American Indian Quotes

A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky ~Crazy Horse, Oglala Lakota Sioux
In an eagle there is all the wisdom of the world. ~Lame Deer, Minnicoujou
Skin color makes no difference … My skin is red, but my grandfather was a white man. But why should that matter? It is not the color of the skin that makes me good or bad. ~Chief White Shield (1798-1878), Arikara
It is the mothers, not the warriors, who create a people and guide their destiny. ~Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux
Those who live for one another learn that love is the bond of perfect unity. ~Fools Crow, Lakota (Teton) Sioux spiritual leader, Yuwipi medicine man, nephew of Black Elk
Dreams gather quickly like Spring crows, and they scatter. ~Simon Ortiz, Pueblo poet
True leadership is only possible when character is more important than authority. ~Joseph Marshall, Lakota Sioux
We should only think of beautiful things when we look at other people. ~Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood. ~Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux
In my tradition, to be noble is to give to those who have less. It is an issue of service and leadership. ~Norbert Hill, Oneida
Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. ~Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee
Music is a healing force – all living spirits sing. ~Joanna Shenandoah, Oneida composer
There is no death. Only a change of worlds. ~Chief Seattle (Ts’ial-la-kum), Suquamish and Duwamish tribes
Native American isn’t blood. It is what is in the heart. The love for the land, the respect for it, those who inhabit it, and the respect and acknowledgement of the spirits and elders. That is what it is to be Indian. ~White Feather, Navajo Medicine Man
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak. ~Derrick “Suwaima” Davis, Hopi/Chocktaw
All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. ~Chief Joseph, Nez Percé
All of Creation is related. ~White Buffalo Calf Woman, Lakota Sioux
Trouble no one about their religion. ~Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee
Let us put our minds together and see what future we can make for our children. ~Chief Joseph, Nez Percé
What is past is past — it is the present and the future that concern us. ~Hiawatha (1500s), Onondaga and Mohawk
In the words of Geronimo, “May the Great Spirit always give you blessings.”
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, Chippewa
Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows. ~Takanka Yotanka (Sitting Bull), Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux
That hand is not the color of your hand. … The Great Spirit made us both. ~Standing Bear, Ponca Sioux
…when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one. ~Crazy Horse, Oglala Lakota Sioux
Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. ~Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux
It does not require many words to speak the truth. ~Chief Joseph, Nez Percé
Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. ~Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee
All I want is right and just. ~Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota Sioux
A council fire shall be kindled for all the nations. It shall be lit for the Cherokee and the Wyandot. We will also kindle it for the seven nations living toward the sunrise, and for the nations that live toward the sunset. All shall receive the Great Law and labor together for the welfare of man. ~Deganawidah (1500s-1600s), Huron
Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World. ~Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux
You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight into our hearts. ~Cochise, Chiricahua Apache
Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints. ~Chief Seattle (Ts’ial-la-kum), Suquamish and Duwamish tribes
I have been to the end of the Earth.
I have been to the end of the waters.
I have been to the end of the sky.
I have been to the end of the mountains.
I have found none that are not my friends.
~Navajo chant
One does not sell the land people walk on. ~Crazy Horse, Oglala Lakota Sioux
I see the universe; I see myself. ~High Eagle, Cherokee
I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I can go everywhere with a good feeling. ~Geronimo, Chiracahua Apache
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 (Ts’ial-la-kum), Suquamish and Duwamish tribes
Mother Earth is not a resource, she is an heirloom. ~David Ipinia, Yurok
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. ~Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee
Flowers do not force their way with great strife. Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun. ~White Eagle, Ponca Sioux
Whatever we do affects everything in the universe. ~White Buffalo Calf Woman, Lakota Sioux
If a man loses anything and goes back and looks carefully for it, he will find it ~Takanka Yotanka (Sitting Bull), Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux
Good words will not give me back my children. ~Chief Joseph, Nez Percé
Silence is the cornerstone of character. ~Ohiyesa, Wahpeton Santee Sioux
You are a servant of the people and the people must come first. ~Norbert Hill, Oneida
An Indian leader is a servant of the people. ~Scott Momaday, Kiowa
We are like birds with a broken wing. ~Chief Plenty Coups, Crow
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. ~Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee
From a grain of sand to a great mountain, all is sacred. ~Peter Blue Cloud (1935-), Mohawk
Although we are in different boats, you in your boat and we in our canoe, we share the same river of life. ~Chief Oren Lyons, Onandaga
Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion, or to take it from you. We only want to enjoy our own. ~Chief Red Jacket, Seneca
How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right. ~Black Hawk, Sauk
Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I would die for my people and my country? ~Takanka Yotanka (Sitting Bull), Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux
We do not want riches. We want peace and love. ~Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota Sioux
There is one God looking down on us all. ~Geronimo, Chiracahua Apache
The world is a library and its books are the stones, leaves, grass, brooks, birds, and animals ~Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux
I believe that every man must make his own path! ~Black Hawk, Sauk
Healthy feet can hear the very heart of holy Earth. ~Takanka Yotanka (Sitting Bull), Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. ~Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee
We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow. ~Chief Joseph, Nez Percé (warning to defenders of Fort Fizzle, Montana)
When a man does a piece of work which is admired by all we say that it is wonderful; but when we see the changes of day and night, the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky, and the changing seasons upon the earth, with their ripening fruits, anyone must realize that it is the work of someone more powerful than man. ~Chased by Bears, Santee-Yanktonai Sioux
The growing and dying of the moon reminds us of our ignorance which comes and goes — but when the moon is full it is as if the Great Spirit were upon the whole world. ~Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux
It is my wish and the wishes of my people to live peaceably and quietly with you. ~Cornplanter, Seneca Chief
Where no one intrudes, many can live in harmony. ~Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh
Anyone who is willing to live the life I have led can do the things I do. ~Fools Crow, Lakota (Teton) Sioux spiritual leader, Yuwipi medicine man, nephew of Black Elk
Have patience. All things change in due time. Wishing cannot bring autumn glory or cause winter to cease. ~Ginaly-li, Cherokee
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. ~Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee
Being Indian is mainly in your heart. It’s a way of walking with the earth instead of upon it. ~David Ipinia, Yurok
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
Civilization has been thrust upon me, and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity. ~Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux
We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God ~Chief Joseph, Nez Percé
I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself. ~Isna-la-wica (Lone Man), Teton Sioux
Native American isn’t blood. It is what is in the heart. The love for the land, the respect for it, those who inhabit it, and the respect and acknowledgement of the spirits and elders. That is what it is to be Indian. ~White Feather, Navajo Medicine Man
Our hearts stay young if we let them. ~Pretty Shield, Crow
My friend, I am old but I shall never die. I shall always love in my children, and children’s children. ~New Corn, Potawatomi chief, 1795
What good will it do you to take by force that which you may have by love? ~Powhatan (father of Pocahontas), 1607
Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth, and the Great Silence alone! ~Charles Eastman, Lakota Sioux
The pipe is here to unite us, to remove the fences people put up against one another. ~ Leonard Crow Dog, Lakota Sioux
You look at me and you see only an ugly old man, but within I am filled with great beauty. ~Old Man Buffalo Grass, Navajo
We must relearn how to cry. A strong man cries; it is the weak man who holds back his tears. ~Lame Deer, Lakota
O’ Great Spirit, I want no blood upon my land to stain the grass. I want it all clear and pure, and I wish it so, that all who go through among my people may find it peaceful when they come, and leave peacefully when they go. ~Ten Bears, Yamparika Comanche

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