Water is Sacred – 10 Inspiring Quotes
by Dawn Karima - PowWows.com
Native American Culture Editor
"This is my campaign to get Natives to drink more water. If it works, it
will all be worth it."--Duane Brayboy-Williams, Tuscarora
Water is Life. Native Americans know and have always known that Water is
Good Medicine. As water comes under attack all over Native America and the
world, the words of our Elders, Ancestors and Leaders empower us all to
protect and preserve clean water!
1) Our land is more valuable than your money. It will last
forever. It will not even perish by the flames of fire. As long as the sun
shines and the waters flow, this land will be here to give life to men and
animals. –Chief Crowfoot, Siksika (1825-1890)
2) When all the trees have been cut down, when all the
animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air
is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
3) The time will soon be here when my grandchild will long
for the cry of a loon, the flash of a salmon, the whisper of spruce needles,
or the screech of an eagle. But he will not make friends
with any of these creatures and when his heart aches with longing, he will
curse me. Have I done all to keep the air fresh? Have I cared
enough about the water? Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom?
Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild’s fondness?
– Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh (1899 – 1981)
4) Among our Potawatomi people, women are the Keepers of
Water. We carry the sacred water to ceremonies and act on its behalf. “Women
have a natural bond with water, because we are both life bearers,” my sister
said. “We carry our babies in internal ponds and they come forth into the
world on a wave of water. It is our responsibility to safeguard the water
for all our relations.” ― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass:
Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
5) The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
—Native American Proverb
6) Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean
drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water
with chemical warfare doesnt make a corporation a terrorist. – Winona
7) In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember
seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people. –Wilma Mankiller,
8) What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth,
for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish
and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody
and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?
9) We do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle
of the water. How can you buy them from us? – Chief Sealth
10) “Water is Sacred. Drink something sacred. This is my
campaign to get Natives to drink more water. If it works, it will all be
worth it.” –Duane Brayboy-Williams, Tuscarora