I Sat Where They Sat by William D. Gale
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The Indians gave him the name of "Chief Hugs Himself." This book is a collection of Rev. Gale's original poems, observations, and historical notes which he has gathered through the years, written with the passion of one who loves and cares about the Indian people. Crisscrossing our nation, Dr. Gale has looked upon the plight of our first Americans. As a reservation missionary, president of an Indian school, representative of two Indian schools, and Executive Secretary of the Society of Indian Missions, the author can truly say, "I sat where they sat." And from the depth of his heart, he exclaims, "Indian, O, Indian!"
Indian proverbs from the book:
- Never eat your rooster if he is your only alarm clock.
- Don't destroy your canoe if the tide goes out; if you wait patiently, if will come in again.
- The moon is not disturbed by the barking dog.
- Troubles are like our papooses; they grow bigger by nursing them.
Read a short biographical sketch of William D. Gale