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Native American gifting tobacco (Herbs) to an elder?
thing to remember about our tobacco, it was, it is, and should always be, herbs
(Kinnick Kinnick) not a chemical treated cigarettes!
offering a cigarette, please remember, it is an insult to a Traditional if that
person is a Non Smoker!
remember, there is nothing sacred about any chemical, they are all poison so,
what you would be saying if gifting tobacco to this person is, I poison you!
person handing this herb will usually have it wrapped in something for a
convenience to the elder, not always but, if it is wrapped, red would be the
preferred color of the wrap.
(RED IS THE COLOR of the
by using your left hand to his/her left hand, shows true respect and knowledge
to the elder.
you seen the movie Avatar?
new leader (Tsu'Tey) placed his left hand on the, Touk Makto, (Jake Sully's)
left shoulder and said, ( I will fly with you) someone did their homework on
Native Americans for this will played movie.
time a native uses a traditional way an elder sheds a tear of joy.
ancestors were simple common sense people.
tobacco was grown without chemicals, the ancestors did not need them!
our elders know that cigarettes cause cancer, even if they smoke, someone that
they know and love has died a horrible death from this cancer.
Please do not insult them by an offering of a
cancer causing cigarette.