The Old Ways -III-


“We saw the Great Spirit’s work in almost everything: sun, moon, trees, wind, and mountains. Sometimes we approached Him through these things. Was that so bad? I think we have a true belief in the supreme being, a stronger faith than that of most whites who have called us pagans… Indians living close to nature and nature’s ruler are not living in darkness.

Did you know that trees talk? Well they do. They talk to each other, and they’ll talk to you if you listen. Trouble is, white people don’t listen. They never learned to listen to the Indians so I don’t suppose they’ll listen to other voices in nature. But I have learned a lot from trees: sometimes all about the weather, sometimes about animals, sometimes about the Great Spirit.”

~ Chief Walking Buffalo, Nakoda/Stoney People
[Art: “Talking Trees” by Stefan Damman]

[Pictured: Chief Walking Buffalo]

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