Native American Wisdom Quotes (81 quotes)
New Year: A Time of New Beginnings
Praying for those around you, giving thanks for the past year, and grounding myself to my values, these traditions make sense to me for the holiday. Personally, I recognize many opportunities to celebrate the start of a new year or resolution. Birthdays mark the beginning of a new year, as can a marriage anniversary and other milestone events. All of these focus on different parts of our lives, have their own merit and contribution, and deserve to be recognized. Take the Sioux.
Happy New Year, and may this be a year of good health and help for you and your family. While some of us are just now celebrating the gift of a new year, some Native nations have been observing the blessings of a new year for a few weeks now. For some American Indians, the winter solstice provides a time to celebrate the good things to come. For the Umatilla tribes of Oregon, the winter solstice represents the return of the sun. Along with it, the sun brings longer days and the foods sacred to the Umatilla. On the day before the winter solstice, December 20, the Umatilla gather to honor the salmon, deer, and bitterroot with communal song, dance, prayer, and a meal. These foods are considered sacred not only because they are the foods that sustained the ancients, but because they play an important role in the cycle of life.
Preserving the Cherokee language, one word at a time.
Learn how to do so here! As we approach a New Year, each of us has hopes for making a real impact. We understand that our role is to educate others about the issues facing Indian country, to teach others to empathize with a culture that needs revitalization, and to empower young Native Americans to work toward their own definition of success. This year we ask you, our friends, to think about how to be a part of this awakening—how to contribute to a growing list of issues. Together, we are stronger, and we can achieve success.
Manataka American Indian Council. Proudly Presents. Native American New Year Commemorations. The start of the New Year is honored by many Native Americans, although many tribes have selected different dates as the last day of the year. In North American Indigenous cultures, the New Year is at the end of January or first part of February, based on constellations and moon phases.
Oh Great Spirit I raise smoke to the four sacred winds and the four corners, so that the blessings can reach my brothers and sisters all in every corner of Great Mother Earth while the smoke disperses all over Father Sky and lit by Mother Moon. Let the smoke pass to each their blessing and do away with all sorrows and unhappiness, fill their homes with love, and the light of your wisdom. If any be sick cure them if sad make them happy if they have needs fulfill them. Protect them from all evil. Please Father Keep them well in good health give them long life and wealth.