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don_socalJune 11, 2012

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time 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.

Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.

Black Elk, Oglala Sioux

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Are we too sophisticated, civilized, and -- stupid -- to realize the wisdom of these Native Americans? Mankind thinks "sophisticated and civilized", maybe, but in reality, "stupid" fills the category!

Wonderful quotes, Don. Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 6:49PM
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OH, hold me back or not. The Native American sayings are good for the past, but from what I can see on the tv,the Native Americans are into casinos, money lending etc...

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 9:40PM
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Never mind this generation, wether Native American or any other people, the wisdom of their Elders still applies, we just don't hear. As far as today's Native American go, who send them in the direction they have gone?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 5:53AM
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