“Often the stillness of the night, when all nature is asleep about me, there comes a gentle rapping at the door of my heart. I open it; and a voice inquires: “Pokagon, what of your people? What will their future be?” My answer is: “Mortal man has not the power to draw aside the veil of the unborn time to tell the future of his race. That gift belongs to the Divine alone. But it is given to him to closely judge the future by the present, and the past.”
(Courtesy of the Native American Wisdom quotes collected by respected Native American Chiefs, Medicine Men, and Shamans)
“Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other, then we will have no wars. We shall all be alike-brothers of one father, and one mother, with one sky above us and one country around us, and one government for all.”
Joseph [Himmaton Yalatkit] (1830-1904) Nez Perce Chief
Daily Reflections Inspired by the Native People of the World
By Anne Wilson Schaef
For April 17th: WALKING WITH THE WAKAN-TANKA
“Remember and think about the closeness of the Wakan-Tanka (The Great Spirit, or the Creator) if they believe in this wisdom, it will give them endless strength and hope. “
– Frank Fools Crow Lakota Chief and Spiritual Leader, American Indian
Frank Fools Crows was one of the clearest and most powerful people I have ever known. Never was I in the presence of anyone who was consistently walked so close to the Wakan-Tanka. His entire life was devoted to treading the spiritual path and healing those who came to him. Just being in his presence was a source of strength and healing, and he shared his knowledge and wisdom with all who came. He never discriminated.
For Fools Crow, Waken-Tanka, was not an abstraction Wakan-Tanka was a friend, an adviser, an expert, a physician, a colleague and a constant companion. Wakan-Tanka was a sponsor and a mentor,. Wakan-Tanka was a boss, always, and one only had to walk the path of the Wakan-Tanka and consult with Wakan-Tanka in all one’s affairs. And Frank Fools Crow did.
Wakan-Tanka is not an abstraction of our lives. Wakan-Tanka is our lives.
Native American Wisdom for this Day (April 2 2018) CHOOSING LIFE
(Courtesy from the “Native Wisdom For White Minds” Daily Reflections Inspired by the Native Peoples of the World by Anne Wilson Schaef)
“When I choose life, I choose myself. I choose Creation.”
Quote from American Indian Shawnee Elder, Barney Bush:
“I started drinking more seriously, seeking refuge, seeking death actually, from a world that was feeling more and more unnatural to me. Following a painful accident related to drinking, I finally realized that I must decide whether to follow I want to follow my grandparents or to truly take up this life. Circumstances that followed led me to choose life.”
Alcohol and drug abuse is a terrible problem for Native people throughout the world. Every colonialized nation has introduced alcohol and drugs to the Native people, which has destroyed their cultures, their families and their spirituality – their own unique and sacred connection to Mother Earth.
For many Native people and Westerners around the world, alcohol and drugs are more often a welcoming sedatives to numb the hurt and burdens that shut off the pain of living in a “unnatural” and destructive system. The issue with addiction is: “Do I want to numb myself and fit into the system?” If this isn’t a viable alternative, the issue the becomes “Do I want take up this life?”
The life that the Divine and Creator has given us may be hard for others to understand, and maybe that will be some people that will never know the hardships. But to live your truth, to choose life…..and to be one to teach others about your life experiences – is truly a humble lesson for all humanity to learn. All Native people of our beautiful world have much wisdom within their souls, within their being, and since they are so much connected with our Earth, they certainly make our finest and humblest teachers on this Earth.
“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.