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Walking Without Footprints: Going Native in America Paperback – October 8, 2002
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Connie Delaney studied nature in remote western wilderness areas and has published numerous ecology and back-to-the-land articles. She is a handspinner, publisher of SpinCraft Patterns, and author of the premier spinning book: Spindle Spinning. She is an eclectic meditation teacher, Dances of Universal Peace leader, writer, and website designer.
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She spent a good deal of time talking about how to put up a tipi--okay if you really want to know this, but seems if this is something important to the reader, they'd get a manual on it. Also another weird part was how fixated she was on telling everyone the proper way to squat to poop in the woods. Do we really need instruction on something so simple?
I enjoyed the first part of the book, but a few stories seemed a bit far-fetched, such as how she scared away a whole car of men and another man that same night who was following her.
Unfortunately I read some parts where she graphically describes killing animals--I tried to skip over those parts--I found them disturbing.
I was wondering where the story would end up and it seems, in my opinion, her wilderness life started to go to pot when she met a man and started having children. The book takes on a different tone at that point and never really is too interesting after that. She throws in alot of various middle eastern philosophy as well as her own throughout the book. The last 15% (I read it on a Kindle) of the book is her rambling about some lofty philosophy that didn't make alot of sense and I really wanted this book to have a happy ending, but it seems to me that she ended up a poor, middle-aged woman with no skills to live in the world she tried to escape but eventually was thrust back into.
I looked for a sequel but haven't seen one but now that I think about it, I don't know what else you could write about--the wilderness adventure was clearly over. Left me wondering what she is doing now.
Because I was reading the book looking for a higher idea, I was not looking so much for entertainment as ideas. As entertainment, I would give the book 3 stars, for higher ideas, I give it 5 stars. My biggest complaint is that the moral of the story was crammed into the last few pages. Because they are ideas I have been giving a lot of thought to, I understood her meaning. But I am afraid that most people will just be puzzled by her conclusions, or miss their incredible life-changing depth and importance.
If I were her, I would rewrite the book and include many more introductory steps through the book. Like all of us, when she was young, she didn't understand all she was learning, only a life-time of learning/growing brought her the wisdom to put it all together. I think the book would be improved and her truths become clearer, if she inserted her hard-earned wisdom in her story throughout.
I bought the book for my Kindle. One huge advantage of the Kindle is you can make changes at any time after the book is published, I would encourage the author to take advantage of that.
She is delightful.
I own a few of her knitting patterns and value them for the special place they have in the knitting world.
I wanted to know more about the designer of SpinCraft pattern's and found her book.
What a treasure!
It's a great adventure story, a courageous survival tale, a native-to-America biographical account in an authentic voice. It's a stages of life journey with a packet of profound insights which occurred to the author in the context of daily life. She didn't go sit on a mountain top--well, yes she did--but she didn't go to get away from it all--well, yes she did--but she didn't have an agenda in mind, no pre-determined dogma to live by, just the desire "to find the free, natural way to live." What she found, beyond the events of the story, were deep spiritual realizations, consonant with those from the world's great mystical traditions. I found it awe-some and amazing. Truth reveals itself in all circumstances. As she says, "We are deep pools of the unexpected."