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Indigenous Quotes

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Sherman Alexie
“They're all gone, my tribe is gone. Those blankets they gave us, infected with smallpox, have killed us. I'm the last, the very last, and I'm sick, too. So very sick. Hot. My fever burning so hot.
I have to take off my clothes, feel the cold air, splash water across my bare skin. And dance. I'll dance a Ghost Dance. I'll bring them back. Can you hear the drums? I can hear them, and it's my grandfather and grandmother singing. Can you hear them?
I dance one step and my sister rises from the ash. I dance another and a buffalo crashes down from the sky onto a log cabin in Nebraska. With every step, an Indian rises. With every other step, a buffalo falls.
I'm growing, too. My blisters heal, my muscles stretch, expand. My tribe dances behind me. At first they are no bigger than children. Then they begin to grow, larger than me, larger than the trees around us. The buffalo come to join us and their hooves shake the earth, knock all the white people from their beds, send their plates crashing to the floor.
We dance in circles growing larger and larger until we are standing on the shore, watching all the ships returning to Europe. All the white hands are waving good-bye and we continue to dance, dance until the ships fall off the horizon, dance until we are so tall and strong that the sun is nearly jealous. We dance that way.”
Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

“You are the sun and the rain, the water and the plants, the birds and the animals. There is no such thing as ‘nature,’ apart from you and me. You are nature, I am nature, just as you are me and I am you.”
John Lundin, Journey to the Heart of the World

Toba Beta
“I have a dream, humans were part of aliens on earth.
I also dream, that some humans are really indigenous.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“There is no concept of justice in Cree culture. The nearest word is kintohpatatin, which loosely translates to "you've been listened to." But kintohpatatin is richer than justice - really it means you've been listened to by someone compassionate and fair, and your needs will be taken seriously.”
Edmund Metatawabin, Up Ghost River: A Chief's Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History

Taiaiake Alfred
“A warrior confronts colonialism with the truth in order to regenerate authenticity and recreate a life worth living and principles worth dying for. The struggle is to restore connections severed by the colonial machine. The victory is an integrated personality, a cohesive community, and the restoration of respectful and harmonious relationships.”
Taiaiake Alfred, Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom

Oren Lyons
“We've got to think now, in real terms, for that seventh generation . . . We've got to get back to spiritual law if we are to survive.”
Oren Lyons

“Nothing should go un-noticed.”
John Lundin, Journey to the Heart of the World

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us walk together...”
Lilla Watson

Sherman Alexie
“My name is Sherman Alexie and I was born from loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss.

And loss.”
Sherman Alexie, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

Ymatruz
“Indigence is one of those states, politicians less likely wish to manage.”
Ymatruz

Petter Dass
“Jeg svarer dig af min Eenfoldighed vel,
At Satan paa Folk ved at giøre Forskiel,
Og efter Personer sig føye;
...den Gierning er hannem ey tung eller suur,
At hielpe et Menniskes Legem ved Cuur,
Hvis siæl hand i Længden vil vinne.”
Petter Dass, The Trumpet of Nordland

Petter Dass
“Men allermeest er det forundringer værd,
En Ganne indsætter, en anden har lærd,
Den samme med Konst at udtage.
Nu maatte man spørge, hvor giøres det got,
At Satan mot Satanem øver sin Spot,
Kand Diævel en Diævel uddrive;”
Petter Dass, The Trumpet of Nordland

“At the least, we should leave flowers, at the least we should leave songs.”
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

“The patronizing assumption by the powers in Ottawa that they best knew what policies would serve the interests of the West was resented by the unconsulted residents of that West”
Garret Wilson

“There is room on this land for all of us and there must also be, after centuries of struggle, room for justice for Indigenous peoples. That is all we ask. And we will settle for nothing less.”
Arthur Manuel, Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call

“99% of human existence has been nonindustrial, nonmajor agriculture, it's been hunting, gathering & agroecology.”
Dennis Martinez

teZa Lord
“Love is the weapon of mass illumination.”
teZa Lord, In the I: Easing Through Life-Storms

“Mni Wiconi means "water is life". It's a historical time in history, where we are facing something dire. Even with the assault on the water, the new hope is the miracle birth of the child.”
Faith Spotted Eagle

Freequill
“We are no longer indigenous to our environment.”
Freequill

“The bureaucrats were accountable to their political masters, not accountable to the people whom they were overseeing. And putting it as bluntly as possible, no government ever won votes by spending money on Indians.”
Charlie Angus, Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream

“... the government had spent more than four times the amount on lawyers [fighting a First Nations family's request for medical treatment] than would have been required to actually do the surgery.”
Charlie Angus, Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream

“It was further revealed that the government sometimes refuses to pay for certain medications even after a pediatrician has declared their necessity.”
Charlie Angus, Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream

“[The federal government memo documents] imply a feeling of bureaucratic effrontery as though this child, who hovered between life and death, was some kind of chiseller to the taxpayer.”
Charlie Angus, Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream

“But far too many innocent youngsters have been needlessly ground up in a bureaucratic meat grinder. There isn't anything accidental about such a waste of potential and life.”
Charlie Angus, Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream

“In the fight among politicians, the children lost again.”
Charlie Angus, Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream

“Right-wing pundits continually framed First Nations issues as a drain on taxpayers when, in fact, Indigenous communities were presenting a major growth opportunity.”
Charlie Angus, Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream

Drew Hayden Taylor
“There are no such things as dead ends. Only people who find dead ends.”
Drew Hayden Taylor, Motorcycles & Sweetgrass

“Being apprehensive of my culture sounds bizarre, especially after being kept away from it until then, but part of me did not feel like I belonged. Also I didn’t want to appear stupid and they would certainly know that I did not belong if I started asking questions. When you don’t know what you don’t know, how do you know what to ask?”
Colleen Cardinal, Ohpikiihaakan-Ohpihmeh (Raised Somewhere Else): A 60s Scoop Adoptee's Story of Coming Home

“We are still waiting for our welcoming ceremonies.”
Colleen Cardinal, Ohpikiihaakan-Ohpihmeh (Raised Somewhere Else): A 60s Scoop Adoptee's Story of Coming Home

Wab Kinew
“We are people who matter.
Yes, it's true.
Now let's show the world what people who matter can do.”
Wab Kinew, Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes

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