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Native American Wisdom

Native American Wisdom

Published on 15 August 2023
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Transcript
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The Wisdom of the Native Americans
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What boy would not be an Indian for a while
00:11
when he thinks of the freest life in the world?
00:14
We were close students of nature, we studied the habits of animals
00:19
just as you study your books
00:21
We watched the men of our people and acted like them in our play
00:25
then learned to emulate them in our lives
00:28
No people had better use of their 5 senses than the children of the wilderness
00:33
We could smell as well as hear and see
00:36
we could feel and taste as well as we could see and hear
00:40
Nowhere has the memory been more fully developed than in the wildlife
00:45
As a little child, it was instilled to me to be silent, and reticent
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This was one of the most important traits to form in the character of the Indian
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As a hunter and warrior, it was considered absolutely necessary to them
00:59
and was thought to lay the foundations of patience and self control
01:05
There are times when boisterous mirth is indulged in by our people
01:09
but the rule, is gravity and decorum
01:13
I wish to be a brave man, as much as a white boy desires to be a great lawyer
01:17
or even president of the United States
01:21
I was made to respect the adults, especially the aged
01:25
I was not allowed to join in their discussions
01:28
or even to speak in their presence unless requested to do so
01:32
We were taught generosity to the poor
01:35
and reverence for the great mystery
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(1858-1939)
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Charles Alexander Eastman (Hakadah/Ohiyesa)