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Walking The Red Road

Native American Culture

FORDF250HDXLT, Dec 19, 2016
      For those of you who might not know the term Walking the Red Road or its intended purpose, I’ll try to explain it as simply as possible. Walking the Red Road is a determined act of living within the Creator’s instructions. Basically, it is living a life of truth, humbleness, respect, friendship, and spiritually. Those on this road are by no means walking a perfect path, but are in search of self-discovery and instructions. While there is much more information and teachings about a life on the Red Road, a more complete understanding would come from our Native American elders and leaders, who themselves have traveled this path for a while.
      Walking the Red Road - Native American Commitment to Wellness
      To walk the Red Road

      is to know you stand on equal ground
      with all living things. It is to know that
      because you were born human,
      it gives you superiority over nothing.
      It is to know that every creation carries a Spirit,
      and the river knows more than you do,
      the mountains know more than you do,
      the stone people know more than you do,
      the trees know more than you do,
      the wind is wiser than you are,
      and animal people carry wisdom.
      You can learn from every one of them,
      because they have something you don't:
      They are void of evil thoughts.
      They wish vengeance on no one, they seek Justice.
      Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.

      Trouble no one about his religion.

      Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.

      Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.

      Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.

      Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

      Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.

      Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.

      When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.

      Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.

      If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

      Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools and robs their spirit of its vision.

      When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.

      Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

      - Tecumseh
      , Shawnee (1768-1813)
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