"Oh Great Spirit"; Native American Prayer, Great Video links included, Peace and Prosperity

First Nations Prayer

Oh Great Spirit, First Nations Prayer, incl. Source Credit UPDATE (please comment)

First Nations Prayer

First Nations peoples in the Americas have passed on the traditions, knowledge, and history of their Elders and kinsfolk from one generation to the next largely by the use of Oral Tradition practices. One such knowledge passed down through the generations is that of the GREAT SPIRIT (as He is reverently known amongst the First Nations peoples). This Spirit is held in higher regard than Mother Earth, or any of the multitude of other spirits inhabiting the animals of the earth, sea, and sky; and appropriately so, as the Great Spirit is also known as the Creator.

Oral Tradition, from Wikipedia.org is linked here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_tradition


Now, I would like to respectfully introduce a well-known Indian Chief, the late CHIEF DAN GEORGE (Jul. 24, 1899 - Sep. 23, 1981) of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Burrard Band) in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Chief George was a bit of a public figure, on account of himself being the Chief of the band, and also because he was a movie actor, with a few films to his credit, including Little Big Man, with Dustin Hoffman. By virtue of these advantages, the Chief publicly orated a profound and unique personal prayer to his Creator, the Great Spirit. This oration was recorded and endorsed as a piece of cultural history which well displays the Chief’s spiritual relationship with his God (and by extension, the relationship of his people with their God). The prayer is so articulate, loved by so many, and so widely respected that it has been broadcast and dispersed with the technologies of late as a prime example of Indian spirituality, virtue, and belief.

This prayer is archived and treasured as but one historical and sublime example of a (spiritual) Record of the Native American Indian. It is indeed profound in its sagacity and implications. You may easily find that when the venerable Chief speaks to his beloved Great Spirit, he does so with reverence, and with this personal elucidation, he displays a commitment and a faith that speaks volumes.

Admittedly, it is a fairly modern piece of literature. Notwithstanding this fact, I believe it can be well construed to be a sample of evidence which describes a loving God, who did NOT JUST dwell for a time in the Biblical Middle East, but did in fact visit the Americas - BECAUSE … He veritably has a vested interest in ALL of His Father’s children.* (Continued below … )



Oh Great Spirit

Whose voice I hear in the wind

Whose breath gives life to the world

Hear me

I come to you as one of your many children

I am small and weak

I need your strength and your wisdom

May I walk in beauty

Make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset

Make my hands respect the things that You have made

And my ears sharp

To hear Your voice

Make me wise,

So that I may know the things You have taught

Your children

The lessons You have hidden in every leaf and rock

Make me strong,

Not to be superior to my brothers

But be able to fight my greatest enemy —


Make me ever ready to come to You

With straight eyes

So that when life fades, as the fading sunset

My spirit will come to You without shame.

Thomas S. Whitecloud II (1914-1972).

Chief Dan George, who died on Sept. 23, 1981 at the age of 82 years, recited this poem expertly at the end of this CBC documentary broadcast:



Note: for copyright reasons, this prayer has been edited. All attempts at contacting the family/owner have been unsuccessful.

*** UPDATE***: Please forgive the delay, but I must explain (notwithstanding that I take nothing away from Chief Dan George, as I admire his talents) my personal hard-copy documentation of this prayer that I had previously acquired (and had pasted to my bedroom door for a time) actually listed the venerable Chief Dan George as the progenitor of this cherished Indian poem. Today however, I have discovered a different SOURCE accredited with authorship. He is a Native American Ojibwe/Chippewa Indian writer called Thomas S. Whitecloud II (1914-1972). Appropriately, it is now published above in its entirety, with a more likely writer/author indicated as its inspired composer. I can only hope that this is true, because there are great multitudes of dead-ends on the internet. Please share your thoughts on this matter.

· This “Oh Great Spirit” Indian Prayer has long been widely available as an unaccredited piece of art anyhow, except per se to the Indian protégés as a Nation. Therefore and hence, I applaud them directly for sharing it unselfishly, just as I expect the Creator and Great Spirit would that they should.


The official name in the U.S. Government for the Ojibwe nation and their Algonquian language. Most of the people reside in Canada, where they are called Ojibwe. Their name for themselves is Anishinaabe.

Source: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Chippewa .


WATCH this YouTube video below of the prayer, presented in a very peaceful and humble way, with music and stunning visual aids -- definitely a FAVORITE to bookmark and revisit often!

The Great Spirit

* (Continuation from above)

The concept of the GREAT SPIRIT is one example of many instances of the First Nations peoples legitimate exposure to and reliance upon a God, as their oral tradition has testified for many centuries.

The Book of Mormon is also an example of Recorded American History, translated once into the English language - revealed for us all to consider since the year 1830. It is quite literally Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It also speaks of the Great Spirit, which can be found in several places, including in the record of Alma 18: 4 “And now, when the king heard these words, he said unto them: Now I know that it is the Great Spirit; and he has come down at this time to preserve your lives, that I might not slay you as I did your brethren. Now this is the Great Spirit of whom our fathers have spoken.” (About B.C. 90)

I invite all who may want to investigate this additional source of testimony to do so, noting the many references to the Bible’s Old and New Testaments, as well as the Great Spirit, and ultimately the ancestral heritage and remnants of First Nations peoples. These scriptures are available online at http://scriptures.lds.org/en/bm/contents.


Several profound attestations are included prior to the text. Note that a trial of faith may be required to receive a Spiritual witness of its truth, but it will come, and I respectfully attest to this promise (for example, concerning faith), as found in the record of Alma 32:28 “Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that THIS IS A GOOD SEED, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.”

Finally, I include a verse from the Book of Mormon record of 2 Ne. 25: 21, where the SACRED ARCHIVES OF THE LORD’S CHILDREN ARE PROMISED TO BE WELL PRESERVED FOR HIS PURPOSES. “Wherefore, for this cause hath the Lord God promised unto me that these things which I write shall be kept and preserved, and handed down unto my seed, from generation to generation, that the promise may be fulfilled unto Joseph, that his seed should never perish as long as the earth should stand.”


Peace and good tidings

Thank you for your Augmenting Comments! 19 comments

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I loved Chief Dan George. He was in many movies including The Outlaw Josie Wales. I've watched this and Little Big Man countless times. Thank you very much for this!

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

This was educational for me. Thank you.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're welcome Micky. Aside from his starring in those classic movies, I've loved this prayer/poem so much that I have had it taped to my bedroom door for about a year now. This guy was an all too human Brother, and a good one at that.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're welcome RevLady. Thanks for stopping by.

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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Always loved the spirituality of the Native Americans and their love and respect for nature. This is a great hub

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I've recently come across some old Cherokee Wisdom I'd like to share ...

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said:

“My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all..

One is Evil.

It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good.

It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:

“Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied:

“The one you feed.”

Lisa A. 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing this- I love how the Chief compared faith as a seed in our hearts needing nurturing. God bless him and our Native American brothers and sisters who teach us soo much!

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks for stopping by Lisa A. God bless us all to live in peace and prosperity as children of God. May we do our part to make it so, remembering the teachings of our Redeeming Lord and Saviour.

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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

l love reading/hearing about anything to do with First Nations. This was great. Thank you.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You are most welcome Dim. I give them my respect where it is due. Peace.

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I love you Brother! Peace!

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Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

Chief Dan George...I can see his smile and hear his voice forever. He was such a wonderful actor. I love his prayer. My great grandmother was Cherokee...she prayed every day of her life at the same place between two pine trees on a Kentucky hill. Her knee prints were deep in the hard clay ground. She prayed for five generations of her children and grandchildren. No need to pray for the sixth...they would be with God. My grandchildren are the fifth.

Thank you for writing this wonderful hub. :)

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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Thank you for mentioning "Little Big Man". I just discovered Native American films and actors. I saw Big Bear last week and loved it! I shall have to search for "Little Big Man" now.

Since you live in Ontario, give my blog titled "No schools for kids in Canada"; if you have the time that is too. Any suggestions and/or comments would be greatly appreciated.

I enjoyed your blog. May Wakan Tanka guide your journey!

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Timothy Donnelly 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Micky Dee, good to see and hear from you anytime (everytime). I'll be around your hub-land soon, as I am able, for sure.

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Timothy Donnelly 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tom Cornett, I'm pleased to make your acquaintance! What a wonderful account of your Dear Great Grandmother! God the Father Most High listened to every sincere prayer she expressed, of that you can be sure! May her pleadings be realized throughout her extended family and continuing seed!

You are right Tom, your future family members are indeed live spirits right now with God, waiting for their turn to gain a mortal body, just as the past ones of your heritage have spirits that continue to exist. May all of them return to the Creator through the merits and Atonement of Jesus Christ, our Saviour sure and Redeemer faithful. Amen.

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Timothy Donnelly 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mr. Happy, thanks for your comment. May you too have Peace and Good Tidings in your journey.

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angie ashbourne 5 years ago

Hi! Timothy Good Hub! I like the poem - Oh Great Spirit.

Happy Canada Day. Angie

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Timothy Donnelly 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sorry about my late reply Angie, I haven't been hubbin' for a spell ... I hope your Canada Day was great!

And, thanks Angie for sharing the Great Spirit in You!

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