NATIVE AMERICAN QUOTES

“The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of the forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the land that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers; he belongs just as the buffalo belongs… —Luther Standing Bear (1868?-1939) Oglala Sioux chief “If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.” —Chief Dan George I hope the Great Heavenly Father, who will look down upon us, will give all the tribes His blessing, that we may go forth in peace, and live in peace all our days, and that He will look down upon our children […] Read More

The Inipi Ceremony

Some Indians prefer only males in Inipi ceremonies; others do not differentiate or mind the mixed male and female participation within the same lodge. As time moves on, mixed lodges are becoming more prevalent. Many believe there should be no differentiation as we are all creations of the Great Spirit, all equal, all holy, especially in the spiritual sense. What differences there are between man and woman are special, due to the Creator. It is a special relationship, in practical respects, but on a spiritual level, there is an equal sameness. An Inipi usually starts with the loading and offering of the peace pipe. As in the majority of Sioux ceremonies, the Woman’s role reflects her position of honor. A woman, representative of White Buffalo Calf Maiden, will take tobacco and circle clockwise around the fireplace, trailing some particles of tobacco. She will then leave a trail from the […] Read More

2008: Wounded Knee Massacre

Never Forget December 29, 2008 marks 118 years since the massacre at Wounded There were many many many massacres in the history of Indigenous people of what is now the Americas. And we should take time to remember them, no matter your nation. So take some time today to remember the people who died at Wounded Knee and many others. A little history about Wounded Knee By TIM GIAGO (NANWICA KCIJI) Special to McClatchy Tribune While Americans agonize over the contents of the Iraq Study Group report and weigh the options of extricating U.S. soldiers from the middle of a civil war, the people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota will gather on a lonely hill overlooking the demolished village of Wounded Knee — destroyed during the occupation of the American Indian Movement in 1973 and never rebuilt — to commemorate and grieve the massacre of their […] Read More

Unktomi and the Arrowheads

There were once upon a time two young men who were very great friends and were constantly together. One was a very thoughtful young man, the other very impulsive, who never stopped to think before he committed an act. One day these two friends were walking along, telling each other of their experiences in lovemaking. They ascended a high hill, and on reaching the top, heard a ticking noise as if small stones or pebbles were being struck together. Looking around they discovered a large spider sitting in the midst of a great many flint arrowheads. The spider was busily engaged making the flint rocks into arrowheads. They looked at the spider, but he never moved but continued hammering away on a piece of flint which he had nearly completed into another arrowhead. “Let’s hit him,” said the thoughtless one. “No,” said the other, “he is not harming anyone; […] Read More