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Mary Brave Bird
“There is Indian time and white man's time. Indian time means never looking at the clock. ... There is not even a word for time in our language.”
“Maka ke wakan — the land is sacred. These words are at the core of our being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies. We'd become just suntanned white men, the jetsam and flotsam of your great melting pot.”
“... our religion and ceremonies have become fads, and a fashionable pastime among many whites seeking for something that they hope will give meaning to their empty lives. ... After macrobiotics, Zen, and channeling, the 'poor Vanishing Indian' is once more the subject of 'deep and meaningful conversation' in the high rises.”
“People who want to be tattooed don't always have good taste.”
“I have become an environmentalist, because it is over the environment that the last of the Indian Wars will be fought.”
Mary Brave Bird, Lakota-U.S. activist
(1956 - 2013)
Also known as Mary Brave Woman Olguin, Mary Ellen Moore-Richard, and Mary Crow Dog (see quotations under the latter name).