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Mitakuye Oyasin (All are Related)
 

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Mitakuye Oyasin (All are Related)

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Mitakuye oyasin means (All are related) is a traditional Lakota Sioux prayer used as prayers and songs. It reflects the natural beliefs of most Native American traditions and beliefs systems that “Everything is Connected”. The Native American tribes revere prayer. It is used in all spiritual ceremonies and activities to acknowledge all relatives to the moment, and employed as a prayer to end other prayers after the sacred food or sacred pipe is passed around. Some of the prayers include;

To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I say thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your local companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guide me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages. I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, without whom I would not live. Our nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery. Thank you for this life.

To most people today, relative means human in the family lineage. But these groups of Native Americans believe that an entity other than human could be a relative. Understanding this simple statement and contemplating it could change your outlook on life forever. And you would love and honor most of what is on this earth, if you live by this meaning “relative”.

In other words, the phrase translates as “all my relatives,” “we are all related,” “all my relations,” is a prayer of oneness and harmony with all forms of life: other people, animals, birds, insects, trees and plants, and even rocks, rivers, mountains and valleys.


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