All birds, even those of the same species, are not alike, and
it is the same with animals and with human beings. The reason
Wakan Tanka does not make two birds, or animals, or human beings
exactly alike is because each is placed here by Wakan Tanka to
be an independent individuality and to rely upon itself.
source: Shooter, Teton Sioux
image: Eddie’s Garden, Eddie’s Photos, Tortoise August 2012
Wakan Tanka: (Wakȟáŋ Tȟáŋka) from the Lakota meaning, The Great Mystery or ‘the sacred’ or ‘the divine’