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When I got back to my father and mother and was sitting up there in our tepee, my face was still all puffed and my…
I know now what this meant, that the bison were the gift of a good spirit and were our strength, but we should lose them,…
So I took the bright red stick and at the center of the nation’s hoop I thrust it in the earth.
I looked about me once again, and suddenly the dancing horses without number changed into animals of every kind and into all the fowls that…
I had a vision with which I might have saved my people, but I had not the strength to do it.
I looked below and saw my people there, and all were well and happy except one, and he was lying like the dead – and…
A good nation I will make live.
I was four years old then, and I think it must have been the next summer that I first heard the voices.
Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like…
The boys of my people began very young to learn the ways of men, and no one taught us; we just learned by doing what…
They told me I had been sick twelve days, lying like dead all the while, and that Whirlwind Chaser, who was Standing Bear’s uncle and…
But I think I have done right to save the vision in this way, even though I may die sooner because I did it; for…
And if the great fear had not come upon me, as it did, and forced me to do my duty, I might have been less…
If you will read again what is written, you will see how it was.
Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were there alone in the middle of a great white plain with…
I think I have told you, but if I have not, you must have understood, that a man who has a vision is not able…
Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many…
My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life, as you wish; and if it were only the story of my…
You see, I had been riding with the storm clouds, and had come to earth as rain, and it was drought that I had killed…
To use the power of the bison, I had to perform that part of my vision for the people to see.
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