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July 2014, River, Blood, And Corn: A Community of Voices

When people cease waiting for great leaders or prophets to solve entrenched problems and look, instead, within themselves, trusting their own thinking, believing in their own power, and to their families and communities for solutions, change will follow. In traditional indigenous communities, there is an understanding that our lives play themselves out within a set of reciprocal relationships. If each human being in the world could fully understand that we all are interdependent and responsible for one another, it would save the world. —Wilma Mankiller

A Community of Voices

River, Blood, And Corn

Look behind you. See your sons and your daughters. They are your future. Look farther, and see your sons’ and your daughters’ children, and their childrens’children, even unto the Seventh Generation. That’s the way we were taught.


—Leon Shenandoah (1915-1996) Leader of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy