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The Wisdom of Grandfather Frank White Buffalo Man, Sitting Bull's Grandson

In 1969, my Grandfather, Frank White Buffalo Man, shared with me a wonderful spiritual insight and understanding that relates, among other things, of how we must learn to respect, honour, love, support, and understand each other as different nations, tribes, communities, peoples, religions, and cultures of the human family and the spiritual qualities needed to be victorious in manifesting freedom and human rights.   He said, “You know grandson, the Great Spirit has given all people wisdom.  To every living thing, he has given something special.  Some people receive their knowledge and understanding through books.  In your life grandson, you too must read and study books, but remember to take with you on your journey only those things that bring more unity within yourself and others, that bring goodness and understanding and help us to serve one another in better ways.”

“The Great Spirit,” he continued, “also gave our Indigenous peoples and all other peoples who live close to Mother Earth, both wisdom and knowledge through dreams, visions, fasting, and prayer, and the ability to see the lessons the Creator has put in every part of creation.  Look at those trees standing over there; the alder does not tell the pine tree to move over, the pine does not tell the fir tree to move over, each tree stands together in unity, their mouths pressed toward the same Mother Earth, refreshed by the same breeze, warmed by the same sun, with their arms upraised in prayer and thanksgiving, protecting one another.  If we are to have peace and true freedom in the world,” he said, “we too must learn to live like those trees.  Look, grandson, at the beautiful teachings the Creator has put in the little stream.  Feel the water and see how gently and lovingly it touches your hands.  It travels through deserts, mountains, and many places, but it never turns its back on anyone or anything.  Even though it gives life to all living things, it is very humble, for it always seeks the very lowest spot.  But it has great faith, power, and patience for even if a mountain stands in it’s path, it keeps moving and moving until finally that mountain is washed into the sea and is no more.  These are spiritual gifts that the Creator has given each one of us and if we are to be happy within ourselves and with one another, and find true freedom, we too must develop these sacred gifts,” he concluded.


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Comment by Merle Dau on August 23, 2012 at 12:12pm

Thank you so much for posting his words. Especially about the tremendous gifts and blessings water carries!

Comment by Wendy Jones on July 22, 2012 at 10:29pm

What a wonderful, wonderful way to put things!  Thanks for posting these words of your grandfather!!!

Comment by Stephen Bamford on February 26, 2012 at 10:10am

Such a blessing to read these words for this good and welcome reminder to stay focused and centered on these principles.  Thank you for sharing. 

Comment by Lisa on February 25, 2012 at 10:43pm

Such power in the truth; my prayers are for all to awaken and realize the consequences of our actions. Especially when the sacred lands are being desecrated for monitary-gain. No amount of money is worth destroying  land and resources  from the coming-generations. Thank you for sharing your wisedom.

Comment by Lisa Yazzie on February 5, 2012 at 6:23pm
Such awesome words to live by. How awesome were the minds of our ancestors. Thanks for sharing. My knowledge and understanding grow everytime i read something new.
Comment by Rosie Susie Trakostanec on January 23, 2012 at 6:05pm

Your grandfather with his grandfathers stand strong, Thank You! The teachings that the ;old ones' share, are important to carry forward, so our future generations can see and hear their wisdom, and not lose their way, thank you!

White Elk Medicine Woman

Comment by Shalahnia Riversong on January 23, 2012 at 11:13am

Da na ho!

Thank you my relative,

this is a beautiful articulation of what my heart is always telling me!

Comment by Richard Burland on January 23, 2012 at 9:58am

That is very neat. I passed thi article on. Thank you.

Comment by White-Bear on January 23, 2012 at 9:26am

Thank you Brother Phil.

These lessons which come to us are a true blessing.


Thank you, aho!

Comment by Richard A. Sands, Ret. PI on January 23, 2012 at 8:23am

Indeed a true or real blessing then, as today and always will be a profound gift of wisdom for all things created to learn, live by and share...  

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