The cycle of life for the woman is the baby, girl, woman, and grandmother. These are the four directions of life. She has been given by natural laws, the ability to reproduce life. The most sacred of all things is life. Therefore, all men should treat her with dignity and respect. Never was it our way to harm her mentally or physically. Indian men were never abusers. We always treated our women with respect and understanding. So from now on:

I will treat women in a sacred manner. The Creator gave women the responsibility for bringing new life into the world. Life is sacred, so I will look upon the women in a sacred manner.

In our traditional ways, the woman is the foundation of the family. I will work with her to create a home atmosphere of respect, security and harmony.

I will refrain from any form of emotional or physical abuse. If I have these feelings, I will talk to the Creator for guidance.

I will treat all women as if they were my own female relatives. This is my vow. - Native American Elders

2- Treat every woman from the tiniest child to the oldest one with respect at all times. Always treat a woman with honor and consideration.

3- The Old Ones say the Native American women will lead the healing among the tribes. Inside them are the powers of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth. When everyone else gives up, it is the women who sings the songs of strength. She is the backbone of the people. So, to our women we say, sing your songs of strength; pray for your special powers; keep our people strong; be respectful, gentle, and modest. -Village Wise Man, Lakota

4- The honor of the people lies in the moccasin tracks of the woman.

5- "A people is not defeated until the hearts of its women are on the ground."– Cheyenne saying

6- "Always do what your mother asks!"

7- The Elders say the men should look at women in a sacred way. The men should never put women down or shame them in any way. When we have problems, we should seek their counsel. We should share with them openly. A woman has intuitive thought. She has access to another system of knowledge that few men develop. She can help us understand. We must treat her in a good way.

8- A spear is a big responsibility. I am one with the Earth. All around me my land is beauty. Navajo (Dine) Chants

9- A man who looks first to a woman's outer beauty will never know her beauty divine, for there is dust upon his eyes and he is blind. But a man who sees in a woman the spirit of the Great One and sees her beauty first in spirit and truth, that man will know "Divinity" in that woman. - White Buffalo Calf Woman

10- All women in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the Creator, giver of life and source of all human life they must all be respected.

11- The hurt of one woman is the hurt of all women, the honor of one woman is the honor of all women. Show honor and esteem for all women! Consider and treat them with deference or courtesy

Responses to "Women Are Sacred: 11 Native American Quotes About Women"

  1. Anonymous says:

    surprised that nobody has commented yet... i wonder if this is an unpopular topic?

  2. Anonymous says:

    this is all true, this is the natural way for things to be - what a shame that in our western culture we are driven by quite superficial 'values' that take away from us oue intuitive thinking.

  3. Anonymous says:

    well, well, it's not only a wonderful read, it feels right while reading, not because I am female, it feels like the natural order. We lost all over our traditional, natural values and behaviours in favour of power and money and thereby we destroy nature, people, spirituality, souls.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This has always been in my heart and I have seen these truths in my mother's eyes. I will pass this on to my daughters. It is good to find the natural order of things and the world is a more balanced place when men and women use their natural strengths and give thanks for what we have.

  5. Anonymous says:

    i like it so much. i would give anything that people, treat each other in this way in the western culture too

  6. LadyBey says:

    Righteousness! I love this! I think it's important for us as women to know our worth. I think it's important for men to know how special woman are and how to treat them

  7. Anonymous says:

    thank you for sharing, very uplifting wisdom.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you. I needed this enlightenment.

  9. This TRULY blessed me. Thx for sharing. #Humbling

  10. There are endless others I love ! Like behinfmd every great man is a women rolling her eyes! Jim Carey
    There has never been anything a ma. Has done that a woman didn't approve of or in courage first! Bob Dylan

  11. Anonymous says:

    So uplifting never read something so beautiful it calms my hurt soul.

  12. Beautiful =)

  13. This should be taught in every family, every school allover the earth, because it reflect profound understanding of the cosmic law and would create harmony with life in each society.

  14. Wisdom within these words <3

  15. Anonymous says:

    en complément:

  16. Anonymous says:

    To complete you can read the beautiful " SQUAWS " by Patrick DEVAL ( Ed Hoebeke )

  17. Anonymous says:

    Squaw is a white word used to ask for sex by the early traders. It does not bring honor to any woman.
    I am glad this site brought these teachings back to our minds and hearts.

  18. Anonymous says:

    In the 1700 the seven Cherokee Tribes had a writer notice the chiefs were from female blood lines.. I wonder if there was ever a female chief >>? Now that would make a movie . Especially if they really migrated north with Aztec blood lines ... Running from the female sacrifices .. Maybe

  19. yes this should be the teachings, not white mans school

  20. The world would be a better, safer place if everyone knew these truths.

  21. D Jones says:

    Such great words belong in all of our hearts.

  22. Dale Naylor, Chickasaw says:

    This is much of how my mother taught me. As Rainbow Warriors rise to rescue Father Sky - Mother Earth women will be the strength, wisdom and force of victory. Every man should carry this in his heart.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The woman says it best when it is said that when a man chooses his woman by what his eye sees he has dust on his eyes because he does not see the divine that she is.

  24. A pretty awesome philosophy. Western men need to learn this.

  25. Anonymous says:

    No. This article undermines progress towards a meritocracy and serves to solidify the idea that some people are better than others. Who is supposed to benefit from this silliness? Do people expect sexist bigots to say, "Right, I guess that settles it. Janet, you get a raise!" I am a woman and I don't support the sentiments that someone is superior or "sacred" based on characteristics that they have no control over, like gender, race, height, sexual orientation, and so on. How is it okay to say that women are wise and divine when I just watched some lady allow her dog to take a giant dump on my doorstep this morning? She's not strong, she's not a leader, she's a dumb **** and I don't feel comradery with her just because we're both women. While everyone deserves equal civil rights, we should judge people by the content of their character and cut out this feel-good bs.

  26. Anonymous says:

    this is the truth! bow to your Shakti ... surrender & she shall lift U

  27. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous at 11:48. You shouldn't judge people at all. It is not our place to judge other people or hold grudges because somone's dog took a dump on your doorstep. Get a hold of yourself and try not to be so angry. It's really not that serious. You don't know what is going on in anyone else's life, so you have no right to judge anyone. Yes, it was rude and careless of that woman to let her dog do that but society has bred us to be rude and careless. Why not be the bigger person and just let it be. Stuff happens that we don't like all the time. We don't have control over this just like we don't have control over our race, gender, etc. But we do have control over the way we think. We can choose to respect ourselves, others, and demand that we receive the respect we deserve as women, men, human beings in general. We are all equal. Women were granted with the ability to carry life in our wombs and give birth. That is a fact. We should still teach those around us, men, women, our children, male or female that both genders are special and deserving respect and praise, and should be treated as such. Just because this particular article is specifically about women does not mean that the author or anyone reading it does not think highly or equally of men.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Several thoughts: 1) I really liked this. I think that other societies should learn to value women also. 2) I feel bad for Anonymous 11:48. It is true that many women do not live up to high standards. I think that it weakens the position of women and after too many encounters with crass women it will create a jaded heart. 3)Anonymous 16:58, in the middle of the response, said, "We can choose to respect ourselves, others, AND DEMAND that..." First, it contradicts the first statement about not judging, not being angry, and not to judge. Second, the very act of demanding requires a person to judge someone's action as wrong. and 4) I would really like to see the same thing but aimed at benefiting men and teaching women how to act. It really takes both sides showing self control and respect to make relationships/friendships/communities work. As Anonymous 11:48 pointed out, women can be crass, judgmental, hateful, spiteful, and abusive also. Curtailing the actions of men will only encourage women to be that way unless women see men as valuable human beings also and have limits on their actions.

  29. D-Wil says:

    Western Culture is White, male, and patriarchal. Every indigenous culture they encountered for their want for conquest was matriarchal and egalitarian (yes, including the Maya and Aztecs - theirstory became his-story), and successful. If they chose this path it would be tantamount to admitting conquest and its result today was and is evil. Unfortunately, I doubt that will happen.

  30. Anonymous says:

    A'ho Mitakue Oyasin. All women ARE sacred they are our better half our Mothers Grandmothers, sisters, wives and Daughters let us treat them all in a Wakan way.

    ---Tatanka Chea Ogalala Lakota

  31. Anonymous says:

    Some of you missed my point from 11:48. It is just as sexist to say that women are all sacred as it is to say that women are all terrible. The world will be a better place when we come to terms with our identity as individuals and not as members of groups that can be categorized genetically or regionally. Conflicts are escalated when group mentality sets in and it becomes "us against them" in any sense. Loyalty to your team or clan leads to a confirmation bias which erodes your ability to think analytically. Propaganda works on you, and you end up acting against your best interest for the sake of the group, losing sight of your actual moral compass. Cults, gangs, terrorist organizations, and rioting mobs all operate under this blind comradery, and discourage individuality. By the way, the dog poop was just an example, and the downstairs neighbor removed it.

  32. Anonymous 11:48 i don't think anyone missed your point, i think we mostly just disagree with it. sexism is not acknowledging the sacredness of women; sexism would be deciding that men will be paid 3/4 of what women make because we're sacred. sexism isn't the sadly revolutionary idea that women should be treated with respect; sexism is the idea that only some women as defined by a set of limited socio-cultural standards deserve respect based on a matrix defined by men. recognizing the fundamentally divine capacity to carry life as valuable is not sexism; manipulating politics to gain control over this process is sexism. loyalty is not the precursor to bias, thinking that we are separate from each other is. i can recognize myself as a member of a group without needing to disparage other people's membership. the idea that we can't do this is an Industrial, white, colonial perspective that posits human beings as essentially terrible beings that need to be subjugated for the success of humanity. what honoring the sacred in women means has nothing to do with that, me honoring you doesn't mean i can't honor someone that's not you as well; the us vs. them thinking is in your mind not in these words. these words ask us to see what is right in front of our eyes, impartially without the lenses we've been conditioned to see through. women Are sacred because we create life, period. if there is a more sacred activity to be involved in, please, do tell. its not a matter of opinion, if you value life you must value women for we are the bridge keepers for it, period. that's an observable fact. me saying that in no way invalidates men, in fact, i didn't even mention men n that statement. unchecked individualism does us not good, the importance of being an individual is what your unique contributions can offer to the group.; you won't survive without the group, the group won't survive without you. what is being asked of us with these words is to remember our deep interconnection as not only human beings, but earth beings. and just for the record, there is ample scientific evidence that people, all people, in matriarchal societies fare better precisely because, for whatever reason, women tend to be far more radically accepting than men and do not allow for the extreme xenophobia (because that us vs them is really just that, fear of "others") you reference. when you've given birth to everybody maybe its just harder to think of anyone as less than or other. your response shows just how much this perspective is desperately needed. you have so internalized the mindset of a hyper competitive, hyper individualistic culture that to read 11 statements in support of someone is then automatically interpreted as 11 statements demeaning someone else. if there are any instances where it is suggested that men should be treated badly because they are not women please reference them. otherwise i humbly suggest you look inward and find out where/why honoring women causes so much negativity for you.

  33. This is the Sacred way. They (feminine ) are the keepers of tge Medicine.

  34. Anonymous says:

    If only it were true today in this time ... We have lost a lot of humanity with the age of technology.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I, too, am a woman, but you lost me with this part of your last sentence: "...we should judge people..." No, judgment just continues the pain and dissension and adds more negative energy to the planet. Its better to be what you would see in others.

  36. Anonymous says:

    It is said that when women wake up, mountains move. We are massively waking up every day to our powers to heal this world for all of life is sacred.

  37. Ernie MacAulay says:

    The female is the bearer of life. This, in itself, deserves to be treated in a sacred manner. We have lost our understanding of what is truly Sacred, as was known by the indigenous peoples. We are now being pointed back towards the Sacred ways by these people who know. It doesn't stop at us humans, but encompasses more, such as the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom and the Spirit kingdom. In our Western progress, we have tragically forgotten much about the truly Sacred knowledge. If we are willing to listen to those indigenous peoples who have the ancient Sacred knowledge, the clarity of what is meant by saying that "Women are Sacred" becomes clear. It does not stand alone, as it is intertwined with all that is considered Sacred. We must open our hearts and minds to the indigenous Sacred Ways if we are ever to find our way out of the quagmire of our broken pathway that has led us so far from Sacredness.

  38. Anonymous says:

    The lack of respect for women is now a disease among women themselves... May we all remove this curse of our minds and return to our hearts where our sacred honor resides.

  39. Conrad says:

    All people are sacred, yes. But we need to elevate the regard by which we perceive our mothers and grandmothers, our sisters and our lovers. We need to honour the divinity within each woman.

    When that has happened, then we will have set the world in balance once again.

  40. Aho. Could not be better said.

  41. Anonymous says:

    What a synic. With your negativism toward an article to make women feel valued, maybe u deserved the dog poop on your step!

  42. Lois Lang says:

    Mitakuya Oyasin, 'Ho

  43. Well said analog mojo. I hope to remember your words

  44. Anonymous says:

    Yes, you can judge people by what they do but this article wasn't meant to say women are better than anyone it just pointed out how things were and how if we respect everyone we will respect ourselves. Think your reaction was a bit over the top! Have a wonderful day! Hope you find something in your day to smile about!

  45. Anonymous says:

    Wow sacred and superior are not at all synonymous.
    Sacred means hallowed blessed or consecrated.
    Superior implies inequality. and probably egotism too. also it comes from judgements.
    Sacredness comes from living in awe and respect and wonder... so much more beautiful.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Women are sacred, their reproductive organs are the golden chalice, the sacred space of the sacrum.

  47. Anonymous says:

    11:48 it is because Western women have often lost the connection to their femininity and been rewarded for patriarchal masculine traits that we have grown insensitive and inconsiderate enough to lose touch with who we are... hardly surprising that children get abused or neglect, or dogs pooh on gardens and beaches, there is no reverence, nothing is sacred, when you deny the divine in women.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Given the lack of references, it appears that this may be New Age glurge presented as Native American beliefs.

    Here’s a some guidance to help your BS detector...

  49. Kylie says:

    So true Marie besse it led.

  50. Anonymous says:

    if women were viewed this way today...if they viewed themselves this way, they'd have enough respect for themselves and other women not to let fido poop on yer porch.
    i feel bad for your lack of kinship with other women.

  51. Truly beautiful! I've often wondered what the real dynamics were between Native American men and women. I would love to be able to connect more freely with the elders and keepers of the wisdom of the tribes to learn directly more of how good relations were fostered. Thank you! This is a blessing. May you be deeply blessed!

  52. I believe in the 11 principles of the sacredness of women. I have always believed in the sacredness of both men and women as sacred creations of Almighty God, Maker of the heavens and the earth. I also walk the Red Road. It is the best pathway that leads from this world to the next. Oren R. Lyons has said. The earth's people need to listen to our Earth Mother's song and to the nurturing songs our women sing. The whole world and it's people are in need of healing nurture. Unfortunately, the world of man is not in harmony with the world of nature. The world of man is constantly at war with itself. The cure for this problem is a very strong application of law and order tempered with a generous supply love, the nurturing kind. Here you have two of nature's principles at work; both the Yin and the Yang. Law and Order is the work of the Male or Father principle, and Nurturing Love is the work of the Female or Mother principle. At this time, the world of man is under the control of those with self-interests, who have no love for their fellow man and think they are above and outside of law and order. In other words, the world of nature and the world of man is in the controlling hands of con-artists, and other sociopaths, people who think like criminals. Only Almighty God's help will save us from a horrible conflagration that is about engulf our planet! We need to turn to the Almighty and ask for assistance!

  53. Shari says:

    Something many Christian men and women and the GOP should learn.

  54. Anonymous says:

    with great respect to the wisdom I find in this, may the seed of this be planted and grow in all who read this and the crops flourish.

  55. Anonymous says:

    Thank you,
    well said

  56. Anonymous says:


  57. I wish there was a tweet button on this site so it could be sent far and wide. This is a vital post which has a message that needs to be heard far and wide;; at this time in our society, more than ever.

  58. Anonymous says:

    I agree
    thank you

  59. I loved these quotes! 😉

  60. Anonymous says:

    Men have seven times as much gray (thinking) matter in their brains as women. Look it up. Instead of demanding respect from men because of your gender, try earning it. Female does not automatically mean respectable, you sexist fools.

  61. Or invite rather than incite, Anonymous. They didn't build statues in memory of critics.

  62. Anonymous says:

    I'm a woman but you sound not only to be a cynic, but you have your metaphors jumbled. I am sorry our good creator left you lacking in good judgement. Life is sacred. That has nothing to do with religion. Even doctors and scientists both know this to be true. Women are the givers of life, and this is why they are considered sacred. Men can only stand by while the woman gives birth but they are not below. The creator gave them their place as well and they walk beside the woman. Even as all life is sacred, each has its place on our mother earth.

  63. Matriarchy is a myth. There is no scientific evidence to support the existence of a matriarchal culture. Matrilineal, matrilocal, never matriarchal.

  64. Show me the data on that. Simply not true. What IS true, however, is that the corpus collasum in females is larger and more developed than in males, allowing for greater integration between hemispheres. Feeling threatened much? Valuing female does not not diminish male value.

  65. I did look it up and you have it backwards. Women have more gray matter; men have more white matter. The brain is very complex. One is not better than the other; they both evolved to serve our survival. Women DO deserve respect for being female, as men do for being male. Once you grasp this concept, we will all be better off.

  66. Jac W says:

    I'm speechless! Such a wonderful article and beautiful words. There are so much to be said about the respect of women. I feel like I live in a land that I do not belong. In my fantasy........ all women are respected all the time. It's just a fantasy!

  67. Jac W says:

    There are those who are blinded by the darkness. So sad!

  68. Jac W says:

    I agree. It's sad!

  69. Jac W says:

    There are those who are blinded by the darkness. So sad!

  70. Anonymous says:


  71. Anonymous says:

    Excellent perception. ..BRAVO!!!!!
    If the entire world let the Natives be maybe they could have changed the world for the better!!!

  72. RESPECT!

  73. thank you The song of the sea is a powerful message of freedom and success, celebrated by Miriam and the woman....

  74. Beautiful... humbling and so true all the fruits of love peace and harmony this is the natural way and the right way reminds me of being brought up in Nuhaka not as a Native American but Maori styles, lovely and most enjoyable best times of my life as I saw this in my environment and I felt so special as a girl and now a mother and I am thankful for my teachings, I finally move away and it was all so different and so sad nothing compares or matters in this world today in this way since moving and I thought I was doing it for the right reasons.Awesome read and on point.

  75. Anonymous says:

    " American Indian Women " by Patrick DEVAL (ABBEVILLE PRESS NYC):
    A wide-ranging visual history of American Indian Women from pre-Columbian times to the present,
    whith more than 80 full-color illustrations.

  76. Still Water Woman says:

    I found this to be very uplifting and touching, and in the same breath rather sad that this is NOT a common practice not only from men, but women as well, that we do not all treat each other with love, respect and honor!

  77. Dick Stok says:

    I believe its true! I made many mistakes at this point an have much to learn a a man. Thanks for all this whisdom. It makes it possible for me to know how!

  78. Unknown says:

    Some person here is a feminist.
    Keep it to yourself it's very negative .
    This is a positive place.
    I am cherokee/lumbee and I really think your spirit
    Is heavy go find a way to free it.
    I approve of this blog.

  79. Unknown says:

    Well said !!! this has been lost or never been a part of life for many ! But know that i see to much disrespect For the lady's today ! As well as many other things ! I will share to some it will be new to them but to the true Americans It will not ! Peace love and respect always

  80. Jo Lopes says:

    I absolutely love this! It certainly can inspire us in being a better woman to ourselves & 2nd to our beautiful men. Men are just as sacred as women if we would just love and accept one another, especially in adverse events. #WeAreOne #ICanOnlySpeakForMe

  81. Anonymous says:


  82. Unknown says:

    without being up close and in touch with nature, modern man is so insecure he feels he needs to control the world around him and those living within it, if he has to admit that he respects and needs them, he feels it diminishes that control

  83. udaya kumar says:

    We should share with them openly. A woman has intuitive thought. She has access to another system of knowledge that few men develop. She can help us understand. __ these are greatwords. if every society follow this i beleive there will peace and harmony among the mankind. wounderful insite. thanks for sharing. we too will share with all ...

  84. If you only value a woman because her body creates life, then you don't actually value a woman at all. She is more than a fleshy incubator.
    Does this mean infertile women are somehow less?

  85. GW Martin says:

    Last pic is Mary Kim Titla Mosley. Good Apache mother.

  86. Anonymous says:

    yes, we should respect birth-giving, but we are not just wombs. we should respect kindness, nurturing, and creativity - all these are good qualities that can be found in women, and men. I'll go further than that, let's respect the howling women, the hunting women, the wild woman. let's respect the cynic because she is the old wise woman. she is part of us, too.

  87. This is not about women being incubators or being fleshy part of that system,if these are read carefully it shows a deep amount of respect given to women from a so called primitive society.If you applied these today the moralistic attitude through out the world would have to change,because women are not given the respect that these people gave to their women.Some new age woman rights protester might see this as chauvinist,but then again we live in a very different world now where nothing has real value anymore and where religion has become the password for hatred and bigotry,I find it a pleasant light in the universe to see that many tribes of native Americans however diverse their tribal upbringing they all seem to have this thread of great respect for women and the Earth,their connection to the basics of what life needs and the spiritual nature in which they pursued preserving life and the fact that women can bring new life into the world,with life being the most precious thing they honour their women for having this gift,for a man to be able to see past outer beauty and look for the beauty of soul,now wether the woman can give birth or not does not come into this it is about the connecting of beauty of spirit with your own soul,this is the message they are trying to get over,a wise person is not born wise but developed the capability to listen and learn from others and though we might consider ourselves civilised compared to these people we have no wisdom,because the modern society seems to value everything except for life.

  88. Jeremy Shand says:

    This is something that has been lost in humanity, I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't understand the sacredness of women, they are the givers of life, the mothers, the healers, the voice of reason. Man needs to nurture this in a woman in this day and age as everything has changed since the People walked the earth freely, it is still there, it's just that man has to get back in touch with his real self in order to allow women to be who they really are. Men have dominated society, especially western society for far too long, To the men who'll hopefully read this, allow the pendulum to swing back to the middle ground again and allow the necessary sharing of thoughts and love that nurtures the symbiosis necessary to create the balance that is sadly missing in society.

  89. min says:

    shame that we all contributed towards the death of a culture and of the native Indians, by doing nothing.

  90. Unknown says:

    Anonymous you are obviously not of the Sacred Nations so keep your non-indigenous beliefs to yourself. Those like myself who understand these philosophies from our traditional Cree teachings will not argue with those of ignorance. Ms.Angel - Medicine Woman

  91. Anonymous says:

    I wish this could be taught in schools... somebody show this message to the men in every country. Especially where women have no power, no rights.... If the men of this world behaved this way and the women believed in their sacred places, the world would be so much better.

  92. Pema says:

    Absolutely true but forgotten among modern western societies, where women seems to beleive in being as men to be equal...Men and women should see the special values that women carry, and men should try to humble themselves. Women should not try to become LIKE men, instead be truly powerful in their own beautiful truth. We should all find the balance. Men and women should work together with their special powers in balance. Men should seek the council of women and women could direct the men in a wiser way, caring for life on earth...
    I think we all have to listen and learn from many indigneous people, especially the Iroquois people, whom has a very advanced beautiful way of life...

  93. Anonymous says:

    Everyone should listen to this.

  94. ranndall says:

    men are great deep thinkers, builders, fixers far better then most women, we just are, why, because we have mom's sisters wives who walked, cooked, and had our children, they are the order to our chaos.
    The man said "there has to be away to make that easier"; see travel, modern homes, and medicine...the good ones dont ask for anything...this of course leads to men making Wonders, why because they dont ask, they share our load, they make us better men, they can be our reason, they can be our cause.

    They are not perfect, neither are men, but the good ones make our imperfection seem perfect for them...something else can you describe a hug from a women you love and it's ability of saving you from the hell of some days.

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