Mitakuye Oyasin (We are all brothers) The Story of the Turtle Tribe4 Comments April 20, 2008 / Posted in Mindfulness
Ellen Langer in her book Mindfulness says:
Mindfulness is creation of new categories,
openness to new information
and awareness of more than one perspective.
With that in mind, sometimes that openness is to new information that is old information that we forgot we knew in our search for new information.
This is shared from dear friend and elder Abe Walking Bear Sanchez
Always good to hear from you. How you doing?
My friend and mentor , Jack Brightnose first told me the story and then Don Coyhis from White Bison in Colorado Springs spoke of it and I’ve been telling it ever since.
Brightnose passed on some time ago but Coyhis is still around…a heck of a speaker and a good man . White Bison
Yes please tell the story.
The Turtle Tribe
Long ago when animals talked and people did not, all people lived on Turtle Island. Each, while different was the same.
Creator came to Turtle Island and said to the people: “You are to divide into groups and go off in different directions. Each group will go through the cycles of time apart from the others. There will come a time when you will come back together, form the sacred circle and share what you’ve learned while apart, and there will be a time of co-operation, peace and prosperity.”
The group that went off to the East became known as the Red race and the medicine wheel is painted red on that side. This group was given care of Mother Earth and all the animals and plants found there. The East is the direction of the morning sun, the Red sun, and it represents the Spring of the year and of our lives when we are infants and all we can do is love and be loved in return.
The group that went off to the South became known as the Yellow race and the medicine wheel is painted yellow at the bottom. This group was given care of the air and all the birds of the air. The South is the direction of the Summer sun and represents the Summer of the year and of our lives when we are youths and focused on self.
The group that went off to the West became known as the Black race and the medicine wheel is painted black on that side. This group was given care of the waters and the seas and all life found there. The West is the direction of Fall when the days grow shorter and represents the Fall of our lives when as adults we are to care for the children and support the elders. It’s as grand being a Dad, a Mom as it is work.
The group that went off to the North became known as the White race, and the medicine wheel is painted white at the top. This group was given care of fire which in time became mathematics and science. The North is the direction of Winter , of the snow and represents the Winter of our lives when as elders we are to care for the children yet to come.
Each group was given the additional responsibility of remembering in their hearts that all men are brothers, that there is but one race, the human race.
While going through the cycles of time apart, the people learned to speak each in their own way, and in so doing they almost forgot that they had once all been alike. Many came to think of each other as being strangers.
We’ve learned much while apart and as Creator promised, we are sharing what we’ve learned. In so doing, we’re coming back together. We’re remembering who we are and from where we all came.
There are those who would keep us apart, who would divide us into “us and them”, who create fear so as to drive us onto the Black Road…. they have yet to learn that neither heat nor light is lost from sharing the camp fire.
When all the people join the sacred circle we will have returned to Turtle Island and there will be Peace and Prosperity.
As our Lakota Brothers say:
(We are all relatives)