What Giving means to Alaska Native and Native American Tribes
Terrance H. Booth, Sr. – Tsimshian
The Native giving of a gift to another marks a special occasion, has lifelong remembrance, and both giver and receiver of a gift lives are enriched over the exchange. Native giving as written by Cheryl Davis,
“It is not the value of the gift, but the giving itself that is culturally relevant,” he said. “Giving a gift that may not have significant monetary worth, but significant spiritual or personal value is a sign of a giving heart.” In the Lakota tradition, he said, all living things created by God are often referred to as “people.” The Lakotas have a phrase, “mitaque oyasin,” which means “all my relations” and refers to all human beings, four-legged animals, and those that can fly, swim and crawl. “In The Give-Away, the four-legged and those that can fly gather for council to discuss the needs of the two-legged (human beings). In an attempt to meet the needs of humanity, they offer the most precious parts of themselves. In the end, it is the Creator who chooses to give away the greatest gift for humankind — the Son of God,” Buckley said.” 
The giver of a gift to another shows the importance of the relationship of the receiver of the gift and whatever that was given is highly cherished, feeling of being blessed, honored and knows that the giver of the gift put much time, effort, energy into what was given most time Native exchange of gifts it usually in handmade, crafted with great skill and talent. So the exchange has great meaning to both giver and the receiver.
Cheryl Davis, further writes, “Once something is given away, all strings to that gift are broken. The gift is given with no expectations. Native people believe that what is given always comes back to the giver in one way or another in another form of good. Native people also believe that bad (intentions, actions, etc.) results in bad returning to the doer. I believe that one of the greatest gift is when you give your time to others, in whatever form it is given. Although it is now the season for giving, it is good and healthy to be generous in spirit throughout the year. It is always the giver who receives the greatest blessing.’ 
This is “Cyber Monday” look online for Alaska Native and Native American artwork for their gift comes from the heart. Especially look at the Alaska Native and Native American Non-profits who are appealing for help and assistance. Facebook and Twitter are being used so take time to look at these Alaska Native and Native American Non-profits and be in the right spirit of giving to not only bring help but bring healing, happiness, and something that will be cherished for life that someone really cares about the needs of Alaska Native and Native American people. The giving has the potential to change a life and it will be remember for the life of the receiver(s) of special gifts that can and will bring about a change in some Alaska Native and Native American Family. Reach out to bring change for and creating a better reality for those in need. Giver and Receiver will both be blessed. Thanks.
Cheryl Davis, Native American ‘Give Away’ Tradition, http://bymyart.wordpress.com/2007/12/27/native-american-give-away-tradit…