Notable Quotes

When a Child

When a child my mother taught me the legends of our people; taught me of the sun and sky, the moon and stars, the clouds and storms. She also taught me to kneel and pray to Usen for strength, health, wisdom, and protection. We never prayed against any person, but if we had aught against any individual we ourselves took vengeance. We were taught that Usen does not care for the petty quarrels of men. — Geronimo [Goyathlay], Chiracahua Apache 

The Great Mystery

From Wakan-Tanka, the Great Mystery, comes all power. It is from Wakan-Tanka that the holy man has wisdom and the power to heal and make holy charms. Man knows that all healing plants are given by Wakan-Tanka, therefore they are holy. So too is the buffalo holy, because it is the gift of Wakan-Tanka. — Flat-Iron (Maza Blaska Oglala Sioux Chief

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

Within

Our true enemies, as well as our true sources of strength, lie within. — Willaru Huayta, Quecha

Ancestors

I believe ancestors strengthen us and make us who we are. — Cea Anderson, Aleut/Lakota

Ours

When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, "ours." — Vine Deloria Jr.

Set an Example

Children learn from what they see. We need to set an example of truth and action. — Howard Rainer, Taos Pueblo-Creek 

Ours

When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, 'ours.'" — Vine Deloria Jr.

Look Deeper

You have to look deeper, way below the anger, the hurt, the hate, the jealousy, the self-pity, way down deeper where the dreams lie, son. Find your dream. It's the pursuit of the dream that heals you. — Billy Mills

Hold On

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.

Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I'll be gone away from you.

— Pueblo Prayer

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