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Nature's Law
Spiritual Life, Governance, Culture, Traditions, Resources, Context and Background
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Survival for the People

Indigenous Peoples

Constitutional rights
and responsibilities

Social Reality

Rights of
Interpretation

Origin of
Interpretation

Exercised as a
People

Definition of People

Great Turtle Island

Relationships

Equality

Survival for
All Beings

Survival for
the People

Right to Exist

Implications

The Land

Spirit of the Land

Judicial and Fiscal Order

Empowering

Visual representation of nature's laws


Nature’s Laws guarantees the Right of Survival for the People

Much has been written about some European attempts to eradicate the Peoples of North America. There is no doubt that the People have faced terrible conditions..small pox, flu, sexual diseases brought by Europeans, etc. In the light of these events, the People returned to one vision: to survive as a people. This was viewed as the foundation of Turtle Island culture:

In the summer, certain animals says "I am easier to get at this time". So you pick that animal so that you can prepare for that winter. The animal tells you how bad that winter (will be) or how warm it is going to be. And, the plant life will tell you that too. Now that is natural. If you don't follow these, you are going to pay. If you are going to freeze your toes, that is where natural law begins. And then our ceremonies puts that into a 'law' (i.e. ritual law) for the human being. That's how God created Mother Earth and the more you understand this, then the fittest will survive. ..I mean, the last one who will stand on earth is the one who understands Mother Earth and what it has to offer….You have to understand Mother Earth if you are to survive. If you don't understand Mother Earth, well, you're not going to survive. Elder Wayne Roan, May 2002.

"Reciprocity … is the way of the world as event; without it, survival of all beings is impossible and the world ends. Stinginess is not just morally reprehensible; it is disasterous" (Smith, World as Event 77)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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