Native American Proverbs

"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."

~ Black Elk - Oglala Sioux ~

I believe their voice will now be heard by all nations. It is the time for freedom from mental slavery and return to our birthright as good people reclaim our kindred ship to each other, the kingdoms and give due respect and walk in balance and harmony with the entire natural world.

Make Me Wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.

Whose voice I hear in the winds, And whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me! I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom.

"When you assume responsibility for what you experience and share what you experience in a spirit of companionship, that is the same as forgiveness. When you hold someone responsible for what you experience, you lose power."

Our fathers gave us many laws which they had learned from their fathers. They told us to treat all men as they treated us. That we should never be the first to break a bargain. That it was a disgrace to tell a lie. That we should speak only the truth. We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything and that he never forgets. This I believe and all my people believe the same. ...Thunder Rolling in the Mountains

-Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

~ Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

~ Chief Aupumut, Mohican. 1725

When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. • We are a part of the earth and it is part of us

~ Chief Seattle

• When the white man discovered this country Indians were running it. No taxes no debt, women did all the work White man thought he could improve on a system like this.

~ Old Cherokee Saying

• May the Warm Winds of Heaven, Blow softly upon your house. May the Great Spirit, Bless all who enter there. May your Mocassins, Make happy tracks in many snows,and may the Rainbow Always touch your shoulder.
~ Cherokee Prayer Blessing

Certain things catch your eye, But pursue only those that capture your heart.

Peace and happiness are available in every moment.Peace is every step. We shall walk hand in hand. There are no political solutions to spiritual problems. Remember: If the Creator put it there, it is in the right place. The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.

O Great Spirit, help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence. My Cherokee prayer I Love You All Peace And Respect

Mother Earth, Thank you for your beauty, And for all you have given me. Remind me never to take from you more then I need, and remind me to always give back more than I take.

As each day passes, help me to surrender, with grace, the things of my youth. Help me to listen to the quiet, and find serenity and comfort in the silences as they become longer. Give me wisdom so I am able to make wise choices in all things which are put in front of me, And when time for my change of worlds has come, Let me go peacefully, without regrets, for the things I neglected to do as I walked along my path.

Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light. Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory.

Oh Great Spirit Be my mind, Be my eyes, Be my ears, Be my heart, Be my soul, So that I may walk With dignity and pride..

As I Walk with Beauty As I walk, as I walk The universe is walking with me In beauty it walks before me In beauty it walks behind me In beauty it walks below me In beauty it walks above me Beauty is on every side As I walk, I walk with Beauty.
~ Navajo Prayer

Whenever you dance, wherever you dance, dance to heal the earth!

"They told us to treat all people as they treated us; that we should never be the first to break a bargain; that is was a disgrace to tell a lie; that we should speak only the truth; I am not a child, I think for myself. No man can think for me."
~ Chief Joseph

Always remember that a smile is something sacred, to be shared.

When a man moves from nature, his heart becomes hard.
~ Lakota Proverbs

"Grown men can learn from very little children—for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show them many things that older people miss."
~ Black Elk

We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, and that there is no separation, only in the mind

There was a time when the land was sacred, and the ancient ones were as one with it. A time when only the children of the Great Spirit were here to light their fires in these places with no boundaries... In that time, when there were only simple ways, I saw with my heart the conflicts to come, and whether it was to be for good or bad, what was certain was that there would be change.

Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work.

"All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports."
~ Chief Seattle

The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass, speaks to me.

The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the sea, speaks to me.

"The strength of the fire, the taste of salmon, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me. And my heart soars."
~ Chief Dan George

"The man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures, and acknowledging unity with the universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization."
~ Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX ~


Grand father--Great Spirit- All over the world, the faces of the people are alike- with tenderness, they- have come- out out of the ground- Look upon your children- that they may face the winds- and walk the good road- to the days of quiet- Grand father---Great Spirit- fill us with the light- give us the strength- to understand- and the eyes to see- teach us to walk the soft earth- as relatives- to all that live....

Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and you are older than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to you -- the two-legged, the four-legged, the wings of the air, and all green things that live.
~ Earth Prayer........

We will be known by the tracks we leave behind --
~ Dakota Proverb

"When you see a new trail, or a footprint that you do not know, follow it to the point of knowing."

~ Grandmother of Charles Eastman Santee Sioux

Black Elk´s Great Vision

"Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy."
~ Black Elk, 1931

The path to glory is rough, and many gloomy hours obscure it. May the Great Spirit shed light on your path, so that you may never experience the humility that the power of the American government has reduced me to. This is the wish of a man who, in his native forests, was once as proud and bold as yourself.
~ Black Hawk – Sauk

Grandfather Great Spirit
All over the world the faces
of living ones are alike.

With tenderness they have
come up out of the ground.

Look upon your children
that they may face the winds
And walk the good road to the Day of Quiet.

Grandfather Great Spirit
Fill us with the Light.
Give us the strength to understand,
And the eyes to see.

Teach us to walk the soft Earth
as relatives to all that live.

"It is not through the great skill of the hunter himself that success is achieved, but through the hunter's awareness of his place in Creation and his relationship to all things."
~ Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

May there be good health and healing for this Earth, May there be Beauty above me, May there be Beauty below me, May there be Beauty in me, May there be Beauty all around me. I ask that this world be filled with Peace, Love, and Beauty.

"See, I fill this sacred pipe with the bark of the red willow; but before we smoke it, you must see how it is made and what it means. These four ribbons hanging here on the stem are the four quarters of the universe. The black one is for the west where the thunder beings live to send us rain; the white one for the north, whence comes the great white cleansing wind; the red one for the east, whence springs the light and where the morning star lives to give men wisdom; the yellow for the south, whence come the summer and the power to grow. But these four spirits are only one Spirit after all, and this eagle feather here is for that One, which is like a father, and also it is for the thoughts of men that should rise high as eagles do."
~ Black Elk (1863-1950) Oglala Sioux holy man

"One of the things the old people taught me about the spirits was to never have a doubt."
~ Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

Crazy Horse was a warrior. I want to explain the concept of a warrior to you. The warrior assumes self-responsibility, then the warrior reaches out and helps other people become responsible, but never forgets humility. We are no better or no less than one another. He learns the power of giving, you learn to give respect for yourself so you will respect one another. A warrior takes responsibility, humility, the power of giving and centers that around his or her core of spirituality.
~ Billy Mills Lakota

"The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him."
~ Pablo Casals

"Each creature has a medicine, so there are many medicines. Because they are so close to the Creator, they are to communicate that medicine. Then they bring help and health."
~ Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

We must continue throughout our lives to do what we conceive to be good. If we have corn and meat, and know of a family that has none, we divide with them. If we have more blankets than are sufficient, and others have not enough, we must give to them that want.
~ Black Hawk - Sauk

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