North American Indian Quotes

“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.”

– Dakota Tribe

“May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, may hope forever wipe away your tears, And, above all, may silence make you strong.”

– Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

“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, Duwamish

“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.”

– Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation

“The Great Spirit is in all things. He is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us…..That which we put into the ground she returns to us.”

– Big Thunder Wabanaki, Algonquin

“If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace… Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it…”

– White Elk

“All who have died are equal.”

– Comanche People

“There is no death. Only a change of worlds.”

 – Chief Seattle [Seatlh], Suquamish Chief

“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 in 1725, Mohican.

“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, Sioux Chief

“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 warrior, and orator

“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,  Oglala Sioux Holy Man

“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,  Suquamish Chief

“I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches, but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.”

 – Chief Red Cloud (Makhipiya-Luta) Sioux Chief