So What Is A Traditional Native American Elder?
Native American Mohegan Elders
A Traditional American Native Elder, in the New England area at least, is someone who has reached the young age of 70.
That would be me, now!
However, this person must be well versed in the ways of the people, be an understanding leader at every ceremony and cultural event, and as an American Native, have been involved most of their life, with keeping the tribe together and on the path to the Creator.
This Elder is then shown respect by being called Grandfather, or Grandmother by the members of the people.
Just because a person is now old, this does not make that person an Elder.
If one has not completed the ceremony, then they are not an American Native Elder.
We take all of our culture and our ceremonies very seriously.