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The Earth Weeps - Replay Audio


A Cherokee Legend by Lee Brown, Cherokee

The following link has the same text as the link above
but with words from
Mathew King, Lakota & Leon Shenandoah, Onondaga

Excerpts from a talk at the 1986 Continental Indigenous Council, Fairbanks, Alaska



The New Hopi [Elders] Prayer


The Mayan New Dawn


Many Voice at the 2008 Maumee Powwow


               I don't know how to save the world. I don't have the answers or The Answer. I hold no secret knowledge as to how to fix the mistakes of generations past and present. I only know that without compassion and respect for all of Earth's inhabitants, none of us will survive--nor will we deserve to. ~Leonard Peltier


The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. The rivers carry our canoes, and feed our children. If we sell you our land, you must remember, and teach your children, that the rivers are our brothers and yours, and you must henceforth give the rivers the kindness you would give any brother. ... The water's murmur is the voice of my father's father. ~Chief Seattle, Salish

* Click here for the entire 1854 speech

Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will we realise that we cannot eat money. ~19th Century Cree Indian

We humans must come again to a moral comprehension of the earth and air. We must live according to the principle of a land ethic. The alternative is that we shall not live at all. ~N. Scott Momaday, Kiowa

Prophecy of the Fifth World
~Aluna Joy Yaxk'in and the Ancient Ones from San Bartolo
~Aluna Joy Yaxk'in
~Various Interpretors
~Tom Brown Jr.



A Hopi Elder said he is dying and with him will die the old ways.  But he doesn't care because the old ways don't work anymore.  I believe the old ways cannot die--because it is in the old ways that the truth will be found.
 ~L.L. Abbott

Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you will die too.

~John Hollow Horn, Oglala Lakota


Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

~Chief Seattle, Salish/Divamish


We ourselves stand at the very Crossroads of understanding the positive and negative influences that affect all Life yet to come.  We ourselves—you and me and all of us—must make the right decision of behalf of the Seventh Generation.   ~Arvol Looking Horse, Chief and 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations.




It is time for the woman. It is time to talk and set things right, for women to stand up. And when the world honors women, the mothers, and Mother Earth, everyone will be better off.

                                                            ~Cecilia Mitchell, Mohawk


The battle for Indian children will be won in the classroom, not on the

streets or on horses. The students of today are our warriors of tomorrow. ~Wilma P. Mankiller, Cherokee


When you see a new trail, or a footprint that you do not know, follow it to

the point of knowing. ~Grandmother of Charles Eastman, Santee Sioux


The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew the lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to a lack of respect for humans too. So he kept his youth close to its softening influence. ~Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux


We must have respect and understanding for women and all female life on this Earth which bears the sacred gift of life." --Traditional Circle of Elders, Onondaga


On Spirituality and the Earth


On Leaders and Responsibility


On Resources and the Moral Question


On Peace and the PeaceMaker


All My Relations and All Life



The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand 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 belonged.... ~ Luther Standing Bear Oglala Sioux

... 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

Among the Indians there have been no written laws. Customs handed down from generation to generation have been the only laws to guide them. Every one might act different from what was considered right did he choose to do so, but such acts would bring upon him the censure of the Nation.... This fear of the Nation's censure acted as a mighty band, binding all in one social, honorable compact.  ~George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-bowh) Ojibwa Chief

"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. ~ Indian Proverb


Grown men can learn from very little children

for the hearts of the little children are pure.

Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them

many things which older people miss. ~Black Elk


The old Indian teaching was that is is wrong to tear loose from its place on the earth anything that may be growing there. It may be cut off, but it should not be uprooted. The trees and the grass have spirits. Whatever one of such growth may be destroyed by some good Indian, his act is done in sadness and with a prayer for forgiveness because of his necessities...  ~Wooden Leg (late 19th century) Cheyenne


We are taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets: that hereafter he will give every man a spirit-home according to his deserts....This I believe, and all my people believe the same. ~Chief Joseph Nez Perce

The old Lakota was wise.  He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.  ~Chief Luther Standing Bear

How can the spirit of the earth like the white man?... Everywhere the white man has touched it, it is sore.  ~Anonymous Wintu Woman

Know that you yourself are essential to this World.  Believe that! Understand both the blessing and the burden of that.  You yourself are desperately needed to save the soul of this World.
Did  you think you were put here for something less?  ~Chief Arvol Looking Horse



 "Silence is the Mother of Truth, for the silent man was ever to be trusted, while the man ever ready with speech was never taken seriously." Chief Luther Standing Bear, (Teton Sioux)


"I will be walking in the middle of your soul." Oklahoma Cherokee love incantation


Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations. ~Luther Standing Bear


Man has responsibility, not power. ~Tuscarora Proverb


What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. ~Crowfoot


I do not always come as a trickster.
Sometimes it is necessary to remind others to enjoy life.
To remember to play and lick another's nose! -Coyote Speak, Spirit Talk


Each of us personally, is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think you were put here for something less? ~Arvol Looking Horse
These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom.
Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future. (Lumbee)
The more you know, the more you will trust and the less you will fear.. (Ojibway)

The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us.
~ Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki Algonquin

A very great vision is needed

and the man who has it

must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. ~Crazy Horse


"If we do not like what a future looks like, all we have to do is change our thought patterns and start taking better care of our TOTAL self, as Life is just what we make it." -David Little Elk



A Story of Two Wolves
A Cherokee Elder spoke to his grandchildren, teaching them about life.

He said, "A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
"One wolf is evil~~ he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego.

"The other is good~~ he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

"This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too."

They thought for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather,  "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."


There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom traveled, which leads to an unkown, secret place. The old people came literally to love the soil, and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. Their teepees were built upon the earth and their altar's were made of earth. The soul was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing. That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him. ~Chief Luther Standing Bear
To me, if you're Indian, you're Indian. You don't have to put on our buckskin, beads, and feathers, and stuff like that. --Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK             
The most important thing that determines who we are is on our insides, not our outsides. If we are Indian inside, that's all that matters. Being Indian means to think right, to be spiritual and to pray. Feathers and beads don't make us Indian. Being Indian means to have a good heart and a good mind.  Great Spirit, today, let me think Indian.  ~Unknown







Music file/loop titled: The Earth Weeps

Several images above are paintings by Susan Seddon Boulet


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