American Indian culture reflects the value of cooperation. Cooperation helps
to ensure harmony and balance in the world. Cooperation is demonstrated in
hunting, fishing and gathering activities that traditionally required the
cooperation of the total community. Today, in some communities the rice
harvest is not begun until the elders have said the rice is ready. Even then
specific times and days are established and tribal members are expected to
follow these guidelines in a cooperative manner. Other seasonal activities
require the same levels of community cooperation.