WORDS FROM THE CIRCLE

NATIVE AMERICAN QUOTES

 

"He [Wakan Tanka] walks with us along the pathways of Life, and He can do for us what we could never do on our own." --Fools Crow, LAKOTA

"Your power comes from the songs." --
Ethel Wilson, COWICHAN

**"Respect should be given those indigenous nations who still carry on their ceremonies; still following the ancient laws of nature with songs and ceremonies."
Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders

"Every part of this country is sacred to my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove has been hallowed by some fond memory or some sad experience of my tribe. Even the rocks, which seem to lie dumb as they swelter in the sun along the silent shore in solemn grandeur, thrill with memories of past events connected with the fate of my people."
Chief Seattle, Suquamish

"So we are connected to the moon. That gives us power, a connection to the Earth and the moon, men don't know about." --
Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK

“We're sitting on our blessed Mother Earth from which we get our strength and determination, love and humility - all the beautiful attributes that we've been given. So turn to one another; love one another; respect one another; respect Mother Earth; respect the waters - because that's life itself!”  Phil Lane Sr, Yankton Sioux

**"If you listen close at night, you will hear
the creatures of the dark, all of them sacred
- the owls, the crickets, the frogs,
the night birds - and you will hear beautiful songs,
songs you have never heard before.
Listen with your heart.
Never stop listening."
Henry Quick Bear, LAKOTA

**"To be able to greet the sun with the sounds from all of Nature is a great blessing, and it helps us to remember Who is the real provider of all of our benefits." Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

** "I tell my people to get ready. Get your smokehouses back in shape. Don't forget the ceremonies. That guy, the salmon, he's coming back."
Billy Frank, Jr. Nisqually 

"Together we can end the Holocaust against the environment."
Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

"Tell our friends that we are being removed from this world over the same path they must shortly travel. We go first, but many of our friends may follow us in a very short time. I expect to go direct to the abode of the Great Spirit, and to be happy when I get there; but we are told that the road is long and the distance great; therefore, as I am slow in my movements, it will probably take me a long time to reach the end of the journey, and I should not be surprised if some of the young, active men we will leave behind us will pass me on the road before I reach the place of my destination."
~ Ptan Duta at the Mankato Gallows.

**“This Thanksgiving, do not grieve the changes that have occurred in the Americas over the last five centuries; instead pray for the revival of the foods of your ancestors, and pledge to bring them back, if not for yourself, then for the next seven generations.”
Gary Nabhan Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University

"By listening to the inner self and following one's instincts and intuitions, a person may be guided to safety."
-Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA

"We were taught generosity to the poor and reverence for the Great Mystery. Religion was the basis of all Indian training." 
Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX

**"And there are Four Corners of the Earth that we talk about, the Four Colors of people, and the Four Winds. You see the winds - they are spirits." 
Grandfather William Commanda, ALGONQUIN

Oh God! Like the Thunderbird of old I shall rise again out of the sea; I shall grab the instruments of the white man's success - his education, his skills, and with these new tools I shall build my race into the proudest segment of your society."
Chief Dan George, SALISH

 **"In the same way that a weaver makes awesome patterns from mere threads, families and cultures weave patterns of neurons and cognition in their members. We must ensure that the cultural setting allows each member to constructively fulfill their sociocognitive needs via noble means."
Charlie Toledo, Suscol Intertribal Council

"Culture plays a role similar to the interstitial fluid in the body. It is the solution where the enabling molecules for the tissues live. This fluid bathes the tissues and helps its nourishment and also allows toxics to be removed from the tissue itself. Culture must serve healing function in all its forms."'
Charlie Toledo, Suscol Intertribal Council

"I am so happy that the parents in Napa CA, spend time with their kids, including them in life. It is essential for their little brain to develop synchronicity of life, this can only take place if the child is included in life itself. We are designed to observe and mimic what we see, we are highly aware of what others do, and this is how we learn the fastest. Well done parents!!"
Charlie Toledo, Suscol Intertribal Council

"Standing up for justice and tribal sovereignty, increasing economic opportunity, expanding quality health care, protecting native homelands - this is the foundation we can build on."
President Barack Obama


**"Native American communities have and always will be a part of modern America."
Jason Baird Jackson

" Give us wisdom to guide us on the path of truth." 
SOSE-HA-WA SENECA

“Native Americans have a unique identity.  It was acquired over many thousands of years, and it is the most valuable thing they have. It is their essence and it must not be lost.” 
Scott Momaday, Kiowa

"For even the stones upon our mother earth shall weep their tears when we are gone." 
J. "SpiritWolf" Vega Awarak/Taino 2012

"The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power...The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing..."  --
Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX

" Think not that you can remain passive and indifferent to the common danger, and thus escape the common fate."
TECUMSEH SHAWNEE

FOREST “My people, the Surui, have a very close relationship with the forest.  We are born in the forest; the forest is everything to us.  The forest teaches us things, gives us our food and medicines.  It supplies materials for our spiritual life.  All of these things, the forest offers to us, it is part of our lives."
Almir Narayamoga Surui, Paiter-Surui Tribe

"...We have been going [to the United Nations] for thirty years, and they have yet to stop the genocide, contrary to their own mission statement to protect nations large and small.”
Charmaine White Face, Lakota

"There was a time when our people covered the whole land as the waves of the wind-ruffled sea cover its shell paved floor. But that time has long since passed away with the greatness of tribes now forgotten. I will not mourn over our untimely decay, nor reproach my paleface brothers with hastening it" -
Chief Seath of Duwamish tribe, 1855

"It's disheartening to see Native American fashion as cheap knockoffs.  To change that, we have to be the voice for what Native American fashion is, instead of just complaining about it." 
Bethanie Yellowtail, Northern Cheyenne

**“When you leave your culture, when you’re very young and you move to the city, then when you go home, you don’t fit in.  You miss what you were supposed to be, what you were supposed to learn from your parents, your grandparents, the medicine men.” 
Joe Yazzie, Navajo

 

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