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Maslow’s hierarchy connected to Blackfoot beliefs

I find this an interesting addition to yesterday’s post. I love this line, “It’s doing my part to help my community and the greater good.” That’s what we need now, and we see this playing out in communities around the world, despite being undermined by certain political pundits.

Also this:
“The Blackfoot call it “cultural perpetuity…It’s an understanding that you will be forgotten, but you have a part in ensuring that your people’s important teachings live on.”

As someone whose days are numbered because of this virus– I find some acceptance of life’s fragility and my place in it, though I will be forgotten as a person, the ripples of my being around and with others continue. I have become, and have given back. That is the truth of life.

A Digital Native American

This slide shows basic differences between Western and First Nations perspectives, as presented by University of Alberta professor Cathy Blackstock at the 2014 conference of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. This slide shows basic differences between Western and First Nations perspectives, as presented by University of Alberta professor Cathy Blackstock at the 2014 conference of the National Indian Child Welfare Association.

I first heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in an advertising course I took in college many years ago. I remember looking at the pyramid and its five layers – with basic needs at the bottom and “self-actualization” at the top – and thinking that self-actualization belonged in the foundation.

It turns out I was thinking like a Blackfoot.

At a conference last week of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, I learned that Abraham Maslow, one of the founders of humanistic psychology, borrowed generously from the Blackfoot people to refine his motivational theory on the hierarchy of needs.

Briefly, Maslow’s theory suggests that humans are motivated to fulfill first the most basic of needs, such as…

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Sheri Edwards View All

Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker

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