"When something is sacred, it does not have a price. I don't care if it is white people talking about heaven
or Indian people talking about ceremonies. If you can buy it, it isn't sacred. And once you start to sell it, it doesn't matter
whether your reasons are good or not. You are taking what is sacred and making it ordinary".
—— "Dan" (Neither Wolf nor Dog)
"Spirituality cannot be bought or sold and nobody has the right to capitalize by attempting to do so. Prayer
cannot be purchased. Those who participate with and support the fraudulent 'Pipe Carriers', 'Medicine Men', 'Clan Leaders'
and 'Shamen' heal only the exponent's personal finances and, in doing so, assist in the destruction of not only Lakota culture
but the spiritual ways of all traditional indigenous people".
—— Lakota Oyate
The Wisdom Garden - "Stories are medicine. They have such power; they do not require that
we do, be, act anything ——we need only listen. The remedies for repair or reclamation of any lost psychic drive
are contained in stories. Stories engender the excitement, sadness, questions, longings, and understandings that spontaneously
bring the archetype back to the surface".
"I encourage people to do their own mining of story, for the scraped knuckles, the sleeping on cold ground,
the groping in the dark, and the adventures on the way are worth everything. There must be a little spilled blood on every
story if it is to carry the medicine".
—— Clarissa Pinkola Estéés