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To my posting about gifting, this time the question is a memorable one asked often about gifting to an elder.
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This question I am pleased to say, as with most of my postings and websites, cannot be asked too many times, because the more it is asked the more often it gets out on the internet for all to see and/or challenge.
Also, the question is a good one and the answer is a simple one because simplicity is the name of the game while writing about the truth?
As with all of my writings about our tobacco, I start with this.
First thing to remember about our tobacco, it was, it is, and should always be, herbs (Kinnick Kinnick) not a chemical treated cigarettes!
While offering a cigarette, please remember, it is an insult to a Traditional if that person is a Non Smoker!
A person handing this herb will usually have it wrapped in something for a convenience to the elder, not always but, if it is wrapped, red would be the preferred color of the wrap.
(RED IS THE COLOR of the HEART BLOOD).
Also, by using your left hand to his/her left hand, shows true respect and knowledge to the elder.
Each time a native person uses a traditional elder way an ancestor sheds a tear of joy.