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

Favourites on Friday - Native American Quotes III

It’s been a while since I’ve posted Native American quotes, so here are a few more for the collection … The last one is particularly profound, I think.

Cheyenne Indian Chief

When you lose the rhythm of the drumbeat of spirit, you are lost from the peace and rhythm of life. ~ Cheyenne

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. ~ White Eagle (Ponca Chief)

Chief White Eagle

If you listen close at night, you will hear the creatures of the dark, all of them sacred – the owls, the crickets, the frogs, the night birds – and you will hear beautiful songs, songs you have never heard before.  Listen with your heart.  Never stop listening. ~ Henry Quick Bear, Lakota

Life is not separate from death; it only looks that way. ~ Blackfoot proverb

Blackfoot Indian (photo by Edward S Curtis, 1900)

When the Great Spirit created the Universe, He placed his hand on the whole thing … so everything is spiritual.  He never told us to separate anything but to look upon everything that he has made as holy and sacred, and act accordingly with respect.  Whatever you take from Mother Earth, replace it, because nothing is for nothing. ~ Native American Thoughts

Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. ~ Tecumseh

Tecumseh (sculpture by Hamilton MacCarthy, 1896)

Love is something you and I must have … we must have it because our spirit feeds upon it, we must have it because without it, we become weak and faint. Without love our self-esteem weakens. Without it, our courage fails. Without love, we can no longer look out confidently at the world … we turn inward and begin to feed upon our own personalities, and little by little we destroy ourselves … With love we are creative, with it, we march tirelessly, with it and with it alone, we are able to sacrifice for others. ~ Chief Dan George

Chief Dan George

When all the trees have been cut down,

when all the animals have been hunted,

when all the waters are polluted,

when all the air is unsafe to breathe,

only then will you discover you cannot eat money.  ~ Cree Prophecy

Cree Indian (photo by GE Fleming, 1903)

Favourites on Friday - Native American Quotes II

More quotes to share ... they're all Native American, except the last one, by John Steinbeck, which cuts to the chase, I think.

It is through mysterious power that we have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbours, even to our animal neighbours, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land. ~ Sitting Bull

There is a special magic and holiness about the girl and woman … they are the bringers of life to the people and the teachers of little children. ~ Sweet Medicine, Cheyenne

If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. ~ Arapaho

O Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds,

I come to you as one of your many children.

I need your strength and your wisdom.

Make me strong not to be superior to my brother,

But to be able to fight my greatest enemy – ‘Myself’. ~  Chief Dan George

Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it, and start living the life the Creator intended for you. ~  Hopi

What is life?  It is the flash of a firefly in the night … it is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.  It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. ~ Crowfoot, Blackfoot

We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild’.  Only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’, and only to him was the land ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and savage people.  To us it was tame.  Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.  Not until the hairy man from the east came and with brutal frenzy heaped injustices upon us and the families we loved was it ‘wild’ for us.  When the very animals of the forest began fleeing from his approach, then it was that for us the ‘Wild West’ began. ~ Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux

The Indians survived our open intention of wiping them out, and since the tide turned they have even weathered our good intentions toward them, which can be much more deadly. ~ John Steinbeck

Favourites on Friday - Native American Quotes

One of my favourite genres has always been the western -- I blame my dad *lol*; I was drawn to both the cowboy and, especially, the Native American.  Of course, it was only as I got older that I realised the way they've been portrayed in films isn't at all true, and started finding out about the 'real thing'.

When I started crafting, and collecting quotes, I was delighted to find Native American quotes, and first used them in the 'Cowboys and Indians' altered book I did way back in 2005.

These are a selection from my collection; the images are from an image CD I bought for crafting, except the first one, which is one I took.

'Listen to all the teachers in the woods. Watch the trees, the animals and all the living things – you'll learn more from them than books.' ~ Joe Coyhis

'The Circle has healing power.  In the Circle, we are all equal.  When in the Circle, no one is in front of you.  No one is behind you.  No one is above you.  No one is below you.  The Sacred Circle is designed to create unity.  The Hoop of Life is also a circle.  On this hoop there is a place for every species, every race, every tree and every plant.  It is this completeness of Life that must be respected in order to bring about health on this planet.' ~ Dave Chief, Oglala Lakota

'Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit.  The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence … What are the fruits of silence?  They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence.  Silence is the cornerstone of character.' ~ Ohiyesa, Santee Sioux

'Do right always.  It will give you satisfaction in life.' ~ Wovoka, Paiute

'Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.  We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.' ~ Ancient Indian Proverb

'All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.' ~ Chief Seattle

'The old Lakota was wise.  He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.  So he kept his youth close to its softening influence.' ~ Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux

'One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.' ~ Crazy Horse