Most Native American people were / are aware that all of life is sacred. If they took something from nature, it would be only for food, shelter, and/or clothing and they would be sure to use every part of animals, leaving nothing to waste. Asking first for permission from the animal's spirit and sometimes even giving a gift back, if only a prayer of thanks to Great Spirit ~ the Creator of the Earth who inhabits everything ~ they held a deep reverence for the spirit (energy) of all.
Animals, specifically, were respected as equal to humans and animal guides would find their way to tribal members. Each animal has it's own kind of energy or (medicine), so paying attention to the animals that show up in our lives can often be a great source of wisdom and connect us to what Great Spirit is endeavoring to impart to help us on our current Earth journeys.
Every seed is awakened and so is all animal
life. It is through this mysterious power that
we too have our being and we therefore