Favourites on Friday - Native American Quotes IV

I think I’ve decided on the changes I’ll be making to the blog, nothing major, just a bit of rearranging.  I’m going to keep the Friday post, though I might rename it, and have it mainly for miscellaneous things, like quotes, craft, pictures … The ‘Sunday Section’ will stay as it is with the usual book/film/music reviews, and will include ‘days out’/travel posts; I’m hoping to have it mirror the supplement section of weekend newspapers.  And I want to resurrect my ‘writing’ posts, but haven’t quite decided on the day for that.

For today, here are more Native American quotes, starting with an Apache blessing

‘May the sun bring you new energy by day,

May the moon softly restore you by night,

May the rain wash away your worries,

May the breeze blow new strength into your being,

May you walk gently through the world, and know its beauty all the days of your life.’

Apache (son of the south)

‘As a Medicine Elder said, “Your medicine is your life, and your life is represented by all those things that you have said, that have been given to you, and what you have given others … and it is all that you are … your Medicine is all the things that you ‘bundle’ together in the form of objects that you hold sacred to the world.”’ ~ Medicine of the Cherokee

‘Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors, the dreams of our old men, given them by the Great Spirit, and visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people.  Our God is the same God … He is the God of man, and His compassion is equal for the red man and the white man.’ ~ Chief Seattle, from his speech to Isaac Stevens, Governor of Washington Territory, 1854

Chief Seattle (taken 1864)

‘A woman’s highest calling is to lead a man to his soul so as to unite him with Source.

A man’s highest calling is to protect woman so she is free to walk the earth unharmed.’ ~ Cherokee proverb

Cherokee couple

‘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

Sun Bear

‘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, 1854

‘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

'The Signal' ~ Joe Velazquez

‘Hold on to what is good,

Even if it’s a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,

Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,

Even if it’s a long way from here.

Hold on to your life,

Even if it’s easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,

Even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.’

a Pueblo Indian prayer

Pueblo Indians