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Travels in a Stone Canoe: The Return to the Wisdomkeepers Hardcover – November 9, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
According to Iroquois legend, a son born of a virgin mother carved a canoe from a block of white granite and, traveling the shores of Lake Ontario, convinced five feuding tribes to lay down their arms and join together as the Iroquois Confederacy. The boat's ability to float was proof to the chieftains that the youth was a divine messenger. As a metaphor for Arden and Wall's 15-year investigation into Native American belief systems, the stone canoe is the vehicle that transported the journalist and the photographer to their awe-inspiring encounters with contemporary spiritual elders. What began as an engaging assignment for National Geographic and, later, Wisdomkeepers, their first coauthored book, evolved into a life mission often rife with difficulties. In this shared memoir, the authors describe with candor their false starts and their frustration as well as their remarkable spiritual experiences. Gaining the trust of Indian chieftains, many of whom intentionally avoid outsiders, was never simple; Arden and Wall occasionally mistook charlatans for real teachers and found themselves in disastrous situations. Native wisdom, they explain, counsels that "the notion of failure is always a fiction, a false self-judgment" and that "on the path of the Wisdomkeeper, there's only the closing of one possibility and the opening of infinite others." This concept and other "Original Instructions for Being Human," presented as a final chapter, sustained the authors on their spiritual journey to "the inward landscape of our humanness"?or what the elders call the Great Turtle Island. In a heartfelt, humorous and respectful account of their close relationships with Iroquois, Lakota and Ute chieftains, they bring to mainstream culture profound insights into Native American spirituality. Photos.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
The authors set out on assignment from National Geographic to capture the last generation of Native American spiritual elders, or Wisdomkeepers, a project that resulted in the earlier Wisdomkeepers (Beyond Words, 1991). Here, they share the personal story behind?and beyond?their journey into metaphor, meaning, human subjectivity, and the belief systems of others and of ourselves. Two-thirds of the book focuses on following the path, and the third section presents a compendium of the Wisdomkeepers' nuggets of instruction and insight. Public libraries will find this book helpful both in presenting a Native American worldview and in offering a self-help, wisdom-centered approach. The book may well stimulate interest in the authors' other titles, e.g., Wall's Wisdom's Daughters (HarperCollins, 1993) and Arden's Noble Red Man (Beyond Words, 1994).?Leroy Hommerding, Citrus Cty. Lib., Inverness, FL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
Very Highly recommended and endorsed by all Means. It really is an Insight into the Creators World, as experienced by Human Beings,looking over the side of 'The Stone Canoe', located in the 'Dreamtime', some more and some less close to the Almighty. Although never mind the Degree of Wisdom, if the Heart is ready to receive & give the Creators Message, then the Rest does take care of itself.
Perhaps No, one does not to be able to read & write, to experience Mother Nature, to the fullest, and to gain an intrinsic Insight into the Realities of the Creator's Creation...............
Yes, it looks very much so, that "The Time" has come, as prophesysed by All original Cultures on this Planet...........
Oh Boy, can't you feel it ; hear it ; smell it ; taste it ; see it ; know it ?
Perhaps there is 'only' just a little Problem ? To [officially] Acknowledge it ? ! ?,
but it doesn't matter, Mother Nature and it's Creator are taking care of it, NO, they do not have to ask anyone for [official] Permission to do, what they have to do,and what they do best forever, maybe in the Interest of ALL ?.....
not only just for the perhaps internationally deceived Human Beings.
It is for All Creatures large and small, God's Animal Kingdom is very large, same as the Cosmos and Beyond.
Enjoy the lovely Book, dear Reader.
With Kind regards
Thanks God for that
Harvey Arden is one who shares the stories of our Elders when he began his spirit journey. Although he is not American Indian, he has a mission to share from our Elders and does a wonderful job doing so.
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Had to buy it used, but the book was in very good condition.