Land-Based Learning

Mother Earth provides everything for her children to live in harmony. A balance is achieved for all life forms to live in positive mutual interaction. Respect and the utmost care was provided to her so that she may continue to sustain the sacred relationships that have been on-going since the beginning. Any action taken that deviated from this relationship was seen as disrespecting mother earth and in extreme cases, a violation of sacred laws.

It was important for young people to be instilled with the value of humility to carry on the sacred relationships. Another important value integral to maintaining a sacred balance is respect. Children were taught to respect mother-earth as they respected their own mothers. In prayer and ceremony, Mother Earth is acknowledged for providing food, medicines and other things needed to sustain life. The motherchild relationship is extended to all other life-forms.