Developing a sense of self
Understanding Who We Are and Where We Come From
Every culture, no matter their location, is connected to the environment. It is that connection where cultures teach their people how their traditional ways connect and respect all things in their environment. Indigenous cultures have lived off the land for centuries so traditional knowledge and connection is deeply rooted in the original relationships.
Earliest cultures have a traditional way to use land and what is upon it. The obvious being using the land to make things such as shelter and tools to aid in tasks for living off the land. Cultures have a traditional diet which includes immense knowledge of plants, animals and their properties. Traditional stories tell the generations about the connections, significance of symbolism that connect their culture to the land. By observing the land and how it speaks cultures have learned how to move with and respect
Local Indigenous cultures have a common belief that the earth is alive and that all things are related. The respect that the cultures teach us to show is essentially that spirit we give to all things. When we acknowledge it’s spirit, when we communicate to it and respect it, it becomes alive. The respect that we show to other things is embedded in the ways our cultural groups have been taught for generations.
Culture teaches us how to communicate with all things including the land. Before we can really see how a relationship with the land is fostered, we must understand culture in a way that is all encompassing of the knowledge and belief systems.