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Native American Wisdom

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We recognize the philosophy of the original Americans as coming from the earth we walk on, from those who preceded us. As we read the wisdom of these peoples, it is possible to feel a reconnection with our land and ourselves. This beautiful collection of the best of Native American wisdom features the thoughts of Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Black Elk, Ohiyesa, a ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by New World Library (first published January 1st 1991)
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May 26, 2016 Melodie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I listened to the audio edition of this book. On Goodreads, the audio edition does not give credit to the author, just the editor. I felt this was a disservice to the author, so I am using an edition that clearly states the author.
The book is a compilation of thoughts, quotes of Native Americans taken from historical documents. Not really for entertainment, more for meditation and reflection. I have great respect for the author and his work. I was moved to tears more than once in
Apr 23, 2009 AJ rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of observations and quotes from many great native American leaders across the country. The key topics and observations include the ways of the land, the ways of words and silence, the ways of learning, the ways of living, the ways of leading others, the ways of the heart, the ways of believing, the betrayal of the land, the ways of dying, the passing of the ways, the ways of the white man, the ways of civilization, and heed these words. Of course, I am biased so I found this ...more
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Sep 29, 2013 Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill rated it it was amazing
This took only a couple of hours to read and it was time well spent.

This really isn't a book for entertainment and is more of a philosophical read about Native American spiritualism. But I really can't say that, either because it's a compilation of quotes and brief readings by Indians of yesteryear and even today. It's fascinating and it really has a lot to say and the time it takes to read it just flies by. The topics range from giving birth in one chapter, to living, to dying, religion and Chr
So many profound quotes. Some that spoke to me:

"It does not require many words to speak the truth." Chief Joseph

"Silence is the mother of truth." Disraeli

“It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. . . . Children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving. . . . The Indians in their simplicity literally give away all that they have—to relatives, to guests of other tribes o
Mar 12, 2007 Steven rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
This just a little book, but it is chock full of quotes and insight from famous Native Americans. It will give you an entirely different insight about the Native American Experience.
Jan 30, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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I inherited this book when my Nana passed away in 2003 and it has been something I go back to re-read all of the time. There are some wonderful quotes, sayings, proverbs and poems in this book.
Stefan Jernberg
Jan 20, 2016 Stefan Jernberg rated it it was amazing
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A collection of thought from of the original Americans. Gives insight into another way, another perspective to look at life.
Sep 15, 2016 L rated it it was amazing
I read the book a while ago and then found the audio recording at the library. I enjoyed both versions, but listening to the tape as I drove across the midwest was a special experience. These are wonderful insights and thoughts to ponder and reflect on. I love being out in nature, so the perspective holds special meaning. I enjoyed the way the book was divided into different phases of life. It is a book I will go back to every so often as there is so much relevance and so many connections to our ...more
Sep 23, 2011 Lynn rated it it was amazing
What anyone with half a brain has known all along. This book combines the power of long-term thinking with community responsibility and shows what true leadership really means. Deceptive in its simplicity. One easy read that is definitely worth it!
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