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John Trudell Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
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Historically speaking, we went from being Indians to pagans to savages to hostiles to militants to activists to Native Americans. Its five hundred years later and they still cant see us. We are still invisible.
We are invisible to them because we are still the Human Beings, were still the People, but they will never call us that. They taught us to call ourselves Indians, now theyre teaching us to call ourselves Native Americans. Its not who we are. Were the People.
The history of the Indians begins with the arrival of the Europeans. The history of the People begins with the beginning of the history of the People.
The necessary objective of Native people is to outlast this attack, however long it takes, to keep our identity alive.
The objective of civilizing us is to make Indian history become our permanent reality.
The history of the People is one of cooperation, collectivity, and living in balance. The history of the Indians is one of being attacked and genocide, rather than a history of peace and balance. The history of the People under attack, the Indians, in an evolutionary context, is not very long, its only five hundred years.
The very fact of calling us Indians creates a new identity for us, an identity that began with their arrival. Changing identity, creating a new perceptual reality, is another form of genocide. Its like severing a spiritual umbilical cord that reaches into the ancestral past.
Its like there is this predator energy on this planet, and this predator energy feeds on the essence of the spirit.
No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred against those who have no sense.
Everything that has ever happened to us is there to make us stronger.
Our bones, flesh and blood are made up of the metals, liquids and minerals of the earth and everything on this planet is made up of the same things. As humans we have being, so everything on the earth does too in our culture, because we are made of the same thing.
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