As we travel our paths through time, we leave behind our individual footprints in
everything we do, thus creating history. We walk such a long journey for only a short
amount of time. We should not waste it in the circles of discontent; but instead, walk
in the peaceful harmony of understanding and sharing. After all, we "the people of Earth"
are all searching for the same thing... peace of mind.
copyright 1998 ~ written by Snowhawk ~
"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. We are more than the sum of our knowledge, we are the products of our imagination."
~ Ancient Indian Proverb ~
"Many proposals have been made to us to adopt your laws, your religion, your manners and your customs. We would be better pleased with beholding the good effects of these doctrines in your own practices, than with hearing you talk about them".
~ Old Tassel, Tsalagi Chief ~
"Youth is impulsive. When our young men grow angry at some real or imaginary wrong, and disfigure their faces with black paint, it denotes that their hearts are black, and that they are often cruel and relentless, and our old men and old women are unable to restrain them. Thus it has ever been. Thus it was when the white man began to push our forefathers ever westward. But let us hope that the hostilities between us may never return. We would have everything to lose and nothing to gain. Revenge by young men is considered gain, even at the cost of their own lives, but old men who stay at home in times of war, and mothers who have sons to lose, know better."
~ Chief Sealth ~
"If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, we can live in peace. There need be no trouble. Treat all men alike... give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who is born a free man should be contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases. We only ask an even chance to live as other men live. We ask to be recognized as men. Let me be a free man... free to travel... free to stop... free to work... free to choose my own teachers... free to follow the religion of my Fathers... free to think and talk and act for myself."
~ Chief Joseph ~