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The Wisdom of the Native Americans Hardcover – March 3, 1999
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This book is basicly a collection of quotes and speeches by various American Indian leaders with a few comments by Mr. Nerburn that edited them into a seamless volume of American Indian thought.
There are quotes here that deal with their Spirituality including reincarnation, Their family Life, Their care for Nature, Honesty, etc.
I am considering buying several more copies of this book to help my family and friends understand my spiritual beliefs.
I only have one minor nitpick. Mr. Nerburn insists on calling the Chief of the Suquamish people "Chief Seattle". His name was Sealth. Seattle was an error in translation.
Yes; Seattle, Washington was named for this wise leader.
Please E-mail me if you have questions or comments about my review. Two Bears.
Wah doh Ogedoda "We give thanks Great Spirit"
Great oratory is often found in a single, heartfelt statement. This powerful little book of wisdom shares so many precious words on how to walk the road to a good life for our own personal journey as well as our families, friends and the world's peoples. Filled with these simple yet profound statements from the indigenous peoples of the Americas they will bring tears to your eyes, laughter to your heart and a little wisdom to your soul.
For the reader who may think this is another "new age title", nothing could be further from the truth as noted in the Chapter, The Coming of the White Ways, "Another of the older men, called upon for his views..."I have come to the conclusion that this Jesus was an Indian. He was opposed to material acquisition and to great possessions. He was inclined to peace...he set no price upon his labor of love." The book closes with the great speeches of Chief Joseph, Chief Seattle and Chief Red Jacket. If all the earth's peoples embraced these simple and timeless rules for living we would be a happier world.
In a day and age where our people need to hear the voices of those who were "there" and wanted to share their perspecives and teachings with future generations, who wanted to their wisdom with us, for me this was the only draw-back of this anthology but it was a significant one. I thought that I was purchasing the original words of a great Native American, Ohiyesa, but instead peered into a reflection pool: something that gives you the impression of truth but that quickly fades once the first ripple passes over the surface.
My recommendation for future editions is to include the full length text of "The Soul of an Indian". Anything less only contributes to the eradication of Native culture that has been perpetuated against the ways and teachings of our people.
I am grateful to Kent Nerburn for gathering this small volume of wisdom for those of us who care, to keep, and to carry.
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I bought this because someone recommended it. I borrowed it from the library and found it an inspiring book to have and be able to read and reread. Read morePublished 15 days ago by KG
I didn't get to read the whole book because I gave it as a gift but just reading portions of it made me think of getting one for myself.Published 21 days ago by Jenifer D
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Ultimate wisdom from Dakota forests! I must say, there are not much books I want to praise like this-not including the books of Plato- these short writings include so much wisdom I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Theofrastus Nihilus
I've bought and given this away many times. It's a wonderful collection of cultural and philosophical information and I will keep it next to me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by nancy laleau
Fast read. Awesome. Loved it. So true and so sad. The speeches are very motivating and true words still today.Published 6 months ago by Dennis Pishock