|“If you don’t know the language, you’ll only see the surface of the culture…the language is the heart of the culture and you cannot separate it.”|
|–Elaine Ramos, TLINGIT|
|The Creator gave to every person their own special way to communicate and understand. Indians understand connectedness, balance, harmony, spirituality, and the relationship to Mother Earth. The understanding of these things is expressed in the language. The true understanding of culture is expressed in the language. The language is the heart of the people. If we have not learned the language, we need to find a teacher.|
Great Spirit, help me to learn the culture. Let me pray and sing to You in my language.