One of my favorite pictures is ‘White Man’s Moccasins’ by Lee Marmon – you usually find it at any Native Peoples Store. Or, you can find it at AllPosters.com
There are several others native themed pictures I like, including the photo of Sitting Bull. These were the faces of the west, of character, etched by the winds of time. In thinking about them and their way of life, I had often wondered if they were taught a code of proper conduct and decorum, something like our Ten Commandments.
It just so happens that they were.
Although there are several versions out there, the Native American 10 Commandments is what I would’ve expected – a creed that reaffirms their connection and respect for Nature and God (the Great Spirit)…and a reminder to always giving thanks for the life they live.
The 10 Commandments Of The Native American Peoples – I sorta doubt there were just ten. So, I’ll put up 2 of the versions I’ve found below, with a little added emphasis to the universal theme. Here goes:
- Treat the earth an all that dwell thereon with respect
- Remain close to the Great Spirit
- Show great respect for your fellow beings
- Work together for the benefit of all mankind
- Give assistance and kindness wherever needed
- Do what you know to be right
- Look after the well-being of your mind and body
- Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good
- Be truthful and honest at all times
- Take full responsibility for your actions
Here’s another version I saw this on a poster:
- The Earth is our Mother; care for Her
- Honor all your relations
- Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit
- All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect
- Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more
- Do what needs to be done for the good of all
- Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each day
- Speak the truth but only for the good in others
- Follow the rythms of Nature.
- Enjoy life’s journey; but leave no tracks.
Enjoy Life’s Journey.
Amen brother to that!