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

SALISH Tribal Quotes

Can we talk of integration until there is integration of hearts and minds? Unless you have this, you have only a physical presence, and the walls between us are as high as the mountain range.
- Chief Dan George, Salish

SAUK Tribal Quotes

How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right.
- Black Hawk, Sauk

During the first year a newly married couple discovers whether they can agree with each other and can be happy - if not, they part, and look for other partners. If we were to live together and disagree we should be as foolish as the whites.
- Black Hawk, Sauk

SENECA Tribal Quotes

Even in Paradise, living all alone would be Hell.

Love one another and do not strive for another's undoing.

Even as you desire good treatment, so render it.
- Handsome Lake of the Seneca

SHAWNEE Tribal Quotes

When the legends die, the dreams end; there is no more greatness.

No tribe has the right to sell, even to each other, much less to strangers... Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the earth? Didn't the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children?
- Tecumseh, Shawnee

SHOSHONE Tribal Quotes

When a favor is shown to a white man, he feels it in his head and the tongue speaks out; when a kindness is shown to an Indian, he feels it in his heart and the heart has no tongue.

SUQWAMISH Tribal Quotes

What is a man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.
- Chief Seattle, Suqwamish and Duwamish

TUSCARORA Tribal Quotes

Those who have one foot in the canoe and one foot in the boat are going to fall into the river.

UTE Tribal Quotes

One "take this" is better than two "I will gives."

If I am in harmony with my family, that is success.

Don't walk in front of me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one.