Manataka American Indian Council



Ten American Indian Prayers III






She Is The Wind


She is the Wind of the North
the bringer of clarity and wisdom
honoring us with her presence
as she scatters seeds of prayer and song
a reminder of her fading culture.

Her face is etched in lines of lamentations
and losses yet she stands firm
preserving and honoring her traditions.

She is a breath of life,
a teacher, a listener
although her eyes are no longer bright
her senses remain alert
as she moves gracefully and silently
through the winter of her life.

She carries within her
the wind of the past, present, and future
her roots tied to this sacred ground
and wonders will the seventh generation
remember the echoes of the ancestors?

She prays her children's children
will walk with beauty and tranquil courage
feeling the land not only with their feet
but with the heart of the Great Mystery
preserving all that has gone before.

She dreams one day
the wrongs of the past will be made right,
the voice of clarity will dissolve boundaries
and the Spirit of Life
will flow from one heart to the next.

The moon is full, the darkness grows shorter
few dawns are left on her horizon.

She hears the call of the Snowy Owl
who waits in the wings
to guide her home.

She is the Wind of the North, an Ancient One
who blows gently upon me as we walk together
and her words leave an imprint
in my heart and spirit.
She is Grandmother.

~Author Unknown


Healers Prayer

Out of our own sorrows and joys
Out of our own losses and gains
Out of our own knowledge of ease and disease
Out of our own store of wealth and poverty
Out of our own efforts to walk through the darkness of disappointment and grief,
We here in this place join hands and heart.

Knowing that life isn't always easy
Knowing the rewards aren't always tangible
Knowing that this Earth walk takes Courage and Support...

Dignity and Faith,
In Unity...leaning on each other,
We reach out to those in need
And wrap them, with gentle gossamer strands of Love light,
In a healing a Sacred healing embrace,
And whisper words of encouragement...

Because we are all One on this planet,
We and the Earth...all One.
Every Human, every Animal...One.
Every Winged, Finned, Creepy-crawly creature.
Every Plant. Every Stone.
All who have come before us and will come after us...
One Sacred Circle of Life.

And we commit ourselves to the Stewardship of this Sacred Circle
And to this Sacred Planet, Earth.
And ask that our efforts be blessed with Grace and Approval.

We must succeed in this endeavor!
There is no other way, but Love.
There is nobody else, but Us.

As we heal ourselves, we heal each other.
As we heal each other, we heal the world.
So be it.

~ 1996-97 Laura Krieger



I Give Thanks


Great Spirit, Creator of all that we
see, hear, smell, taste, and all that we touch.
Mother Earth, Make Ina, womb of all beings,
Provider of all our needs.

Keeper of the West, home of the Thunder People,
place where Grandfather Sun sleeps at night.

Keeper of the North, home of the great White Giant,
from where fresh breezes blow.

Keeper of the East, land of the rising sun,
home to the big Red Mountain.

Keeper of the South, land that we always face,
from where the growing warmth comes.

I pray to the Stone Peoples, the Green Peoples, the Winged Peoples,
I pray to the Four-legged Peoples, the Swimming Peoples,
the Crawling Peoples, and to the Star Peoples.
I pray to all who give us food, clothing, medicine, dwellings, and designs

To the Ancestors of all the peoples,
I pray for their help in keeping us in balance and
teaching us the ways of the Creator and Mother Earth.

To the Star Peoples, Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon
I give thanks for their lighting our way in times of darkness.

To all these peoples, I give thanks for all the gifts and help
I get in my life each and every day.

For all these reasons and for life Itself, I give thanks

~Author Unknown



Indian Table Grace

Now I am about to eat, O Great Spirit, Give my thanks to the beast and the birds whom you have provided for my hunger and pray deliver my sorrow that living things must sacrifice for my comfort and well being. Let the feather of corn spring up in its time and let it not wither but make full grains for the fires of our cooking pots. Now I am about to eat.


Cherokee Serenity Prayer


u-ne-la-na-hi s-gv-si nv-wa-do-hi-ya-di o-s-da
a-yi-li-di ni-ga-di gv-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di
ni-ge-s-sv-na ge-sv-i

God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

a-le u-tla-ni-gi-da a-quu-da-na-da-di-s-di
a-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di na gv-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di
The courage to change the things I can

a-le a-ga-do-hv-ne-s-di a-quu-nv-da
yu-li-s-do-si d-u-da-le-hna-v-i
and the wisdom to know the difference


An Indian Prayer

O Great Spirit Who's voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to the entire world, hear me! I am small and weak and I need your strength and wisdom.

Let Me Walk in Beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make My Hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice, Make Me Wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people;

Let Me Learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock I seek Strength, not to be greater then my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy-Myself Make Me Always Ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, So When Life Fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame. Aho!


~Author Unknown



Indian Wedding Prayer

Now you will feel no rain for each of you will be shelter for the other Now you will feel no cold for each of you will be warmth for the other Now there is no loneliness, Now you are two persons but there is only one life before you Go now to your dwelling to enter into the days of your life together and may your days be good and long upon the earth.



Indian Prayer For Peace

Oh, Great Spirit who dwells in the sky, lead us to the path of peace and understanding, let all of us live together as brothers and sisters.

Our lives are so short here, walking upon Mother Earth's surface.

Let our eyes be opened to all the blessings you have given us.

Please hear our prayers, Oh Great Spirit.



Sioux Prayer


Grandfather Great Spirit
All over the world the faces of living ones are alike.

With tenderness they have come up out of the ground.

Look upon your children that they may face the winds

and walk the good road to the Day of Quiet.

Grandfather Great Spirit Fill us with the Light.

Give us the strength to understand, and the eyes to see.

Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live.




An Indian Earth Prayer


To The Great Spirit, Give us hearts to understand; never to take from creation's beauty more than we give; never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed; never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth's beauty; never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand  That to destroy earth's music is to create confusion; that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty; That to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench; that as we care for her she will care for us. We have forgotten who we are. We have sought only our own security.

We have exploited simply for our own ends. We have distorted our knowledge. We have abused our power. Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst, Help us to find the way to refresh your lands. Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and pollution, help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.

Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse, helps us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork. Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed, helps us to find a way to replenish them.

Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption, help us to find the way to restore our humanity. Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind, whose breath gives life to the world, hear me; I need your strength and wisdom. May I walk in Beauty.




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