Elders Traditions

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In the readings we have done in this class, I have learned about the traditions of ingenious people. The tradition that sticks out to me is that the Elders become the spiritual leaders of the community. Every person within the community looks to the Elders for advice, for culture, for wisdom. In this paper I will argue that Elders can help both aboriginal youth and others in a similar way, Elders have a way of bringing and keeping knowledge within communities. I think Elders could help by informing others of the traditions they have always had; with traditions ranging from medicinal plants to the Medicine Wheel, Elders are an abundance of useful knowledge for the new generation. I believe that Elders acquired so much wisdom over their …show more content…
In this modern day we live in, we have a very ideological perception of the Earth and we can’t stay that way forever. We cannot live at the level of luxury we are living at for very much longer. Thus we need to figure out how to live simply and at one with nature, which is exactly the Elders way of life. “Elders possess keys to a classic journey of human and Earth ecological transformation. In this era, they are being called upon to reinterpret and to apply the tradition, the Story, in a new way. There is urgency to this task, for Mother Earth is no longer looking after herself naturally but is an Earth looked after, and badly, by man” (The Role of Native Elders: Emergent Issues, Pg. 28) Elders reinterpret and apply the tradition of the New Story in new ways, to all sort of electric groups of people, because every person should know a way to live and to preserve the Earth we live …show more content…
Aboriginals and non-aboriginal included. As talked about previously, we cannot uphold our level of western lifestyle forever, we eventually have to have a much less materialistic lifestyle, and who better to show us than the people who were settled on this land before us? Indigenous people have lived off the land, and have the tools to show us, especially the Elders. I think it is best explained by this quote “…by Elders now coming to grips with an ever-increasing flow of Natives and non-Natives seeking advice and counsel, healing and inspiration, interpretation of the past and present, in their apprehension and concern over future survival.” (The Role of Native Elders: Emergent Issues, Pg.

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