kindly shared information about my people's traditions (Chickasaw), and I don't share that stuff with other people, other than my daughters whom I am teaching. There are many tribal-specific ceremonies, stories and traditions that aren't meant to be shared with just anyone, not just because those folks might turn around and "sell" that information or use it for other personal gain, but because they are sacred to the people from whom they come. Some stories aren't just even tribe specific, but family specific, like some creation stories.

Josiah is right about knowledge being power. It is important to learn correctly, from the right people, but be very careful who you share that information with....
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