• 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.
    Cree prophesy
  • Treat the earth well.
    It was not given to you by your parents,
    it was loaned to you by your children.
    We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
    we borrow it from our Children.
    -Ancient Indian Proverb
  • Humankind has not woven the web of life.
    We are but one thread within it.
    Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
    All things are bound together.
    All things connect.
    -Chief Seattle, 1854
  • I do not think the measure of a civilization
    is how tall its buildings of concrete are,
    But rather how well its people have learned to relate
    to their environment and fellow man.
    -Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe
  • Thanksgiving
    We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
    which sustains us.
    We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
    which supply us with water.
    We return thanks to all herbs,
    which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
    We return thanks to the moon and stars,
    which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
    We return thanks to the sun,
    that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
    Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
    in Whom is embodied all goodness,
    and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.
    -Iroquois poem