Indigenous Prayer for National Indigenous Peoples Day

Oh Great Spirit : Whose voice I hear in the winds, And whose breath gives life to all the world

Hear me for I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you’ve made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and every rock.

I seek strength 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.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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5 Responses to Indigenous Prayer for National Indigenous Peoples Day

  1. sienablue says:

    Thank you Rusty. Indigenous people could teach us to heal so much of what is wrong today, if we would slow down, be humble, and listen. I had not seen this prayer since I first heard it in the 1970s.

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    • Thanks for your reply; I hadn’t realized this prayer was older – since I found it on another site recently. Indeed, as the prayer is directed to the Great Spirit, may we learn to slow down, be humble and listen to the One who made us for Himself. Shalom.


  2. sienablue says:

    There was an indigenous rights movement ( AIM) that got a lot of airtime in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. We read books like “Bury my heart at wounded knee” and “Black Elk Speaks”.

    I remember when I lived in upstate New York, I listened in to a weekly Mohawk radio program that ended with a part of Chief Seattle’s speech.


    • Thanks for the connections. I recently read “One Church, Many Tribes” by Richard Twiss, and am currently reading the “First Nations Version” of the New Testament that just came out last year. Thanks for your comments.


  3. That’s beautiful Rusty. I’ve never read this before. Wonderful.

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