The modern game of lacrosse finds its roots in the history and rich tradition of Native American tribes. Likewise, the wisdom and culture of Native Americans has been passed down through the centuries. The following proverbs and code of ethics provide a glimpse to this heritage.
You already possess everything necessary to become great.
Tell me, and I will listen.
Show me, and I will understand.
Take me in, and I will learn.
Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.
Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.
It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.
Respect (from the Native American Indian Traditional Code of Ethics)
Respect means: "to feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy."
Showing respect is a basic law of life.
a. Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times.
b. Special respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders.
c. No person should be made to feel "put down" by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.
d. Touch nothing that belongs to someone else (especially Sacred Objects) without permission, or an understanding between you.
e. Respect the privacy of every person, never intrude on a person's quiet moment or personal space.
f. Never walk between people that are conversing.
g. Never interrupt people who are conversing.
h. Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of Elders, strangers or others to whom special respect is due.
i. Do not speak unless invited to do so at gatherings where Elders are present (except to ask what is expected of you, should you be in doubt).
j. Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they are present or not.
k. Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother. Show deep respect for the mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world. Do nothing to pollute our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her.
l. Show deep respect for the beliefs and religion of others.
m. Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what they are saying is worthless. Listen with your heart.