ASK YOUR RELATIVE QUESTIONS

Tags: 10 - Mental Health, 12 - Education, 13 - Life Tips

Hello relatives, I’m 22 years old about to turn another page. Lately I’ve been feeling depressed and anxious about everything. I’m struggling to find my purpose or what I want to do. I think work and school is taking a toll, I’m full time in both and still don’t know what I want to go to school for. How did you decide this? What helped you? Any advice?

Hey there! I’m so glad you wrote in. First, I want to give you big props for reaching out for some support and encouragement. That’s what true bravery is, listening to the truth of what’s in your heart and taking action. Go you! There are a few things I want to address in your question, so I’ll first start with…

what is the number one cause of death in youth?

Hey there! Thanks for writing in. I’m guessing you might be doing a school project. In any case, I’m happy to help! Here what I could find: Among AI/AN ages 1 – 19 years, the four leading causes of death in rank order are unintentional injuries, suicide, homicide, and cancer. Check out this IHS link. You may not have given…

Hi Auntie Manda and Uncle Paige, both my husband and I are Native and work in the helping field with Indigenous communities. We wanted to create a presentation piece that can be presented to our volunteers for going above and beyond. I know the teachings of the ribbon skirt but I’m not familiar with teachings of the ribbon shirt. Can you share a teaching that we can offer to go with our presentation piece? Miigwetch, Niawen, Marsii and Thank you. Sharon

Hi Sharon! Thanks for writing in! I love this idea! What a beautiful representation of your appreciation. I had to check with a couple of my friends who make ribbon skirts and shirts. My friend Ryan shared this really cool article from the Milwaukee Public Museum, which talks more about the beginning history, as far as how styles changed after…

How can I graduate early?

Hey there! Thank you for writing in. So, you want to graduate early? There’re a few things you’ll need to do beforehand. Graduating early takes some special planning and, in most states, you’ll need parent/guardian consent in addition to support from a school administrator, like the principal or vice principal. First, you’ll need to figure out your “why” There are…

Auntie’s wish for you going back to school…

Hey there! I just wanted to send a quick note to all of you that are going back to school. Things might look and feel a little different this year than years past. Some are going back to school in person or at home and both can come with their own stresses that might take some time to navigate through.…

Hi I was wondering if you guys have any stories that relate to the environment?

Great question! To give you a short answer. Absolutely. We have stories, legends, and mythos and continued teachings that are centered on the environment. What an amazing and exciting question. Some reminders when looking into these stories. When looking into stories you will learn that they are usually born from the type of environment that they exist in. i.e. plains,…

Hi I’m not Native but I want to start an ecovillage and I want to learn the ways natives have lived with nature. The farming, the building, the hunting, the cooking, everything lifestyle so I can live the best way possible

Hey there! There are some good writings on Traditional Ecological Knowledge, I particularly like the works of Raymond Pierotti and Daniel Wildcat, especially Red Alert!.. There is another Indigenous Devon Pena, who works around Indigenous food sovereignty. I would suggest you reach out respectfully to the Indigenous people in is area, because they would have the best knowledge of living…

Hi Auntie! I recently have been using crystals but am curious about Native American religion since I am Native American myself, I don’t want to betray any religion, but I just want to know if I can believe in both!

Hey there! Thanks for writing in. Spiritual well-being is best defined by each person. Each person has a right to experiment and discover what makes most sense for them and their life goals. This ‘well-being’ will look different from person to person but does have similar themes which may include: Relaxation Taking time to commune with nature Reflecting deeply on…

Hi I’m not Native but I want to start an ecovillage and I want to learn the ways natives have lived with nature. The farming, the building, the hunting, the cooking, everything lifestyle so I can live the best way possible

Hey there! There are some good writings on Traditional Ecological Knowledge, I particularly like the works of Raymond Pierotti and Daniel Wildcat, especially Red Alert!.. There is another Indigenous Devon Pena, who works around Indigenous food sovereignty. I would suggest you reach out respectfully to the Indigenous people in is area, because they would have the best knowledge of living…
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