If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.— Chief Dan George
Charming Native Wisdom quotations
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children
Wisdom and peace come when you start living the life the creator intended for you.
We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God.
We do not want to learn that. We may quarrel with men sometimes about things on this earth, but we never quarrel about the Great Spirit. We do not want to learn that.
Where no one intrudes, many can live in harmony.
How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right.
The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me.
Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles.
Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library.
The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies.
You ask me to plow the ground. Shall I take a knife and tear my mother's bosom? Then when I die she will not take me to her bosom to rest.
It is important to understand that there are many different ways of seeing the world and expressing the wisdom of Native belief...No one voice speaks for all voices.
When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them.
Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people seek it.
We were contented to let things remain as the Great Spirit Chief made them.
They were not; and would change the rivers and mountains if they did not suit them.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours.
The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should be left as it was. The country was made without lines of demarcation, and it is no man's business to divide it.
All things are bound together. All things connect.
We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow!
Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle.
What could be more lonely than to be enveloped in silence, to be the last of your people to speak your native tongue, to have no way to pass on the wisdom of the elders, to anticipate the promise of the children. This tragic fate is indeed the plight of someone somewhere roughly every two weeks.
We do not want churches. They will teach us to quarrel about God.
Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.
When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift.
We believe profoundly in silence-the sign of a perfect equilibrium.
Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit.
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.
Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.
I have Indian Blood in me. I have just enough white blood for you to question my honesty!
The power of the world always works in circles.
Do the very best you can.
We were like deer. They were like grizzly bear.
Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
Our land is everything to us.... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it - with their lives.
The earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.