Essay On Native Earth

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Native Americans possess a greatly different spirituality than our culture has today. We have varying beliefs, values, and traditions that we deem as normal. If the current generation had to change its way of life to mimic the natives, there would be several potential benefits for ourselves and Mother Earth. There would be considerable changes in role of nature within our lives, the foundation of relationships, and the meaning of connotation of power that would be the cause of a complete paradigm shift throughout the population. If a complete transformation was made throughout North America to implement native culture, we would view nature differently. Native Americans believe that Mother Earth is sacred and that it is the ultimate sin to…show more content…
Natives take relationships seriously, whether it be with another person, an animal, a spirit, or to nature; our culture is more lax about what a relationship entails. We do not have the same closeness that the natives do. If we endured a paradigm shift, we would not throw around words like friend. In the film Two Rivers, Glen Schemekel casually calls John GrosVenor his friend and it really impacts GrosVenor. He explains that in his culture, that friend is only used when someone really means it and he is ecstatic that Schemekel believes they have reached that level. In a change of perspectives, we would also have relationships with the animals. All animals are seen as kin because everyone possesses a part of the Great Creator within them. This bond with animals and spirit would benefit us because it would help us respect other living things, which could lead us to stop abusing our power over others and help save the Earth. By limiting our much we take from other people, the animals, and Mother Earth we could slowly begin repairing the damage we have done so far on the planet. These relations could also benefit our mental and emotional health. By realizing the affiliation between every living thing on Earth, we find out that we are never alone in this world. There are spirits within the hundreds of living things someone passes in a single day that want to support people, we just have to accept the opinions of…show more content…
In our culture, power is something that is constantly fought over and it causes struggles in all social classes. We see power as economics, military, and religion, but in reality, these are all systems of authority (John Trudell). The natives see power as something that is only trusted with the Creator. Focusing the power within the Creator allows everything else ranging from a little mouse to a human being to be equals. This is a benefit of having the Creator or Great Mystery instead of a dogma like most religions. The Great Mystery makes it so a person has to worship everything that surrounds them so they cannot focus on pleasing a certain set of rules. Also, since everyone is equal in their beliefs, taking the native view regarding creation could diminish the amount of wars and problems throughout the world. In common creationism, God created two people and there is a separation of power even between man and woman from the very start. The natives also do not believe in having a “holy book” and pass their stories on through oral traditions. They believe the books take away a personal level from the stories; by passing them down orally, people are able to add their own twists and make it more relatable to the time it is needed. Having the cultural change would make people communicate more about important things than having pointless conversations. This would force
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