Native American Proverbs

Blog Entry Native American Proverbs Dec 31, ’05 1:28 AM
by little_running_deer for group lrdjournal

Speak truth in humility to all people.
Only then can you be a true man. (Sioux)

With all things and in all things,
we are relatives. (Sioux)

Love one another and do not strive for
another’s undoing. (Seneca)

We will be known forever by the tracks
we leave. (Dakota)

Each person is his own judge. (Pima)

Do not judge your neighbor until you walk
two moons in his moccasins. (Cheyenne)

There is no death, only a change of worlds.

The more you give, the more good things
come to you. (Crow)

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

Ask questions from you heart and you will
be answered from the heart. (Omaha)

No one else can represent your conscience.

Do not speak of evil for it creates
curiosity in the hearts of the young.

I have been to the end of the earth.
I have been to the end of the water.
I have been to the end of the sky.
I have been to the end of the mountains.
I have found none that are not my friends.

The greatest strength is gentleness.

You must live your life from beginning to end:
Noone else can do it for you.

Don’t let yesterday use up too much
of today. (Cherokee)

What is past and cannot be prevented
should not be grieved for. (Pawnee)

Knowledge that is not used is abused.

It is easy to be brave from a distance.

Seek wisdom, not knowledge.
Knowledge is of the past,
Wisdom is of the future. (Lumbee)

Don’t be afraid to cry.
It will free your mind of sorrowful
thoughts. (Hopi)

Listen to the voice of nature,
For it holds treasures for you. (Huron)

When a man moves away from nature his
heart becomes hard. (Lakota)

Take only what you need and leave the
land as you found it. (Arapaho)

God gave us each a song. (Ute)

Everyone who is successful must have
dreamed of something. (Maricopa)

Life is not separate from death.
It only looks that way. (Blackfoot)

It is no longer good enought to Cry peace,
We must Act peace, Live peace and Live
In Peace. (Shenandoah)


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