Languages & Nations
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section are below.
Seven Values of
Praying: finding spirituality by
communicating with your higher power, this is communication
between you and Tunkasila without going through another person
Respect: for self, higher power,
family, community and all of life.
Caring and Compassion: love, caring
and concern for one another in a good way, especially for the
family, the old ones, the young ones, the orphans, the ones
in mourning, the sick, and the ones working for the people.
Honesty and Truth: with yourself,
higher power, and others with sincerity.
Generosity and Helping: helping without
expecting anything in return, giving from the heart.
Humility: we have a spirit, we are
no better nor less than others.
Wisdom: practice with knowledge comes
Lakota Code of Ethics
1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray
alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only
2. Be tolerant of those who are lost
on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy - and greed
stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
3. Search for yourself, by yourself.
Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road,
and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can
walk it for you.
4. Treat the guests in your home
with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them
the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.
5. Do not take what is not yours
whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a
culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
6. Respect all things that are placed
upon this earth - whether it be people or plant.
7. Honor other people's thoughts,
wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely
mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
8. Never speak of others in a bad
way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe
will multiply when it returns to you.
9. All persons make mistakes. And
all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Bad thoughts cause illness of
the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.
11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a
PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.
12. Children are the seeds of our
future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom
and life's lessons. When they are grown, give them space to
13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others.
The poison of your pain will return to you.
14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty
is the test of ones will within this universe.
15. Keep yourself balanced. Your
Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self
- all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body
to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional
16. Make conscious decisions as to
who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your
17. Respect the privacy and personal
space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others
- especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
18. Be true to yourself first. You
cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help
19. Respect others religious beliefs.
Do not force your belief on others.
20. Share your good fortune with
Native American Zodiac
Signs & Their Meaning
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Native American animal symbols can
encompass just about all the animals, and their symbolic representation
to the many tribes of the Americas. To narrow down the focus
a bit, this page is devoted to birth animals or zodiac
Many Native American cultures have
the belief that a person is assigned an animal upon the time
of birth. Below are interpreted Native American symbols of the
zodiac and the characteristics for each one.
Otter: Jan 20 Feb 18
A little quirky, and unorthodox,
the Otter is a hard one to figure sometimes. Perceived as unconventional,
the Otter methods arent the first ones chosen to get the
job done. This is a big mistake on the part of others
because although unconventional, the Otters methods are
usually quite effective.
Yes, the Otter has unusual way of
looking at things, but he/she is equipped with a brilliant imagination
and intelligence, allowing him/her an edge over every one else.
Often very perceptive and intuitive, the Otter makes a very
good friend, and can be very attentive.
In a nurturing environment the Otter
is sensitive, sympathetic, courageous, and honest. Left to his/her
own devices, the Otter can be unscrupulous, lewd, rebellious,
Wolf: Feb 19 Mar 20
Deeply emotional, and wholly passionate,
the Wolf is the lover of the zodiac in both the physical and
philosophical sense of the word. The Wolf understands that all
we need is love, and is fully capable of providing it.
Juxtaposed with his/her fierce independence
this Native American animal symbol is a bit of a contradiction
in terms. Needing his/her freedom, yet still being quite gentle
and compassionate we get the picture of the lone
wolf with this sign.
In a nurturing environment the Wolf
is intensely passionate, generous, deeply affectionate, and
gentle. Left to his/her own devices the Wolf can become impractical,
recalcitrant, obsessive, and vindictive.
Falcon: Mar 21 Apr 19
A natural born leader, the Falcon
can always be looked upon for clear judgment in sticky situations.
Furthermore, the characteristics for this Native American animal
symbol never wastes time, rather he/she strikes while the iron
is hot, and takes action in what must be done.
Ever persistent, and always taking
the initiative, the Falcon is a gem of a personality to have
for projects or team sports. The Falcon can be a little on the
conceited side but he/she is usually right in his/her
opinions so a little arrogance is understood.
In a supportive environmental the
Falcon soars in his/her ability to maintain passion
and fire in relationships, and always remaining compassionate.
Left to his/her own devices, the Falcon can be vain, rude, intolerant,
impatient, and over-sensitive.
Beaver: Apr 20 May 20
Take charge, adapt, overcome
this is the Beaver motto. Mostly business, the Beaver is gets
the job at hand done with maximum efficiency and aplomb. Strategic,
and cunning the Beaver is a force to be reckoned with in matters
of business and combat.
One might also think twice about
engaging the Beaver in a match of wits as his/her mental
acuity is razor sharp. The Beaver has everything going for him/her
however tendencies toward my way or the highway
get them in trouble.
Yes, they are usually right, but
the bearer of this Native American animal symbol may need to
work on tact. In a nurturing environment the Beaver can be compassionate,
generous, helpful, and loyal. Left to his/her own devices the
Beaver can be nervous, cowardly, possessive, arrogant, and over-demanding.
Deer: May 21 Jun 20
This Native American animal symbol
is the muse of the zodiac. The Deer is inspiring lively and
quick-witted. With a tailor-made humor, the Deer has a tendency
to get a laugh out of anyone. Excellent ability for vocalizing,
the Deer is a consummate conversationalist.
This combined with his/her natural
intelligence make the Deer a must-have guest at dinner parties.
Always aware of his/her surroundings, and even more aware of
his/her appearance, the Deer can be a bit self-involved. However,
the Deers narcissism is overlooked because of his/her
congeniality and affability.
In a supportive environment the Deers
natural liveliness and sparkly personality radiate even more.
He/she is an inspiring force in any nurturing relationship.
Left to his/her own devices the Deer can be selfish, moody,
impatient, lazy, and two-faced.
Woodpecker: Jun 21 Jul
Woodpeckers are usually the most
nurturing of all the Native American animal symbols. The consummate
listener, totally empathic and understanding, the Woodpecker
is the one to have on your side when you need support.
Of course, they make wonderful parents,
and equally wonderful friends and partners. Another proverbial
feather in the Woodpeckers cap is the tendency to be naturally
frugal, resourceful, and organized.
In a nurturing environment the Woodpecker
is of course caring, devoted, and very romantic. Left to his/her
own devices the Woodpecker can be possessive, angry, jealous,
Salmon: Jul 22 Aug 21
Electric, focused, intuitive, and
wholly creative, the Salmon is a real live-wire. His/her energy
is palpable. A natural motivator, the Salmons confidence
and enthusiasm is easily infectious.
Soon, everybody is onboard with the
Salmon even if the idea seems too hair-brained to work.
Generous, intelligent, and intuitive, its no wonder why
the Salmon has no shortage of friends. This Native American
animal symbol expresses a need for purpose and goals, and has
no trouble finding volunteers for his/her personal crusades.
In a supportive environment, the
Salmon is stable, calm, sensual, and giving. Left to his/her
own devices, those that bear this Native American animal symbol
can be egotistical, vulgar, and intolerant of others.
Bear: Aug 22 Sep 21
Pragmatic, and methodical the Bear
is the one to call when a steady hand is needed. The Bears
practicality and level-headedness makes him/her an excellent
business partner. Usually the voice of reason in most scenarios,
the Bear is a good balance for Owls. The Bear is also gifted
with an enormous heart, and a penchant for generosity.
However, one might not know it as
the Bear tends to be very modest, and a bit shy. In a loving
environment this Native American animal symbol showers love
and generosity in return.
Further, the Bear has a capacity
for patience and temperance, which makes him/her excellent teachers
and mentors. Left to his/her own devices the bear can be skeptical,
sloth, small-minded and reclusive.
Raven: Sep 22 Oct 22
Highly enthusiastic, and a natural
entrepreneur, the Crow is quite a charmer. But he/she doesnt
have to work at being charming it comes easily. Everyone
recognizes the Crows easy energy, and everyone turns to
the Crow for his/her ideas and opinions.
This is because the Crow is both
idealistic and diplomatic and is quite ingenious. In nurturing
environments this Native American animal symbol is easy-going,
can be romantic, and soft-spoken. Further, the crow can be quite
patient, and intuitive in relationships.
Left to his/her own devices, the
Crow can be demanding, inconsistent, vindictive, and abrasive.
Snake: Oct 23 Nov 22
Most shamans are born under this
Native American animal symbol. The Snake is a natural in all
matters of spirit. Easily attuned to the ethereal realm the
Snake makes an excellent spiritual leader. Also respected for
his/her healing capacities, the Snake also excels in medical
The Snakes preoccupation with
matters intangible often lead others to view them as mysterious,
and sometimes frightening. True, the Snake can be secretive
and a bit dark he/she is also quite sensitive, and caring.
In a supportive relationship the
cool Snake can be passionate, inspiring, humorous, and helpful.
Left to his/her own devices, the Snake can be despondent, violent,
and prone to abnormal mood swings.
Owl: Nov 23 Dec 21
Changeable and mutable as the wind,
the Owl is a tough one to pin down. Warm, natural, with an easy-going
nature, the Owl is friend to the world. The bearer of this Native
American animal symbol is notorious for engaging in life at
full speed, and whole-hearted loves adventure.
This can be to his/her detriment
as the Owl can be reckless, careless, and thoughtless. Owls
make great artists, teachers, and conservationists. However,
due to his/her adaptability and versatility the Owl would
likely excel in any occupation.
In a supportive, nurturing environment
the Owl is sensitive, enthusiastic, and an attentive listener.
Left to his/her own devices, the Owl can be excessive, overindulgent,
bitter, and belligerent.
Goose: Dec 22 Jan 19
If you want something done
give it to the Goose. Persevering, dogged, and ambitious to
a fault, the Goose sets goals for accomplishment, and always
obtains them. The goose is determined to succeed at all cost
not for the approval of other but those with this
Native American animal symbol competes with his/her own internal
Driven is the watchword for the Gooses
dominating personality trait which makes them excellent
in business and competitive sports. When tempered with supportive,
nurturing family and friends, the Goose excels in all things
In a loving environment the Goose
can be very passionate, humorous, gregarious, and even sensual.
However, lead to his/her own devises, the Goose may fall into
obsessive or addictive behaviors that will inevitably be his/her