The red man divided mind into two parts, - the spiritual mind and the physical mind.
The native American has been generally despised by his white conquerors for his poverty and simplicity.
The logical man must either deny all miracles or none, and our American Indian myths and hero stories are perhaps, in themselves, quite as credible as those of the Hebrews of old.
The Indian was a religious man from his mother's womb.
The hospitality of the wigwam is only limited by the institution of war.
The family was not only the social unit, but also the unit of government.
Our old age was in some respects the happiest period of life.
No one who is at all acquainted with the Indian in his home can deny that we are a polite people.
It was solitary, because they believed that He is nearer to us in solitude, and there were no priests authorized to come between a man and his Maker.
In the life of the Indian there was only one inevitable duty, - the duty of prayer - the daily recognition of the Unseen and Eternal.
In every religion there is an element of the supernatural, varying with the influence of pure reason over its devotees.
He sees no need for setting apart one day in seven as a holy day, since to him all days are God's.
Friendship is held to be the severest test of character.
Every act of his life is, in a very real sense, a religious act.
But to have a friend, and to be true under any and all trials, is the mark of a man
Among us all men were created sons of God and stood erect, as conscious of their divinity.
Yet, if an enemy should honor us with a call, his trust will not be misplaced, and he will go away convinced that he has met with a royal host
The religion of the Indian is the last thing about him that the man of another race will ever understand.
The clan is nothing more than a larger family, with its patriarchal chief as the natural head, and the union of several clans by intermarriage and voluntary connection constitutes the tribe.
The rites of this physical worship, again, were wholly symbolic, and the Indian no more worshiped the Sun than the Christian adores the Cross.
At the age of about eight years, if he is a boy, she turns him over to his father for more Spartan training.
There were no temples or shrines among us save those of nature.
The elements and majestic forces in nature, Lightning, Wind, Water, Fire, and Frost, were regarded with awe as spiritual powers, but always secondary and intermediate in character.
There was no religious ceremony connected with marriage among us, while on the other hand the relation between man and woman was regarded as in itself mysterious and holy.
It is noteworthy that the first effect of contact with the whites was an increase of cruelty and barbarity, an intensifying of the dark shadows in the picture