The Great Lakes, Ohio Valley


Eastern Woodlands Tribes



The Great Lakes & Ohio Valley Tribes include the Ojibwa in Canada and and related tribes in the Ohio Valley.  The Northeastern Woodlands tribes include the Iroquiose, Mohawk, Seneca, etc. And the principle Southeastern Woodlands Tribe is the Cherokee. The following quotes shared by revered Elders provide a touching insight into their love of the Great Spirit and their compassion and caring for life.












"In our every deliberation, we

must consider the impact of our

decisions on the next seven



- Iroquois Maxim










He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.


- Seneca Proverb




Remember that your children are not your own,

but are lent to you by the Creator.


- Mohawk




Love your life, perfect your life,

beautify all things in your life.

Seek to make your life long

and of service to your people.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,

for your life, for your strength.

Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.


– Tecumseh




"Our first teacher is our own heart".


– Cheyenne teaching:



Cherokee &

Eastern Woodlands Tribes


The most numerous of the Southern Eastern Woodlands tribes are the Cherokee and related tribes.





Cherokee Prayer Blessing


May the Warm Winds of Heaven

Blow softly upon your house.

May the Great Spirit

Bless all who enter there.

May your Mocassins

Make happy tracks

in many snows,

and may the Rainbow

Always touch your shoulder.




"Every human's purpose is to be a helper

to all the rest of creation

in the Universal Circle."


– Cherokee saying



Seek wisdom, not knowledge.

Knowledge is of the past,

Wisdom is of the future.


- Lumbee Tribe, North Carolina, USA



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