Manataka American Indian Council



Ten American Indian Prayers II




Great Spirit, I am Mother


Great Spirit, I am Mother.
I was made by You so that the image of Your love
Could be brought into existence.

May I always carry with me
The sacredness of this honor.

Creator, I am Daughter.
I am the learner of the Traditions.

May I carry them forward
So that the Elders and Ancestors
Will be remembered for all time.

Maker-Of-All-Things, I am Sister.

Through me, may my brothers be shown
The manner in which I am to be respected.

May I join with my sisters in strength and power as a Healing Shield
So that they will no longer bear the stain of abuse.

Niskam, I am Committed Partner:
One who shares her spirit,
But is wise to remember never to give it away,
Lest it become lost,
And the two become less than one.

I am Woman.
Hear me.

~Author Unknown


Great Spirit We Thank You


Great Spirit we thank you
for the gift of family,
Whether it be the one we were born to
or the one we adopted on our Red Road journey.

Remind us Grandfather,
of the old ways of our People,
when selfish need was weighed
against the good of the tribe and family.

Help us to hold fast Native values and moral righteousness,

that was born from a time
of seldom concern of indecent lust and evil abuse.

You know Grandfather as time passed;
traditions were hard to keep.
Today we are returning Grandfather and we need time to heal.

We hold sacred the seventh generation,
we know too, Grandfather, that we must heal
and love ourselves to be of good character
and moral leaders of the children.

Let us not forget our Elders,
to do so is a crime against you Grandfather, and our Mother,

for we know what is done to the Mother,
will soon be done to us.
We have seen this. May it not scar us for eternity.

Today Grandfather,

as we remember the times of past let us know,
we must act as a family to raise our children.
Aunties are important and able teachers.
Uncles are caretakers for the Elderly.
Each brother, sister, cousin has a necessary role.
Unite us again as family as we cast off
the patriarchal teachings of western society
and return to what we know to be true.

~Mashie Chope Papa


Cherokee Prayer


Oh Great Spirit, who made all races,

look kindly upon the whole human
family and take away the arrogance and

hatred which separates us from our brothers....


Great Spirit, Grandfathers

In Remberance of K. Blackeagle


Great Spirit, Grandfathers
Look down upon me,
your student,
for I am humble
before you.
I seek your guidance
so that I
may walk forever
in a proud manner
before you.

Great Spirit, Grandmothers
You gave me
the Breath of Life
so that I could live
with dignity and pride;
to always know
and understand
life is a Journey
that All life
created on this earth is a Journey;
that all Life was given
the choice of paths leading back to you.

Great Spirit, Grandfathers
let my heart,
soul and mind
be always strong with your
Wisdom, Knowledge
and Understanding

hear my words
and open
my eyes to always
see all that
is good around me,

all that you have given me.

Great Spirit, Grandmothers
guide my thoughts
of wisdom,
so that I may always open my ears
and hear all that is good
around me.
I am humble
before you.
I seek the strength
to continue on this path
that I travel for you
in a most Sacred manner.

Great Spirit, Grandfathers
hear my words.
Please know and understand
That in a most Sacred manner
I honor and respect
the life you have put before me,
the Gift of strength
to forever continue
upon your Sacred path.

Great Spirit, Grandmothers
upon the Four Winds:

Truth, Introspection, Wisdom & Vision
are your teaching words.
They come from the
Heart, soul and mind: Love, Joy and Perfection.
These Words I send to you
in a Sacred manner.

Great Spirit, Grandfathers
let all of your Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding
be my strength
to continue on this path
I travel on before you
As a Native American Indian.

To always walk softly,
Proud and Strong, As a Guide and Teacher..

Now and forever.

K. Blackeagle

In Remembrance of K. Blackeagle who taught his children and grandchildren to pray this prayer.

Prayer for the Whiteman

And now, Creator, I ask you to bless the White Man
He needs your Wisdom, your guidance.

You see, for so long,
he has tried to destroy my people
and only feels comfortable
when given power.

Bless them, show them the peace we understand
teach them humility.
For I fear they will someday destroy themselves
and their children.
As they have done to Mother Earth
I plead, I cry
After all, They are my Brothers

~Author Unknown



I offer myself to you
With a heart of peace
Cause me to bring peace
to all those I see
Especially those in the
winter of their lives
May they be warmed
by your spirit of love

~Author Unknown


Respect Mother Earth

Only after the last tree has been cut down
Only after the last river has been polluted
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only then will you find, that money can not be eaten


~Author Unknown



Daily Acceptance Prayer

I accept myself completely.
I accept my strengths and my weaknesses,
my gifts and my shortcomings,
my good points and my faults.
I accept myself completely as a human being.

I accept that I am here to learn and grow, and
I accept that I am learning and growing.
I accept the personality I've developed, and
I accept my power to heal and change.
I accept myself without condition or reservation.
I accept that the core of my being is goodness and
that my essence is love, and
I accept that I sometimes forget that.
I accept myself completely, and in this acceptance
I find an ever-deepening inner strength.
From this place of strength, I accept my life fully and
I open to the lessons it offers me today.

I accept that within my mind are both fear and love, and
I accept my power to choose which
I will experience as real.
I recognize that I experience only the results
of my own choices.
I accept the times that I choose fear
as part of my learning and healing process, and
I accept that I have the potential and power
in any moment to choose love instead.
I accept mistakes as a part of growth,
so I am always willing to forgive myself and
give myself another chance.

I accept that my life is the expression of my thought, and
I commit myself to aligning my thoughts
more and more each day with the Thought of Love.
I accept that I am an expression of this Love.
Love's hands and voice and heart on earth.
I accept my own life as a blessing and a gift.
My heart is open to receive, and I am deeply grateful.
May I always share the gifts that I receive
fully, freely, and with joy.

Aho !


Prayer of Renewal

Beginnings, fresh and clean, part of the Sacred Wheel
Each morning is a new opportunity,
To share our love, our Souls, and Spirits,
With those who choose to Walk this Path along with us,
To learn the lessons of the Wheel, and grow closer,
To The One Who-Created-All.

Each day is fresh and unblemished, clean and pure.
Look around, Rejoice in the New Beginning,
The Sun rises again, our hearts beat within our bodies,
We draw fresh Breath, and re-enter the World.

Set aside the pain of past days, each day begins afresh,
Build upon the past, its lessons and joys,
Be strengthened by the love within,
Reach out in love to those around us.
For each day is a gift, given but once.

~KiiskeeN'tum- She Who Remembers


Lord's Prayer in English & Cherokee

o gi do da - ga lv la di he hi
Our Father, heaven dweller,

ga lv quo di yu - ge se s di - de tsa do v i
My loving will be (to) Thy name.

tsa gv wi yu hi - ge sv - wi ga na nu go i
Your Lordship let it make its appearance.

a ni e lo hi - wi tsi ga li s da - ha da nv te s gv i
Here upon earth let happen what you think,

na s gi ya - ga lv la di - tsi ni ga li s di ha
The same as in heaven is done.

ni da do da qui sv - o ga li s da yv di - s gi v si - go hi i ga
Daily our food give to us this day.

di ge s gi v si quo no - de s gi du gv i
Forgive us our debts,

na s gi ya - tsi di ga yo tsi na ho - tso tsi du gi
the same as we forgive our debtors,

a le - tla s di - u da go le ye di yi - ge sv - wi di s gi ya ti nv s ta nv gi
And do not temptation being lead us into,

s gi yu da le s ge s di quo s gi ni - u yo - ge sv i
Deliver us from evil existing.

tsa tse li ga ye no - tsa gv wi yu hi - ge sv i
For thine your Lordship is,

a le - tsa li ni gi di yi - ge sv i
And the power is,

a le - e tsa lv quo di yu - ge sv - ni go hi lv i
And the glory is forever.

E-mena, Amen




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