before the Japanese colonial rule, the indigenous peoples did not have the concept of individually owned land or private property. In our worldview, the land owns the person, not the other way around. The attitude towards land is one of humility and respect, and we see ourselves as living alongside the land. We are nothing more than guests on the land, and we see ourselves as stewarding the land for future generations. There is a saying in the Truku Tribe: “the land is blood, the mountain is home.” This stresses our reliance on our relationship with our land.
Ciwang Teyra is a Truku currently getting her PhD at the University of Washington. It's a great intro, and there are a few Truku stories and sayings in it that is less common in other such intros. Hopefully she would continue writing on the subject from her perspective.