Water is Sacred – 10 Inspiring Quotes – Native American Pow Wows

Posted By PowWows.com August 25th, 2015 Last Updated on: February 28th, 2022

by Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor

"This is my campaign to get Natives to drink more water. If it works, it will all be worth it."--Duane Brayboy-Williams, Tuscarora

“This is my campaign to get Natives to drink more water. If it works, it will all be worth it.”–Duane Brayboy-Williams, Tuscarora

Water is Life. Native Americans know and have always known that Water is Good Medicine. As water comes under attack in Native American communities and all over the world, the words of our Elders, Ancestors and Leaders empower us all to protect and preserve clean water!

1) “Our land is more valuable than your money.

It will last forever.

It will not even perish by the flames of fire.

As long as the sun shines and the waters flow, this land will be here to give life to men and animals.”

–Chief Crowfoot, Siksika (1825-1890)

2) “When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”

–Cree Prophecy

3) “The time will soon be here when my grandchild will long for the cry of a loon, the flash of a salmon, the whisper of spruce needles, or the screech of an eagle.

But he will not make friends with any of these creatures and when his heart aches with longing, he will curse me.

Have I done all to keep the air fresh?

Have I cared enough about the water?

Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom?

Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild's fondness?”

— Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh (1899 – 1981)

4) “Among our Potawatomi people, women are the Keepers of Water. We carry the sacred water to ceremonies and act on its behalf. “Women have a natural bond with water, because we are both life bearers,” my sister said. “We carry our babies in internal ponds and they come forth into the world on a wave of water. It is our responsibility to safeguard the water for all our relations.”

― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

5) “The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.”

—Native American Proverb

6) “Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn't make a corporation a terrorist.”

— Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe

7) “In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people.”

–Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee

8) “What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?”


9) “We do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water. How can you buy them from us?”

— Chief Sealth

10) “Water is sacred. Drink something sacred. This is my campaign to get Natives to drink more water. If it works, it will all be worth it.”

–Duane Brayboy-Williams, Tuscarora

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Kurt RavenWolf

#6 Wow. So true and so powerful….
It should be illegal to sell natural water sources like rivers and lakes. If it were up to me we’d all be living in harmony with each other, the animals, Mother earth and the Creator. 🙂
Nice article. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Can you imagine if all land could only be rented, and not sold? That would help people think from a different perspective… Then perhaps not even rented but shared? But that would only work if all people weren’t driven by greed or money or fear, which are the biggest illusions on earth (in my opinion).
Peace 🙂

Jesse Whiteraven

Prayers up in Smoke. Bless the Waters. May Creator’s children be Healed. May Balance be restored. Giving Thanks for your Beauty – Creator. May you guide the Pitter patter of our humble moccasins to pathways of Beauty & Wisdom. ~Jesse Whiteraven

Kurt RavenWolf

Beautiul prayer. Thank you. 🙂


Stand with Standing Rock Water Protectors
With love and prayers
8th October to 11th October 2016
(Johannesburg RSA)


Water is the purification of body and soul. It can not be owned, bought, or sold. It belongs to the land and the land shares it with us. Beautiful article. Aho!


I remember when my grandfather was a live he would tell us as long as the river flows and the Eagles flys that Mother Earth would be her for us but when she stops the water and the Eagles no longer fly then we are in trouble so protect those that are worth protecting

Kuus Haama

The Power of Water! Very good.

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