Notable Quotes

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

I Think Over

I think over again my small adventures
My fears, those small ones that seemed so big
For all the vital things I had to get and reach
And yet there is only one great thing
The only thing
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world."

— Unknown Inuit

A Very Great Vision

A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. — Crazy Horse

One

Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other, then we will have no more wars. We shall all be alike—brothers of one father and one another, with one sky above us and one country around us, and one government for all. — Chief Joseph

Everything Is Equal

Everything really is equal. The Creator doesn't look at me any better than He looks at the trees. We're all the same. — Janice Sundown Hattet, Seneca

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