Translations:Eight Shields Model/108/en
Wilderness Awareness School has been fortunate to benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of many Native elders. From the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Nation, we heard the Peace Maker story and how one man brought peace to a people ravaged by wars. In our society, we tend to talk a lot about conflict resolution. However, this presumes that there are always open doors for conflicts. According to the Peace Maker, four principles are important to, as they say, “keep an upright mind.” When people live by these principles, conflict is generally avoided and never spirals out of control. In the 8 Shields model, these four principles are mapped onto the four axes of the directions and they are embodied and preserved by the people in these directions.