People’ and the
‘Earth People Philosophy’
Playing: 'To All My Relations'
By: Cody Sunbear Blackbird
From CD: Raven Speaks
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Editor’s Notes on
‘Earth People’ Magazine
Contained in the pages
of ‘Earth People’, is much information on a wide variety of
themes, subjects, and philosophies. I stress that information must be
understood to become "knowledge"1.
Therefore I encourage readers to please contact me and discuss any
uncertainties, and to PLEASE do not “Lock-on”2
to any beliefs or perceptions, but to stay open to other
As one stays open to
all possibilities, the actual possibilities within one’s own life
and life’s circumstances will open up with much more choices in
one’s life. Therefore one must be more responsible and respectful in
making one’s choices, and in considering our responsibility and
respect to “All Our Relations”3.
And this can only be achieved by being “Aware”4,
or open to all other possible meanings of any experience or
information has become knowledge, the knowledge must then be applied
to one’s “Living In Action”5,
or day-to-day living, to become wisdom. And that is something that we
all need to try to live up to, to teach by example!
My only hope, as
editor, publisher, founder, visionary of ‘Earth People’ the
magazine, not the philosophy, is that the information found in it will
help you, who has been guided to read this, in all manner of health,
help and growth.
HO! ‘MITAKUYE OYASIN’.
(‘For All Our Relations’, or ‘We are All Related’).
See also ‘Earth People’
Volume 3 Number 2, ‘Learning and the
Enemies of a Man or Woman of Knowledge’.
‘Earth People’ Volume 4 Number 6 (Last
Issue; not posted yet!) ‘Sitting Owl’s
Editorial’. See article: 'Beliefs, Baggage,
and Cellular Memory'.
(All Our Relations).
4. One of the
attributes of an Earth Person (below). ‘Earth People’
Volume 2 Number 3
‘Sitting Owl’s Editorial.
Basically Sitting Owl’s term for living your wisdom, something very
hard to do, but worthwhile doing. In fact it is what we all need to be
able to do, to bring real, genuine, innocent, and vibrant life into
any and all of our life’s experiences, “so that we feel the
rapture of being alive”. (See ‘Earth People’
Volume 1 Number 1
‘Quotation from Joseph Campbell inside front cover’.)
People’ and the
‘Earth People Philosophy’
Wallace Black Elk, in ‘Black Elk –
The Sacred Ways of a Lakota’ by Wallace Black Elk and William S. Lyon, says:
"But we are the Earth People. We are steadfast and honest. We are
true to our commitment, and we stay right in there. So the spirit
comes to us.
"So with me it’s entirely different. Grandmother, she gave us
this fire, and she gave us this rock, and she gave us this water, the
rivers, lakes, and oceans, and she gave us all the green. She gave us
a birth and a life. She put enough food here on this table [land], and
she even put food inside the water. So those people that live in the
water, they own that water. So they have the right to live there and
eat the green. They breathe also…
"When this Earth Man goes to a bubbling brook, he just sits there
and drinks and admires. He listens to that wind whistling through the
green and talks about the beautiful philosophy of the Earth People.
But if a scientist goes to that same place, the first thing he will
think of is how to make that “damn” water work for him. He’ll
want to put a dam there and a high-turbine generator. But the Earth
Man will just sit there and listen to that bubbling brook and the
wind. So that is our philosophy.
"The basis of the knowledge is the fire, rock, water, and green.
But when that power was given to man, he used it to twist his own
mind. Tunkashila gave man just one drop of that wisdom. But when you
look up and see the power of Tunkashila, it’s huge. It’s immense.
He wears a blue robe, and it’s a huge robe. In the centre of the
heart of Tunkashila is that sun sitting up there. It’s sacred. It’s
holy. We know he’s the director of the universe of universes, and
everything is a circle. So we know that everything was a circle from
the beginning… We also know that the power was placed here for man,
but man twisted his mind and took that [fire/nuclear] power into his
own hands. That was like a naughty kid, so Tunkashila is going to
spank him for that.
"So man was given one drop of wisdom, one drop of knowledge, one
drop of power, and one drop of gift or love (or talent). Tunkashila is
the wisdom in itself. The knowledge is a woman, and we call it the
Earth. We call it fire, rock, water, and green. So the basis of the
knowledge is the fire. In our language we speak of the peta wicoicage
– the “fire generation.” All the shapes and forms of life
originate from the fire. In your scientific language you call it the
atom. The rock we call Maka. Maka is the Earth. So we have Grandfather
who is the wisdom and Grandmother who is the knowledge. But the wisdom
and the knowledge are really one."
From the Glossary:
Black Elk’s term for all human beings who live the fundamental,
spirit/nature-based philosophy (his “Earth People philosophy”)
exemplified in earlier Native American cultures. Black Elk refers to
himself as an “Earth Man”.
knowledge, power, and gift.
In the Earth People philosophy, the successive operational levels of
cosmic forces that give rise to all that exists. For example, the “rules
of nature” would be included here as well as the “ways of the
Creator.” Black Elk also uses the words love and talent as synonyms
for gift. (As humans, we receive only one drop of each.)”
patience, endurance, and alertness.
In the Earth People philosophy, the four main personal virtues one
must have in order to be able to handle the Chanunpa.
rock, water, and green.
In the Earth People philosophy, the four basic constituents that go to
form everything in existence.
Lakota sweat-lodge (or stone-people-lodge) ceremony.
Black Elk’s preferred term for the Lakota sweat-lodge purification
Chief Seattle’s Speech of 1852
“The president in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our
land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? The land? The idea is
strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the
sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?
“Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine
needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow,
every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my
“We know the sap which courses through trees as we know the blood
that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is
part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer,
the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices
in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man, all belong to the
“The shinning water that moves in the streams and the rivers is not
just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land,
you must remember that it is sacred. Each ghostly reflection in the
clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of
my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.
“The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our
canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness
you would give any brother.
“If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us,
that the air shares its spirit with all life it supports. The wind
that gave our grandfather his first breath also receives his last
sigh. So if we sell you our land, you must keep it apart and sacred,
as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the
“Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That
the earth is our mother. What befalls the earth befalls the sons of
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the
earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man
did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever
he does to the web, he does to himself.
“One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious
to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on it creator.
“Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo
are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the
secret corners of the forest are heavy with the sent of many men and
the view of the ripe hills is blotted by talking wires? Where will the
thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is it to say
good-bye to the swift pony and the hunt? The end of living and the
beginning of survival.
“When the last Red Man has vanished with his wilderness and his
memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will
these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the
spirit of my people left?
“We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So,
if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it as
we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land, as it
is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children and love
it, as God loves us all.
“As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This
earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you. One thing we
know: there is only one God. No man, be he Red Man or White Man, can
be apart. We are brother after all."
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Chief Seattle's Speech
spoken by Joseph Campbell
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