| But to have a friend, and to be true under any and all trials, is the mark of a man!
| That is, we believed, the supreme duty of the parent, who only was permitted to claim in some degree the priestly office and function, since it is his creative and protecting power which alone approaches the solemn function of Deity.
| No one who is at all acquainted with the Indian in his home can deny that we are a polite people.
| Our people, though capable of strong and durable feeling, were not demonstrative in their affection at any time, least of all in the presence of guests or strangers.
| 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.
| Among us all men were created sons of God and stood erect, as conscious of their divinity.
| The Indian was a religious man from his mother's womb.
| The hospitality of the wigwam is only limited by the institution of war.
| In every religion there is an element of the supernatural, varying with the influence of pure reason over its devotees.
| The red man divided mind into two parts, - the spiritual mind and the physical mind.
| 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.
| Every act of his life is, in a very real sense, a religious act.
| 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.
| It has been said that the position of woman is the test of civilization, and that of our women was secure. In them was vested our standard of morals and the purity of our blood.
| At the age of about eight years, if he is a boy, she turns him over to his father for more Spartan training.
| The religion of the Indian is the last thing about him that the man of another race will ever understand.
| There were no temples or shrines among us save those of nature.
| He sees no need for setting apart one day in seven as a holy day, since to him all days are God's.
| 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.
| The family was not only the social unit, but also the unit of government.