Hohe Nakoda

Quotes from Elders

Sitting Bull

“Let us put our minds together to see what life we can make for our children.”
"Paðe wok¤am, dokena daguskina i©aüawi©auñyambikta."

Sitting Bull

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
"Wowi©ake uñi abikta ne, wi©oie oda uñbiyeßi."

Rachel Snow

“I come to a powwow to be an Indian, to get a sense for myself. This is part of Indian spirituality to help each other and to celebrate with each other. When I come to powwows, I gain strength to carry on with my life.”
"Ik©ewi©aßta kta wa©iñ, ne uñwa©i wahi maduwe snokwagiya,
wi©oni sudaya yuha mawani."

Heüaúa Sapa (Black Elk)

“The power of a thing or an act is in the understanding of its meaning.”
"Dagu wa¡age nagu i©anu ne ogaüniðabi."

Joe Chasing Horse

"We once hunted for buffalo, we now hunt for knowledge.
"
"Wetapebi uñgibi, nagahañ wi©oksab uñgonebi."

Crazy Horse

“Treat the earth well, it was not given to you by your parents; it was loaned to you by your children.”
"Mako©e ne ohonab, niya niíobeßi ni©iñ¤ana oniøubi."

Lone Man (Isna-la-wica)

“I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.
"Wamnaga, dagu wotañga i©umbi©a, ne wi©aßta wañjiñna
ißnana uñwa©iñi©eye ogiheßi."

Shooter

“All birds, even those of the same species, are not alike, and it is the same with animals and with human beings. The reason Wakan Tanka does not make two birds, or animals or human beings exactly alike is because each is placed here by Wakan Tanka to be an individual and to rely upon itself."
"Ziçdañna iyuha akiye©eißi, nagu wanuyabi hiñk wi©aßtabi. Waíañ tañga, ziçdañna ne wanuyabi akiye©ed wi©agaüayeßi Necen ißnana oóiye©iyakta."

Sitting Bull

“Tell me and I will listen. Show me and I will understand.
Involve me and I will learn.”

"Omi©iyaga hiñk anaüopta. Magibazo hiñk snokwayiñkta. Oya piñkta mißa snokwayiñkta."

Arvol Looking Horse

"The status of the buffalo reflects the status of the Nakota People. A century ago, the buffalo were almost extinct, as were our people and our way of life."
"Naíoda oyade ne tatañga i©ena owi©awabi. Hekda waniyedu
obawiñðe jehana tatañbi wani©abi çga ne i©ena ik©e wi©aßta
ißa wani©abikta, naguñ wi©oüañ uñgitawabi.
"

Sitting Bull

“I have advised my people this way: When you find something good on the white man’s road, pick it up; but when you find something bad, or it turns out bad, drop it and leave it alone.”
"Oyade mitawa ne©ena owi©awakiya: waßi©uñna ta©añgu eçgiya dagu waßte gehañ i©umbo, dagu ßi©a iyeyabi ía ißa dagu ßi©aya hiñkda gehañ ayußtañ wo."

Nakota Proverb

“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong their weapons.”
"Oyadebi ne gasodabikdeßi ía dohañ wiñyam ©añde maía agan hiübaya jehañ ihañga. Zuyewi©aßta nagu yuzabi je dagunißikta."

 

 

 
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