Isanti Dakota

Quotes from Elders

Sitting Bull

“Let us put our minds together to see what life we can make for our children.”
"Åawa©iñ yuwiþaya, waíañyeja úiñ wi©oni åoúe©a wi©auñúi©aðaöi kta."

Sitting Bull

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
"Wowi©aíe uñiaöi kta ©a, wi©oie oþa uñöi ßni."

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©ewima©aßþa kta wa©iñ, heoñ wa©i wahi maþuwe iyemi©iya wa©iñ.Ik©ewi©aßþa waíañ wi©oañ uñ iuñúi©iyaöi kta naíuñ iyoúióiya wauñúi©iyaúaöi kta þohañ wa©i wahi ©a, wi©oni suþaya yuha mawani."

Heüaúa Sapa (Black Elk)

“The power of a thing or an act is in the understanding of its meaning.”
"Þaúu uñ wa¡aúe úiñ he woúaüniðe úiñ he eþañhañ oúaüniðaöi."

Joe Chasing Horse

"We once hunted for buffalo, we now hunt for knowledge.
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"Ehañna tatañúa úiñ uñúihniöi. Dehañ wosdonye uñúihniöi."

Crazy Horse

“Treat the earth well, it was not given to you by your parents; it was loaned to you by your children.”
"Uñ¤i maía þañyañ íuwaöi, nihuñúaúe úiñ uñ¤i maía niäuöi ßni. Ni¤iñ©a úiñ uñ¤i maía e©ed uñniäuöi. "

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.
"Wañbdaúa, þaúu wotañúa i©oñöi ©a, he wi©aßþa wañjidañ ißnadañ uñwa©iñi©eye oúihi ßni."

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."
"Zitúadañ úiñ oñðe oßöaye wañjidañöi þka owasiñ aúiye¤e©aöi ßni, wamaíaßúañ ía wi©aßa úiñ ija iye¤e©aöi. Waíañ tañúa, zitúadañ ía wamaíaßúañ ía wi©aßa akiye©ed wi©aúaðe sni. He©ed ißnadañ ai¤i¤iya oóiiäiyaöi kta."

Sitting Bull

“I am a red man. If the Great spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans, in my heart he put others and different desires. Each man is good in his sight. It is not necessary for Eagles to be Crows. We are poor but we are free. No white man controls our footsteps. If we must die…we will die defending our rights.”
"Otoúaheya, waíañ tañúa wamaßi©u kte úiñhañ waßi©u maúaðe kte þka. Iú¤ewima©aßþa hema©a. Mi©añþe úiñ mahed ija þaúu ya©iñ úiñ åoåoúe©a. Wi©aßa iyuhiya waabdezaöi úiñ þañyañ. Wañbdi úiñ uñ¤ißi©aöi úiñ iye¤i©aöi oúihiöi ßni. Uñßiúaöi þka þoked iñ uñíupi. Si owe, waßi©u úiñ awauñyaúaöi oúihiöi ßni. Uñçaöi kte úiñhañ uñçaöi kta."

Arvol Looking Horse

"The status of the buffalo reflects the status of the Dakota People. A century ago, the buffalo were almost extinct, as were our people and our way of life."
"Daíoþa oyaþe úiñ tatañúa iye©ed owi©awaöi. Hekþa waniyeþu oöawiñðe hehanya tatañúa wani¤api þka, he iye©ed iú¤ewi©aßþa úiñ ija wani¤aöi kte þka, naíuñ wi©oañ uñúiåawaöi úiñ."

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 lave it alone.”
"Oyaþe miåawa de©ed owi©awaíiya. Waßi©uñna ta©añúu úiñ eþúiya þaúu waßþe úiñhañ i©uöo,þka þaúu ßi©a iýeyayaöi iß þaúu ßi©aya hiñkde úiñhañ ayußþañ öo."

Dakota 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.”
"Zuyawi©aßþa dina wadiþaúaöi iß þaúu uñ iúþeöi hena wa¡aúe üca. Þúa þohan wiñyañ ©añþe úiñ maía hdaúiñyañ iüpayaöi úiñ hehañ ihañúe kta naíuñ hehañ oyañúe úiñ iüpayaöi kta."

Dakota Proverb

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

"Omaúiyaúa úiñhañ anawaðopþañ kta ye.
Maúiöazo úiñhañ owaúaüniðe kta ye.
Aopemaúiye úiñhañ oñmasöe kta ye."

Johnson Holy Rock

"If we loose our language, we lose our identity as Lakota and our total way of Life."
"Ik©ewi©aßþa iaöi úiñ þoúeüpeuñúiyaöi úiñhañ, Daíoþa wi©oni ía uñþuweöi úiñ þoúeüpeuñúiyaöi kta."

 

 
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