From Library Journal
National Geographic photographer Wall and senior writer Arden journeyed to 20 Native American nations over the course of ten years in order to interview tribal elders. "They revealed their innermost thoughts and feelings, their dreams and visions, their healing remedies and apocalyptic prophecies, and, above all, their humanity." These tapes lack the visual appeal of the photographs and lose the breaks between subjects set off by subheads in the print version (Beyond Words, 1990). Moreover, the program lacks liner notes indicating who is being interviewed. Yet atmosphere is gained through sound effects and music interspersed with the narration of Michael Toms. The interview responses are read by Tammy Rahr of the Cayuga Nation and Ray and Fred Gonyea, members of the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation. Recommended for libraries with Native American collections and those without the book.- Susan Hamburger, Univ. of Virginia Lib., Charlottesville
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Wisdomkeepers takes you on an extraordinary spiritual journey into the lives, minds, and natural-world philosophy of Native American spiritual elders. The elders tell who they are, how they live, and what they believe. Magnificent portraits complement the soaring text. Among those profiled are Buffalo Jim, a Seminole who describes the Seminole story of creation as if the Everglades were Eden, talks of his people's individual passage into the after life, and reveals that every field of wild plants is, to him, a medicine garden. You'll also meet "Uncle" Frank Davis (Fancy Warrior), a Pawnee Elder who describes the "path to understanding" as a trial filled with scraps of paper, each one a piece of a puzzle. Also profiled is Mathew King, a Lakota who warns of punishments or those who would destroy the Earth Mother. Readers share the innennost thoughts and feelings, dreams and visions, laughter, healing remedies, and prophecies of the Wisdomkeepers, whose humanity shines through every page.
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