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Corn Mother
David Joaquin, Chibcha and Mi’kmaq 

''Whatever the future holds, do not forget who you are. Teach your children, teach your children's children, and then teach their children also. Teach them the pride of a great people ... A time will come again when they will celebrate together with joy. When that happens my spirit will be there with you."

Chief Leschi, Nisqually


Photo by Lee Marmon, Laguna Pueblo

"From the time Europeans colonized America, the policy has gone from genocide to assimilation. It's remarkable Indian people have persisted with their languages and culture. Five hundred years later, Indians are still Indians.”
Julie Cajune, Salish



"To heal will require real effort, and a change of heart, from all of us. To heal means that we will begin to look upon one another with respect and tolerance instead of prejudice, distrust and hatred. We will have to teach our children-as well as ourselves-to love the diversity of humanity ... We can do it. Yes, you and I and all of us together. Now is the time. Now is the only possible time. Let the Great Healing begin."
Leonard Peltier



Welcome Home, CAS 2002-0005-0002
"Welcome Home"
Robert Mayokok, Eskimo
ca. 1960s
Paper, watercolor and ink

"The elders say, 'The longest road you're going to have to walk is from here to here. From your head to your heart.'  But they also say you can't speak to the people as a leader unless you've made the return journey. From the heart back to the head.
Phil Lane, Jr.; Yankton Sioux, 1992


The Land Beyond
Donald Vann

   "We have to pick things that our people have left along the trail. Everything wasn't passed down.  Too many of our people died too quick back then.  They didn't have time to pass it all down.  So we Indians today have to go back and find the things that got left along the trail.  It's up to us to go back and pick them up.  We have to educate ourselves to know who we are.  That's what I mean when I say, 'Teach the children.'   The Grandfathers and Grandmothers are in the children.  If we educate them right, our children tomorrow will be wiser than we are today. They're the Grandfathers and Grandmothers of tomorrow."

                                  Eddie Benton-Banai,   Ojibway

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