Notable Quotes

Each of Us

Each of us must find out for himself or herself what their gift is, so that they can use it in their life. — Jimmy Jackson, Ojibway

A Great Work

When you begin a great work you can't expect to finish it all at once. — Teedyuscung, Delaware


America is not made of just white people. We all bring a certain quality to America. — Briana Welsh

Secret to Success

There is but one secret to success: Never give up. ― Ben Nighthorse Campbell

The Animals

We know what the animals do, what are the needs of the beaver, the bear, the salmon, and other creatures, because long ago men married them and acquired this knowledge from their animal wives. Today the priests say we lie, but we know better. — American Indian proverb

These Words

These words from our past, tell us of the pain and loss we, the children of the Earth, feel in our hearts and express our concern for, not only our future but the future of the world as we watch the land being raped in the name of progress. I welcome your thoughts and if you have a quote youd like to share, then send them in and Ill post them here. Thanks for your input. — Santana, Kiowa Chief

Time to Die

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home. — Chief Aupumut, Mohican.

The Earth Is Sore

When we Indians kill meat, we eat it all up. When we dig roots, we make little holes. When we build houses, we make little holes. When we burn grass for grasshoppers, we don't ruin things. We shake down acorns and pine nuts. We don't chop down the trees. We only use dead wood. But the white people plow up the ground, pull down the trees, kill everything. ... The white people pay no attention. ...How can the spirit of the earth like the White man? ... Everywhere the white man has touched it, it is sore. — Wintu Woman, 19th Century

Four Colors

There are many things to be shared with the Four Colors of humanity in our common destiny as one with our Mother the Earth. It is this sharing that must be considered with great care by the Elders and the medicine people who carry the Sacred Trusts, so that no harm may come to people through ignorance and misuse of these powerful forces. — Resolution of the Fifth Annual Meetings of the Traditional Elders Circle, 1980


Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. — Chief Seattle