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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has lots of Wisdoms that go lot farther than one can hope to realize when one thinks about truths of the Native American's... Read morePublished 7 days ago by GENE A. VINITA
“The Wisdom of the Native Americans” edited by Kent Newburn
This is one of the better, and more readable, books about Native American philosophies. Read more
Thank you, Kent Nerburn for the fresh look at the savage red man. Great read. Highly recommended for the true historian.Published 1 month ago by David
Many insights expressed in this book still ring true today.Published 3 months ago by Jeff A. Bartels
This book is absolutely amazing. I do not have a traditional sense of thinking. I would like to describe myself as down to earth, and obsessed with the idea of being one with the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sapphy