Proverbs

              One of my readers suggested I create a page of the North American Tribal Proverbs so they can be viewed together. And here it is! Thank you Chester Hatchingbird in Iowa. I will add new ones as they turn up in posts.

ANISHINABE PROVERBS 

“No one else can represent your conscience.”

APACHE PROVERBS 

“It makes no difference as to the name of Spirit, since love is the real Spirit of all the world.”

ARAPAHO PROVERBS

“If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.”

ASSINIBOINE PROVERBS

“Most of us do not look as handsome to others as we do to ourselves.”

BLACKFOOT PROVERBS 

“Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.”

“Those that lie down with dogs get up with fleas.”

 CHEROKEE PROVERBS

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”

CHEYENNE PROVERBS

“Our first teacher is our own heart.”

“Let us all be meat, to nourish one another, that we all may grow.”

“When you lose the rhythm of the drumbeat of Spirit, you are lost from the peace and rhythm of life.”

COMANCHE PROVERBS

“All who have died are equal.”

CREE PROVERBS

“Knowledge that is not used is abused.”

“Never sit while your seniors stand.”

CROW PROVERBS

“You already possess everything necessary to become great.”

“One has to face fear or forever run from it.”

DAKOTA PROVERBS

“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.”

DUWAMISH PROVERBS

“There is no death, only a change of worlds.”

FOX PROVERBS 

“When you have learned about love, you have learned about Great Spirit.”

 HOPI PROVERBS

“The rain falls on the just and the unjust.”

“You must live your life from beginning to end; no one else can do it for you.”

“Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you.”

“Keep the top of your head open.” Salutation

“Work hard, keep the ceremonies, live peaceably and unite your hearts.”

 INUIT PROVERBS 

“Life’s greatest danger lies in the fact that man’s food consists entirely of souls.”

IOWA PROVERBS

“The man who freely gives his opinion should be ready to fight fiercely.”

KIOWA PROVERBS

“Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant.”

LAKOTA PROVERBS

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

“There is a hole at the end of the thief’s path.”

“Everything the Power does, it does in a circle.”

LUMBEE PROVERBS

“Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.”

MINQUASS PROVERBS 

“The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.”

“If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

MOHAWK PROVERBS

“Remember that your children are not your own but are lent to you by the Creator.”

NAVAJO PROVERBS

            Prayer

“Beauty before me, with it I wander

Beauty behind me, with it I wander

Beauty below me, with it I wander

Beauty above me, with it I wander.”

“There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnake’s tail.”

“You can’t get rich if you look after your relatives properly.”

NEZ PERCE PROVERBS

“Talk to your children while they are eating; what you say will stay even after you are gone.”

OGLALA SIOUX PROVERBS

“There can never be peace between nations until it is first known that true peace is within the souls of men.”

“Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking.”

OMAHA PROVERBS

“It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.”

ONONDAGA PROVERBS

“We stand somewhere between the mountain and the ant.”

PAWNEE PROVERBS 

“Death always comes out of season.”

PIMA PROVERBS

“The smarter a man is the more he needs God to protect him from thinking he knows everything.”

PLAINS SIOUX PROVERBS

“See how the boy is with his sister and you can know how the man will be with your daughter.”

“Make my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated I will not be ashamed.”

PUEBLO PROVERBS

“Cherish youth but trust old age.”

“Never go to sleep when your meat is on the fire.”

SENECA PROVERBS

“Every fire is the same size when it starts.”

“Those who do not fear Great Spirit are not strong.”

SHOSHONE PROVERBS

“When a favour is shown to a white man, he feels it in his head and the tongue speaks out; when a kindness is shown to an Indian, he feels it in his heart and the heart has no tongue.”

SIOUX PROVERBS

“Speak the truth in humility to all people. Only then can you be a true man.”

“The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.”

UTE PROVERBS

“God gives us each a song.”

“Give me knowledge so I may have kindness for all.”

WINNEBAGO PROVERBS

“A man must make his own arrows.”

ZUNI PROVERBS

“After dark all cats are leopards.”

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