Top 110 Indigenous Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Indigenous Quotes from famous people such as Roger Morris, Nina Turner, Winona LaDuke, Sarah Zettel, Michael McDonald, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Many mainstream winemakers use indigenous yeasts rather

Many mainstream winemakers use indigenous yeasts rather than commercially grown ones to ferment their grapes – precisely what natural winemakers advocate.
Roger Morris
Does being practical mean we prop up a legal system that’s unfair, that bears its weight down on black men and black women, and by extension if you are Hispanic or indigenous or poor? Does being practical mean you don’t say to the American people you deserve better than you’re getting? That’s not the practical we want.
Nina Turner
Native people – about two-thirds of the uranium in the United States is on indigenous lands. On a worldwide scale, about 70 percent of the uranium is either in Aboriginal lands in Australia or up in the Subarctic of Canada, where native people are still fighting uranium mining.
Winona LaDuke
All of this got me thinking about the history of the westward expansion, and got me to wondering how the exploration of the Solar System would be changed if there were an indigenous presence out there.
Sarah Zettel
I was attracted to black music for the same reason that I loved those old Irish ballads. Both were social statements of sorts, and both were indigenous to their respective cultures: Ireland, where my father had grown up, and towns like St. Louis along the Mississippi River, where I was growing up.
Michael McDonald
Full Circle integrates the indigenous and modern practices, bringing individuals, community and organizations together as indispensable collaborators realizing a co-creative, sustainable and fulfilling future.
Andrew Keegan
Most governments in Latin America have failed to recognize the rights of indigenous people and their right to their own traditional territories.
Bianca Jagger
In all of my books, I’ve emphasized that the fundamental difference between civilized and indigenous ways of being is that, for even the most open-minded of the civilized, listening to the natural world is a metaphor.
Derrick Jensen
Too often, governments are quick to use excessive force and even pervert the course of justice to keep oil and gas flowing, forests logged, wild rivers dammed and minerals extracted. As the Global Witness study reveals, citizens are often killed, too – especially if they’re poor and indigenous.
David Suzuki
As an Egyptian, I was glad to see the film ‘Black Panther’ embrace my country with its inclusion of the Ancient Egyptian goddess Bast as the deity of Wakandans. But considering the anti-black racism against the Nubian indigenous community and visitors in my country, I knew Egypt would not return the love.
Mona Eltahawy
The truth is nobody can own anything. That was an unheard-of concept among indigenous people. We invented that.
Tom Shadyac
For centuries, cultures throughout the world have used indigenous technologies to navigate life’s complexities. From navigator-priests in Micronesia to mystics in India, vast sums of knowledge are available if we but recognize it.
Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey
If people can’t acknowledge the wisdom of indigenous cultures, then that’s their loss.
Jay Griffiths
I didn’t have any Indigenous friends until I was in my 30s, and I’ll always remember and be inspired by the remarkable friendship I had with Connie Bush, an outstanding Indigenous leader from Groot Eylandt on who was on the National Women’s Advisory Council with me.
Quentin Bryce
If I meet someone who’s Native American and I don’t know anything about indigenous people in New Jersey – which I kind of don’t, which is not really good – I can learn more and more about their lives, and that makes me a more open person and a more accepting person.
Marley Dias
Whale Rider’ was a very authentic and specific movie about the indigenous culture from where I come. Amazingly, by the fact it was so authentic and so specific, it became really powerfully universal.
Niki Caro
There are people all over Australia who use their homes as hubs that they travel from, and they encourage their indigenous people to continue to stay there.
Andrew Forrest
The immediate impact of British imperial free-trading was often the collapse of local indigenous industries which were in no position to compete, and a consequent destruction of livelihoods and communities.
Linda Colley
I only hope that one day, America will recognize what the rest of the world already has known, that our indigenous music – gospel, blues, jazz and R&B – is the heart and soul of all popular music; and that we cannot afford to let this legacy slip into obscurity, I’m telling you.
Quincy Jones
There are good reasons to push for more Indigenous Labor MPs, not just on equity but also for what they can contribute to Labor.
Bill Shorten
For me it’s about supporting our Indigenous kids and completing that whole journey: early childhood, primary school, high school, university and then career. I want to be a part of that process all the way, wearing lots of different hats.
Adam Goodes
We need ongoing indigenous products, like ‘Blood,’ to sell on the international market.
Adrian Dunbar
You either keep the forest standing, which takes jobs away from indigenous people who need to feed themselves, or you cut down the trees, which affects the climate. In the long term, you have to protect the forest.
Johan Eliasch
Hawaii – the Aloha state – is built on the strength of its multicultural society, from our indigenous Native Hawaiian people to the many immigrants that followed.
Mazie Hirono
I don’t think anyone who’s had a casual observation of the Trump administration will suggest that their priority is going to be environment, Indigenous and other things like that.
Erin O’Toole
Then, I realized that there is an indigenous presence in the Solar System. It’s us. So, then, I got to wondering what would happen if a more technologically advanced society moved next door to us, the way we moved next door to the American Indians.
Sarah Zettel
Indigenous people all over the world take quite a lot of trouble with their hair and their clothes.
Michelle Paver
Being Indigenous, I feel very proud being an Australian and there are so many stories I want to tell.
Madeleine Madden
I’ve always been an ambassador for Australians, non-Indigenous Australians and Indigenous Australians… I let people know about who I am and that I’m not just a basketballer, I’m a person who comes from a very rich heritage.
Patty Mills
Whilst I’m all for psychedelic science – I think it’s fantastic – I don’t think we necessarily have time to wait for the science to tell us these medicines are useful. The indigenous cultures have already shown us the ways.
Gail Bradbrook
Pergamon, a prosperous city in western Anatolia, was fabled to have been founded by Hercules’ son. Like many Hellenistic cities populated by Greeks who intermarried with indigenous people, Pergamon after Alexander the Great’s death (323 B.C.) had evolved a hybrid of democracy and Persian-influenced monarchy.
Adrienne Mayor
Bolivia is a majority indigenous nation, but that major

Bolivia is a majority indigenous nation, but that majority has always been excluded.
Evo Morales
Even after being diagnosed with Covid-19, Bolsonaro fails to take this virus seriously and is directly targeting vulnerable indigenous communities by failing to provide them with adequate funding to address this pandemic. It’s an attack on human rights.
Deb Haaland
The relationship between the government of the United States and social and indigenous movements has always been difficult. Not just in Bolivia but worldwide. We need to have bilateral relations characterized by mutual respect.
Evo Morales
Indigenous communities have suffered horribly as a result of residential schools.
Jagmeet Singh
Various Turkish people invaded southwest Asia during the Middle Ages and carved an empire for themselves from lands occupied by the indigenous Semitic and Indo-European inhabitants.
John Shimkus
The sad truth is that mass migration, whatever the colour of the skins of those involved, upsets and worries indigenous people, especially the poorest.
Peter Hitchens
Food sovereignty is an affirmation of who we are as indigenous peoples and a way, one of the most surefooted ways, to restore our relationship with the world around us.
Winona LaDuke
Immigrants are not the real problem. The real problem is much more serious: intolerance and hatred of indigenous ethnic groups. You can prohibit immigration, but what can you do about non-Russian ethnic groups living in their native territories in Russia?
Margarita Simonyan
There hasn’t been that many indigenous Australians who have made it in the pop industry.
Jessica Mauboy
I’m just a little indigenous boy who likes to have a dance.
Patty Mills
Forced labor affects the most vulnerable and least protected people, perpetuating a vicious cycle of poverty and dependency. Women, low-skilled migrant workers, children, indigenous peoples, and other groups suffering discrimination on different grounds are disproportionately affected.
Wagner Moura
I am a sports enthusiast, and if given an opportunity, I want to be a sportsman, even today. I want to promote the sport that is indigenous to India. Kabaddi is a matter of national pride. Why can’t cricket, hockey, football and kabaddi be given equal platforms and co-exist? I believe that can happen.
Abhishek Bachchan
Here’s the reality. The image of a white Jesus has been used to justify enslavement, conquest, colonialism, the genocide of indigenous peoples. There are literally millions of human beings whose lives have been snuffed out by people who conquered under the banner of a white god.
Tim Wise
We are lagging far behind comparable countries in overcoming the disadvantages Indigenous people face.
Malcolm Fraser
For me, Cathy Freeman was definitely my idol and inspiration growing up. Everyone saw what she achieved on the track… but for me it was how she carried herself as an indigenous woman. For me, that’s what caught my eye and why I wanted to be like her.
Patty Mills