The character of the Indian's emotion left little room in his heart for antagonism towards his fellow creatures....For the lakota mountains, lakes, rivers, springs, valleys and woods were all finished beauty. Winds, rains, snow, sunshine, day, night and the changes season were endlessly fascinating, birds insects, and animals filled the world with knowledge that defied the comprehension of man.
The Lakota was a true naturalist - a lover of Nature. He loved the earth, and all of the things of the earth, and the attachment grew with age. The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power.
It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk bare feet on the sacred earth.
Their tipis were built upon the earth and their alter were made of earth. The birds that flew in the air came to rest upon the earth, and it and it was the final abiding place of all things that lived and grew. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing.
This is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of popping himself up and away from its life giving force/ For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply an d to feel more keenly; he can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him.
Chief Luther Standing Bear