Quotes by well known and unknown Native Americans:
Black Elk, Religious leader (Oglala Sioux)
“Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished.”
Crazy Horse, Chief (Oglala Sioux)
“One does not sell the land people walk on.”
“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.”
Louise Erdrich, Novelist (Ojibway)
“It’s impossible to write about Native life without humor—that’s how people maintain sanity.”
Chief Edward Moody, (Qwataina, or Nuxalt Nation)
“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.”
Sun Bear, Writer and actor (Chippewa)
“No one can give you wisdom. You must discover it for yourself, on the journey through life, which no one can take for you.”
By An Unknown Native American Elder
“Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth:-
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.”
Old Indian Saying
“Certain things catch your eye,
But pursue only those
that capture your heart.”
Native American saying
“Give thanks for unknown blessings
already on their way.”