Horn's moving essays afford a window on the way Native American spirituality looks as it is lived. A generous, searching writer, Horn never descends to polemic to make his nonetheless sharp points about the submersion of native or "primal" values in ones called civilized. Civilized
is not a positive term in Horn's vocabulary, wherein it indicates not "an acceptable level of social etiquette and sophisticated thought" and "clean and organized ways of living" but rather a disruptive and alienating philosophy. When civilized, Horn holds, people forget how to "flow on the River of Time and Knowing" and remain intimately linked to the holy universe. Instead they begin to objectify and ultimately to harm the world from which they spring. Horn poignantly shows how harmful this objectification can be and also how difficult but rewarding it is to live, moment by shining moment, in a primal relationship to the world. Patricia Monaghan
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