An old Cherokee told his Grandson: “My Son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil; it is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good; it is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness and truth.” The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The Grandfather replied: “The one you feed.”
“You say, for example, “Why do not the Indians till the ground and live as we do?” May we not ask with equal propriety, “Why do not the white people hunt and live as we do?”
“The white man…is not satisfied with the land beyond the mountains, or the land beside the Watauga, or the land along the Nolichucky. Now he wants still more. And what we do not give him, he will take away until our whole Nation is gone from this earth….”
— Dragging Canoe, Chickamauga Chief
son of Cherokee Chief Attakullakulla
“Many proposals have been made to us to adopt your laws, your religion, your manners and your customs. We would be better pleased with beholding the good effects of these doctrines in your own practices, than with hearing you talk about them”
“The Cherokee legacy is that we are a people who face adversity, survive, adapt, prosper and excel.”
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When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
~ Cherokee Expression
May the Warm Winds of Heaven, Blow softly upon your house. May the Great Spirit, Bless all who enter there. May your Moccasins, Make happy tracks in many snows,and may the Rainbow Always touch your shoulder.
~ Cherokee Prayer Blessing