Manataka American Indian Council












Lets Watch How We Talk and Walk


All to often we tend to say what we think no matter who it hurts.


“It is not wrong to say something about another person as long as it is the truth that you speak”. Do you believe that statement?


I have found that I myself have acted hastily listening to false stories about another person. I was told several years ago to ‘Chew The Bread’ before You Act or Say Anything Regarding Another Person”. This way there is ample time for a person to think of what they may say or do especially if it involves the rights or feelings of another person. The courts are packed with lawsuit after lawsuit that involve slander and liability because some people do not think before talking about others.


Each human on this earth has the right to speak their minds on certain matters, according to the First Amendment. But this right dose not give a person the right to gossip or belittle another. Each time I am approached and told a story about another person, I always weigh the situation and ‘Chew The Bread’ before giving an answer.


Watching how we talk is very important especially for Elders who may have to decide the facts of a matter. We would never, or should never give a hasty answer to a problem. This may cause permanent damage to another even if the accusation is true. We are all human and fall short of being perfect.


Watching how we walk is another aspect of our daily lives. We would never walk in an area that is not safe after dark would we? Of course not. Watching how we walk may save our life if in a bad situation. Giving advice is a very serious thing. If we are asked to assist someone with a personal problem and the out-come does not turn out as it should that person may form a bad opinion of us as Elders. So always ‘Watch How You Talk and Watch How You Walk’ keeping the right attitude in mind. May we never purposely hurt another person because we do not do these two things, be blessed and Keep On The Watch how we treat others.


Be Blessed, Hawk With Seven Eyes


Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman is a founding member of the Taylorville Black Horse Powwow, Inc,' a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization. He has given presentations at schools in Central Illinois area on the history, culture and religious beliefs of the Native American people for over 27 years. Hawk and members of his group present dance demonstrations for children who along with their teachers are invited to dance.Hawk believes children are the future.  



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