Their tipis were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth. The birds that flew in the air came to rest upon the earth, and it was the final abiding place of all things that lived and grew.
The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing. This is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life-giving forces. For this person, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly - to see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives around us."