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Native American Wisdom

Powhatan & Pueblo 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.


POWHATAN Tribal Quotes

Why should you take by force from us that which you can obtain by love?
- King Wahunsonacook, Powhatan


PUEBLO Tribal Quotes

A good man does not take what belongs to someone else.

Old age was simply a delightful time, when the old people sat on the sunny doorsteps, playing in the sun with the children, until they fell asleep. At last, they failed to wake up.
- James Paytiamo, Acoma Pueblo

We have lived upon this land from days beyond history's records, far past any living memory, deep into the time of legend.  The story of my people and the story of this place are one single story.  We are always joined together. -- Pueblo elder

What we are told as children is that people when they walk on the land leave their breath wherever they go.  So wherever we walk, that particular spot on the earth never forgets us, and when we go back to these places, we know that the people who have lived there are in some way still there and that we can actually partake of their breath and of their spirit. -- Rina Swentzell, Santa Clara Pueblo

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