Lame Deer, fully John Fire Lame Deer, aka The Old Man, born Tȟáȟča Hušté

Lame
Deer, fully John Fire Lame Deer, aka The Old Man, born Tȟáȟča Hušté
c. 1900
1976

Lakota Holy Man, Storyteller, Rebel, Medicine Man, Rodeo Clown, Painter, Prisoner

Author Quotes

If nature puts a burden on a man by making him different, it also gives him a power.

Love is something you can leave behind you when you die. It's that powerful.

Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn't have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. Without a prison, there can be no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves. When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property. We didn't know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth. We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another. We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don't know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.

Only human beings have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist. They don’t use their brains and they have forgotten the secret knowledge of their bodies, their senses, or their dreams. They don’t use the knowledge of the spirit has put into every one of them; they are not even aware of this, and so they stumble along blindly on the road to nowhere - a paved highway which they themselves bulldoze and make smooth so that they can get faster to the big, empty hole which they find at the end, waiting to swallow them up. It’s a quick comfortable superhighway, but I know where it leads to. I’ve seen it. I’ve been there in my vision and it makes me shudder to think about it.

Author Picture
First Name
Lame
Last Name
Deer, fully John Fire Lame Deer, aka The Old Man, born Tȟáȟča Hušté
Birth Date
c. 1900
Death Date
1976
Bio

Lakota Holy Man, Storyteller, Rebel, Medicine Man, Rodeo Clown, Painter, Prisoner