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It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. Its appeal is to the material part, and if allowed its way, it will in time disturb one's spiritual balance. Therefore, children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.

If a child is inclined to be grasping, or to cling to any of his or her little possessions, legends are related about the contempt and disgrace falling upon the ungenerous and mean person....

The Indians in their simplicity literally give away all that they have--to relatives, to guests of other tribes or clans, but above all to the poor and the aged, from whom they can hope for no return.


Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa)
Santee Sioux





When, in the course of the daily hunt, the hunter comes upon a scene that is strikingly beautiful, or sublime--a black thundercloud with the rainbow's glowing arch above the mountain, a white waterfall in the heart of a green gorge, a vast prairie tinged with the blood-red of a sunset--he pauses for an instant in the attitude of worship.
He sees no need in setting apart one day in seven as a holy day, because to him, all days are God's days.


Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa)
Santee Sioux