Notable Quotes

Poisonous Firewater

 Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise men turn to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. — Tecumseh

The Medicine

When you carry the medicine, sometimes you have to carry it a long way. — Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cree

The Great Spirit Raised Me

The Great Spirit raised both the white man and the Indian. I think he raised the Indian first. He raised me in this land, it belongs to me. The white man was raised over the great waters, and his land is over there. — Red Cloud

A 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

You Are Indian

Always remember you are Indian. Do things to make your people proud. — Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge-Munsee


Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints. — Chief Seattle


Each person's prayers can help everyone. — Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

The Fittest and Strongest

We used to be some of the fittest and strongest people, until we were stripped of our heritage, which is living off the land. — Shelbert Chasing Crow, Cheyenne

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 (Bedagi)

The Whites

The whites were always trying to make the Indians give up their life and live like the white men—go to farming, work hard and do as they did—and the Indians did not know how to do that, and did not want to anyway. If the Indians had tried to make the whites live like them, the whites would have resisted, and it was the same with many Indians. — Wamditanka (Big Eagle)