pejuta (Lakota for medicine)
"Their extraordinary resilience was due to a shared symbolism, an ability to communicate with nature, a strong sense of family, and an astounding knowledge of every herb, shrub, weed, and wild plant that grew on the plains."
"..it is even more ironic that we sought to ban the ecological awareness they practiced as 'pagan' when the very future of the planet may depend upon our learning it from them." -Richard Erdoes
"We must try to save the white man from himself. This can done only if all of us can once again see ourselves as part of this earth. We cannot harm any part of her without hurting ourselves......... But you cannot learn to be a medicine man like a white man going to medical school......The way to power is by giving, not by taking...." -Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions
A vision he had: "You will learn about herbs and roots, and you will heal people. You will ask them for nothing in return. A man's life is short. Make yours a worthy one."