I never considered the meaning of the term Elder until I read the book by Dr. Anita L. Sánchez "The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times." Dr. Sánchez describes it as follows: "This is more than acknowledgment of their age; it is a term of respect for their lifetime commitment to embody, practice, and share indigenous wisdom. Through their actions, decisions, practices, and knowledge, an Elder is seen for who and what they are, are sought for their wisdom, guidance, and counsel. And, by doing so, the people, the community, give the title of Elder" (page 6). Today, I reflect on how I have started acknowledging the Elders in my life and share my thoughts on how our society views them.
Sánchez, A. (2017). The four sacred gifts: Indigenous wisdom for modern times. ENLIVEN, 2018.