Native American Proverbs

By: Jack McCabe


Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts. - Hopi

Day and night cannot dwell together. - Duwamish

It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand. - Apache

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

All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. -Arapaho

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

What I Believe They Mean

  1. I think that the first one is telling you that it is okay to express your feelings
  2. I think that the second one means that day and night are not one
  3. I think the third one means it is better to scream and yell than to physically hurt one another.
  4. I think the fourth one means when you lose somebody that your loved, they will always be with you
  5. I think the fifth one means that we should take care of our earth, not mistreat it
  6. I think the last one means that before you eat, you should thank the world for have provided you the food in front of you