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13 Original Clan Mothers: Your Sacred Path to Discovering the Gifts, Talents and Abilities of the Feminine Through the Ancient Teachings of the Sisterhood [Hardcover]

Jamie Sams

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12 July 1993
The sacred path to discovering the gifts, talents and abilities of the feminine is through the ancient teachings of the sisterhood. Written by the author of "Sacred Path Cards", this practical guide to self-knowledge reveals the mysteries of an ancient feminine oral tradition. Jamie Sams records Native-American traditions passed on to her by two Kiowa grandmothers, and provides a tool that any woman can use to bring ancient feminine wisdom into daily life. Sams shows readers how to discover and cultivate their innate power through the teachings of the Thirteen Original Clan Mothers. Each clan mother represents a particular teaching. Each relates to a cycle of the moon and has special totems, talents and gifts. Readers learn how to find their birth clan mother, develop their personal talents and teach the truths of women's medicine. Jamie Sams is the author of "The Discovery of Self Through Native Teachers".

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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a powerful message of women's roles as creators 7 Aug 1998
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Through the experiences of the archetypal 13 Original Clan Mothers, the reader is guided through life's lessons. Writing of the purpose of being a woman, Sams gingerly walks the feminist precipice between woman as a reproductive machine and woman as a meaningful contributor to society. She magically does not lose her balance, successfully making the case for women fulfilling a personal and cosmic biological role as creators, with men assigned the role of helpmate and protector. It becomes painfully clear that the tasks that men and women have traditionally performed have not been so much at fault as has the value placed on them by society and the individuals contained within it. Sams is a competent writer with a gift for description. Unlike many spiritual bestsellers, the reader does not have to overcome the distraction of faulty writing in order to receive her powerful message.
52 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saddened to hear such negativity. 4 April 2003
By Sher Dra - Published on
I haven't read this book yet, although I intend to.
I recently received it as a gift from a friend after
having told her how wonderful a book I thought "Dancing the Dream" was. It's sad to see that, as the result of what I think is jealousy and resentment for Jamie's success, some rather negative comments have been posted. Don't believe all that you hear/read. From what I read in Dancing the Dream, Jamie doesn't claim to be a pure blood, and she's very honest about how she has been treated by some members of the Native American community.
Some feel she has no right to share the mysteries of greatness
because she isn't a "pure breed", (I find that just pure arrogance), some feel she's giving information away that somehow will become diluted by us "white folk", (there is a
bitterness against the white man, and rightly so, -- one of the casualties of cruelty is the loss of trust), but the fact that this information is being shared by so many, both pure breed and other, is, to me, a sign that it NEEDS to be shared. Many of us have lost our way. We live in a world of chaos and hatred, of dysfunction and disassociation, and we need to find a way back to our sacred paths. Thank you Jamie Sams, and others, for providing us with the means with which to do that.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most wisdom in one place that one can purchase. 28 Jan 1999
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Tribal wisdom through parables focusing on attaining the Good Red Road to spirituality and Oneness with all life. An eye-opener to the sacredness and lessons to be learned all around us. My favorite book. I've purchased many for friends and congregation.
80 of 110 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty reading, but be cautious 27 Nov 2000
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When I first bought this book, I enjoyed the stories within them. I felt that they offered great food for thought for spiritual contemplation. Unfortunately, I also found them lacking in truly deep thought -- they were more of a superficial approach to important issues.
Recently, I have been informed by individuals within the Native American community that the work of Jamie Sams is offensive to Native Americans. Her work is presented in a manner disrespectful to her very source of information and/or inspiration for her writings.
Although I do feel that this book has value, I believe that value is minimal. I suggest looking elsewhere.
If you want a good read about a Native American woman, I highly recommend "Lakota Woman" by Mary Brave Bird/Mary Crow Dog. It is an autobiography that presents a Native American's views about her life, including Native practices and beliefs, and is VERY eye opening and insightful!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughts 24 May 2009
By Gloria J. Morua - Published on
I am such a fan of Jamie Sams her books never dissapoint! The spiritual depths of the subject bring me knowledge and motivation and a lighting of spirit. Highly recommend for women and me too!
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