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We are Part Fire, and Part Dream

Aboriginal Inspiration, in Aboriginal Voices

We are part fire, and part dream.
– Firedog, Cheyenne

If you want to leave footprints in the sand, put on work boots.
– Chief Clarence Louie, Osoyoos Band

The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.
Black Elk (Oglala) 1863-1950

Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.
Mourning Dove (Salish) 1888-1936

I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.
Lone Man (Isna-la-wica)(Teton Sioux)

The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors.
Chief Plenty Coups (Crow)

Lose your temper and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself.
Hopi saying

Could it be that the road to technology represents a rush to destruction, and that the road to spirituality represents the slower path that the traditional native people have traveled and are now seeking again? The earth is not scorched on this trail. The grass is still growing there."
William Commanda, Mamiwinini, Canada, 1991, The Sacred Tree

Anywhere is the center of the world.
Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

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.
Elder quoted in Tom Brown, Jr., The Tracker

Wars are fought to see who owns the land, but in the end it possesses us. Who dares say he owns it, is he not buried beneath it?
Cochise, Chiricahua Apache

Those who lose dreaming are lost.
Australian Aboriginal Proverb

We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.
Australian Aboriginal Proverb

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
Ancient Native American Proverb

Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.
North American Native Proverb

Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself.
North American Native Proverb

Every animal knows more than you do.
Nez Perce

You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
Navajo proverb

A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass.
Sioux proverb

Friendship between two persons depends upon the patience of one.
Native American Proverb

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
Chief Seattle

There is only one great thing
The only thing
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world.
Anonymous Inuit

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