Anna Mae Pictou Aquash
Before she died, Anna Mae Pictou Aquash expressed both the spiritual vision and cultural resistance which sustain Native American hope and courage.
I am part of this creation as you are,
no more and no less than each and every one of
you within the sound of my voice. I am the
generation of generations before me and the
generations to come….If I have gone
against this creation—no man on this
Universe holds the power to punish me other
than the Creator himself….
You are continuing to control my life with
your violent, materialistic needs. I do realize
your needs to survive and be part of this
Creation—but you do not understand mine.
Quoted in Peter Matthiessen, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, 252