An excellent quote from Ota Kte aka Chief Luther Standing Bear
, Oglala Lakota:The white man does not understand the Indian for the same reason that he does not understand America. He is too far removed from its formative processes. The roots of the tree of his life have not yet grasped the rock and soil. The white man is still troubled with primitive fears; he still has in his consciousness the perils of this frontier continent, some of its vastnesses not yet having yielded to his questing footsteps and inquiring eyes. He shudders still with the memory of the loss of his forefathers upon its scorching deserts and forbidding mountain tops.
The man from Europe is still a foreigner and an alien. And he still hates the man who questioned his path across the continent.
But in the Indian the spirit of the land is still vested; it will be until other men are able to divine and meet its rhythm. Men must be born and reborn to belong. Their bodies must be formed of the dust and their forefather's bodies.
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