The 10 American Indian Commandments
This Thanksgiving weekend, while we enjoyed time with family, gave thanks for our great fortune as Americans and even let our 4th grader relay to us what he'd learned about the origin of the holiday itself, I did also manage to find a few minutes to do some housekeeping on the many images stored on my phone.
One that stood out and stopped me in my tracks was a poster of the Indian Ten Commandments, which I had snapped on a stopover in Lee Vining, CA, several years ago. Lee Vining is a small town (graduating high school class that year was 15...) with as rich a history as California goes. Its few weather-beaten homes are perched on the harsh but beautiful slope of the High Sierra, directly below Yosemite to west and Mono Lake to the east. Just by looking at the place, I would have imagined that life there happens close to the earth, though any need to wonder further was quickly dispelled by the Inyo County food bank poster directly next to the image above --- life here has always been tough and reliance on oneself, others and the land involves constant responsibility, respect and gratitude. The wisdom of the first people to occupy this land applies to us all today and will remain timeless:
- Remain close to the great spirit.
- Show great respect for your fellow beings.
- Give assistance wherever needed.
- Be truthful and honest at all times.
- Do what you know to be right.
- Look after the being of mind and body.
- Take responsibility for your actions.
- Dedicate your efforts to the greater good.
- Work together for the benefit of all mankind.
- Treat the Earth and all there with respect.
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