August 14, 2017

"Compliment your host, even if you strain the facts to do so."

Here are some selected maxims from “Teepee Etiquette" 


The Art of Manliness explains that they were published in 1912 as The Book of Woodcraft and Indian Lore.
The author Ernest Thompson Seton said he gathered these maxims on American Indian hospitality  “chiefly from observations of actual practice, but in many cases from formal precept.”

• Always assume that your guest is tired, cold, and hungry.
• Do not trouble your guest with many questions about himself; he will tell you what he wishes you to know.
• Always repay calls of courtesy; do not delay.
• Give your host a little present on leaving; little presents are little courtesies and never give offense.
• Say “Thank you” for every gift, however small.
• Compliment your host, even if you strain the facts to do so.
• In another man’s lodge follow his customs, not your own.
• Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
• Do not talk to your mother-in-law at any time, or let her talk to you.
• Show respect to all men, but grovel to none.
• Thank the Great Spirit for each meal.
Posted by Jill Fallon at August 14, 2017 11:56 AM | Permalink