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Native American Wisdom

Nez Perce & Oklahoma Wisdom


For thousands of years Native American cultures maintained an ecological and social balance.  Their philosophies and common sense beliefs are featured here through the quotes of various tribesmen.


NEZ PERCE Tribal Quotes

I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more. I will tell you in my way how the Indian sees things. The white man has more words to tell you how they look to him, but it does not require many words to speak the truth.
- Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God...
- Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

I have carried a heavy load on my back ever since I was a boy. I realized then that we could not hold our own with the white men. We were like deer. They were like grizzly bears. We had a small country. Their country was large. We were contented to let things remain as the Great Spirit Chief made them. They were not, and would change the rivers and mountains if they did not suit them.
- Chief Joseph, Nez Perce


OKLAHOMA Tribal Quotes

When a man prays one day and steals six, the Great Spirit thunders and the Evil One laughs.

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