Grandfather Teachings

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Nibwaakaawin (Wisdom) to cherish knowledge is to know Wisdom.  Wisdom is given by the Creator to be used for the good of the people.

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Zaagi’idiwin (Love) to know Love is to know peace.  Love must be unconditional.  When people are weak they need love the most.

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Minaadendamowin (Respect) to honor all creation is to have respect.  All of creation should be treated with respect.  You must give respect if you wish to be respected.

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Gwayakwaadiziwin (Honesty) in facing a situation is to be brave.  Always be honest in word and action.  Be honest first with yourself, and you will more easily be able to be honest with others.

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Aakode-ewin (Bravery) is to face the foe with integrity.  In the Anishnawbek language, this word literally means “state of having a fearless heart”.  To do what is right even when the consequences are unpleasant.

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Dabaadendiziwin (Humility) is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation.  In the Anishnawbek language, this word can also mean “compassion”.  You are equal to others, but you are not better.

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Debwewin (Truth) is to know all of these things.  Speak the truth.  Do not deceive yourself or others.