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"Natural Law"

"Natural Law"

Key Concepts

Visual representation of nature's laws


"This is why as humans we must live by laws, not laws to make us less but laws that help us serve our higher purpose. We marvel at how the creatures live together, how the earth has a balance. Each creature lives out its life’s purpose in accord with the Creator’s will. There is little choice for a tree or a bear. They must live and grow within the laws of Nature. SO must we, but we have to learn these laws for ourselves. We hold within us the gift of all nature. We can be like a tree and root ourselves in the ground, and we can soar in our thoughts and feelings like the mightiest of eagles. But if we are only eagle like we are of no use in our roles on earth, and if we are only rooted then we cannot fly to our highest challenged We must develop all our gifts. That is our true nature." (Qtd???? Archibald, Coyote Learns 230).


The Prevention of Stupidity or Foolish Actions by Band Members
Interviewer - Earle Waugh, PhD.

 


Limitations are the Result of Natural Laws
Interviewer - Earle Waugh, PhD.
 

 

"In the beginning, we were told that the human beings who walk about on the Earth have been provided with all the things necessary for life. We were instructed to carry a love for one another, and to show a great respect for all the beings of this Earth. We are shown that our life exists with the tree life, that our well-being depends on the well-being of the Vegetable Life, that we are close relatives of the four-legged beings. In our ways, spiritual consciousness is the highest form of politics." (Hau De No Sau Nee (Iroquois) Nation, 52)

"The Canadian legal system has been separated from the rest of normal, everyday living, and much of how it worked cannot be understood by the average person … we need a lawyer to represent us in a court of law, someone who understands how the system works (qtd). In contrast, in some First Nations societies, traditional law is internal, known and embedded in cultural ways through stories and ceremonies such as feasting/potlatching where ‘rights’ to territories or names may be given, exercised, and witnessed by the guests." (Archibald, Coyote Learns 151)

 

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