Oh Great Spirit!

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Oh GREAT SPIRIT,-a da nv do
Give Us HEARTS To Understand;
Never to destroy wantonly,
For the furtherance of greed;
Never to deny to give our hands...
For the building of Earth's beauty.
Never to take from her...
What we cannot use.

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Give us HEARTS to understand....
That to destroy earth's music,
Is to create confusion;
That to wreck her appearance,
Is to blind us to beauty;
That to callously pollute her fragrance,
Is to make a house of stench;
That as we care for her,
She will care for us.
We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited ...
Simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.

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GREAT SPIRIT - a da nv do,
Whose dry land thirsts,
Help us to find the way to refresh your lands.
GREAT SPIRIT - a da nv do,
Whose waters are choked...
With debris and pollution,
Help us to find a way to cleanse your waters.
GREAT SPIRIT - a da nv do,
Whose beautiful earth...
Grows ugly with misuse,
Help us find a way to restore beauty...
To your handiwork.
GREAT SPIRIT - a da nv do,
Whose creatures are being destroyed,
Help us to find a way to replenish them.
GREAT SPIRIT - a da nv do,
Whose gifts to us are being lost,
In selfishness and corruption,
Help us to find the way to our humanity.
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OH GREAT SPIRIT - a da nv do,
Whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to the world,
Hear Me.
I need your strength and wisdom.
May I walk in Beauty.

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Every cloud that forms...
Every snowflake that falls to earth,
Every creature it touches,
All are part of the same whole.
Even the act of shivering...
In a snowstorm,
Is an expression of oneness with nature.

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Whenever in the course of a day,
the indian comes upon a scene
that is strikingly beautiful..
or sublime,
a black thundercloud with the rainbow's
glowing arch above the mountains, a white
waterfall in the heart of a green gorge,
a vast prairie tinged...
with the blood red of the sunset,
he pauses for an instant in the attitude
of worship.  He sees no need....
for setting apart
one day in seven as a holy day,
because to him,
all days are God's days.
Chief Ohiyesa...Santee Sioux

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"In early days we were close to nature.
We judged time, weather conditions,
and many things by the elements-the good earth,
the blue sky, the flying of geese, and the changing
of winds. We looked to these for guidance and
answers.  Our prayers and thanksgiving were
said to the four winds.

To the East - ka lv gv i,
from whence the new day was born.

To the South - tsu ga na wv i,
Which sent the warm breeze which gave a
feeling of comfort;

To the West - wu de li gv i,
which ended the day and brought rest;

And to the North - tsu yv tiv i,
The Mother of winter whose sharp air awakened
a time of preparation for the long days ahead.

Today, we again evaluate the changing winds."

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May we be strong in spirit and equal to our
Fathers of another day in reading the signs
accurately and interpreting them wisely.
May Wah-Kon-Tah, the Great Spirit,
look down upon us, guide us, and give us
courage and wisdom.
Above all, May he look down upon us....
and be pleased.

"unknown speaker to congress"

"All my relations in creation",
"Let us see each other again"
"Ea Nigada Qusdi Idadadvhni"

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Til next we meet.....
Please remember.....
As you travel your path  each day....
Walk softly and  gently...
Respect and take care of the beauty...
that Mother Earth has bestowed upon us....
As we also....
Respect and take care of  each other.....
With PEACE and LOVE in our hearts:)
Walk in Peace - Aisv Nv wa do hi ya do - Shayna

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