Like in most households today through out the world, a certain standard of etiquette is expected when you visit a persons house, attend a meal or gathering. Dinning/ guest etiquette can be very different from one culture to another and what may seem perfectly normal for one, may have the complete opposite meaning in another.
With this in mind, I though I would dedicate this blog to the dinning guest etiquette of my own culture, the Oglala Lakota. So here we go.
These are some hard and fast rules of old times when you would enter a Tipi.
2- If the door, or flap, is opened then you will be able to enter directly into it to talk to the owner. However, if the flap was down, then you would need to inform the owner that you are here to visit him. You must then wait to be invited in.
3 – When a man enters the Tipi, he must enter on the right side and waits for the owner to invite him to sit down and the left side of him (the owner).
4 – If a woman enters a Tipi, she should enter after the man and must go to the left side.
5 – If you are invited to eat at a persons Tipi, then you must bring your own bowl.
6 – You must never walk between the fire and the people sitting. Always walk to the back of them.
7 – The older men should be the ones to initiate conversation, not the younger men.
8 – When your host starts to clean his pipe out, this means that it is time to leave
…. And that is Tipi Etiquette !
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– Have a great Day Kolas (Friends)