Hocąk Sayings

And the Winnebagoes have a wise saying: “Holy Mother Earth, the trees and all nature, are witnesses of your thoughts and deeds.”1

Another admonition of Winnebago wisdom is: “Reverence the Unseen Forces that are always near you and are always trying to lead you right.”2


1 Melvin Randolph Gilmore, Prairie Smoke: A Collection of Lore of the Prairies, 2d ed, revised (Bismark: M. R. Gilmore, 1921) 9.
2 Gilmore, Prairie Smoke, 9.