These native teachings are about an “affiliation,” of being interrelated with all organisms, in a deep, personal and committed way. Kinship and receiving from experiences in nature are common themes. Constantly reciprocity is a primary reoccurring virtuous them; you come from the earth you return to it. All things are done in a circle and observe how this symbol acts in all matters.
Two basic teachings arise from their wise earth teachings. All things are related and connected where non-human things are recognized as being apart and not separated. Thus all things are treated with respected. The American Indians believed that the lands were entrusted to them. They believed they had to maintain that trust by only taking what they needed. Also the viewed the without the Western view of ownership; people are stewards of the land, thus land is usually not owned, traded, or sold.
Native peoples viewed the earth by understanding the world from the natural order’s rhythms and cycles of life, and include animals and plants as well as other natural features in their conceptions of spirituality. Indians have lived communally with participatory democracy, a spiritual life based on nature as living and sacred. While this may exaggerated and idealistic, however, this appeals to many people, including most Native Americans today. Native peoples viewed many of the products of the natural environment as gifts from the Creator. Humans, in the Native American conception of the world, were not created to “dominate” over other beings, but rather to cooperate and share the bounty of the earth with the other elements of the creation.