First Voices Journal

" the land of their first inheritance..."

"I speak unto you as the voice of one crying from the dust..."

The people indigenous to the Americas before the Europeans began to arrive here are otherwise known as First Nations, Native Americans or American Indians.  The primary voices of this journal represent The People.  We were also influenced by the Talking Stick tradition of the Cherokee and other nations, where all have an opportunity to communicate to others the thoughts, knowledge and wisdom handed down from the elders.

Past Issues

Sit back and read some inspiring articles from past issues…

The Three Fires – and – The Message

Re-introduction – and – The People

Education: Important Then, Important Now – and – Ancient Elders and Patriarchs


"When a child, my mother taught me to kneel and pray to Usen for strength, health, wisdom and protection. Sometimes we prayed in silence, sometimes each one prayed aloud; sometimes an aged person prayed for all of us... and to Usen."
"When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself..."
Tecumseh - Shawnee
"Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book?"
Red Jacket (Sogoyewapha) - Seneca