From Black Elk Speaks: “…west where the thunder beings live to send us rain; …the north, whence comes the great white cleansing wind; …the east, whence springs the light and where the morning star lives to give men wisdom;… the south, whence come the summer and the power to grow.”
For any native culture these are very important and drive their daily and yearly life. These directions have power.
By declaring “A relative I am” one says that we are all related, we have kinship.
In this prayer you acknowledge that we, as human incarnates, are not all powerful and we need help sometimes and who better to ask for help from than a relative. In native societies the social structure and paradigms revolved around family and clan with each member doing their best to support the whole.
By acknowledging that we are related to all that surrounds us we are able to gain help and knowledge from everything we come into contact with.