THE EARTH IS PRECIOUS by Chief Seattle – 1854

From a reading by actor Richard Chamberlain at the Dreaming the New Dream Conference in San Francisco, October 1988.

In 1854, the “Great White Chief” in Washington made an offer for a large area of Indian land and promised a ‘reservation’ for the Indian people. Chief Seattle’s reply, published here in full, has been described as […]

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A Message from Orian Mountain Dancer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing,

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk
looking like a fool for love,
for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It […]

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A message from Hopi Nation

To my fellow swimmers,
There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel that they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say we […]

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Nkosi Sikeleli Afrika – National Anthem of South Africa

The full anthem is sung in three verses, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.

(Xhosa) (English translation)

Nkosi sikeleli Afrika Lord, Bless Africa
Malup hakanyiswu phondolwayo May her horn rise up high
Yiswa imithanda zo yethu Hear through our prayers
Nkosi sikelela thina lusapolwayo Lord, bless us.

(Afrikaans)

Uit die blou van onse hemel,
uit die diepte van ons see,
oor ons ewige gebergtes waar
die kranse […]

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Moya Wa Sechaba Yethu (The Spirit of Our Nation)

Spirit is often regarded by the Western world as something intangible and therefore unsubstantial. As something invisible and therefore not real. But what I love about Africa is that here we know that it is the other way round. The wisdom of my continent reminds me that Spirit lives in everything. In Xhosa the word […]

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Nelson Mandela – 1994 Inaugural Speech

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I
To be brilliant, gorgeous,
Talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing […]

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