Native American Proverbs

A flyer about Native American Proverbs

“It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand”

This quote originated from the Apache American Indian tribe. It means that you should do what you say and you should speak less and act more. If you don't do what you say you are going to do you can get into trouble because the work is overdue or too late, like schoolwork not turned in. This also means you should speak less and do more work because if you spend time talking you cannot get work done.

A frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives

This proverb was made by the Sioux tribe. It means that we should conserve our resources, because we may run out of them and destroy the world, the way we are boiling and destroying the world by burning fossil fuels. We may run out of them and electricity will become expensive! This will drastically affect your lives.

Before eating, always take time to thank the food

You should not waste food take care of it. If you don't take care of food, it will go stale and you cant eat it. If you waste it, some people may not get food. This proverb was made by the Arapaho tribe.

If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come

This proverb means you need to ask questions to gain knowledge. If you do not ask questions, you wont get any answers or knowledge. This proverb was also made by the Arapaho tribe.

Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it.

This means that you only gather what you need and you should not keep anything for a unnecessarily long time. Some people may not have the same item and need it causing conflicts. This proverb is another proverb made by the Arapaho tribe

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

You should not judge anyone until you know him well. If you judge someone you don't know well you can make misjudgements