Native American Proverbs

by Avery McClure

"They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind." - Tuscarora

I think this means when someone dies, they might physically be dead, but they still live on in their loved ones hearts.

"Before eating, always take time to thank the food." - Arapaho

I think this is also like the saying "count your blessings" they both are saying remember what you have, others may not have this. You have to understand how lucky you are, to have all that you get. It also could be talking about if it is meat, you are thanking it to supply your needs.

"The weakness of the enemy makes our strength." - Cherokee

I think this means if you know your enemy's weakness you can use it against them and to your advantage.

"Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant." - Kiowa

This quote is talking about how in the spring things are growing and blossoming FROM mother nature, As if she were pregnant. Meaning be delicate while her "children" are still growing.

"it is easy to be brave from a distance." - Omaha

This meaning the closer you are is equal to the more involved you are in the situation. So you might realize at one point you have gotten too close and you are not as brave as you thought you were, and you have now no way to solve the problem and are bailing out like a coward.

"Each person is his own judge." - Shawnee

Meaning, no-one other than yourself has the right to judge you. Vise versa, you do not have to right to judge anyone else.

Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins. - Cheyenne

POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!! i found this quote on the same website i was the other quotes listed above. i think the letters are from phoebes neighbor. maybe she heard phoebe talking about her and left her a message.