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    Chief Joseph, Cycle of birth, , Native American,   


    We live, we die, and like the grass and trees, renew ourselves from the soft earth of the grave. Stones crumble and decay, faiths grow old and they are forgotten, but new beliefs are born. The faith of the villages is dust now… but it will grow again… like the trees.

    -Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840-1904)



     
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    , , Blessing, , , Native American, , , , Ways of God   


    Quote from Wokini 

    In my youth I respected the world and life, I needed not anything but peace of heart;

    And yet I changed despite myself and believed in Iktumi’s lies. He seemed to know all the truth, he promised to make me happy.

    He made me ask Wakantanka for wealth, that I might have power; I was given poverty, that I might find my inner strength.

    I asked for fame, so others would know me; I was given obscurity, that I might know myself.

    I asked for a person to love that I might never be alone; I was given a life of a hermit, that I might learn to accept myself.

    I asked for power, that I might achieve; I was given weakness, that I might learn to obey.

    I asked for health, that I might lead a long life; I was given infirmity, that I might appreciate each minute.

    I asked Mother Earth for strength, that I might have my way; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need for Her.

    I asked to live happily, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might live happily.

    I received nothing I asked for, yet all my wishes came true. Despite myself and Iktumi, my dreams were fulfilled.

    I am richly blessed more than I ever hoped, I thank you, Wakantanka, for what you’ve given me.

    -Billy Mills , Oglala Lakota (1938-)



     
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    , , Environment, Equilibrium, Native American, , Sun Bear   


    I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.

    Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe



     
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    , Great Mystery, Maza Blaska, Native American, ,   


    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 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 (Maza Blaska, Oglala Sioux Chief)



     
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    Chief Seattle, Harmony, Inter dependency, , Native American, ,   


    “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.”

    Chief Seattle


     
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    , , Doubt, Native American, , White Eagle   


    Go Forward With Courage 

    When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
    When doubt no longer exists for you then go forward with courage.
    So long as mists envelop you, be still;
    Be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists
    As it surely will.
    Then act with courage.

    -Ponca Chief White Eagle



     
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    , Native American, Oglala Sioux, ,   


    The first piece, 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


     
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    Earth, , Native American, , Wabanaki Algonquin   


    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 (Bedagi) Wabanaki Algonquin


     
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