Great Spirit Prayer
"Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind, whose breath gives
life to all the world. Hear me; I need your strenght and wisdom.
walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear
Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have
taught my people.
Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all
that comes towards me.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every
leaf and rock.
Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of
helping others. Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strenght, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my
greatest enemy: Myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean
hands and straight eyes. So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my
spirit may come to you without shame."
Translated in 1887 by Chief Yellow Lark