Political & Economic Organizations - Additional Reading

Traditional Social Organization


storytellingIn traditional education, knowledge was given a practical purpose.  Education involved passing on skills, information, and perspectives necessary for spiritual and social balance in the community.  Lessons combined learning with laughter, exercise, family, spirituality and active contribution to the community.

The content of lessons had been passed on from generation to generation.  People would hear the same stories many times throughout their lives. Education was considered an ongoing process, and people were expected to continue learning throughout their lives.

Traditional teachings embraced the pursuit of living in harmony with oneself, one’s family and one’s community, including the community of the natural world.  Individuals were expected to regenerate these cultural teachings through their actions, thoughts, and words.  In this respect, education was considered everyone’s responsibility.