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Respect: The buffalo, through giving
its life and sharing every part of its being showed the deep respect it
had for the people. No animal was more important to the existence of
indigenous families than this animal, and its gifts of shelter, clothing
and utensils for daily living.
Love: To feel love is to know the Creator. Therefore it is expected that one's first love is to the Great Spirit. He is considered the father of all children and the giver of human life.
Courage: The bear provides many lessons in the way it lives, but courage is the most important lesson it offers. Though gentle by nature, the ferociousness of a mother bear when one of her cubs is approached is the true definition of courage.
Honesty: Long ago there was a giant called Kitch-Sabe. Kitch-Sabe walked among the people to remind them to be honest to the laws of the Creator and honest to each other. The highest honour that could be besowed upon an individual was the saying, "There walks an honest man. He can be trusted."
Wisdom: The building of a community is entirely dependent on gifts given to each member by the Creator and how these gifts are used. The beaver's example of using his sharp teeth for cutting trees and branches to build his dams and lodges expresses this teaching.
Humility: Recognizing and acknowledging that there is a higher power than man and it is known as the Creator is to be deemed truly humble. To express deference or submission to the Creator through the accepatance that all people are equal is to capture the spirit of humility.
Truth: To know truth is to know and understand all of the original laws as given by the Creator - and to remain faithful to them. It is said that in the beginning, when the Creator made man and gave him the seven sacred laws, the Grandmother Turtle was present to ensure that the laws would never be lost or forgotten.