Generosity and sharing are important parts of the cultural value system of
the people. Communities demonstrate this concept through the giveaways
that often occur at community powwows. The response of a tribal community
during a family crisis such as an accident or death is very generous.
Adults continue to share traditional gifts. Hunters share with extended
family, elders and families known to be in need. Other traditional people
often share wild rice or maple syrup with extended family members living in
urban areas who do not have access to these gifts. Children are taught to
share belongings to such an extent that in schools some children share
everything they have. American Indian children may think that majority
children have been taught in the same way.
The value of generosity and sharing ensures the survival of the group.
Sharing takes place not only among family members who live together but
also among the extended family, which includes many relatives and
sometimes the community. Generosity can be seen in the form of money,
clothing, food, emotional support, and helping to take care of each others
children, especially in crisis situations.