Millions world wide are shocked, saddened, and frightened by the violence that has taken place in Paris. Hearts grieve for the people who have suffered the loss of loved ones, those who are injured, and for all whose lives will be forever changed by this event. There is gratitude to those who courageously have showed up, and continue to show up to assist and support those in need.
Many Native American tribes strive to live by the belief of The Seven Generations.
Deloria’s articulation of the Seven Generations makes so much more sense on a human scale and does away with the destructive myth of mystical, all seeing Natives. In truth, our peoples were visionary but not in a passive, new-age way. We actively tended our families and our clan-ties by holding the lives, memories, and hopes of all Seven Generations close. Each generation was responsible to teach, learn, and protect the three generations that had come before it, its own, and the next three. In this way, we maintained our communities for millennia.