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      I spent a number of years in Southwest Ohio and became very enamored of the Legend ofTecumseh–a simple man but a great warrior. These teachings of his are simple, but exquisite words to live by:


      Live your life that the fear of death
      can never enter your heart.
      Trouble no one about his religion.
      Respect others in their views
      and demand that they respect yours.
      Love your life, perfect your life,
      beautify all things in your life.
      Seek to make your life long
      and of service to your people.
      Prepare a noble death song for the day
      when you go over the great divide.
      Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting
      or passing a friend, or even a stranger,if in a lonely place.
      Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.
      When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
      for your life, for your strength.
      Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
      If you see no reason to give thanks,
      the fault lies in yourself.
      Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools
      and robs the spirit of its vision.
      When your time comes to die, be not like those
      whose hearts are filled with fear of death,
      so that when their time comes they weep and pray
      for a little more time to live their lives over again
      in a different way.
      Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

      Mitakuye Oyasin

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