Notable Quotes

Don't Be Afraid

Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts. — Hopi

We Are Not Isolated

We are not as isolated and uneducated as we once were. We have lawyers; we have political rights and a special political status. No longer do we allow encroachment within our own boundaries. — Ken Davis, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

My Children

My children, you have forgotten the customs and traditions of your forefathers. You have bought guns, knives, kettles, and blankets from the white man until you can no longer do without them; and what is worse you have drunk the poison firewater,   which turns you into fools. Fling all these things away; live as your forefathers did before you. — Pontiac, Odowa

When You Lose a Language

When you lose a language and a language goes extinct,  it's like dropping a bomb on the Louvre. — Michael Krauss

A Long Time Ago

A long time ago this land belonged to our fathers, but when I go up to the river I see camps of soldiers on its banks. These soldiers cut down my timber, they kill my buffalo and when I see that, my heart feels like bursting. — Satanta, Kiowa Chief

What Is Life?

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. — Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator

The Great Spirit

The Great Spirit is in all things. He is in the air we breathe. 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, Wabanaki Algonquin

I Have Been

I have been to the end of the earth. I have been to the end of the waters. I have been to the end of the sky. I have been to the end of the mountains. I have found none that are not my friends. — Navajo proverb

Harmony

Where no one intrudes, many can live in harmony. — Chief Dan George

Dominant Society

The dominant society teaches us to be in front, be aggressive. Our culture teaches us not to compete but to cooperate with each other, to find balance [and] unity. We go as fast as the slowest person. The warriors need to lead from the back. — Phillip Whiteman, Northern Cheyenne

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