–by Phillip Deere (Dec 30, 2011)
A government that is thousands of years old is what we lived by. That law was workable for us. We lived by understood laws. Today all over our country historians, anthropology people, have dug up the Earth to find the history of the Western hemisphere. But they have not found any jail house. They have not found any prisons. They have not found any insane asylums. How did different nations of people speaking so many different languages live without those institutions? […]
We still lood at Nature and watch how they grow little ones. We find the ducks, we find the geese still yet living with that thousand-year old government. The animals, they still continue to follow that government that was given to them at the beginning of time to all living things. The intire Creation still follows those Instructions of Life. The tree, the fruits, they never fail. They never make a mistake to bring their fruits in their season. The animals never make a mistake. They still live as they were created. Among the Creation, what are our Instructions of Life? We see the Creation . . . Life, the circle, a measurement with no beginning and no ending.
–Phillip Deere in “Native Wisdom” [Native American Elder who belonged to the Muskogee/Creek tribe, 1977]