Daughters of Copper Woman, a collection of oral tradition tales from an ancient Vancouver, BC aboriginal tribe, describes a forgotten yet essential family practice. The series of stories depict a culture in which new parents hand over their newborns to their parents...actually to the four grandparents. In this society It is the elders' collective wisdom, experience and care that educates and prepares the family's youth for the rigors and challenges of adult life.
This long-lost culture were evolved nough to know that while two can create a child, it didn't mean they understood enough parenting skills to raise their own offspring. This long lost Native American society not only comprehended that two young souls needed nurturing and educating guidance but that the parents often needed help educating themselves. This ancient matriarchy prioritized human skills because they realized for their extended family to mature and survive all parents need experience, wisdom, years, maybe even decades, to prepare themselves for grandparenthood. They learned that by the time a couple became grandparents, they might be prepare for parenting. Thus the maturation of the child was prioritized for society's sake. Devotion to family and children became the cornerstones for their society's foundation. Sadly, this practice does not exist in 21st century. western society.
How do I, as a grandfather, get to know my grandchildren?
- The last time I saw Riley was at her first birthday; she’s now five. I have never met Sloane (3).