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4.0 out of 5 stars Qualified Writers Make for a Verifiable Text!
What makes this title worth a look are the authors. Michael Bastine and Mason Whitfield are natural historians and have teamed up to present a title that treats the lore and beliefs of spiritual beings based on Iroquois legengs. Bastine is a healer, elder, and former student of famous medicine man, 'Wallace Anderson and Tuscarora healer Ted Williams.
Published on September 5, 2011 by Frank Beckendorf
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3.0 out of 5 stars Iroquois
This was purchased for a gift. There are just a few pictures. Not able to make recommendations since I have not read the book.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Qualified Writers Make for a Verifiable Text!,
This review is from: Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People (Paperback)What makes this title worth a look are the authors. Michael Bastine and Mason Whitfield are natural historians and have teamed up to present a title that treats the lore and beliefs of spiritual beings based on Iroquois legengs. Bastine is a healer, elder, and former student of famous medicine man, 'Wallace Anderson and Tuscarora healer Ted Williams.
Complete with enchanted masks, haunted hills, miracaculous healings by medicine people, contemporary encounters, this title has the standing to take on such a title and do it justice.
Supernatural beings, places and customes come to life with this title from writers who have the knowledge, experience and know-how to present such information....
Anyone that would ever want to know, or was curious about, this material can read with comfort because the expertiese is here and it handles the material well....
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Book on the Iroquois Magical World,
This review is from: Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People (Paperback)The authors have created an outstanding work on Iroquois magical beliefs in a meaty work of broad scope. Curses, magical warfare, supernatural beings, shape shifting, and ancient native beliefs are well researched and presented.
One of the big pluses of this work is the authors' intimate and long standing interest in the subjects presented. They also personally KNOW and have met and talked with many of the contempory characters in the book. They are extremely familiar with the land, and places discussed and have personally visited many of the weird and fortean locations across the state of New York. This personal touch is far beyond many other books merely re-presenting things that other people have wrote about and adds greatly to the book. The authors have also done their historical research very well and present amazing stories.
Anyone interested in Notheastern paranormal and fortean events, or Native American magical beliefs will be both entralled and chilled by this work.
Another big plus that I enjoyed is the frequent relation of Iroquois paranormal to paranormal parallels in other cultures around the world. This is a testament to the commitment and broad thinking of the authors.
An unexpected added bonus for me was the incisive review of Iroquois history, of all 6 tribes, from first European contact up to the present time, to establish the platform for all to come, in the beginning of the book. I have been a devotee of Iroquois history since I first read "The Bloody Mohawk", as a preteen, and this book was a complete joy to read from start to finish.
The authors show a command of the subject, a respect for the native culture, a masterly ability to analyze, and healthy orientation of belief/ questioning.
If you have interests in this area, this is a great book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good !,
This review is from: Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People (Paperback)"Iroquois Supernatural" by Michael Bastine and Mason Winfield. The book is an enlightening panorama of Iroquois supernatural beliefs and mysticism and folklore, and is written in the voice of Winfield, a "Haunted History" type of national renown. The author(s) have succeeded in presenting the reader with a usable-yet-flexible "organization" of Iroquois spiritualistic thought and lore from which the reader can derive refreshing insights into Iroquoian culture (and other indigenous American cultures as well). Of equal interest and usefulness are the authors' discussions comparing spiritualistic lore of cultures worldwide and the authors' admirable attempts to provide the reader with working definitions of the many terms (eg., shaman, gnomes, ghosts, etc.)
that get distorted by geographical differences or, in some cases, modern era linguistic "shorthand". The authors do very little in the way of preaching and a lot in the way of explaining and educating.
Regardless of your own cultural background you will recognize at least some elements discussed in "Iroquois Supernatural" as being "quite close to home". It is a well-done, light and enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Interesting,
This review is from: Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People (Paperback)Many people know little of the Iroquois people or their Algonquin neighbors and their beliefs. Too many modern Americans think most native people live out west in the desert southwest or plains states. The Six Nations live in New York state right in the shadow of modern Mega America NYC. They have had as a people great impact on the founding of this nation and our history. This book gets in to past and present folk beliefs and native views of many mysterious happenings. I grew up in northern PA close to Seneca country and know many of these stories are not myths or silly stories. Mr. Bastine the co-author was a student of the famous Tuscarora medicine man Mad Bear Anderson. Mad Bear was a powerful medicine person and activist for native people and the earth. One thing that struck me about this book was the authors understanding of many ancient Celtic beliefs, and how the Iroquois and Algonquin people see some of the same things in a very similar way. Buy the book, enjoy the read, and learn some interesting things. I hope the two authors team up again to write another book on the Algonquin peoples folk beliefs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book by Winfield and Bastine is Amazing,
This review is from: Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People (Paperback)Another great book by Mason Windfield. I've read pretty much everything he has written and was shocked to find out that I missed this one. I only learned about it when my mother and I attended an amazing talk given by Michael Bastine (co-author), a few weeks ago at the Orchard Park branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Michael talked about how Native Americans view the earth as well as the now past 12/21/12. Mainly the fact that the 21st was not the end of the world, but a new change in the cycle of the earth; just like the ice age. It is a time when our consciousness of the earth will be greater and that we as humans need to pray to (whomever we believe in) that any changes to the earth physically will be gradual in order for us to adjust in a safe manner. It is the start of a new era in which we need to start appreciating the earth and taking care of her so that future generations will not be left with a mess. This also means appreciating each other and becoming more accepting of our fellow humans. Needless to say the entire talk was enlightening and he had a larger than expected turn out. Big thanks to Michael who took time off from his job at Moog in order to teach and broaden our minds. If you ever get the chance to hear him speak, definitely jump at the chance.
As for the book I found it very interesting. It's strange that back in grade school it was like pulling teeth to learn about Native heritage etc. but now that I am in my mid-twenties it is something I can't read enough about. I am very respectful of all Native cultures and feel that they have the best way of looking at things in regards to nature. I especially loved all the tales within this book; both traditional, contemporary and those in between. What really struck home was the supposed Buffalo Curse on our sports teams (a big deal since I love our Sabres and have always lived within 2 miles of the Ralph Wilson Stadium, Home of the Buffalo Bills). When you think about it....it really does seem like we are cursed. At least our Sabres have gotten close a few times in my lifetime, but the Stanley cup is still just out of reach.
Overall I feel that anyone interested in Native American history, tales, beliefs should read this book. It also displays a good amount of Native American history in regards to the Western New York region.
5.0 out of 5 stars iroquois supernatural,
This review is from: Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People (Kindle Edition)This book is awesome, very interesting, and a must read if your into native american history in the Upstate NewYork area and especially if you are interested in native american supernatural/folklore and medicine. I gained a ton of knowledge from this book, causing myself love native american history even more. A great read with lots of native american facts spoken from native americans themselves.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.,
This review is from: Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People (Kindle Edition)I ordered this for my Kindle and I love it. The best thing about it is being able to acess it whenever I want to and I don't have to find a place to store it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking book.,
This review is from: Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People (Paperback)I found this book very informative and interesting. Since I live near Indian Reservations and in an area where the Indians used to travel through to there winter lodgings I now wonder about many things that have happened in this area.
If you are at all interested in Indian lore, this is a good book to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I Lived in New York,
This review is from: Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People (Paperback)Unquestionably a book which displays the authors deep understanding not only of ancient Iroquois history and legends, but a variety of teachings and beliefs from many cultures, spanning centuries of our shared history. Michaels' willingness to share his personal relationships and experiences with Mad Bear and Ted Williams is to be treasured, acknowledged and hopefully shared with all who walk this path. Just sorry I don't reside closer to the areas discussed; the map is here, you just have to follow it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!,
This review is from: Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People (Paperback)Although I am still reading this book it is filled with information and I love it. Denise Lee "eyes of the messenger.com"
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Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People by Michael Bastine (Paperback - August 16, 2011)