Native American Wisdom

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Kent Nerburn, Louise Mengelkoch
New World Library, 1991 - Philosophy - 109 pages
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, and many others on Native American ways of living, learning, and dying. Taken from orations, recorded observations of life and social affairs, and other first-person testimonies, this book selects a wide range of Native American wisdom and distills it to its essence in short, digestible quotes that are meaningful and timeless -- perhaps even more timely now than when they were written.

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The compilers of these fascinating quotations have placed side by side both familiar and obscure pieces of Native American philosophical and religious thought. Arranged by topic, the quotations give ... Read full review

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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 Passing of the Ways
The Ways of the White Man
The Ways of Civilization
Heed These Words
Biographical Notes
Additional Notes
About the Editors

The Ways of Dying

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Kent Nerburn holds a PhD in both theology and art. He is an author, sculptor, and educator who has been involved in Native American issues and education. He developed and directed an award-winning oral history project on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota. He has edited several books on Native American subjects including Native American Wisdom, The Wisdom of the Native Americans, and The Soul of an Indian. He is also the author of Letters to My Son, The Wolf at Twilight, Simple Truths: Clear and Gentle Guidance on the Big Issues of Life, Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life, and Ordinary Sacred: The Simple Beauty of Everyday Life. In 1995, Neither Wolf Nor Dog won the Minnesota Book Award. Nerburn is also the author of New York Times bestseller Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy.

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