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

Chief Luther Standing Bear

“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

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