A matriarchy is a society in which females, especially mothers, have the central roles of political leadership, moral authority, and control of property. The male equivalent is a patriarchy. http://www.pinterest.com/maggiemermaid/spirituality-~-native-american-indians-~/
You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children that we have taught our children that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. - Chief Seattle
Kavita Ramdas: We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.
Here for your enjoyment is an inspiring photograph of a Crow Indian Oath. It was made in 1908 by Edward S. Curtis. The photo illustrates Three Crow (Apsaroke) men gazing towards the sky, with two of them holding Winchester rifles One of the Indians has an object skewered on his arrow, with the arrow pointed skyward. There is a bison skull sitting at their feet.
There is an ancient Indian saying~ Something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it. My people have come to trust memory over history. Memory, like fire, is radiant & immutable while history serves only those who seek to control it, those who douse the flame of memory in order to put out the dangerous fire of truth. Beware these men for they are dangerous & unwise. Their false history is written in the blood of those who might remember & seek the truth.~Floyd 'Red Crow'…
Cree Chief Poundmaker - 1885 by Oliver Buell - Cree Chief Poundmaker "Everything I could do was done to prevent bloodshed. Had I wanted war, I would not be here now. I would be on the prairie. You did not catch me. I gave myself up. You have got me because I wanted peace."