Life Is Sacred


Blessed we are
to dance on this ground,
The rhythm of saints to carry the sound.


We hold a prayer for the earth,
for the ones yet to come,
‘May you walk in beauty and remember your song


Remember why you came here,
Remember your life is sacred.

~Peia Luzzi, lyrics from Blessed We Are

Prayers in a Song

Tall Paul ( explores the connections between language, identity, and landscape.

This video is part of The Ways, an ongoing series of stories on culture and language from Native communities around the central Great Lakes.

Gichi-manido wiidookawishin ji-mashkawiziyaan
(Great Spirit help me to be strong)
Mii dash bami’idiziyaan
(So that I can help myself)
Miizhishinaam zaagi’iiwewin
(Show us all love)
Ganoozh ishinaam, bizindaw ishinaam
(talk to us, hear us)
Mii-wenji nagamoyaan
(That is why I am singing)
Nimishomis wiidookawishinaam ji-aabajitooyaang anishinaabe izhitwaawin
(Grand father help us to use the Native ways)
mii-ji-bi-gikendamaan keyaa anishinaabe bimaadiziwin
(so that we’ll know how to live the Native way/the good life)

Rainbow Warriors

When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow and will put its faith in actions not words — Old Native American Prophecy

Rainbow Warriors are people from all walks of life who care about the future of all living things and have an interest in developing a deeper connection to the web of life itself.

Great leaders, Warriors and Shamans of many nations will be born and they will cleanse the earth for rebirth. Next will come the Planters sowing seeds of truth, justice and freedom. The Storytellers, Warriors and Planters will live in the way of the Great Spirit and teach ways to keep Mother of the Ground sacred forevermore. They will be called Rainbow Warriors for they will gather the four sacred directions, all distinctly separate but forever connected in the Circle of Life. ~ Lee Standing Bear Moore, Manataka American Indian Council ~