The Great Lakes & Ohio Valley Tribes include the Ojibwa in Canada and and related tribes in the Ohio Valley. The Northeastern Woodlands tribes include the Iroquiose, Mohawk, Seneca, etc. And the principle Southeastern Woodlands Tribe is the Cherokee. The following quotes shared by revered Elders provide a touching insight into their love of the Great Spirit and their compassion and caring for life.
"In our every deliberation, we
must consider the impact of our
decisions on the next seven
- Iroquois Maxim
He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.
- Seneca Proverb
Remember that your children are not your own,
but are lent to you by the Creator.
Love your life, perfect your life,
beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long
and of service to your people.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
"Our first teacher is our own heart".
– Cheyenne teaching:
The most numerous of the Southern Eastern Woodlands tribes are the Cherokee and related tribes.
May the Warm Winds of Heaven
Blow softly upon your house.
May the Great Spirit
Bless all who enter there.
May your Mocassins
Make happy tracks
in many snows,
and may the Rainbow
Always touch your shoulder.
"Every human's purpose is to be a helper
to all the rest of creation
in the Universal Circle."
– Cherokee saying
Seek wisdom, not knowledge.
Knowledge is of the past,
Wisdom is of the future.
- Lumbee Tribe, North Carolina, USA
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