Native Wisdom

Indian Wisdom

I just recently watched a video by an elder Indian. This video contains great wisdom within it.

I am not Native American, but I respect and listen to what they have to say.

The white man came into America and ran the Indians into their own little prisons. We are using up the resources much faster than Earth can replenish them.

We should take lessons from the Indians on how to use resources to their full extent.

A good lesson for us were the buffalo. When an Indian killed a buffalo, they used every single part of it. The white man would kill the buffalo and just take a part and leave the rest to rot.

We are depleting the Earth of oil. We are wiping whole communities out when ever we cut down many trees.

The following video explains this wisdom much better than I can. Please share this video with others.

Do you want your children and grandchildren to have what you have and more? They won't at the pace we are on.


Wisdom From Their Mouths

Following are wise words straight from Native American leader's mouths.

When I get around people that have those prejudices and say that Indians are just a bunch of drunks and different things like that, I could just puke. I want to say to them, it was your people that made some of them that way.

It gives me some glee to see that the Native Americans have turned the tables in many ways. I watch many, many white people driving into their casino parking lots and are giving the riches back to those who first had this land. It sure seems as justice from above to me.

Read and heed these words of wisdom from the real Americans:

Luther Standing Bear (Ota Kte, Mochunozhin) (1868-1939) Oglala Sioux chief

"As a child I understood how to give, I have forgotten this grace since I have become civilised."

"We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, the winding streams with tangled growth, as 'wild'. Only to the white man was nature a 'wilderness' and only to him was it '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."

"If today I had a young mind to direct, to start on the journey of life, and I was faced with the duty of choosing between the natural way of my forefathers and that of the... present way of civilization, I would, for its welfare, unhesitatingly set that child's feet in the path of my forefathers. I would raise him to be an Indian!"

"The animals had rights -- the right of man's protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the right to freedom, and the right to man's indebtedness -- and in recognition of these rights the Lakota never enslaved an animal and spared all life that was not needed for food and clothing. For the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them."

"The old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man's heart away from Nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon lead to a lack of respect for humans too."

Red Cloud Makhpiya-Luta Oglala Sioux Chief (1822-1909)

“…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.”

This is his farewell address to the Lakota people on July 4, 1903

"My sun is set. My day is done. Darkness is stealing over me.
Before I lie down to rise no more, I will speak to my people.

"Hear me, my friends, for it is not the time for me to tell you a lie.
The Great Spirit made us, the Indians, and gave us this land we live in.
He gave us the buffalo, the antelope, and the deer for food and clothing.
We moved our hunting grounds from the Minnesota to the Platte and
from the Mississippi to the great mountains. No one put bounds on us.
We were free as the winds, and like the eagle, heard no man's commands.
"I was born a Lakota and I shall die a Lakota. Before the white man
came to our country, the Lakotas were a free people. They made their own
laws and governed themselves as it seemed good to them. The priests and
ministers tell us that we lived wickedly when we lived before the white man
came among us. Whose fault was this? We lived right as we were taught it
was right. Shall we be punished for this? I am not sure that what these
people tell me is true.

As a child I was taught the Taku Wakan (Supernatural Powers) were
powerful and could do strange things. This was taught me by the wise men
and the shamans. They taught me that I could gain their favor by being
kind to my people and brave before my enemies; by telling the truth
and living straight; by fighting for my people and their hunting grounds.

"When the Lakotas believed these things they were happy and they
died satisfied. What more than this can that which the white man offers us give?

"Taku Shanskan is familiar with my spirit and when I die I will go
with him. Then I will be with my forefathers. If this is not in the heaven
of the white man I shall be satisfied. He is my father. The Wakan Tanka of
the white man has overcome him. But I shall remain true to him.

"Shadows are long and dark before me. I shall soon lie down to rise
no more. While my spirit is with my body the smoke of my breath shall be
towards the Sun for he knows all things and knows that I am still true to him."

Black Elk

Black Elk Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, 1863-1950


"The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize
their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere,
it is within each of us."


Chief Sitting Bull

Chief Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake) Hunkpapa Sioux (1831-1890)

"If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans, and in my heart he put other and different desires. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows."

"Now that we are poor, we are free. No white man controls our footsteps. If we must die, we die defending our rights."

"Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived? Because I would die for my people and my country? God made me an Indian."

Learn And Live

The quotes I have listed are all from the Sioux Indians.

I grew up around the Sioux and have come to respect their ways.

I have attended one "sweat lodge" and learned more about myself than I had ever known.

I am a Christian, but have had said to me by other "Christians" that Indians worship the devil. How lost those people are-the people that told me that, I mean. If I were to choose any people that are close to God, it would be the Native Americans.

Please heed these wise words from these "red men". Watch the opening video again.

The "white man" corporations are going to make us like the dinosaurs if we don't put a stop to it.

With that I will leave you with some great words from Geronimo:

"Yigaquu osaniyu adanvto adadoligi
nigohilvi nasquv utloyasdi nihi"
"May the Great Spirit always give you blessings"

© 2009 Greg Boudonck

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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Excellent hub and sources! The wisdom of many elders of a number of tribes should have been heeded then and now.


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greatAmerican 7 years ago

Everything on this earth is only Temporary, You, Me, Obama,and the Indians, or should I say Native Americans. I do not mean any disrespect for any "group" of people, but Humans do migrate, they do take from the weak, the strong get stronger, the weak fade away. that's life. I wish we could turn it around and give this country back to the Indians,, Now more than ever! Where is Sitting Bull when we need him!


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Absolutely wonderful quotes from those Indians. And so true. They had it right. We would do well to learn from them. Thanks for gathering this information and putting it into this hub. Thumbs up!


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Waren E 7 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

If only all people could see things that way!

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