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Native American Quotations

Native Americans are one of the most fascinating historical groups in the world. The culture, the lifestyle, and the religion are unique and wonderful.

These quotes listed below are a celebration of the Native American people and the lives they have lived and the things they have endured.

A quote by Geronimo
A quote by Chief Dan George
The most Indian thing about the Indian is surely not his moccasins or his calumet, his wampum or his stone hatched, but traits of character and sagacity, skill, or passion.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
[The is] a mistaken belief that [the word Indian] refers somehow to the country, India. When Columbus washed up on the beach in the Caribbean, he was not looking for a country called India. Europeans were calling that country Hindustan in 1492.... Columbus called the tribal people he met "Indio," from the Italian in dio, meaning "in God."
Russell Means
My forefathers didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat.
Will Rogers
Walk tall as the trees; live strong as the mountains; be gentle as the spring winds; keep the warmth of summer in your heart, and the Great Spirit will always be with you.
Anonymous Native American
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
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
One does not sell the land people walk on.
Crazy Horse, Sept. 23, 1875
There is no death. Only a change of worlds.
Chief Seattle
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
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
Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.
Black Elk
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