Manataka American Indian Council







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An Old Indian Farmer's Advice

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. 

  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. 

  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled. 

  • Meanness don't jes' happen overnight. 

  • Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. 

  • It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge. 

  • You cannot unsay a cruel word. 

  • Every path has a few puddles. 

  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.

  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

  • Don't judge folks by their relatives. 

  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

  • Live a good, honorable life. When are older thinkin' back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

  • Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none. 

  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'. 

  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got. 

  • The biggest troublemaker you will ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'. 

  • Always drink upstream from the herd.

  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment. 

  • Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in. 

  • If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance. 



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