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The Business of Two Modern Villages

By E.C.T./Turtle Woman

If you are raised in modern society today you might be able to relate to these two villages. Village 1 is probably what much of society faces today as it seems we live in a fast paced society where no one cares for anyone else these days. I don’t believe it has to be that way. Village 2 is more the way of my people even today. I believe if you are mixed blood, full blood or white but walking the red road we need to stick-up for each other as Indians. Which Village do you choose to live in?

Village 1:

In the White Village all members work for themselves because they are afraid someone will get something more than they have. Grandmothers raise the young children because mothers and fathers don’t have time to fool with them. There is no discipline as everything is handed to the children, out of guilt from not spending time with them.

All members in this village work to make money to support their own immediate families. If I make bread in my shop, and you make moccasins in your shop, I will buy moccasins from you if the price is right.

If Sammie Longfellow has a great idea to make a new style jacket and shares the idea with me. I will try to hurry, buy the supplies, and create the jacket and put them in my shop to sell. It’s a dog-eat-dog world.

If I am watching your shop while you are off on other business and someone comes looking for you… I might try and call you. If he wants to do trading with your shop or sell you items, and I think it is a good deal, I will do the trades myself. You may not even find out. I will buy or trade for the items myself as it doesn’t matter if I disrespect you, because you aren’t here, and I might be able to make a buck or use the items to make supplies for my shop.

Village 2:

In the Red Village all members work together as a family. The grandmothers help care for the very young children so the mothers and fathers can work. The Uncles help discipline the children. The goal is to teach the children the way of our grandfathers, grandfathers.

All members in this village work together for the greater good of the people as a whole. If I make bread in my shop, and you make moccasins in your shop, I will not impede on your business by starting another moccasin shop around the corner. I will gladly barter bread for my moccasins.

If Sammie Longfeather has a great idea to make a new style jacket and shares the idea with me. I will encourage him and aid his dream to become a reality; not jump in buy the supplies myself, and put them in my shop to sell. When Sammie’s new jackets are ready and Sammie opens his shop he will probably honor me with one of the first jackets as I put much of myself in to help him make this a reality. Even though he may honor me by gifting me something from his shop I do not expect anything from him because he is my friend/brother.

If I am watching your shop while you are off on other business and someone comes looking for you I will call you or ask him to come back on the day I expect you back. If he wants to do trading with your shop or sell you items, and I think it is a good deal, I will honor you by contacting you first. If I cannot find you I will ask him to come back on the proper day. I will not buy or trade for the items myself as that is greatly disrespecting you.