In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, it is impossible not to turn our minds to our heritage and when we think of heritage we think of families and the legacies left to us and which we will leave to our children. Native American Fatherhood & Families Association was formed in 2002 with the goal of strengthening and keeping families together by connecting parents to their cultural heritage and traditions, connecting with past generations in order to bring purpose and direction to future generations.
Sacredness is a deep traditional value in the great heritage of Native American people. Native forefathers have taught us many symbols of nature that have been considered sacred for generations. Mountains, canyons, rivers, burial grounds along with certain animals, ceremonies, items, songs and dances, etc. are widely acknowledged as sacred to Native American cultures. Native American Fatherhood & Families Association desires to remind us that the most sacred things in life are our roles as fathers and mothers, not only to Native American cultures but to all.
Family is the heart of all cultures.
Family relationships have been so central to our ancestors that some tribes do not even have words for adoption, step-children or orphans. No matter what race, religion, or ethnicity we identify with, we can honor our heritage in our own families by creating homes where each child feels safe, loved, wanted and appreciated. When we truly understand the past, we can better see the future and we will continue to progress as a people. Our forefathers had great hope and vision for their families and their people. We connect with them by sharing that vision with them.