Gifting in Native American Culture

July 16, 2020

Gifting in Native American Culture

“The Spokan (Native American tribe) practiced different types of gift-giving between kinspeople, friends…and acquaintances. Gift-giving – whether spontaneous, premeditated, or delayed – tended to establish a new relationship, maintain an existing one, or even re-establish a disrupted relationship that was necessary for social, political, or economic reasons.” - The Spokan Indians, John Alan Ross.

“As a Native American woman ‘gifting’ is woven into my personal fiber. I have witnessed, organized, and/or participated in large Potlatch (gifting) ceremonies and small intimate (unique occasion) gifting ceremonies. Among Native American people gifting (be it small or large) is a personal and or familial gesture of relationship bonding. An act of gifting by the gift-giver is taken with full consideration and with a clean-heart as if to express “I value our relationship and offer you this gift as a tangible symbol of your importance in my life”. This type of indigenous cultural gifting carries much more depth and significance than modern western culture gifting events.” Marina TurningRobe, Co-Founder, Sister Sky.

Sister Sky LOVES the beauty of ALL children! We love to hear their laughter, words, and beautiful smiles. Marina’s neighborhood cul-de-sac is filled with BEAUTYFULL children. She wanted to gift each family with Kevin’s Care lotion – so she did and it filled her heart with happiness! Kevin’s Care lotion is jam-packed with incredible natural ingredients which are totally safe for all ‘our precious little children, running (roughshod) the neighborhood streets this summer’.

Family and Giving are core values at Sister Sky. To learn more about the wonderful Kevin's Care lotion and how the lotion is kid-friendly visit www.sistersky.com

Written by: Marina Turningrobe

Spokane Tribe, Spokane, WA

Pauquachin First Nation, Saanich British Columbia




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