From the video: "They forgot the instructions on how to live on Earth."
Mentally I replaced "spiritually" with "emotionally" when he was talking about the land/nature and was fine with it.
For all the claims by Xian Europeans that the indigenous people of North America and their beliefs were "primitive" – which group is okay with incorporating DNA into their worldview and accepting apes as cousins (and recognizing the idea they are cousins, not ancestors), Xians or the supposed "primitives"?
While they are religious, I would rather that anyone who can't be atheist change their religion to a nature worship type like the Hopi and most (all?) other native Americans.
Well, I don't represent any tribe, or speak for them, but I have some knowledge of their ways from my many meetings with various tribal members during my time as a trader. I wouldn't call them nature worshipers, although most do speak about living in "right relationship" with the earth and all its creatures, flying, walking, swimming or crawling. Something you might hear Floyd Red Crow Westerman say.
Most Native American Indians have a creation story and a
single creator god
whoops! flood story. Khangi Duta, in the video provided by 12 monkeys, used the word Tunkansilla or grandfather for god. Sometimes referred to as Tunkansilla Wankan Tanka. Grandfather Great Mystery.
Here is the Lakota creation story from a chapter of a book I wrote. I believe I heard this version (re-written in my own words) from LAme Deer or Leonard Crow Dog in the early 70's. It's probably on the web somewhere.
Paul cut Rhonda off mid-sentence. “Please Rhonda, I was raised Southern Baptist and I am well aware of the Hebrew creation story. In the beginning there was this void. Then about six thousand years ago God created the heavens and the earth, then the people, then the animals. And did all this in 6 days and then rested. God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden with a Tree of Life and a Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Later God destroyed the people with a great flood and Yada, yada, yada.”
“Yes, but you may find this interesting about the Lakota and Maori.” “I doubt it. If you’ve heard one creation myth, you’ve heard them all. But O.K., shoot.”
Rhonda continued on, telling Paul about the Lakota creation story. According to Lame Deer, a very long time ago, when the world was newly made, Unktehi the water monster fought against the people causing a great flood. The Great Spirit, Wakan Tanka, was angry with the people. He let the water monster win because he wanted to make a better human being.
Everything was flooded except a hill next to the sacred red pipestone quarry. The people climbed up top to escape the rising waters. The water washed over the hill and killed everyone. The blood congealed making a big red pool which turned into the pipestone quarry. The chanupa, or sacred pipe was made of the red rock. Its bowl is the blood of the ancestors, the stem is their backbone and the smoke is their breath.
Unktehi, was also turned to stone. Wankan Tanka punished her for making the flood. Her back forms a ridge, and you can see her vertebrae today in the Blacks Hills.
One beautiful girl survived when Wanblee Galeshka, a great eagle swept down and she grabbed his feet. She hung on, and he carried her to the top of a tall tree at the top of the Black Hills. The only place not covered with water.
Wanblee kept the girl with him and she became his wife. She became pregnant and had twins, a boy and a girl. When the waters subsided, the eagle took the woman and the children down to the earth and told them to become a great nation which is now called the Lakota.
The nation came from the children of the boy and the girl, and so all Lakota are descendants of the eagle, the wisest of all birds- the messenger of Wakan Tanka and the greatest warrior.
Here it is: