Before the Europeans came to America, it is estimated that anywhere from1.2million to 12 millionNative Americansinhabited theland. The population of the Native Americans was reduced to 250,000, due to mass murder, genocide, importeddiseases,slaveryand suicide. There is no question about it, thesepeoplesuffered agreattragedy. One could argue that it is the most devastating thing to everhappento any population of people in the history of the world. Yet, little to no attention is given to this tragedy. One has to wonder,why?
Not only were the NativeAmericanpeople killed, but much of their customs, traditions andspiritualitywere lost along with them. Perhaps this was anotherreasonfor the genocide? These people were truly connected and intunewith MotherEarth, often referred to as the Keepers of the Earth. They taught to “walk lightly upon the Earth and live inbalanceandharmony.” Maybe, if more of the Native Americans were alive today the Earth wouldn’t be in as much turmoil as it is. Wecanall benefit from adopting some of the ancientspiritualteachings from the Native American elders into our daily lives.
10 PIECES OF WISDOM & QUOTES FROM NATIVE AMERICAN ELDERS
“TheGreat Spiritis in all things: he is in theairwe breathe. The GreatSpiritis our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us.” –Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki Algonquin
“The first piece, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize theirrelationship, theironenesswith theUniverseand all itspowersand 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.” –BlackElk – Oglala Sioux
“Only when the lasttreehas died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eatmoney.” –CreeIndianProverb
Go Forward With Courage
When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
When doubt no longer exists for you then go forward with courage.
So long as mists envelop you, be still;
Be still until thesunlightpours through and dispels the mists
“Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn’t have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. Without a prison, there can be no delinquents. We had no locks norkeysand therefore, among us there were no thieves. When someone was so poor that he couldn’t afford a horse, a tent, or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to civilized property. We didn’t know any kind of money and consequently, the value of ahumanbeing was not determined by his wealth. We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another. We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don’t knowhow toexplain how we were able to manage these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.”–John (Fire) Lame Deer Sioux Lakota
“Oh Great Spirit, help me always to speak thetruthquietly, to listen with an openmindwhenothersspeak, and to remember thepeacethat may be found in silence.” –Cherokee Prayer
“Peace andhappinessare available in every moment. Peace is every step. We shall walk hand in hand. There are no political solutions to spiritual problems. Remember: if the Creator put it there, it is in the right place. Thesoulwould have no rainbow if theeyeshad no tears. Tell your people that, since we were promised we should never be moved, we have been moved five times.” –An Indian Chief