Skip to main content

asininboin-painted-teepee-curtis-MINE-550px

Of all the people down through history who have gotten a raw deal, the Native Americans have to be right in there at the top. The tragedy of that history is compounded for me by the strong affinity I feel for the peoples of the First Nations. That is somewhat beside the point though, for I would advocate for any people who needed assistance. We are all family after all.

Mitakuye Oyasin

There is a simple but profound Lakota prayer: Mitakuye Oyasin.

These two words mean All My Relations or We are All Related.

To pray this prayer is to petition God on behalf of everyone and everything on Earth.
Mitakuye Oyasin honors the sacredness of each person's individual spiritual path, acknowledges the sacredness of all life (human, animal, plant, etc.) and creates an energy of awareness which strengthens not only the person who prays but the entire planet.

Okiciyap is Lakota for 'we help.' What could be better than helping someone out who really needs it? We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers after all. What better expression of all that is best in humanity than to reach out and help a fellow human being in need?

We are an odd species, I suppose it's fair to say. When we're not scamming each other we're killing each other, or so it can seem. We are a decidedly mixed bag of traits and characteristics, from predatory instincts and genocidal acts to charity and selflessness, one never knows what one might find in our particular box of chocolates. Of our many widely ranging qualities, the one I most admire, the one that gives me hope and keeps me from agreeing with those who say we are scum, is that of altruism.

al·tru·ism
[al-troo-iz-uhm]
noun
the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others 
(opposed to egoism).
This most human characteristic is the shiny side of humanity. It is what redeems us, in my opinion. It is what I admire most in humankind and what I love most about liberals. We are an altruistic lot. You can see it here among kossacks, who possess this trait in spades. It's the main reason I am proud to call myself one. It's why I love Okiciyap.

The best way I know to celebrate being human is to reach out and help someone in need.

Please support the Okiciyap quilt auction which begins on Wednesday, March 27th.

Okiciyap  Quilt  2013   second row center block
Okiciyap Quilt 2013
Read more at the Okiciyap Group.  

And if you cannot afford to bid on the quilt, but can give a little to Okiciyap, you can do so here:

Okiciyap Food Pantry
P.O. Box 172
Isabel,  S.D.  57633

Okiciyap Pantry's New Website and Donation Button  

Taos-water-girls-curtis-MINE-PEACE-OUT

Originally posted to One Pissed Off Liberal on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:01 AM PDT.

Also republished by Okiciyap (we help), Daily Kos Quilt Guild Auction Alliance, DK Quilt Guild, Community Fundraisers, Native American Netroots, and Invisible People.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site