American Indian traditions place a value on patience and tolerance. Tribal
elders display great patience when teaching children and are tolerant of the
pace at which they learn. It is considered respectful to listen patiently when
others are speaking and to give others the time they need to express their
thoughts. This value includes the disposition of being non-judgmental.
Patience and tolerance include the skill of careful observation. It is important
to know when certain activities should occur. It is through observing the
seasons, the weather, the other beings, and all aspects of the environment
that one is able to live in harmony and balance.