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Hidden Heritage: The Story of Paul Laroche

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A spiritual legacy of one man's ordinary Minnesota lifestyle, suddenly fused with a rich, Lakota heritage that enabled him to cross boundaries far beyond his own expectations. Imagine waking up one day to discover you belong to a completely different culture. Paul Summers, a 38-year-old father of two, has just discovered that his birth mother was a member of the Lakota ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published June 30th 2005 by Beaver's Pond Press
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Dec 04, 2016 Gail rated it it was amazing
While on vacation in SD, I stayed on a ranch for a few nights. While waiting for our room to be finished, I was looking in the gift shop. Naturally I was drawn to the books that were there for sale. The owner told me that his wife was the author of this book and he gave me a bit of the background. I decided before I left to purchase this particular book and asked if she could sign it for me.

I have just gotten around to read this wonderful and inspiring true story of one man's quest for his heri
Feb 28, 2012 Nikki rated it did not like it
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Growing up I was widely exposed to American Indian culture through my mother's love of their history/culture. I have been to an untold number of American Indian events, concerts, monuments, locations of import, you name it. Through this I have learned to appreciate and admire the many American Indian cultures so it comes as no surprise that I still accompany my mother at times to such places even today. A number of events which take place near where I live includes the musical group Bru
Mar 22, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Paul LaRoche. He is a musician and the creator of the band "BRULE". Paul was adopted at birth and grew up in white middle-class, rural Minnesota, not knowing of his adoption and true heritage until his mid 30's and after both of his adoptive parents passed away. He had been struggling in his music career and never quite finding his 'niche'. Upon learning of his Native American ancestry he began a wonderful journey of reconnecting with this heritage. This connection brought a ...more
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Sep 12, 2014 Pam Heckman rated it it was amazing
After seeing only the last few songs of the Brule concert on PBS a few months ago, I ordered the DVD and enjoyed it so much that I have watched it several times. The music is beautiful and The Native American dancers are skilled and graceful.
When I saw that there was a book about Paul LaRoche's journey from being adopted by a loving white couple to discovering he was Native American, I had to read it. I enjoyed every page. It was interesting and touching. It had a lot of moral lessons and wisdo
Dec 11, 2008 Janene rated it liked it
I think the book would've been better if it was written by Paul himself. There was something about the author's writing style that I didn't care for; but I can't put my finger on it. Perhaps, she over-stated the obvious. Also, as an autobiography, I think it would've seemed more personal. At any rate, it piqued my interest in life on the reservation, and opened my eyes to life from an insider's perspective. There definately is a good moral to be learned from the book, but I don't want to give ...more
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Nov 30, 2015 Kathleen Stevens rated it liked it
This book tells a remarkable and touching story about a man connecting with his native family. I read it because if my love for the music of the group Brule. The music is inspirational and so is the man who helps create the journey.
Jan 11, 2008 Val rated it it was amazing
I love the musical group Brule. This book somewhat mirrored my own adoption story. Very interesting look at a Native American finding himself and his roots.
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I got the book signed by him and all the dancers at Indian summer festival
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