10 Quotes From a Sioux Indian Chief That Will Make You Question Everything About “Modern” Culture
By Wisdom Pills Image: Kirby Sattler Luther Standing Bear was an Oglala Lako

Praise, flattery, exaggerated manners and fine, high-sounding words were no part of Lakota politeness. Excessive manners were put down as insincere, and the constant talker was considered rude and thoughtless. Conversation was never begun at once, or in a hurried manner.

Children were taught that true politeness was to be defined in actions rather than in words. They were never allowed to pass between the fire and the older person or a visitor, to speak while others were speaking, or to make fun of a crippled or disfigured person. If a child thoughtlessly tried to do so, a parent, in a quiet voice, immediately set him right.

Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and his granting a space of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regardful of the rule that ‘thought comes before speech.’…and in the midst of sorrow, sickness, death or misfortune of any kind, and in the presence of the notable and great, silence was the mark of respect… strict observance of this tenet of good behavior was the reason, no doubt, for his being given the false characterization by the white man of being a stoic. He has been judged to be dumb, stupid, indifferent, and unfeeling.

We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, the winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild’. Only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’ and only to him was it ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.

Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. In the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them. And so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue.

This concept of life and its relations was humanizing and gave to the Lakota an abiding love. It filled his being with the joy and mystery of living; it gave him reverence for all life; it made a place for all things in the scheme of existence with equal importance to all.

It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth… the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him.

Everything was possessed of personality, only differing from us in form. Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library and its books were the stones, leaves, grass, brooks, and the birds and animals that shared, alike with us, the storms and blessings of earth. We learned to do what only the student of nature learns, and that was to feel beauty. We never railed at the storms, the furious winds, and the biting frosts and snows. To do so intensified human futility, so whatever came we adjusted ourselves, by more effort and energy if necessary, but without complaint.

…the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.

Civilization has been thrust upon me… and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity.

Fires are easy to spot in fields and plains. The Native American Sioux Indians in North Dakota invented the brilliant Dakota Fire Hole to hide camp fires from their enemies. A Dakota Fire Hole consumes less wood and burns hotter than open fires; the first rocket stove. Plus, they excel in windy conditions and provide a great platform for cooking. It works by drawing fresh air into the combustion chamber. Hot air rises from the hole, creating a draft that draws air through the vent and into the base of the fire. It also helps if you dig your Dakota Fire Hole near a tree canopy to disperse the smoke. Can you dig it? Here’s how to make your own:

1. Dig the fire chamber pit 1 foot wide and 1 foot deep. Then widen the base of the chamber a few inches so it has a jug-like shape. This allows you burn larger pieces of wood.

2. Dig the air tunnel. Start a foot away from the edge of the chamber, on the upwind side, and carve out a molelike tunnel 5 or 6 inches in diameter, angling down toward the base of the fire chamber.

3. Build your fire in the chamber and top the hole with a flat stone for a grill or green saplings that are strong enough to hold a pot over the flames.

Illustration by Robert Prince.


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Rainbow Warriors: "Rainbow Warriors" Stay away from The Black Hills of South Dakota! ~ U.U.W.S ~
United Urban Warrior Society are asking "The People" to sign this petition! We do not want thousands of Rainbow Hippies desecration our Sacred Black Hills bringing with them Drugs, Nudity, and Filth! They are not welcome by the Majority of "Oceti Sakowin" (Sioux Nation) They have exploited our culture and bastardized our beliefs to fit their needs! When asked to stay away Their general response is "We can go where we want" "No rainbow hippie dippy culture rapist exploiters will be tolerated... period.. you all trash our sacred black hills, culture rape, and think you have a right to do as you please, you do not.. this is not we r the one tribe we r the Oceti sakowin...no one spiritual leader can say you can come here n then you think we would all roll over? Bull.. you r not welcome here... period.. stay away" ~U.U.W.S. Joye Braun (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) "I would just as soon take a war party up in the hills and scalp a bunch of them! Then sit down and talk about them standing next to us with their Bull Shit Rainbow prophecy crap!...They say they respect us and honor our way! Yet they want to come and desecrate our church with their foolishness! No matter what we say or not! Then think its OK just because a couple Sell out Indians welcome them...LOL. AS IF they speak for "Oceti Sakowin" (The whole Sioux Nation)" ~ James "Magaska" Swan Founder U.U.W.S.

Yo sign this. They need to go somewhere the fuck else.

The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. We need to start remembering that the earth is our mother and stop polluting her and start taking steps to preserve the land, water and our grandchildren’s future.

It’s Aboriginal Day!

1st photo is from the Sumeg brush dance in 2011. Regalia made by my mom and sister. Cap made by my great grandmother awok Stella Jake (my namesake).

2nd picture is from my high school graduation. My friend Des and I have sashes made by my mom.

3rd picture from my friend’s mom’s Etsy shop Uncommon Folk

As an Indigenous person, our culture, regalia, and language are very important. Representation is so important. I wanted to show who I am as a Yurok/Sioux/Chippewa person, in regalia and being the lamest model ever.

Shout out for #blackout friends, looking forward for more selfies :)