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The turtle is a very important symbol for
all North American Indian Tribes. North America is turtle island. You can
superimpose a turtle and it will follow the outline of North
America, Mexico being the tail. How did the Native people
When I asked the elders they said why wouldn’t we? We fly.
They also have a story about a great flood which includes
the turtle. For that story you will need to bring tobacco to
a story teller. That can only be done in winter.
I will share the story of the gift of the turtle I received.
This particular turtle means a lot to me as I received it in
a very special way.
I had devoted much of my life integrating the Western
medical model with the
North American Indian philosophy of wellness.
I was at a diabetes conference for North American Indian
physicians in Denver Colorado, where a Mohawk physician
passed it to me. The turtle is made by an old woman from the
Mohawk Nation. She filled the inside with corn. I was told
that whoever has this turtle in their possession would never
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explosive change, has
lost some of its
on how to live life in
harmony and balance.”