Notable Quotes

What the People Believe

What the people believe is true. — Anishinabe

A Rattlesnake's Tail

There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnake's tail. — Navajo

If We Wonder

If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. — Arapaho

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

Of the Soil

The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged. — Luther Standing Bear


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

A Pebble

One finger cannot lift a pebble. — Hopi

Walk Lightly

Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant. — Kiowa

The Bottle

Many have fallen with the bottle in their hand. — Lakota

The Teachings

The teachings are for all, not just for Indians.. The white people never wanted to learn before. They thought we were savages. Now they have a different understanding, and they do want to learn. We are all children of God. The tradition is open to anyone who wants to learn. — Don Jose Matusuwa, Huichol