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    In the native world, major gods come in trios, duos, and groups. It is the habit of non-natives to discover the supreme being, the one and only head god, a habit lent to them by monotheism.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: world  god 
     
    It's a little-known linguistic curiosity that the name Jehovah or Jaweh is the same name as Eve; Havva, the counterpart name in Farsi, the language spoken by the Persians, means either Jaweh or Eve.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    Breath is life, and the intermingling of breaths is the purpose of good living. This is in essence the great principle on which all productive living must rest, for relationships among all the beings of the universe must be fulfilled; in this way each individual life may also be fulfilled.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    The hoop dancer dances within what encircles him, demonstrating how the people live in motion within the circling spirals of time and space. They are no more limited than water and sky. At green corn dance time, water and sky come together, in Indian time, to make rain.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: time  people  live  space  sky  rain  water  dance 
     
    The shadows cannot speak.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    The Indians used to be the only inhabitants of the Americas, but times change. Having perceived us as belonging to history, they are free to emote over us, to re-create us in their history-based understanding, and dismiss our present lives as archaic and irrelevant to the times.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    ... America has amnesia. ... Certainly, there is a passion for memory loss in American thought. ... Americans may be the world champion forgetters.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    Humor is widely used by Indians to deal with life. Indian gatherings are marked by laughter and jokes, many directed at the horrors of history, at the continuing impact of colonization, and at the biting knowledge that living as an exile in one's own land necessitates. . . . Certainly the time frame we presently inhabit has much that is shabby and tricky to offer; and much that needs to be treated with laughter and ironic humor.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: humor  time  laughter  living  horror 
     
    We are the women of daylight; of clocks and steel foundries, of drugstores and streetlights, of superhighways that slice our days in two. Our dreams are pale memories of themselves, and nagging doubt is the false measure of our days.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: women  memory  doubt  dreams 
     
    We are the land. To the best of my understanding, that is the fundamental idea that permeates American Indian life.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    Human beings need to belong to a tradition and equally need to know about the world in which they find themselves.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: world  human 
     
    America does not seem to remember that it derived its wealth, its values, its food, much of its medicine, and a large part of its "dream" from Native Americans.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    Indians think it is important to remember, while Americans believe it is important to forget.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: believe  american 
     
    Medicine people are truly citizens of two worlds, and those who continue to walk the path of medicine power learn to keep their balance in both the ordinary and the non-ordinary worlds.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    I am not especially defined by my sex life, nor complete without it.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: sex 
     
    The root of oppression is the loss of memory.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: memory  loss  oppression 
     
    For the American Indian, the ability of all creatures to share in the process of ongoing creation makes all things sacred.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    In the Native American tradition... a man, if he's a mature adult, nurtures life. He does rituals that will help things grow, he helps raise the kids, and he protects the people. His entire life is toward balance and cooperativeness. The ideal of manhood is the same as the ideal of womanhood. You are autonomous, self-directing, and responsible for the spiritual, social and material life of all those with whom you live.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    Healing the self means committing ourselves to a wholehearted willingness to be what and how we are-beings frail and fragile, strong and passionate, neurotic and balanced, diseased and whole, partial and complete, stingy and generous, twisted and straight, storm-tossed and quiescent, bound and free.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: self  strong  healing 
     
    Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: reality  star  community 
     
    Hoop Dancer is a rendering of my understanding of the process by which one enters into timelessness - that place where one is whole.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    As long as we avoid the creative, we are condemned to reaction.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: creative 
     
    In America, law substitutes for custom.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: law  america  substitute 
     
    True shamans live in a world that is alive with what is to rationalist sight unseen, a world pulsing with intelligence.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: live  world  true  intelligence 
     
    An odd thing occurs in the minds of Americans when Indian civilization in mentioned: little or nothing.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    Idealization of a group is a natural consequence of separation from the group; in other words, it is a by-product of alienation.
    — Paula Gunn Allen
    tags: consequence 
     
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