These Native American quotes include quotes from Minnesota Native Americans Winona LaDuke and Louise Erdrich.
"You can not destroy one who has dreamed a dream like mine." ("Gaa wiin daa-aangoshkigaazo ahaw enaabiyaan gaa-inaabid.") ~ Ojibwe Saying
"What the people believe is true." ~Anishinabe saying
These Native American quotes are just a few of many from Ojibwe/Anishinabe writers.
Interview With Paul Buffalo is the chronicle of the life of an Ojibwe man who lived in and around the Cass Lake area where I spent so many years. Timothy G. Roufs, University of Minnesota Duluth, is the author of this amazing document.
I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love. ~ Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota Sioux (1822-1909)
Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red?
Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived?
Because I would die for my people and my country?
God made me an Indian.
~Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota (circa 1831-1890)
"One day I realized that my entire back seat was filled with relatives who wondered why I wasn’t paying more attention to their part of the family story. . . . Sooner or later they all come up to the front seat and whisper stories in my ear." ~ Diane Wilson, Spirit CarSpirit Car: A Journey to a Dakota Past This counterpoint of memoir and carefully researched fiction is an amazing narrative that ties modern Minnesota to the single most painful event in its history.
"Only to the white man was nature a wilderness and only to him was the land 'infested' with 'wild' animals and 'savage' people. To us it was tame, Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery." ~ Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux (1863-1950)
Visit Pipestone National Monument at Pipestone Minnesota.
I ask for wisdom and strength
Not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able
to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me ever ready to come before you with
clean hands and a straight eye.
So as life fades away as a fading sunset.
My spirit may come to you without shame ~ Ojibwe Prayer
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