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Our Inspiration... an Indian Chief named Tecumseh

"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, and beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."
-Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Nation


Who Was Tecumseh?
This native American was born in 1768 and he was a famous Shawnee Indian leader. He spent much of his life attempting to rally disparate Native American tribes in a mutual defense of their lands, which eventually culminated in his death in the War of 1812. Tecumseh was greatly admired by all in his day and he remains a respected icon for Native Americans. Even his longtime adversary William Henry Harrison considered Tecumseh to be "one of those uncommon geniuses which spring up occasionally to produce revolutions and overturn the established order of things."

We can draw from Tecumseh's wisdom and there are many lessons embedded in his life philosophy that can be carried into our business and personal lives. So respected was this great leader, that a statue of Tecumseh sits overlooking the United States Naval Academy for guidance, leadership and protection. This figurehead of Tecumseh has stood vigil over Tecumseh Court and the U.S. Naval Adademy since 1868.

Which brings us to the Ozark mountains in the middle of the United States. Tecumseh is also the name of a community in eastern Ozark County, Missouri. It is located on Norfork Lake, just south of the North Fork of the White River, about ten miles east of Gainesville on U.S. Highway 160. It was named for Tecumseh, the Shawnee Indian chief who settled in the general area. This part of the Ozarks has some absolutely breathtaking scenery and many hidden jewels for outdoor adventure and is worth a trip to take it in.







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