10 Indian Commandments

1. Remain close to the Great Spirit.
2. Show great respect for your fellow beings.
3. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
4. Be truthful and honest at all times.
5. Do what you know to be right.
6. Look after the well being of mind and body.
7. Treat the earth and all that dwell there on with respect.
8. Take full responsibility for your actions.
9. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
10. Work together for the benefit of all man kind.

The Plains Indians have always had a great spiritual connection with all of nature. Their belief was, and still is, that their lives and nature are all interconnected. The eagle was one of the central spiritual animals for most tribes. It was commonly referred to as Thunderbird in stories and legends.

It was considered to be a messenger from God to some tribes. The Lakota called it 'Wambli' (a reference to the eagle spirit responsible for hunting and wars).

As eagles were a central spiritual animal figure for some tribes, their feathers were used in many ceremonies and given as "rewards" for acts of bravery, and heroic deeds. When they reached adulthood, young men would receive an eagle feather and the elders of the tribe would pass on knowledge and advice.

Eagle feathers were a symbol of goodness, they were also given to individuals when they performed an act of bravery or an heroic deed. The feathers would be worn as medals or awards and placed in head-dresses.

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