Although I don't "look like it", I am Cherokee. I am a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
As part of my exploration of my Cherokee heritage I am particularly interested in quotes by Native Americans.
Quotations by Native Americans
The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
I think over again my small adventures
Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may not remember. Involve me and I'll understand.
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.
The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies.
We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit.
I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I can go everywhere with a good feeling.
I love the land of winding waters more then all the rest of the world. A man who would not love his father's grave is worse then a wild animal.
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.......Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade....where I choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.
I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.
Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very large house. They told me it was a bank and that the white men place their money there to be taken care of, and that by and by they got it back with interest. We are Indians and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give
them away to other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them with interest, and our hearts feel good. Our way of giving is our bank.
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.
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.
When the earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them.
I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place.
Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book?
Our land is everything to us... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it - with their lives.
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