A warrior who had more than he needed would make a feast. He went around and invited the old and needy. The man who could thank the food—some worthy old medicine man or warrior—said,

". . . . look to the old, they are worthy of old age; they have seen their days and proven themselves. With the help of the Great Spirit, they have attained a ripe old age."

At this age the old can predict or give knowledge or wisdom, whatever it is;
it is so.

Black Elk,
Oglala Sioux holy man

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