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"There are many people who could claim and learn from their Indian
ancestry, but because of the fear their parents and grandparents
knew, because of past and present prejudice against Indian people,
that part of their heritage is clouded or denied."  ~Joseph Bruchac
ABENAKI

"In our language there is no word to say inferior or superiority or
equality because we are equal; it's a known fact. But life has become
very complicated since the newcomers came here. And how does your
spirit react to it?. It's painful. You have to be strong to walk
through the storm. I know I'm a bridge between two worlds. All I ask
is for people to wash their feet before they try to walk on me." 
~Alanis Obomsawin  ABENAKI

"It is a native tradition to sit in a circle and talk-to share what
is in your heart."  ~John Peters WAMPANOAG

"We have to educate ourselves to know who we are. That's what I mean
when I say, 'Teach the children.'  ~Eddie Benton-Banai  OJIBWAY

"Our people don't come in parts. Either you are Indian, or you are
not."   ~Nippawanock  ARAPAHOE

"To me, if you're Indian, you're Indian. You don't have to put on
your buckskin, beads, and feathers, and stuff like that."  ~Cecilia
Mitchell  MOHAWK






 

 
 
And when the last Red Man shall have perished, and the memory of my tribe shall have become a myth among the White Men, these shores will swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe, and when your children's children think themselves alone in the field, the store, the shop, upon the highway, or in the silence of the pathless woods, they will not be alone.  In all the earth there is no place dedicated to solitude.  At night when the streets of your cities and villages are silent and you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning ghosts that once filled them and still love this beautiful land.  The White Man will never be alone.  Let him be just and deal kindly with my people, for the dead are not powerless.  Dead, did I say?  There is no death, only a change of worlds....Chief Seattle - Suguamish
 
Brothers, I have listened to a great many talks from your great father.  But they always began and ended in this - "Get a little further; you are too near me."...Speckled Snake - Cree

 

 
 

Each person's journey on Earth will be different, for each person has a different realization of happiness.

 

Be true unto yourself but share that truth with others.

 

Who is a wise person? The one who sees things to come.

Utah Elder

 
 
 

"Love your life, perfect your life,
Beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long,
and its purpose in the service of your people."
~ Chief Tecumseh

 

"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours."
~ Tecumseh

 

"Peace comes within the souls of men,
when they realize their oneness with the Universe,
when they realize it is really everywhere...
it is within each one of us."
~ Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man

 

 
 

Our Sacred Ground

"The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors."

~Chief Plenty Coups, Crow~

 
 

May nature help.....

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.

~  Chief Dan George


 

 

 

The Earth - The People

 

All things are connected
We did not weave
the web of life,
we are but a strand in it.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the people of the earth.
- Chief Seattle

 


 
 

 

What are we doing ?

 

We must not conceal from ourselves that no improvement in the present depressing situation is possible without a severe struggle; for the handful of those who are really determined to do something is minute in comparison with the mass of the lukewarm and the misguided. And those who have an interest in keeping the machinery of war going are a very powerful body; they will stop at nothing to make public opinion subservient to their murderous ends

Silver haired Elder

 

A human being is part of the whole

 

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ... We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

   

A Wise Woman

 A brave leaves before dawn to hunt
weary and empty handed he returns to camp
only to find his wife has killed a stray deer that wandered into camp

The woman smiles and says thank you dear
husband for chasing him from the forest
so that I may kill him for you.

 And in peace they sat down to eat.

 

 

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For years we lived as one

They came (white man) and broke us apart

We are now asked to live as one once more

But we are scattered and poor

The promises which they (white man) made

I have yet to see

But it is time for us not to care what they (white man) promised

Not to look upon the past

It is time for us to look towards ourselves

So that we may learn once again

To be proud...Utah Elder

 

“Our religion was handed down to us by our ancestors
to their children and so forth
It teaches us to be thankful and united
to love each other
We never quarrel about religion”
Red Jacket (Seneca orator)

 

One need not speak of deep matters
It is enough that one is aware.....from an elder in Utah

 

 

 

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