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Storm Wolf

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

Luther Standing Bear (1868 - 1939)
Oglala Sioux Chief


Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease a herb to cure
it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existance.

Morning Dove (1888 - 1936)
Salish


In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the
animals, for Tirawa, the Great One Above, did not speak directly to
man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself
through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the
sun and the moon should man learn...all things tell to Tirawa.

Eagle Chief (Late 19th Century)
Pawnee


From Wakan-Tanka, the Great Mystery, comes all power. It is from
Wakan-Tanka that the holy man has wisdom and the power to heal
and to make holy charms. Man knows that all healing plants are
given by Wakan-Tanka; therefore they are holy. So too is the
buffalo holy, because it is the gift of Wakan-Tanka.

Flat-Iron (Late 19th Century)
Oglala Sioux Chief

The Great Spirit is in all things; he is in the air we breathe.
The Great Spirit is our Father, but the earth is our mother.
She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns
to us...

Big Thunder (Late 19th Century)
Wabanaki Algonquin

...I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not
want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would
do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world.
We do not want riches. We want peace and love.

Red Cloud (Late 19th Century)
Sioux Chief

Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other,
then we will have no more wars. We shall all be alike--brothers of
one father and one mother, with one sky above us and one country
around us, and one government for all.

Joseph (1830-1904)
Nez Percé

I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free, and there was
nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no
enclosures, and where everything drew a free breath...I know every
stream and every wood between the Rio Grand and the Arkansas. I
have hunted and lived over that country. I lived like my fathers
before me, and like them, I lived happily.

Ten Bears (Late 19th Century)
Yamparethka Comanche Chief

The idea of full dress in preparation for a battle comes not from
a belief that it will add to the fighting ability. The preparation is
for death, in case that should be the result of the conflict. Every
Indian wants to look his best when he goes to meet the Great Spirit,
so the dressing up is done whether in imminent danger is an
oncoming battle or a sickness or injury at times of peace.

Wooden Leg (Late 19th Century)
Cheyenne

To learn is to feed from the tree of knowledge. To feed one's hunger
is to learn!

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