The Little Book of Native American Wisdom


The Little Book of Native American WisdomAs we confront the complex problems of national and world cultures in transition, most people are looking for ways to move forward. While striving forward we would do well to consider thoughtfully the voices that arise from Earth-based cultures, and to weave some of their enduring insights into the fabric of what we are creating for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.

…The assembled teachings in this book call on us not to imitate or to try and become Native Americans, but rather to become the best human beings we can. The words of contemporary Native leaders are tinged with a note of urgency. They share a sense that the time for profound change in human attitudes and behavior is short, and they encourage us to consider their voiced offerings promptly and carefully. – Steven McFadden


My friend,
They will return again.
All over the Earth,
They are returning again.
Ancient teachings of the Earth,
Ancient Songs of the Earth.
They are returning again.
My friends, they are returning.
I give them to you,
And through them you will understand,
You will see.
They are returning again
Upon the Earth.
– Crazy Horse (Oglala Sioux 1842-1877)


“Brothers and Sisters: We bring to your thoughts and minds that right-minded human beings seek to promote above all else the life of all things.

“We direct to your minds that peace is not merely the absence of war, but the constant effort to maintain harmonious existence between all peoples, from individual to individual, and between humans and the other beings of this planet.

“We point out to you that a Spiritual Consciousness is the Path to Survival of Humankind.”

– The Haudenosaunee Declaration, 1979

Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Element Books Ltd (December, 1994)
Language: English
ISBN: 1852305665