We can learn from the past. Each of the seven grandfathers of the Anishinaabe instructed us on the human condition. If we live by these teachings, the world we live in would be a better place.
The Seven Teachings:
To cherish knowledge is to know wisdom.
Wisdom is given by the Creator to be used for the good of the people.
To know peace is to know love.
Love must be unconditional.
To honor all creation is to have respect.
All of creation should be treated with respect.
Bravery is to face the foe with integrity.
To do what is right even when the consequences are unpleasant.
Honesty in facing a situation is brave.
Be honest with yourself, and you will more easily be able to be honest with others.
Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation.
You are equal to others, but you are not better.
Truth is to know all of these things.
Speak the truth. Do not deceive yourself or others.
For more on the Anishinaabe and the other Indians tribes of the Americas, visit the National Museum of the American Indians. nmai.si.edu/visit