Yamparika Quotes

Chief Ten Bears (1792-1872) Leader and peacemaker

My heart is filled with joy when I see you here, like when the brooks fill with water when snow melts in the spring; and I feel as glad as ponies do when the fresh grass starts growing at the beginning of the year.

I heard of your coming when I was many sleeps away, and I made but a few camps before I met you. I knew that you had come to do good to me and my people. I looked for the benefits that would last forever, and so my face shines with joy as I look upon you.

I want no blood upon my land to stain the grass. I want it all clean and pure. And I wish it so that all who go through among my people may find peace when they come in, and leave with it when they go out.

Native American Wisdom

The Yamparika lived mostly in Colorado and Kansas. They were primarily buffalo hunters, and were also renowned warriors. Like the Shoshone, they were once part of a group called the Comanche.