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Favorite Quotes

 

"Walk tall ... as the trees,
Live strong ... as the mountains,
Be gentle ... as the spring breeze,
Keep the warmth of summer ... in your heart,
And the Great Spirit ... will always be with you."

Anonymous

I really think that says it all ... don't you?


"A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it ...
just as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky."
Crazy Horse ... Oglala Sioux (Lakota)

This describes the journey of Robin Miller ... and the reason he was called upon to participate with Red Moon Hombre to write the book Songs of the Shaman, The Path of the Feather.  There is wisdom hidden in every leaf and rock ... and the book is your pathway to understanding exactly what that really means.

It is time for a change in perspective ... where consumerism and profit take a back seat to "Namaji" ... Dignity, Honor, Respect, and Pride ... a perspective where respect for each other and our mother the earth comes first.

"All things are connected. 
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth."
Chief Seattle ... Suquamish and Duwamish

The Apollo 13 moon mission brought the whole idea of a "life support capsule" into focus.  Their quote at the time was, "Houston, we have a problem!"  They just as easily might have said, "Our lives are completely dependent on our space capsule.  Whatever befalls the space capsule befalls the occupants of the space capsule." 

Chief Seattle was talking about the space capsule called Earth, of course.  He could see it was in danger even back then (from what he saw of the habits of the invading Europeans) ... and it is in even more danger now from modern technology, consumerism and greed.  But how is it that he knew so much more about where our culture was headed than we do?  It makes you wonder what else Native Americans know that might benefit humanity ... if we would just take the time to listen, to learn, and to acknowledge where we truly stand in the nature's scheme of life.

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Native American Wisdom and a personal comment:

"It does not require many words to speak the truth."
Chief Joseph ... Nez Perce

"How smooth must be the language of the whites,
when they can make right look like wrong,
and wrong like right."
Black Hawk ... Sauk

Has anyone seen a legally binding contract lately, or maybe a printout of any piece of congressional legislation?  If the truth can be spoken with few words ... doesn't it seem obvious that contracts and legislation have very little to do with real-world "truth"?  Can you actually bind a person with words ... when those words do not represent what is in their heart?

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Native American Teachings and a personal comment:

"We have men among us (like the whites) who pretend to know the right path,
but will not consent to show it without pay.  I have no faith in their paths ..."
Black Hawk ... Sauk

Should everything really have a price?  We have been told that we all have equal rights under the law, but in practice this has not proved to be true.  In practice, those with the most money have turned out to be way more equal than those without.  In practice, those with money can either beat you by finding the smallest print, or by running you out of money long before you ever get to present any evidence in court.  I must say, if this is what they call equal, it is not working for me ... how about you? 

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Native American Culture and a personal comment:

"No tribe has the right to sell (the land), even to each other, much less to strangers ...
Sell a country?  Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the earth? 
Didn't the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children?"
Tecumseh ... Shawnee

The first degradation of the gifts we were given by nature was when we began to refer to them as "resources"; it is a word trick called "dis-association".  From Wikipedia we get the definition ... "A resource is any physical or virtual entity of limited availability that needs to be consumed to obtain a benefit from it". 

Read that definition again ... it clearly defines the attitude of today's culture.  In a nature based culture like that of the Native Americans, the gifts of nature are only valuable through their continuation ... and not through their total consumption.  Ask yourself one question, "Once we have consumed all of nature ... then what?"

"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion.
Respect others in their views and demand respect for yours.
Love your life, Perfect your life, and beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or sign of salute when you meet a passing friend,
or even a strange, if in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people, but grovel to no one.
When you wake in the morning, give thanks for the light,
for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Abuse no one, and no thing ... for abuse turns wise ones to fools,
and robs the spirit of its vision.
When your time comes to die ...
be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death,
so that 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!
Techumseh ... Shawnee

Dignity, Honor, Respect, and Pride ... were summed up in the single Ute word "Namaji". Tecumseh speaks eloquently of those same thoughts.  Beautify everything that comes into your life ... and when your time comes ... sing your death song like a hero going home.  It is The Way of the Indian.

 

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Native American Beliefs and a personal comment:

"If my warriors are to fight they are too few; if they are to die they are too many."
Hendrick ... Mohawk

Who in the world, among today's statesmen, are as wise as Hendrick?  We are all passengers on spaceship earth.  How does one choose sides on a round planet?  I say, take away the huge military-industrial complex that feeds the rich ... and give everyone a Native American flute.  Instead of war ... let's begin to learn how to make beautiful music together.

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Native American Spirituality and a personal comment:

"In the government you call civilized, the happiness of the people is constantly sacrificed to the splendor of the empire.  Hence the origin of your codes of criminal and civil laws; your dungeons and prisons.  We have no prisons; no pompous parade of courts.

We have among us no exalted villains above the control of laws.  Daring wickedness is never allowed to triumph over helpless innocence.  The estates of widows and orphans are never devoured by enterprising swindlers.

We have no robbery under the pretext of law."
Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) ... Mohawk

"Like a man who has been dying for many days,
a man in your city is numb to the stench."
Chief Seattle... Suqwamish and Duwamish

To me it is clear both men were speaking about the same thing.  Laws can be written but wherever and whenever people without honor and morality exist ... the law has little impact ... and the validity of their culture must be questioned. In truth a culture without honor and morality is an abomination to all the senses.

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Earth Based Wisdom and a personal comment:

"The white man does not understand America. 
He is far too removed from its formative processes. 
The roots of his tree of life have not yet grasped the rock and the soil."
Chief Luther Standing Bear ... Oglala Sioux

Modern culture has lost touch with its origins in the soil, the air, and the water.  I personally have stood within the tree of life and experienced the awe of those connections.  I stood with my roots gathering support and sustenance from the soil, with my branches held aloft as if in prayer, with my leaves drinking in the air and the water I needed for survival.  In fact it was the needfull act of gathering those elements that resulted in that single yet fully exquisite life experience.

That experience was the gift of understanding; it was an epiphany like no other.  In that instant, for the first time, I understood gratitude. Not the kind that leaves you with a feeling of indebtedness, but the kind that fills you with the sheer joy of being ... all the time knowing that what the elements had gifted to me would one day be returned to them ... because it is The Way of the world.  I stood erect and tall, as only a tree can do ... and with clarity, fulfilled my roll as a participant in the Great Circle of Life.

From that experience, I believe that somewhere deep inside of me there is a little piece of that tree ... that it will always be there for me ... and that I will never forget those teachings.

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Look for the truth in everything around you ...

Truth travels like sunlight ... it shines straight through to your heart!