An Indigenous view on the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Ricochet

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An Indigenous view on the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Ricochet

by ahnationtalk on September 23, 202291 Views

In our time of grief, our ancestral teachings tell us to mourn for our loved one for 10 days. The protocol according to Kaianera’kó:wa — The Great Law of Peace — is that other clans will take care of the grieving family’s needs for those 10 days. These clans will console, feed, listen, and tell stories of remembrance about the loved one who has passed so that the family may be comforted.

Members of the other clans say words of comfort about the life of the loved one on whom we can no longer rely. We will no longer hear their voice, see their face, or share laughter, love, meals, and special moments, both good and bad, together. This is not only our duty and obligation, but part of our traditional teachings that seek to build our resilience and strengthen our nations.

On September 8, we witnessed the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, followed by centuries-old protocols and ceremonies for the longest-reigning monarch, whose rule spanned 70 years. Throughout Mother Earth, many people expressed their emotions and paid tribute.

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