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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 Michelle Morning Star Doherty on January 23, 2012 at 8:13am

Ahhhh, so good for the soul.....  blessings to your Ancestors and to you for sharing, dear Brother Phil. Mx

Comment by Di MB on January 23, 2012 at 8:09am

Hi Phil, you are blessed with the wonderful teachings of your grandfather..I thank you for sharing...this teaching of Frank White Buffalo Man will live in me...becuase of you.

Comment by Judiann on January 23, 2012 at 6:20am

Thank you.

Comment by John Francis on January 22, 2012 at 9:25pm

Yes. This is so Right and Timeless. Thanks for sharing the Beauty of this again for Us right Now. We so All need It.  Wow, thanks again, What an amazing journey We are on my Brother along with All the Sisters and All the Others such as the Elders and Grand Ones plus Children yet to Be. This path is so Divine that We walk on. What a Love Walk We are On. Thanks, As Companions in this Walk, We love You and All the Others here right Now in this Now State of Eternal Existence.

Comment by Mary Perales on January 22, 2012 at 8:56pm
Thank you so much for sharing!! I always wonder,
How is it that Monday thur Saturday we get along
Beautifully, come Sunday, we cut each other down
Becuz we worship at different fellowships. What happens
To "Love one Another?"
Is the love one another?
Comment by Lee Mason on January 22, 2012 at 7:51pm

Nice, thank you Brother Phil

Comment by Stephen Bamford on January 22, 2012 at 7:08pm

Thank you again for this great reminder, Chief Phil.  I know I need these reminders from time to time and I appreciate you for them.  Blessings to you and yours and all the other good folk of Four Winds. 

Comment by Terry W. White on January 22, 2012 at 7:06pm

This really touches my heart and soul...Miigwetch.

Comment by Raymond Hermenet on January 22, 2012 at 6:50pm
Wonderful, thanks for sharing.
Comment by T. Bernard on January 22, 2012 at 6:47pm
Thank you...very timely and needed.

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