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American Indian Quotes


When the white man discovered this
country Indians were running it.
No taxes no debt, women did all the work
White man thought he could improve on a system like this.
Old Cherokee Saying

We, the great mass of the people think only of the
love we have for our land, we do love the land
where we were brought up. We will never let our hold
to this land go, to let it go it will be like throwing
away (our) mother that gave (us) birth.
Letter from Aitooweyah to John Ross,
Principal Chief of the Cherokees.

Grown men can learn from very little children
for the hearts of the little children are pure.
Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them
many things which older people miss.
Black Elk

A very great vision is needed and the man
who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks
the deepest blue of the sky.
Crazy Horse

I am tired of fighting...from where the sun now stands,
I will fight no more.
Chief Joseph

The Great Spirit Chief who rules above all
will smile upon this land...
and this time the Indian race is waiting and praying.
Chief Joseph

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
Indian Proverb

All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree,
the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
Chief Seattle

When a white army battles Indians and wins, it
is called a great victory, but if they lose it
is called a massacre.
Chiksika, Shawnee

We are now about to take our leave and kind farewell to
our native land, the country the Great Spirit gave our
Fathers, we are on the eve of leaving that country that
gave us birth, it is with sorrow we are forced by the
white man to quit the scenes of our childhood...we bid
farewell to it and all we hold dear.
Charles Hicks, Tsalagi (Cherokee) Vice Chief
speaking of The Trail of Tears, Nov. 4, 1838


I am a member of Tsalagi (Cherokee) tribe.
The seven pointed star in the center of the Cherokee Seal represents the seven Cherokee clans. The wreath of oak leaves symbolizes the sacred fire which the Cherokees kept burning in their land. Oak was the wood traditionally burned.

The Seven Clans
The Cherokee clans were based on a matrilineal system.
(traced thru the mother's line)


The Four Directions



Cherokee Flag
Cherokee Flag

The official flag of the Cherokee Nation was raised for the first time on September 30, 1979. The seal is surrounded by seven stars, each with a point in line with the seven points of the center star. The seven stars and the seven points of each star symbolize the 7 clans of the Cherokees. The orange flag is bordered by a black and green rope along the outer edge.

The seven-pointed black star was added to memorialize the many Cherokees that died on the Trail of Tears.


Cherokee Historical Firsts


Legend of the Rose Rock
A Cherokee Legend
Photo Copyright 2003

There was once a young Indian maiden who lived with her tribe in central Oklahoma.The young maiden was always cheerful and singing and was much loved by the people of her tribe. Then one night she became very ill. The medicine man could do nothing to make her well. When she died the tribe was so grief stricken that they built huge altars made of small sandstone rocks as an offering to the Great Spirit.

After several days the Great Spirit spoke and the sound of his voice turned the little red sandstone rocks into roses, an eternal symbol of the young maiden's spirit.

Another version of this legend says that the rose rocks represent the blood of the braves and the tears of the maidens who traveled the Trail Of Tears.

The rose rock is Oklahoma's State Rock. Rose rocks are actually barite rock crystals and are found in central Oklahoma. They say you can find them laying on the ground but I didn't, I bought the two pictured above in Oklahoma City.


Cherokee Blessing
May the warm winds of Heaven blow softly on your home,
And the Great Spirit bless all who enter there.
May your mocassins make happy tracks in many snows,
And may the rainbow always touch your shoulder.


Cherokee Prayer
Oh Great spirit,
grant that I may never find fault
with my neighbor until I have walked
the trail of life in his moccasins.


Indian Blessing
Let us walk softly on the Earth
with all living beings great and small
remembering as we go, that one God
kind and wise created all.


Navajo Blessing
We walk in our moccasins upon the Earth
And beneath the sky
As we travel on life's path of beauty
We will live a good life and reach old age.


End of The Trail
Sculpture by James Earle Fraser

This sculpture, End of The Trail is in my den.
James Earle Fraser was born in Minnesota in 1876. In 1880, his family moved to South Dakota. He grew up with the Sioux Indians. Fraser felt the Indians had been treated unfairly by the white man and developed a great deal of compassion for them. He remembered how badly the pioneers spoke of the Indians and he could not understand why such animosity developed.

In 1915 he completed The End of the Trail, a dejected Indian sitting on a horse. Seneca Chief John Big Tree was the model for the figure, which symbolizes the fate of the American Indians.


Indian City, USA  -  Anadarko, Ok.
Indian Village

This image is painted on the side of the hill.
The indian village is located on top of the hill.

Indian City is on the site of the massacre of the Tonkawa Indians by a band of Shawnees and other mercenaries during the Civil War. The 200 acre tract, is a small portion of the Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche Reservations established by the Federal Government in Oklahoma.

The village tour features seven authentic villages and lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. (Navajo, Chiricahua Apache, Wichita, Kiowa Winter Camp, Caddo, Pawnee, and Pueblo) Indian guides describe the customs and beliefs of each tribe which is a real treat if you are interested in the way the indians used to live.


Federally Recognized
Oklahoma Tribes
Absentee-Shawnee Tribe
Alabama/Quassarte Tribe
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe
Apache Tribe
Caddo Tribal Town
Cherokee Nation
Cheyenne/Arapaho Tribe
Chickasaw Tribe
Choctaw Tribe
Citzen Band Potawatomi
Comanche Tribe
Creek Nation
Eastern Delaware
Eastern Shawnee
Fort Sill Apache
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Kaw Nation
Kialegee Tribal Town
Kickapoo Tribe
Kiowa Tribe
Miami Tribe
Modoc Tribe
Otoe-Missouria Tribe
Ottawa Tribe
Pawnee Tribe
Peoria Tribe
Ponca Tribe
Quapaw Tribe
Sac & Fox Nation
Seminole Nation
Seneca/Cayuga Tribe
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
Tonkawa Tribe
United Keetoowah Band
Wichita & Affiliated Tribes
Wyandotte Tribe
Western Delaware Tribe


Click for larger image.
White? Not really. This buffalo had been
rolling in the dirt, but you can still see it
is almost white. (and very pretty)


Looking for a fry bread recipe?
I have several on the page below.
[American Indian Fry Bread Recipes]


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