Notable Quotes

Die Like a Hero

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.

Involve Me

Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may not remember. Involve me and I'll understand.

Tomorrow

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.

The Frog

The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

Talking to the Animals

If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.

Victory

When a white army battles Indians and wins, it is called a great victory, but if they lose it is called a massacre.

Our Land

We, the great mass of the people think only of the love we have for our land, we do love the land where we were brought up. We will never let our hold to this land go, to let it go it will be like throwing away (our) mother that gave (us) birth.

Battle Dress

The idea of full dress for preparation for a battle comes not from a belief that it will add to the fighting ability. The preparation is for death, in case that should be the result of conflict. Every Indian wants to look his best when he goes to meet the great Spirit, so the dressing up is done whether in imminent danger is an oncoming battle or a sickness or injury at times of peace.

Lost Spirits

It was supposed that lost spirits were roving about everywhere in the invisible air, waiting for children to find them if they searched long and patiently enough. [The spirit] sang its spiritual song for the child to memorize and use when calling upon the spirit guardian as an adult.

Death

There is no death. Only a change of worlds.

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