Elder’s Meditation – Walking the Red Road

“One is not born a Tewa but rather one is made a Tewa… once made,
one has to work hard continuously throughout one’s life to remain a Tewa.”
— Alfonso Ortiz, SAN JUAN PUEBLO


Being Indian is being spiritual. It is not the color of our skin. Being Indian is how we think.
We need to learn our culture, our language, our dances, our traditions, and customs. It is one
thing to know these things, but another to live them. We need to spend time with the Elders
and get their guidance. We need to go to the mountains, woods, and desert to pray. Being
spiritual is the way for us to think right. Walking the Red Road and thinking right is the greatest
gift we can give to our children.

Grandfather, help me to Walk the Talk