Standing People

Nation of Standing People
Phenomenal energy
Bare bones or flowered

Many Native American Nations call trees “The Standing People”.  They teach all of their plant relations are the givers of the Earth; providing for the needs of others.  Each tree has a symbol, and with it has its properties and attributes with the ability to share these with the people.  Trees provide healing medicines, shelter from their branches, crevices for the small animals, and provide materials to build homes.  Trees symbolize permanence and longevity; its firm base symbolizes the concept of ‘roots’ with an ongoing relationship with natural surroundings.  Such positive characteristics and attributes of trees lend themselves to being revered by Native Americans.

Note:  The pine trees (above) symbolize creativity, peace and harmony

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2012

Tree (#196)


About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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19 Responses to Standing People

  1. tigerbrite says:

    Interesting, there’s certainly some handsome standing people in the picture.


  2. Renee Espriu says:

    Absolutely beautiful. A convention I’d love to be part of.


  3. Love the information. Inspires me to do an art project in my workshops (or maybe just for myself)
    thanks Becca!


  4. prema says:

    Truly, truly lovely !! Great metaphor!


  5. Write Girl says:

    I love the “Nation of Standing People” What a beautiful idea. Thanks for sharing!


  6. Standing People – full of wisdom, guardians of memories, keepers of the stories! Beautiful image and lesson you shared with us.


  7. Barbara says:

    This is so moving, Becca, and very informative. Thanks for sharing it!


  8. Beautiful take on the prompt, Becca.


  9. Crystal says:

    Oh this is wonderful! Lovely image, and I enjoyed the rich history involving the beliefs and sayings of the Native people.. Many have forgotten them, but there’s so much wisdom behind their stories and their beliefs.. true wisdom.. Thanks for sharing!


  10. Rallentanda says:

    They are ‘the standing people’. They deserve our respect instead of our vandalism.


  11. MamaTim says:

    I love this concept – ‘standing people’.. We are after all living in community, all living things do – ♥


  12. Green Speck says:

    What a great personification …. loved it 🙂


  13. Excellent informative post, and great haiku.


  14. Fascinating post I did not know any of the Native American beliefs. I loved the poem and the photo is beautiful. I really enjoyed this x


  15. siggiofmaine says:

    I was at a loss for words til I read what WabiSabi wrote…I agree totally. Thank you for this wonderful post.


  16. WabiSabi says:

    Your haiku stands on its own as a powerful poem .However, your explanation greatly enhanced my appreciation for Native Americans’ reverence for trees. If only modern people would do the same.


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