Mitakuye Oyasin (Mitakyasi)

Pronunciation: Mee-tah-koo-yay Oy-yah-seen

Meaning: Mitakuye Oyasin is a Lakota Sioux term literally translated as: “All My Relations.” The meaning, however, extends beyond that of the English translation to include not only human family, but all of the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms as well as the forces of nature (wind, thunder, lightening, etc.) plus the elements, in that we are all connected in the intricate web of existence, and that each is affected by actions of any other. Everything is interrelated —nothing exists in isolation.

The very finest discussion of this concept I’ve come across is in an article written and copyrighted by Thomas James Martin, dated October 2, 2001. You can read it here.

To understand my mindset and the drive and purpose behind this Web log in respect and honor of our Mother Earth, please read my post of 8/28/2011, “The Red Road.”

Change comes from within —we find a better way as we learn to live wisely.

Mitakuye Oyasin!

4 Responses to “About”

  1. thank you so much for this…. my brother just read a book called what the animals taught me
    and he was intrigued by these two wonderful beautiful words so we looked them up and found you and we want to thank you ………the book was written by stephanie marohn you have probably heard of it
    anyway thanks so much…….. it is a beautiful language and i love it….. all the best

  2. thanks again

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