“The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us…” – Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki Algonquin
Native American wisdom is something that resonates with many people. In years gone by, Native Americans passed down their history and sayings orally from generation to generation as a guidebook for a way of life that honored and respected all living things.
As Native American culture in Connecticut grew and evolved so did the art of storytelling and wise sayings. These were used as tools to pass down traditions, local customs, hunting and gardening skills, family and child-rearing traditions and courting rituals. In essence, these stories and sayings helped connect them to each other and to the land where they made their home.
An Important Legacy
Through their stories and sayings, Native Americans shared and preserved the memory and traditions of their ancestors. These became an integral part of the legacy passed on to future generations.
Today, remembering and sharing this wisdom is one way to keep the cultural traditions of Native Americans alive. It gives us a glimpse into this rich cultural heritage and into the past of our great nation.
Every Wednesday, the Institute for Native American Studies in Washington will share a saying on their FaceBook page with a “Wisdom Wednesday” posting to inspire you with the wisdom of those that have gone before us.
About The Institute for American Indian Studies
The Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. Through archaeology, the IAIS is able to build new understandings of the world and history of Native Americans, the focus is on stewardship and preservation. This is achieved through workshops, special events, and education for students of all ages.
Located on 15 woodland acres the IAIS has an outdoor Three Sisters and Healing Plants Gardens as well as a replicated 16th c. Algonkian Village. Inside the museum, authentic artifacts are displayed in permanent, semi-permanent and temporary exhibits from prehistory to the present that allows visitors a walk through time.
The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut and can be reached online or by calling 860-868-0518.