Luther Standing Bear: “Silence was meaningful with the Lakota”


“Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and his granting a space of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regardful of the rule that ‘thought comes before speech.’”

– Chief Luther Standing Bear

Chief Luther Standing Bear


Luther Standing Bear, Dakota chief, -1939. July 21. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.


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