Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa) - Pawnee
All things in the world are two. In our minds
we are two, good and evil. With our eyes we see two things, things that are fair and things that are ugly... We have the right
hand that strikes and makes for evil, and we have the left hand full of kindness, near the heart. One foot may lead us to
an evil way, the other foot may lead us to a good. So are all things two, all two.
For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness
could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things
must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither
death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
("Like Ironweed") - Chiricahua Chief
You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight
into our hearts.
...for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost
the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.
Assikinack (Blackbird) Ottawa
In my opinion, it was chiefly owing to their deep contemplation in their silent
retreats in the days of youth that the old Indian orators acquired the habit of carefully arranging their thoughts.
listened to the warbling of birds and noted the grandeur and the beauties of the forest. The majestic clouds - which appear
like mountains of granite floating in the air - the golden tints of a summer evening sky, and all the changes of nature, possessed
a mysterious significance.
All this combined to furnish ample matter for reflection to the contemplating youth.
Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often
heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart.
And my soul hungered;
and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the
day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed. And I, Enos, knew
that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.
Chief Joseph - Nez Perce
Our fathers gave us many laws, which they had learned from their fathers. These laws were good. They told us to treat
all people as they treated us; that we should never be the first to break a bargain; that it was a disgrace to tell a lie;
that we should only speak the truth; that it was a shame for one man to take from another his wife or his property without
paying for it.
We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets,
that hereafter he will give to every man a spirit home according to his desire : If he has been a good man, he will have a
good home; if he has been a bad man, he will have a bad home. This I believe, and all my people believe the same.
Alma to his son, Corianton
And it is requisite with the justice of God that men should be judged
according to their works; and if their works were good in this life, and the desires of their hearts were good, that they
should also, at the last day, be restored unto that which is good.
And if their works are evil they shall be restored
unto them for evil. Therefore, all things shall be restored to their proper order, everything to its natural frame -- mortality
raised to immortality, corruption to incorruption -- raised to endless happiness to inherit the kingdom of God, or to endless
misery to inherit the kingdom of the devil, the one on one hand, the other on the other --
The one raised to happiness
according to his desires of happiness, or good according to his desires of good; and the other to evil according to his desires
of evil; for as he has desired to do evil all the day long even so shall he have his reward of evil when the night cometh.
And so it is on the other hand. If he hath repented of his sins, and desired righteousness until the end of his days,
even so he shall be rewarded unto righteousness. These are they that are redeemed of the Lord; yea, these are they that are
taken out, that are delivered from that endless night of darkness; and thus they stand or fall; for behold, they are their
own judges, whether to do good or do evil. Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever
will may walk therein and be saved.
Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa) Santee Sioux
The Indians were religious from the first moments of life. From the moment of the mother's recognition that she had conceived
to the end of the child's second year of life, which was the ordinary duration of lactation, it was supposed by us that the
mother's spiritual influence was supremely important.
Her attitude and secret meditations must be such as to install
into receptive soul of the unborn child the love of the Great Mystery and a sense of connectedness will all creation. Silence
and isolation are the rule of life for the expectant mother.
She wanders prayerful in the stillness of great woods,
or on the bosom of the untrodden prairie, and to her poetic mind the imminent birth of her child prefigures the advent of
a hero - a thought conceived in the virgin breast of primeval nature, and dreamed out in a hush that is broken only by the
sighing of the pine tree or the thrilling orchestra of a distant waterfall.
And when the day of days in her life dawns
- the day in which there is to be a new life, the miracle of whose making has been entrusted to her - she seeks no human aid.
She has been trained and prepared in body and mind for this, her holiest duty, ever since she can remember.
And they entered into a covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites, yea, to protect the land unto the laying down
of their lives; yea, even they covenanted that they never would give up their liberty, but they would fight in all cases to
protect the Nephites and themselves from bondage.
Now behold, there were two thousand of those young men, who entered
into this covenant and took their weapons of war to defend their country.
And now behold, as they never had hitherto
been a disadvantage to the Nephites, they became now at this period of time also a great support; for they took their weapons
of war, and they would that Helaman should be their leader.
And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly
valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all -- they were men who were true at all
times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.
Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught
to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.
Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear
death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught
by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their
mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.