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Native American Wisdom (Running Press…

Native American Wisdom (Running Press Miniature Editions)

by Louise Mengelkoch

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  BobEverett | Nov 10, 2015 |
It would unconventional to find a truly balanced perspective on the Indians. This collection of quotes shows one very positive side and there is some wisdom to be gleaned. Chief Seattle of the Suqwamish and Duamish: "The red man has ever fled the approach of the white man, as the morning mist flees before the morning sun.... It matters little where we pass the remnants of our days. They will not be many. But why should I mourn the untimely fate of my people? Your time of decay may be distant, but it will surely come, for even the white man, whose God walked and talked with him as a friend with friend, cannot be exempt from the common destiny. We may be brothers, after all. We will see." Chief Joseph (Nez Perce): "It does not require many words to speak the truth." Charles Alexander Eastman "Ohiyesa" (Santee Sioux): "It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. Its appeal is the the material part, and it allowed its way, it will in time disturb one's spiritual balance." Four Guns (Oglala Sioux): "Many of the white man's ways are past our understanding.... They put a great store upon writing; there is always paper. The white people must think paper has some mysterious power to help them in the world. The Indian needs no writings; words that are true sink deep into his heart, where they remain. He never forgets them. On the other hand, if the white man loses his papers, he is helpless." ( )
  jpsnow | May 3, 2008 |
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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, 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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A collection of quotations by Native Americans divided into eleven categories, including the ways of learning, the ways of living, and the ways of the white man, with historical background

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