RESPECT. The Buffalo
RESPECT is the condition of being honoured.
Respect is defined as:
● Esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person
● Admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements
● The state of being admired or respected
● Due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights
● Proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment
The Buffalo represents RESPECT because through giving its life and sharing every part of its being, it showed the deep respect it had for the people. First Nations peoples depended on the Buffalo for survival and used every part of the animal - hides for tipis and clothing, bones for tools and toys, meat for food, tendons and muscles for sinew and bow strings, horns for cups and spoons, and brains for hide tanning.
Native people believed themselves to be true caretakers of the great herds, and developed a sustainable relationship with the Buffalo resulting in a relationship that was a true expression of respect. This spirit of respect was shown toward all of life, as Native people saw the interconnectedness to all life. They saw clearly their dependence on the land and saw the need to give the land and its resources absolute respect.