- [Dr. Rebecca Foster] I was talking to him and I said, you know grandpa, I said, nobody really wants me to go.
They want me to stay, they're afraid that when I leave that I'm gonna be changed too much.
He said, that's true, you're gonna come back, you're not gonna be the same, but you're going to be the modern warrior.
He said, you're gonna prevent our people from having everything taken and not being here any longer.
(gentle music) - [Dr. Dan Foster] I did not encounter any other American Indians in my graduate studies.
There were other American Indians in graduate studies, and this was before the days of cell phones.
We knew who each other were.
(laughing) When I learned about the brain I was amazed to find that every gyri and sulci, every dip and bump on your brain is named after a white man.
(laughing) There's no Crazy Horse Junction, or Sitting Bull Corner in your brain.
It's all named after white males because white males were the docs back when they started cutting into people's brains.
They named and labeled everything.
Our world was nature, our world still is nature.
We learn from nature.
We have a holistic view of life.
We don't view human beings in the linear way.
As on top of a totem pole, we view in a circular ways, human beings being the last to be created.
The last to arrive here on earth.
In Western European, it was all about me.
And so psychology is about the study of the individual.
How are you going to have an individual outside of the social context?
You don't even have a sense of identity without how people respond to you.
So even your sense of me and your sense of I can't exist without a social context, without other people responding to you.
And you taking information from that.
We have a lot of life-ways, and a lot of perspectives that are healthy, very healthy for community living.
And so what we didn't use the circle technologically, we used the circle, relationally.
The concept of Cangleska Wakan, the sacred circle of life, the multiple dimensions of life to include not just those that are alive now, but those that will follow us when you'd be making decisions for the group of people.
We didn't aspire to progress.
We aspire to continue the circle of life.
I bring that up because we live not just that the people today will live, live because the people that preceded us lived, and they live through us, literally genetically, and the people that aren't here yet, we live so they'll live.
Not just as human beings, but as Salonga Lakota and as Siksikaitsitapi, as human beings with the specific way of seeing and engaging and understanding and relating with the world.
And so we, we delight to be a part of the continuation of that.