Notable Quotes

Never!

Will we let ourselves be destroyed in our turn without a struggle, give up our homes, our country bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit, the graves of our dead and everything that is dear and sacred to us? I know you will cry with me, "Never! Never!" — Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee

I Will Follow

I will follow the white man's trail. I will make him my friend, but I will not bend my back to his burdens. I will be cunning as a coyote. I will ask him to help me understand his ways, then I will prepare the way for my children, and their children. The Great Spirit has shown me that a day will come when they will outrun the white man in his own shoes. — Many Horses

A Wee Child

A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan. — Zitkala-Sa

Grown Men

Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss. — Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man

Life of an Indian

The life of an Indian is like the wings of the air. That is why you notice the hawk knows how to get his prey. The Indian is like that. The hawk swoops down on its prey; so does the Indian. In his lament he is like an animal. For instance, the coyote is sly; so is the Indian. The eagle is the same. That is why the Indian is always feathered up; he is a relative to the wings of the air. — Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man

The Horse

Of all the animals the horse is the best friend of the Indian, for without it he could not go on long journeys. A horse is the Indian's most valuable piece of property. If an Indian wishes to gain something, he promises that if the horse will help him he will paint it with native dye, that all may see that help has come to him through the aid of his horse. — Brave Buffalo (late 19th century) Teton Sioux medicine man

Communities

Native American communities have and always will be a part of modern America. — Jason Baird Jackson

Greet the Sun

To be able to greet the sun with the sounds from all of Nature is a great blessing, and it helps us to remember who is the real provider of all of our benefits. — Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

He Walks

He [Wakan Tanka] walks with us along the pathways of life, and He can do for us what we could never do on our own. — Fools Crow, LAKOTA

A Visitor

I always see America as really belonging to the Native Americans. Even though I'm American, I still feel like a visitor in my own country. — Nicolas Cage

 

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