Hopi Priests. 1900s.
"I am the Sun, the father. With my warmth all things are created. You are my children, and I am very concerned about you. I hold you to protect you from harm, but my heart is sad to see you leaving my protecting arms and destroying yourselves. From the breast of your mother, the Earth, you receive your nourishment, but She is too dangerously ill to give you pure food. What will it be? Will you lift your father’s heart? Will you cure your mother’s ills? Or will you forsake us and leave us with sadness, to be weathered away? I don’t want this world to be destroyed. If this world is saved, you all will be saved, and will all be happy in the Peaceful Way. I have spoken. May the Great Spirit guide you on the right path." -Grandfather Dan Katchongva, leader of the Sun Clan, Hopi Indian (1865-1972).
Originally published in 1972 by the Committee for Traditional Indian Land and Life Los Angeles, California.