Quotes from the Elders
“You see most of the mistakes human beings make, is that the system of information which really guides their life does not connect them to the cycle of nature. The limited answers found by people who perhaps did not think it through garble the way people live. So we're trying to find a way to make the community a productive one where people can live, be happy, and be peaceful as much as possible. ”
"12,000 years ago the whole world was interconnected. We had a single culture, we had the same history, the same socio-political organizations. There was no rich and no poor; no kings, no emperors, no presidents. We need not to look for who's guilty; not to attack anyone because the leaders are also looking for a solution. We have to work together shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart. We can do it in a positive, peaceful way.
Sweet Medicine Nation ~ Choctaw Elder
"There are two ways to the bridge of this world and the spirit world, and I feel that my role is to stand on the bridge. I'm going to be there with you in the Spirit world, but in the physical world I will come to you if you call me.
It (a Vision Quest) isn't over for a year afterwards because you have to see, "Can I walk on these new feet, on this new path that I've been given, or will I divert myself back to a place where I don't have to be out front that doesn't seem supported in this world, as in my case?"
Camila Martinez ~ Mazatec Curandera
"Holism implicates everybody - the whole rainbow, not just one color. It includes all under the rainbow. I think it's something people are starting to figure out, that in overlooking these other colors in the rainbow that have really deep roots, that have the real knowledge, they're missing the point completely!
Really getting into Traditional Native Medicine - knowing what it's like to sleep in the dirt; knowing what it's like to shiver in the cold, to be bitten by insects, to cry, to go hungry, to have thirst, to sweat, to labor - it's another way. You really get smashed. It's not for everybody."
In recognition and appreciation of the tremendous service of the elders in this book, "Remember the Wisdom that Progress Forgot," 50% of the proceeds from sales will be donated to their non-profit organizations. If you wish to contribute, please use the links on the page, "Quotes from Interviewees"