So help me understand your situation. You are an Indian without a tribe but you have the DNA to prove it? In our way the tribe is central to all we are as Indians, our identity comes from our tribe. A tribal leader has to ask themselves "what keeps a tribe together?" They should do this to keep their finger on the health of the tribe and thus its people. The answer is our language, culture, relations, history and the lands known to us. So without these things what would we be, an Indian without an identity I guess? That's why Indian leaders ask this question because these are the things we fight for to keep our tribe and ways of life alive. Another point you should know about us, in our way nothing is taken everything is given. We don't name ourselves we are named, when we begin dancing we don't dress ourselves, we are dressed. We don't honor ourselves if we think we are deserving, we are honored when the tribe decides we are worthy of it. This is how a tribe maintains its integrity, without these customs we wouldn't have the unique identity we hold as precious, we would be Indians without a tribe.
Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 02:04