"The Earth does
not belong to man,
man belongs to the earth.
All things are connected,
like the blood, which unites us all."
~ Chief Seattle ~
"Even the worst enemies of the Indian,
those who accuse him of treachery,
blood-thirstiness, cruelty, and lust,
have not denied his courage
but in their minds it is a courage is ignorant, brutal,
His own conception of bravery makes of it a high moral virtue,
for to him it consists not so much in aggressive self-assertion
as in absolute self-control.
The truly brave man, we contend,
yields neither to fear nor anger, desire nor agony;
he is at all times master of himself;
his courage rises to the heights of chivalry, patriotism,
and real heroism.
'Let neither cold, hunger, nor pain, nor the fear of them,
neither the bristling teeth of danger nor the very jaws
of death itself,
prevent you from doing a good deed,'
said an old chief to a scout who was about to seek the buffalo
in midwinter for the relief of a starving people.
This was his childlike conception of courage."
~ Excerpt from:
'The Soul of An Indian'
Chapter 4 - Barbarism and the Moral Code
An Interpretation by Dr Charles Alexander Eastman, 1911
born Ohiyesa of the Santee Sioux, in 1858 Read
book online ~
"What is man without the beast?
If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great
loneliness of spirit"