We Know So Much

“Our songs are so short because we know so much.” I always liked that line and often repeat it myself. I don’t know where I picked it up but I recently found out that this was the response of an Inuit woman to an anthropologist. Along this lines Chief Joseph said, “It does not require many words to speak the truth.” Thinking about the meaning of these quotes, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes from Native American Wisdom (see the KnowledgePath Book List).

I deeply admire the wisdom of Chief Joseph, for example he also said:

We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God.

In the spirit of KnowledgePath, here are the wise words of Chief Luther Standing Bear:

Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library and its books were the stones, leaves, grass, brooks, and the birds and animals that shared, alike with us, the storms and blessings of earth.

The humility of the Native spirit cannot be better expressed than by the words of Red Dog when he said:

We are all poor because we are all honest.

And with the recent news of the melting ice caps, the terrible weather which has caused the horrible hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the torrential rains in Central America, lets keep in mind the wisdom of Chief Seattle:

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.

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