Native Americans Quotes

To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature.

Oglala Sioux

Indians love to reduce the prosaic to the mystic.

Jan Morris

The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures.

Stewart L. Udall

It is better to return a borrowed pot with a little something you last cooked in it.

Native American Proverb

An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward.

Chief Joseph, Nez Perces Tribe

Some of you think an Indian is like a wild animal. This is a great mistake.

Native American Chief Joseph

The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors.

Chief Plenty Coups

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard.

Luther Standing Bear

As a child I understood how to give; I have forgotten this grace since I became civilized.

Ohiyesa

Civilized people depend too much on man-made pages. I turn to the Great Spirit's book which is the whole of his creation.

Tatanga Mani

Some of our chiefs make the claim that the land belongs to us. It is not what the Great Spirit told me. He told me that the lands belong to Him, that no people own the land ...

Kickapoo Kanakuk

I am poor and naked but I am the chief of a 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, Oglala Sioux

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

Cherokee

When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.

Lakota

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.

Minquass

With all things and in all things,we are relatives. The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

Sioux

Let us boldly implement what our ancestors practiced and take the time to bring forth the knowledge, values, ceremonies, social and political institutions that bring out the spirit of every human child, no matter what age.

David Wilkins Lumbee

There are lots of people who are poor and forgotten. We need to remember the elders and what theyve done for us. We want them to know that we appreciate them.

Thomas Mentzer

The Indian knew how to live without wants, to suffer without complaint, and to die singing.

Alexis de Tocqueville

All birds, even those of the same species are not alike, and it is the same with animals as with human beings. The reason Wakantanka does not make two birds, or two animals, or humans exactly alike is because each is placed here by Wakantanka to be an independent individuality and to rely on its self.

Shooter Teton Sioux

Every part of this earth is SACRED to my people. We are part of of the earth and it's part of us.

Chief Seattle

We are now about to take our leave and kind farewell to our native land, the country the Great Spirit gave our Fathers, we are on the eve of leaving that country that gave us birth, it is with sorrow we are forced by the white man to quit the scenes of our childhood... we bid farewell to it and all we hold dear.

Charles Hicks

The earth and myself are of one mind.

Chief Seattle, Nez Perce

Popular culture seems to represent Native Americans as these mythical beings of the past and the Heritage month activities are trying to break down those stereotypes. People should know that we aren't a monolithic group of people. We are comedians, authors, singers, and our cultures are very much alive today.

Nickole Fox

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Updated On : September 30, 2013
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