Maidu and Pit River
"Telling about our lives is important for those who come after as,
for those who will see our experience as part of their own
Linda Hogan, Chickasaw
"Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally
decide the future of humankind. Did you think you were put here for
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Coyote Goes Hunting
Neal Ambrose Smith
"Before our white brothers came to civilize us we had no
jails. Therefore we had no criminals. You can't have
criminals without a jail. We had no locks or keys, and
so we had no thieves...
"If a man was so poor that he had no horse, tipi or
blanket, someone gave him these things. We were too
uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings. We
wanted to have things only in order to give them away.
We had no money, and therefore a man's worth could not
be measured by it...
"We had no written law, no attorneys or politicians,
therefore we couldn't cheat...
"We really were in a bad way before the white man came,
and I don't know how we manage to get along without the
basic things which, we are told, are absolutely
necessary to make a civilized society. But now visible
progress is everywhere - we have jails all over the
place and men in neck-ties who lie and cheat."
Lame Deer - Ikce Wicasa