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The Aboriginal View and Model of the Unity of Science


Friends and Relatives- Warm Greetings to Each of You!

My name is Tiger Lane. I am 10 years old. I am a member of the White Swan Dakota Oyate and Chickasaw Nation. My Ihanktonwan Dakota name is Mato Gi. It means Brown Bear. It was my grandfather’s name. He gave it to me before he died. His English name is Phil Lane Sr.

I am in Grade 5 at the White Rock Elementary School.

Thank you very much for taking your time to look at my Science Fair Project.

The Aboriginal View and Model of the Unity of Science

Everything within us and outside us can be progressively organized from the Mineral People, to the Plant People, to the Animal People, to the Human People. Each Relative has special Gifts, Powers and Spirit.

When we investigate the Mineral People we find they have the gift, power and spirit of togetherness and unity. The Mineral People unify all the other relatives.

For instance, the “legos” or basic building blocks of the universe are called elements. There are now 118 elements that Scientists have discovered. They are organized in what is called an Atomic Chart or Chart of Basic Elements.

Of these 118 elements, there are 25 elements that are essential to the life of the Plant, Animal and Human People.  Aboriginal Peoples organized the elements into Earth, Air, Water and Fire.

The Mineral, Plant, Animal and Human People are all interrelated and interdependent.  For instance, the Plant People breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. The Animal People and the Human People breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.

The Plant People possess the qualities of the Mineral People, plus the gift, power and spirit of growth.

The Animal People possess the qualities of the Mineral and Plant People, plus the gift, power and spirit of the senses, hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing and touching. The Animal People, also, have the gift, power and spirit of movement and memory.

The Human People have the gift, power and spirit of togetherness, growth, the senses, memory, rational thought and free will. My Elders, also, teach me that we Human People have spiritual gifts and powers, as well. These spiritual gifts and powers are developed through our prayers, songs, and ceremonies, as well as, living a good life and being good relatives. Sometimes they are given by dreams and visions.

The Chanupa Wakan, the Sacred Pipe, has many meanings. Many more than I understand. Some of the meanings are about the Physical World, the world we can see and some are about the Spiritual World, the world we can't see. An important meaning of the Sacred Pipe for my Science Fair Project is how everything is related to everything else, including all the branches of science.

The Stone Bowl represents the Mineral People or Kingdom.

Sciences that study the Mineral People are Astrophysics, Geology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Meteorology, Nuclear Physics, Seismology, Petrology, Physics, Mineralogy, Aerodynamics and Ecology.

The Wooden Stem represents the Plant People or Kingdom

Sciences that study the Plant People are Botany, Phytology, Biology, Genetics, Biology, Marine Biology, Forestry, Taxonomy and Ecology.

The Eagle Feather, other animal designs and symbols on the Sacred Pipe and in the Sacred Bundle represent the Animal People or Kingdom

Some of the Sciences that study the Animal People are Zoology, Biology, Anatomy, Entomology, Genetics, Taxonomy, Ornithology, Marine Biology and Ecology.

When we put the Sacred Pipe together and stand the Sacred Pipe upright, with the bowl upward, it represents the Human People. We contain all the Gifts, Powers and Spirit of Life.

Some of the Sciences that study the Human People are Biology, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Anatomy, Genetics and Ecology.

This can be understood as an Aboriginal Model of the Unity of Science

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Comment by Carol Petersen on July 18, 2011 at 1:47pm

Hi Tiger,

 I pray that the children of others who have joined our web site communicate with you and bridge your insight with theirs.  You have my attention and respect.

Good work!


Comment by DYC 2 Hats on June 21, 2011 at 10:35pm

Hello, Tiger!

I just love your project! I can see how all of the sciences are related to the Peoples & The Chanupa Wakan!

This is way past cool, dude! You have done a very good job of creating this project! :D


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Comment by Raymond Hermenet on June 20, 2011 at 2:53pm
It is a wonderful and beautiful work of yours that becomes a bridge between cultures. This is very important for people of all cultures to see the unifying threads between the different ways we see the world. The Embera have what is called a hidden science where like Creator you know what you sometimes cannot see you can find in the heart. Again, congratulations on your science project. I enjoyed it very much.
Many Blessings,
Raymond Hermenet
Comment by Robin Rainbow Gate on June 20, 2011 at 10:01am
This is so beautifully, simply and clearly written and expressed. I agree with the other people who have commented: I too feel hopeful and moved to know there are ones young in years, such as yourself, who are carrying this wakefulness forward for us all. The way you assert the Spirit inherent in all Science is brilliant and  is the connection many people are needing at this time. Thank you, bless you.
Comment by Aurora Whitebird on June 20, 2011 at 9:41am
Thank you so much for sharing your project with us. This is a very comprehensive and thought out study, and I will be pleased to share it with my daughter.   I can tell you are a very smart and caring young man and know that you will be a credit to all the People as you continue on your path.   Mitakuye Oyasin.
Comment by John Francis on June 19, 2011 at 9:50pm

Thank you for expressing so clearly this knowledge of the connection between spirit and creation. Respect and love for all of creation holds open this door for further understanding. And thanks to your family for holding this knowledge and passing it on. As a father and grandfather I am happy for you as we all learn more about this beautiful place we call home.

My deepest respect to you and your family and your ancestors.
Comment by Stephen Bamford on June 19, 2011 at 7:14pm
It is profound to read these words.  It gives heart and soul to see your efforts laying the foundation for future generations in carrying on the works of your father and grandfather.  Many blessings, young man.
Comment by Starr Cross on June 19, 2011 at 7:10pm
I love this oh wise one.  You have obviously learned well the lessons of your ancestors, while synthesising with the present science world view.  If only all could realize that it is one.  Bless you young brave heart!!
Comment by Larry S Baker on June 19, 2011 at 6:28pm

To my young brother, Tiger.


You have expressed these truths with great simplicity.  I learned much from your blog and I was inspired by the words.  I hope those who see and hear your words have open hearts and minds to see the gift you have given them.

Comment by Jason Schroeder on June 19, 2011 at 4:50pm

Aho to that wisdom. Thank you for sharing your great project here. This gives me great hope for our future, to see wisdom keepers who are ageless. Building bridges between 'science' and 'Spirit' people I feel is very important to heal the whole. Your sharings build such a bridge. It is the time.

Blessings from bonnie Scotland to you and your family


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