Cree Proverbs

Good fortune and bad fortune arrive in the same canoe.

 

Follow one elk at a time.

 

Words are strong, brevity stronger, silence strongest.

 

Trust life, especially when you cannot see around the bend where she leads you.

 

Ask the flint-maker about flint.

 

A tired hunter cannot aim.

 

Fire in the hands of a fool becomes prairie fire.

 

For the man in a trap, everything is a trap.

 

Illusion makes the path very rocky.

 

The bird that flies straight is the first one to be struck by an arrow.

 

The log used to cross a river is left behind.

 

When incomprehension is great, violence is near.