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curriculum developer: White Bison

Understanding the Purpose of Life

12 Teachings for Native American Youth

The Elders’ wisdom forms the basis for this program. All living beings have a purpose. Young people are warriors-in-training.

Our communities form a Forest. When all the “trees” in the forest are healthy, we are living in a Healing Forest.

Often time, nobody is telling young people how to find their true purpose. There are a lot of reasons
young people are not taught how to find their purpose. Adults created the world we live in.
We need to live in harmony with the laws, principles, and values to have balance in our life. Everything in the universe was created with a purpose. You must look within yourself to find your purpose. Your birth was not an accident.

Upon completion of this 12 -16 week process youth will understand:


  • Intergenerational Trauma and why our communities are the way they are

  • The guided journey of the 4 Visions Prayer, Purpose, Perseverance, and Passion.

  • The Healing Forest Model

  • Self Talk and Affirmations

  • The power of choice and free will

  • Spiritual Principle of Drive, Purpose, Gifts, Character

  • Create a change plan

  • The Mind Changer – Myths and Messages

  • Natural Order and Interconnectedness


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