Nature of Gifting
NCPC realizes that we have a responsibility to find ways to support our most cherished resource— the Native American traditionalists and their way of life...
In the tradition of the native people gifting was a way of life, and an integral part of the way the community took care of one another and respected the flow of energy in the Universe. But, back then, money wasn’t the currency; at a giveaway (that was in honor of individuals) you exchanged blankets, horses, food and other goods needed for daily life.

Fast Forward to the present...

As "modern" people in a consumer society we have learned that money buys us goods and services on demand; but from the contemporary native viewpoint, money still does not have this "power". Gifting is not in exchange for services received. On the highest level gifting is simply the outward expression of gratitude and honor towards individuals, communities, and sacred places.

There is an important lesson here for all of us in that Native American people are demonstrating a way to be in the world: gifting with an open heart as a reciprocal relation with the people, tribes, and communities. What is given is often returned many times over in seen and unseen ways.

As a believer in the healing power of Ceremony for all the people, the NCPC realizes that we have a responsibility to find ways to support our most cherished resource— the Native American traditionalists and their way of life. But as is the traditional way, the NCPC does not condone or practice paying individuals for Ceremony.

Instead, the NCPC believes in creatively supporting many Projects with travel funds, lodging, food, and assisting these good works that follow the traditional ways.

Can you help? We encourage you to help us is our mission of supporting the ongoing and future Projects that support the Native American Peoples of the Intermountain, Great Basin Plateau region. Please visit our Contribute page for more information.

Blackfoot emcampment
Blackfoot encampment ~ circa 1900