- 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.
- Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop.
- Grown men may learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure, and, therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.
Nicholas Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) (c. December 1863 August 17 or August 19, 1950 (sources differ)) was a famous Wichasha Wakan (Medicine Man or Holy Man) of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux). He participated at about the age of twelve in the Battle of Little Big Horn of 1876, and was wounded in the massacre that occurred at Wounded Knee in 1890.
- The eye tells what the tongue would hide.
- Look twice at a two-faced man.
Hinmaton-Yalaktit (Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt) (1840 - September 21, 1904) Leader of the Nez Perce; most commonly known as Chief Joseph, his Indian name means "Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain."
- "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children."
Sitting Bull (Sioux: Tatanka Iyotake or Tatanka Iyotanka or Ta-Tanka I-Yotank, later named Hunkesni, Slow), (c. 1831 December 15, 1890) was a Native American shaman and leader of the Hunkpapa Sioux. "When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard." Lakota
"Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours." Chief Tecumseh
"Lose your temper and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself." Hopi
"All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth."
"When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear; when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them." Chief Seattle "God gives us each a song." Ute "They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind." Tuscarora
"It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace." Shenandoah
( Shenandoah, Native American word for daughter of the stars )
"Each person is his own judge." Shawnee "Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself." Pima "A good chief gives, he does not take." Mohawk "Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future." Lumbee Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins." Cheyenne
Native American Wisdom about experiencing nature:
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
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