American Indian
Quotes And Wisdom



"If the Great and Good Spirit wished us to believe and do as the whites
He could easily change our opinions
So that we would see and think and act as they do
We are nothing compared to His power
And we feel and know it"

Black Hawk




"All things are connected
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth"

Chief Seattle



"Oh
The comfort
The inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person
Having neither to weight thought nor measure words
But pouring them all right out
Just as they are
Chaff and grain together
Certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them
Keep is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness
Blow the rest away"

Anonymous Shoshone



"From where the sun now sits
I will fight no more
Forever"

Chief Joseph



"We are all poor because we are all honest"

Red Dog Ogala Sioux



"Friendship is held to be the severest test of character"

Ohiyesa Santee Sioux



"It does not require many words to speak the truth"

Chief Joseph



"The sun is my father
And the earth is my mother
And on her bosom I will repose"

Tecumseh Shawnee



"Events often make it seem expedient to depart from the pledged word
But we are consious that the first departure
Creates a logic for the second departure
Until there is nothing left of the word"

Declaration of Indian Purpose--1961



"No person among us
Desires any other reward for performing a brave and worth action
But the consciousness of having served his nation"

Joseph Brant Mohawk



"My friends
How desperately do we need to be loved and to love"

Chief Dan George



"When you begin a great work you can't expect to finish it all at once
Therefore do you and your brothers press on
Let nothing discourage you
Till you have entirely finished what you have begun"

Teedyuscung Delaware



"Knowledge is inherent in all things
The world is a library"

Chief Luther Standing Bear Oglala Sioux



"We may quarrel with men sometimes about things on this earth
But we never quarrel about God
We do not want to learn that"

Chief Joseph



"Death will come
Always out of season"

Chief Big Elk Omaha



"Each soul must meet the morning sun
The new sweet earth
And the Great Silence alone!"

Ohiyesa Santee Sioux



"Civilization has been thrust upon me
And it has not added one whit to my love for truth
Honesty
And generosity"

Chief Luther Standing Bear Oglala Sioux



"As a people we can't forget our heritage and traditions
For if we forget where we came from
We can lose sight of who we are"

Canuuk Maliseet


"We give thanks for the Sun
Who rises each day to give warmth to the earth
And also to the hearts of men"

Edgar Red Cloud Blackfoot


Ancient Prayer

"The Creator above is the Great Spirit and the Great Mystery
His gifts are plentiful therefore you want not
He holds out a branch of love and protection'
He draws you to where the ground is undisturbed
Where the air is pure
And the water is clear and clean enough to give life
For He is strength and wisdom"

The Menominee Version of the 23rd Psalm


"Grandfather
Great Spirit
Once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice
You lived first and you are older than all need
Plder than all prayer
All things belong to you
Day in
Day out
Forevermore
You are the life of things"

Black Elk Oglala Sioux


"The Great Spirit is in all things
Is in the air we breath
The Great Spirit is our Father
But the Earth is our Mother
She nourishes us
That which we put into the ground
She returns to us"

Big Thunder Algonquin


"Our hearts are great within us
And great heart will never rob a friend"

Morning Star Wallah Wallah


"We also have a religion
It teaches us to be thankful for the favors that we receive
To love each other and to be united
We never quarrel about religion"

Chief Red Jacket Seneca


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