Homeland relationships

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One’s natural surroundings aid the Indian thinker, as thoughts are based on understanding relationships within the homeland.

It is being familiar with the Earth while possessing local knowledge about the streams, creeks, rivers, valleys, deserts, meadows, woods, hills, mountains and knowing all the names of plants and animals that are also part of one’s homeland.

It is knowing the smells and aromas like the Earth when rain falls lightly, the smell of a meadow of grass or bountiful flowers and realizing the beauty of life, like seeing a newborn kitten.

(page 5, The American Indian Mind in a Linear World: American Indian Studies and Traditional Knowledgeby Donald L. Fixico)

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