“When a child my mother taught me the legends of our people; taught me of the sun and the sky, the moon and the stars, the clouds and the storms. She also taught me to kneel and pray to Usen for strength, health, wisdom, and protection. We never prayed against any person, but if we had aught against any individual we ourselves took vengeance. We were taught that Usen does not care for the petty quarrels of men.”
“When I was a young man and I went to a medicine-man for advice concerning my future. The medicine-man said: ” I have not much to tell you except to help you understand to help you understand this earth in which you live. If a man is to succeed on hunt or the warpath., he must by governed by his inclination, but by an understanding of the ways of the animals, and the natural surroundings, gained through closed observation. The earth is large, and on it has many animals. The earth is under the protection of something which at times becomes visible to the naked eye.”
Lone Man (isna la-wica) (late 19th century) Teton Sioux
The Secret Breathing of Flowers – Native American Wisdom
“When a man does a piece of work which is admired by all we say it is wonderful; but when we see the changes of day and night, the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky, and the changing season upon the Earth, with their ripening fruits, anyone must realize that it is the work of someone more powerful than man.” – Chased-by-Bears (1843-1915) Santee-Yanktonai Sioux.
Courtesy of ‘Native American Wisdom’ by Edward S. Curtis.