A Conversation with Dine Elders
Blog Filler Post – Curlinda Mitchell
Environmental Concerns – A conversation with a Dine Elder
There is much sadness in the sickness of our Mother Earth and her mistreatment by people. Today, I share quotes from my Grand Father Jack Mitchell and my late Great Grand Mother Linda Jensen.
“Within the silence away from the noise of the television, a vehicles motor rumbling, the sound of air traffic, and loud music of our youth, there are answers to be heard. “– Jack Mitchell
“The livings things on this Earth, our Mother; the plants, the animals, the birds the unseen creatures of the sea, and the ground who are all blessed with life are our relatives. If you anger them or disrupt or disrupt their natural cycle, it will cause consequences to create difficulty, challenge, and harm to all.” -Linda Jensen
“The five fingered beings have all that is needed to live off of on this Mother Earth in this life, as it is delivered by nature, when the balance is achieved through partnership of giving and taking only what is needed, it will all be good. Nature will give more with the respect and gratitude given to it.” – Linda Jensen
“Today we live in the days and the times of things. Things that are just made, things made from unnatural human made creations, Earthly things, plastic things, and energy taken from the Earth’s precious stones and mineral. We take all and we take more, but do not give back or acknowledge the respect and gratitude that is needed.” -Jack Mitchell
“If the Native American made a contribution in helping in writing the Christian bible about creation, it would have had several chapters covering the protection, preservation, and sacred balance, and the safe guarding of balance and nature.” -Jack Mitchell
The people of this Earth and their ways (Culture) needs changing in order to come back to the balance. If you take a tree, plant a tree, if you dig out the Earths top layer, recover and replant, if you disturb wilderness on four track or trucks, limit the roads, and development, if you create mountains of trash, reuse and repurpose. We have to teach our grandchildren as they should understand we are borrowing our Mother Earth’s land, water, and formations with all its nature from their great grandchildren. I understand the old ways of the Native American and their post-colonial civilization, culture, and traditional values are lead with the teachings, of respecting nature and safe guarding the balance.