Cultural Characteristics Of The United States

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For years “immemorial”(21) the First Nations people lived off the land and developed a spiritual relationship with the land and each other. When Europeans arrived, First Nations people had personable relations with them and the implementation of treaties was intended to secure those relations. However, the two parties perspectives on treaties, the process of negotiations and their motives varied greatly. These differences were also culturally predominant which led to future complications. These complications have negatively effected the First Nations, damaging their culture, the effects of which they have yet to recover from. The First Nations treaty relationship is spiritually guided by numerous principles that seek to benefit both…show more content…
This is important to understanding treaties for the following reasons: the Creator is revered as all knowing and the father of all life, treaties and other sacred undertakings can “only be broken through the will of the Creator”(25), if a person breaks a sacred custom that person would face punishment from the Creator(8). Furthermore, Native treaties are strongly connected to the Creator by ceremonial rights “In the ceremonial world of the prairie First Nations, sweetgrass, fire, the pipe, and tobacco served as the primary connection between the First Nations and their Creator and His Creation”(12). These ceremonial rights were used in the formation and affirmation of most relations to display that the relations were sacred and deeply connected to the Creator. Upon creating the treaty both parties were joined by divine law to the Creator making the treaty sacred and unchangeable for eternity. These concepts display the sacred nature of the treaty customs in the eyes of the Aboriginal people. The content and purpose of the customs the Creator provided mainly consists of five irrefutable principles. The first principle of the treaty is the affirmation of the divine status of the Creator and devotion to the Creator from both treaty parties(31). The creation of the relationship is considered the acceptance of the principles and laws that
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