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The phrase translates as "all my relatives," "we are all related," or "all my relations." It is a prayer of oneness and harmony with all forms of life: other people, animals, birds, insects, trees and plants, and even rocks, rivers, mountains and valleys.
In 1940, American scholar, Joseph Epes Brown wrote a study of Mitakuye Oyasin and its relevance in the Sioux ideology of "underlying connection" and "oneness," and how the phrase has been misappropriated and misused as a slogan and salutation by those from outside the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota cultures.
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