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Words of Wisdom
Timeless wisdom of elders from the past and present....

'Good Medicine' by John Two-Hawks
Finding inner balance & healing
through Indigenous wisdom


'To Make a Voice' by John Two-Hawks
Native Flute Lessons and Wisdom

"When you arise in the morning, give thanks
for the morning light, for your life and strength.
Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault
lies with yourself...."

-- Tecumseh

It is the flash of a firefly in the night,
the breath of a buffalo in the winter.
It is the little shadow, which runs across
the grass, and loses itself in the sunset...."

-- Crowfoot
Blackfeet Elder

"Never pass up a chance to keep your mouth shut."

-- Will Rogers

"Hey-a-a-hay!  Lean to hear my feeble voice.  At the
center of the sacred hoop, you have said that I should
make the tree to bloom.  With tears running O Great
Spirit, my Grandfather, with running eyes I must say....
The tree has never bloomed.  Here I stand, and the
tree is withered.  Again I recall the great vision you
gave me.  It may be that some little root of the sacred
tree still lives....  Nourish it then, that it may leaf and
bloom and fill with singing birds!  Hear me, that the
people may once again go back to the sacred hoop,
find the good road, and the shielding tree...."

-- Black Elk
Oglala Lakota

"I am the spirit's janitor....  All I do is wipe the
windows a bit, so you can see out for yourself."

-- Godfrey Chips
Lakota Medicine Man

"Humor is the WD-40 of healing."

-- George Goodstriker
Kainai Elder

"Prayer unfolds in the stillness of the soul."

-- Unknown

"You have noticed that everything an Indian does
is in a circle.  That is because the power of the world
always works in circles, and everything tries to be
round....  The sky is round, and I have heard that the
earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars.  The
wind in its greatest power, whirls.  Birds make their
nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing
and always come back again, to where they were.  The
life of a man is a circle, from childhood to childhood.
And so it is in everything, where power moves...."

-- Black Elk
Oglala Lakota

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