the Saulteaux culture, kinship was highly emphasised.
The kinship term prescribes how the user interacts with
the person he/she is addressing by that term. Elders were
referred to as Grandfather or Grandmother even if they
were not blood relatives; not to do so was a demonstration
of disrespect. To be a good relative was the ultimate
aim for all Saulteaux people. Property, social ambition,
glory were believed to be secondary to being a good relative,
one had to obey the rules of kinship; be responsible toward
all; and work toward the good of all people. The word
family cannot be translated into the Saulteaux language,
the word that is used means a place of residence, (ayáwin).
When this word is used it also means a place where a group
of people live, meaning family, immediate or extended.
Each individual has an obligation to respect all people,
all living things. It is important to respect the Elders
for their wisdom and knowledge, but it is equally important
to respect the young people because they are the future
of the Saulteaux.