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I knew the old Ceremonial Chief of the Teton Sioux well, having been in six annual sun dances all led by Chief Fools Crow. Other ceremonies I also served as his helper. Mails portrays the spirit and intellect of the powerful holy man quite well. --Ed McGaa, Eagle Man, Oglala, author of "Mother Earth Spirituality" and "Rainbow Tribe" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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In this astounding book, Frank Fools Crow, ceremonial chief of the Teton Sioux and one of the greatest Native American holy persons, explains traditions and practices that bring spiritual power to ordinary lives. Mails says of his subject: "No other eminent holy person has ever, or perhaps could ever, so plainly have revealed how he knew what he knew and how he did the things he did".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Council Oak Books (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933031351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933031357
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Matthew A. Lambert on January 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
An amazing book, by one of the most renowned Holy Men in the Native American Community. "Fools Crow: Wisdom and Power" is bursting with knowledge and love. He depicts techniques on how to become a living chanel for Great Spirit's Healing Energy, you will learn how to become a "Hollow Bone" as he calls it. But you must realize that this is by no means a how to book. He describes his experiences in a way that they are filled with teachings of how to attain power and wisdom, and the right way to use both. All and all, this is one of my favorite books out-right! I hope that you have the privilage of reading this incredible book, it will inevitably change your life and how you live it forever.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
The legacy of Fools Crow is his wisdom & power as a Lakota medecine man. The path he walked, as a man called to serve his people & the Great Spirit, is recalled in this book. His simple message is that all of us can be "hollow bones" for the Great Spirit to work through. The reader learns that the power & wisdom of Frank Fools Crow's life was in his detachment from ego and submission to a higher force. Some readers may only be interested in the ceremonies & rituals described in the book. However, the message is the spirit of the man & his committment to his God & to his people. I can not imagine that any reader can walk away from this book untouched.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT KINGSLEY on February 20, 2001
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After reading Fools Crow: Wisdom and Power (which is one of my all time favorite books!), I was naturally drawn to reading the biography of Fools Crow. Alas, I found the book a bit tedious and disappointing. I am sure Thomas Mails wrote an accurate account, but his style and the points he emphasizes make for a plodding read.
Despite these troubles, I found the book to be informative of life on the 20th century Pine Ridge Reservation. The problems outlined in this book are not going away, and if this book raises concerns about what must be done to correct these terrible issues it has done a great service.
This book is also very good in regards to giving a history of the Sioux since the Great Sioux War of 1876. So often the history of this great nation is placed in the background to the white culture making it difficult to see with any degree of accuracy. This book is from the vantage point of a Sioux elder and tells the sad tale of an oppressed people.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT KINGSLEY on February 20, 2001
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This is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read! If you want a book that will draw you closer to God, regardless of your religion or beliefs, this is the book. Frank Fools Crow will teach you by his example what a holy life truly is and the power that will naturally flow from living this type of life.
The beauty of the traditional way of the Sioux is also captured in this book. Yet Fools Crow reaches to the heart of all people with the love he freely gives. Fools Crow's many gifts are laid out here - his healing ability, his compassion. It is made clear these are gift's that come from God, not man, and as are to be shared with all.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 27, 2000
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This is a wonderful book, and I recommend it to anyone thatwants to understand the late great Holy man Frank Foolscrow (TheCeremonial Chief of the Teton Sioux).
I give Mr. Mails high praisefor including the two following comments in the book.
1. Page 40"I have never touched alcohol or drugs; I have not even usedpeyote like they do in the Native American Church. Wakan-Tanka cantake me higher than any drug ever could."
2. Page 160 "Ifeel it is dangerous for amateurs to recommend something about whichthey know very little and I do not wish to be the cause of effectsthat might be disastrous."
I agree completely! Just becauseherbs are natural does not mean they are safe.
I have one tinynitpick. When Mr. Mails described the Sioux medicine wheel on pages59-60 the information is incorrect.
Here are the correct colors anddirections they are associated with.
Black in the West andrepresents Earth.
White in the North and represents Air.
Red inthe East and represents Fire.
Yellow in the South and representsWater ....
Wah doh Ogedoda
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 4, 2000
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This is the story of Frank Foolscrow: The Ceremonial chief of the Teton Sioux:
I very much enjoyed the story of the politics on the reservation.
I do have several problems with this book.
1. The story was recorded by Thomas E. Mails a Lutheran, and I found it disconcerting that in some places the Term "God" is used, and in others the Sioux term "Wakan Tanka" is used.
2. On page 100 Mr. Mails equates the tobacco ties as a rosary. The Tobacco ties had nothing with a rosary. They were simply offerings to his 405 helpers.
3. On page 107 Mr. Mails implies that Frank Foolscrow was a Catholic. It is clear that he retained his spirituality.
4. I am VERY disturbed by what he calls "The Kettle Dance". I am not from that culture, and do not know what it represents to the people. So I have no right to judge it.
5. The colors associated with the directions are wrong. I don't know if Mr. Mails got this wrong, or Mr. Foolscrow believed this information was too sacred to share. The accurate colors for the Sioux medicine wheel is.
Black in the West and represents Earth. White in the North and represents Air. Red in the East and represents Fire. Yellow in the South and represents Water Green in the Center and represents Spirit
You can see the accurate layout of the Sioux medicine wheel on the cover of "Native Wisdom" by Ed McGaa.
Questions or comments. E-Mail me. Two Bears
Wah doh Ogedoda
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