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Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies Paperback – August 1, 1997
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Native Americans believe that animal spirits can ultimately influence everyday lives. Lake-Thom, a healer and a descendant of three Native American tribes, combines his own experience, work with tribal elders, and readings from folk tales to explain the significance of good- and bad-luck symbols to these tribes. For instance, the hummingbird is considered to be a good-luck messenger that can carry a person's prayers to the Creator; in contrast, the owl is considered a sign of bad luck and a messenger of death. In a clear and straightforward writing style, the author defines symbols such as the turtle, bear, and coyote for Karuk, Seneca, and Cherokee tribes. He also includes several chapters on how one can get in touch with animal spirits through active participation in ceremonies and establishing sacred places. There is a helpful index and accompanying sketches. Recommended for public libraries.?Vicki Leslie Toy Smith, Univ. of Nevada, Reno
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“Lake-Thom, a healer and a descendant of three Native American tribes, combines his own experience, work with tribal elders, and readings from folk tales to explain the significance of good- and bad-luck symbols to these tribes… Clear and straightforward.”—Library Journal
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So many people convince themselves and others that a fish in a dream always means this and a crow always means that. Oftentimes there is similarity but you'll have your own meaning for some animals and events. Love this topic.
It has helped me tremendously because I see the Wolves that show me spirit. I hope to visit where he writes about. Everyone should understand
how mother earth operates and how the animals always have a message to give.
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I would highly recommend this book to everyone to read.