Lakota Quotes Proverbs and Art

The ones that matter the most are the children." Lakota Proverb 

"Grown men can learn from very little children—for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show them many things that older people miss." Black Elk

"The power of the world always works in circles." Black Elk 

A man's life is a circle from childhood to childhood, and thus it is in everything where the power moves. Lakota Saying

Berenstein Bears Video In Lakota

 "It is observed that in any great endeavor, it is not enough for a person to depend solely on himself." Lakota Proverb

The great spirit is not perfect: it has a good side and a bad side. sometimes the bad side gives us more knowledge than the good side. ..Lakota Proverb

Lakota Art

 "We once hunted for buffalo, we now hunt for knowledge."
"Ehañna tatanúa úiñ uñúigniöi. Lehañ woslolye uñúigniöi." 
Joe Chasing Horse


Ledger art by Evans Flammond

"The center of the universe is everywhere." Black Elk

May the Great Spirit walk with you.

Lakota Saying

Sitting Bull

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
"Wowi©aíe uñiaöi kta ©a, wi©oie oþa uñöi ßni."

Lakota Alphabet Song


Arvol Looking Horse

"The status of the buffalo reflects the status of the Lakota People. A century ago, the buffalo were almost extinct, as were our people and our way of life."
"Laíoþa oyaþe úiñ tatañúa iye©el owi©awaöi. Hekþa waniyeþu oöawiñðe hehanya tatañúa wani¤api þka, he iye©el iú¤ewi©aßa úiñ ija wani¤aöi kte þka, naíuñ wi©oañ uñúiåawaöi úiñ."

Sitting Bull

“I have advised my people this way: When you find something good on the whiteman’s road, pick it up; but when you find something bad, or it turns out bad, drop it and lave it alone.”
"Oyaþe miåawa le©el owi©awaíiya. Waßi©u ta©añúu úiñ eþúiya þaúu waßþe úiñhañ i©uöo,þka þaúu ßi©a iýeyayaöi iß þaúu ßi©aya hiñkde úiñhañ ayußþañ öo."

Lakota Proverb

“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong their weapons.”
"Zuyawi©aßa lila ohiþaúaöi iß þaúu uñ iúþeöi hena wa¡aúe üca. Þúa þohan wiñyañ ©añþe úiñ maía glaúiñyañ iüpayaöi úiñ hehañ ihañúe kta naíuñ hehañ oyañúe úiñ iüpayaöi kta."

Lakota Proverb

“Tell me, and I will listen.
Show me, and I will understand.
Involve me, and I will learn.”

"Omaúiyaúa úiñhañ anawaðopþañ kta ye.
Maúiöazo úiñhañ owaúaüniðe kta ye.
Aopemaúiye úiñhañ uñmasöe kta ye."

"If we loose our language, we lose our identity as Lakota and our total way of Life.”
"Ik©ewi©aßa iaöi kin þoíuñuñúiyaöi úiñhañ, Laíoþa wi©oni ía uñþuweöi úiñ þoíuñuñúiyaöi kta. "  Johnson Holy Rock

Art by Keith Braveheart

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.