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I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more. I will tell you in my way how
the Indian sees things. The white man has more words to tell you how they look to him, but it does
not require many words to speak the truth.
CHIEF JOSEPH,
(HIN-MAH-TOO-

YAH-LAT-KEKT) , NEZ PERCE,
1840-1904



Meditations with Native American Elders

“Sell a country? Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the earth? Did not the Great
Spirit make them all for the use of his children?”
Tecumseh, SHAWNEE
The White Man’s way is to possess, control and divide. It has always been difficult for Indian
people to understand this. There are certain things we can not own that must be shared. The land
is one of these things. We need to relook at what we are doing to the Earth. We are digging in her
veins and foolishly diminishing the natural resources. We are not living in balance. We do not own
the Earth; the Earth owns us. Today, let us ponder the true relationship between the Earth and
ourselves. Great Spirit, today, let me see the Earth as you would have me see Her.

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A Cherokee Feast Of Days

In this age of defending and demanding rights, we are often faced with the question of who holds
us back more than anyone else...and in all honesty we must admit we are the ones. We narrow our
vision and develop helpless and hopeless attitudes to defeat us. And yet, we are the ones who
speed us on as well. Our good attitudes keep us moving and active and able to do everything
without reacting to the smallest incident as a barrier in our way. We are willing to work, to
initiate and set in motion the good of life, and do it by not stepping on others. We keep a
constant vigil over our thoughts and action. In this way we follow our lo qui si, star, and reach
up that we may lift others up with us.
Misfortunes do not flourish particularly in our path.
They grow everywhere.
BIG ELK

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