This as you probably know is Lakota, and it has been variously translated to mean ‘All my relations’, ‘We are all related’, or ‘Everything is related to the existence of all my relatives.”
This sacred phrase speaks to a culture with a profound appreciation of our interdependence, and of earth as our home.
Imagine you’re a child growing up in such a culture, founded on the central understanding of our unity with all of life.
Imagine that understanding being emphasized every day, week or month through rituals, stories, songs, dances, ceremonies and in daily belonging to rivers, forests, animals, winds, birds, mountains, oceans and plants.
Imagine your mother and father holding this knowledge that we’re all related, and growing up knowing that the world is your family.
Our children are born with that understanding, but soon forget. It’s up to us to help them remember.