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Default Indigenous proverbs.

I love them. I thought it'd be nice to share some, Please post some if you can..

here's some in Runasimi a.k.a. Quechua:

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Imaynatan munanki chaynallatataq munasunki:
Just as you love others, they will love you.
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Niway piwanmi purinki, noga nisqayki pin kanki:
Tell me who you walk with, and i'll tell you what kind of person you are.
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''Everything for everyone and nothing for ourselves''
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''So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and Demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and Its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, Even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and Bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and For the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, The fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, For abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts Are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes They weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again In a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.''
-Tecumseh [Shawnee]

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"…My father once told me that our greatest weakness have always been booze, flattery and jealousy. If you look closely, you will find one or more of these at the foundation of the finger pointing. Growing up, I always heard my people say, 'Ignore people's misstatements about you and live your life so that all can see your true character."
-Leonard Peltier. Oglala Sioux. My Life is My SunDance.

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We always return to our first loves.
- Tribe Unknown.

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Our first teacher is our own heart.
-Cheyenne proverb.

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"When all the trees have been cut down,when all the animals have been hunted,when all the waters are polluted,when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover money can not buy everything."


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bump.. anyone wanna add any? lol
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We don't want power over white institutions; we want white institutions to disappear. That's revolution. ~Russell Means


"In recent years we have come to understand what progress is. It is the total replacement of nature by an artificial technology. Progress is the absolute destruction of the real world in favor of a technology that creates a comfortable way of life for a few fortunately situated people. Within our lifetime the differences between the Indian use of the land and the white use of the land will become crystal clear. The Indian lived with his land. The white destroyed his land. he destroyed the planet earth."
Vine Deloria Jr.
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Default Re: Indigenous proverbs.

The quote on my signature. LOL.

Tehan tohtocazqueh to tamatcayotl can cachi chicahuac.

Which I translate as:

We continue our culture with more power.

From the lips of my teacher David Vazquez.
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good ones, keep them coming if you can please..
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Chief Seattle:

Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation, like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless. Your time of decay may be distant, but it will surely come, for even the White Man whose God walked and talked with him as friend to friend, cannot be exempt from the common destiny.
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Default Re: Indigenous proverbs.

Vine Deloria has some good ones...

I'm gonna post some up later...
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Default Re: Indigenous proverbs.

Granted mines weren't proverbs, just quotes.
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it's all good, useful quotes relating to life welcome.

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Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.
-Hopi.

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

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Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand.
-Tribe Unknown.

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It is less of a problem to be poor, than to be dishonest.
-Anishinabe.

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It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.
-Apache.

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Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
-Cherokee.

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You cannot see the future with tears in your eyes."
-Navajo

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"Don't walk behind 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."
-Ute.

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"Lose your temper and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself."
-Hopi.
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"...because we are made up of the earth -- our common ground, so to speak -- we are all the descendants of tribes. Each and every one of us is a descendant of a tribe. We have genetic memories. Inside of our genetic memories, that power connection exists to our ancestral past. We are all descendants of tribes.

But the tribes of the planet earth have encountered a technological religious mind set that removes all spiritual value and real value about life from the earth and puts it into theoretical heavens or hells. And it does it under a male image of a male dominator God."


DNA poem by Lakota/Chicano poet and American Indian activist John Trudell
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A lot of Indians (lmao)
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thanks, but i have no car and no money. i think it's just her time. she's already 10 yrs old so, she is an old lady.
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A lot of Indians (lmao)
hahhaha.... pinche cabron... that one was funny....

I like the Apache one and the Cherokee one that Shy posted up.... good stuff.
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hahhaha.... pinche cabron... that one was funny....

I like the Apache one and the Cherokee one that Shy posted up.... good stuff.
lol I know... but I hope Quickmix doesn't delete it...
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please keep them coming.. really liked that last quote Ralo, thanks.

Quote:
Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
-Unknown.

Quote:
He who is present at a wrongdoing and

does not lift a hand to prevent it,

is as guilty as the wrongdoers.
-Omaha.

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The soul would have no rainbow

if the eyes had no tears.
-Minquas.

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

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Be satisfied with the needs insead of
the wants.
-Teeton Sioux.

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Do not allow anger to poison you.
-Hopi.

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"The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors."
-Chief Plenty Coups; Crow.

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We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
-Ancient Eagle & Condor proverb.
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i like these...
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Very beautiful and applicable quotes/proverbs indeed. Feels good to see such a quality thread.
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They are all quite beautiful quotes. I loved this one especially.
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We always return to our first loves.
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Very beautiful and applicable quotes/proverbs indeed. Feels good to see such a quality thread.
glad you liked mine!
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Glad you all are enjoying and adding to this thread, please continue to do so.

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"Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours."
-Tecumseh.

Quote:
A good man does not take what belongs to someone else."
-Pueblo.

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"Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something."
-Maricopa.

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"Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future."
-Lumbee.

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''We will be known forever by the tracks we live behind''
-Dakota Sioux.

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"Ask questions from your heart and you will be answered from the heart."
-Omaha.

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"Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant."
-Kiowa.

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"Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you."
-Hopi.

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"In death, I am born."
-Hopi.

If someone has anymore please continue to post.. these always help me when I have a bad day/going through rough times so I hope it can uplift some of you too.

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bump one time..

having a bad day, as an alternative to feeling sorry for myself, if someone has anymore please post..
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^ loved em, thank you for sharing.

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They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind.
-Tuscarora.

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When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.
-Arapaho.

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Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man.
-Sioux.

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You already possess everything necessary to become great.
-Crow.

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Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant.
-Kiowa.

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If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
-Minquass

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Cherish youth, but trust old age.
-Pueblo.

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Each person is his own judge.
-Shawnee.

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We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth.
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It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace.
-Shenandoah.

Quote:
The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears.
-Tribe Unknown.


Quote:
Not every sweet root give birth to sweet grass.
-Tribe Unknown.

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When you die, you will be spoken of as those in the sky, like the stars.
-Yurok.

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I agree.

here's a couple more.. will look through some books later to find some more.

post Native poems/speeches.. anything that can help you get through a rough patch is welcome!

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Today we have bigger houses and smaller families
More conveniences, but less time
We have more degrees, but less common sense
More knowledge, but less judgment
We have more experts, but more problems
More medicine, but less wellness
We spend too recklessly
Laugh too little
Drive too fast Get too angry too quickly
Stay up too late
Read too little
Watch TV too much And pray too seldom
We multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values
We talk too much, love too little and lie too often
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life
We've added years to life, not life to years
We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints
We spend more, but have less
We buy more, enjoy it less
We've been all the way to the moon and back
But have trouble crossing the street to meet our neighbors.
We've conquered outer space,
But not inner space
We've split the atom
But not our prejudice
We write more, learn less - plan more, but accomplish less
We've learned to rush, but not to wait,
We have higher incomes, but lower morals
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies
But have less communication
We are long on quantity,
But less in quality
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion
Tall men and short character
More leisure and less fun, more kinds of foods, but less nutrition
Two incomes, but more divorce
Fancier houses, but broken homes

native mind
I love this.. so powerful and true!

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Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit.

If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about

it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book?
-Sogoyewapha, "Red Jacket" - Seneca.

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"Live like you're going to die tomorrow, and learn like you're going to live forever!"
-Unknown.
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A couple in Quechua:

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Khuyakuyqa yachaypaqmi, mana yachaspaqa usuchiwaqmi.
If you don’t know how to love, you will lose your love.
Quote:
Llaqtakunaq atipayninwan, teqrimuyuta kuyuchisunchis.
When the villages work together, we will turn this world around.
A beautiful poem in Quechua:

Quote:
Ucsha urcuman mashcancapac rircani
chaipi canta ricsishcamanta
huairahuan pucllashpa carcanqui
ñucata shuyanacuimantachari

Chaipi tuparircani, cuitsacu,
chaipillatac chincachircani
imamantachari, huarmicu,
¿cunanca imashi tucusha?

Ucsha urcuman ticrani, huarmicu,
cutin tuparisha yuyashpa
canta chaipi tuparishpaca, huarmicu,
ña na canta saquishachu

ENGLISH:

To the hills I went looking for you
because it was there I saw you first
you were playing with the wind
perhaps waiting for me.

There I found you, huambrita
and in that same place I lost you
jealousy kills, lonquita,
now what will become of me?

To the hill I return, huambrita
intending to see you once more,
and if this time I find you, longuita,
I will never let you go
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keep them comming i love these....anyone have any from the Zacateca that's where my family originates their tribe.
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