Tribes try to shield elders and their knowledge from virus

The Associated Press - December 27, 2020 2:47 pm

(AP) — Across the nation, Native American tribes are working to protect their oldest members from the coronavirus. The effort is about more than protecting lives. Tribal elders serve as honored links to the past and often possess unique knowledge of language, history and culture. That knowledge is all the more valuable in these cultures because tribes often pass down their traditions orally.

Tribal groups are distributing protective gear, delivering meals, and racing to obtain vaccines for their eldest generations. That includes the Navajo Nation in the Southwest, the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, and the Mashantucket Pequot Nation in Connecticut.


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