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As a little child, it was instilled into me to be silent and reticent. This was one of the most important traits to form in the character of the indian. As a hunter and warrior, it was considered absolutely necessary to him,and was thought to lay the foundation of patience and self-control.
There are times when boisterous mirth is indulged in by our people, but the rule is gravity and decorum. I was made to respect the adults, especially the aged. I was not allowed to join in thier discussions, or even to speak in thier presence, unless requested to do so.
Indian etiquette was very strict, and among the requirements was that of avoiding direct address. A term of relationship or some title of courtesy was commonly used instead of the personal name by who wished to show respect.

Santee Sioux