- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (20 April 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577310799
- ISBN-13: 978-1577310792
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wisdom of the Native Americans (Religion and Spirituality) Hardcover – 20 Apr 1999
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Distilling the best of Native American wisdom, these short quotes are accompanied by the writings of Ohiyesa, one of the great interpreters of Native American thought, as well as the three great speeches of Chiefs Joseph, Seattle and Red jacket.
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The American Indians truly understood the living, natural world. Indeed, it is evident from their words which are put before is in this book that they may well have been the only human culture which truly lived in harmony with the natural world (even though their tribes and nations were extrememly varied, they all held the same fundamental beliefs about the world and their place in it).
I encourage everyone, whether they have interest in American Indians or not, or whether they are spiritual or not, to read this book. It contains many home truths for us all.
Nicely put together too. Great book.
I've read bit and pieces of these speeches in may books, but very seldom did I have the possibility to read the entire speech. This is especially true for Chief Joseph: I have read long pieces of his account many times, but I've never had the possibility to read the account in its entirety before.
What I'm less pleased about is the commentary. I would have liked less speculation, and more actual information. For example, I discovered from other sources - here it's never mentioned - that the authenticity of some of these speeches is dubious, particularly Chief Seattle's.
The historical context where these speeches were given is very vague and it's never specified that mostly the transcription was done many years after the speech was delivered, usually not by Native Americans.
I don't think acknowledging the doubts surrounding some of these speeches would make the book less interesting. These are very famous texts and having the possibility to read them in their completeness is important. But I think putting them in context would have been a better service to the matter.
This book is truely amazing. Simple yet wise views on all that is around us and guidance as how to live life to the fullest. Forget thousands of dollars on gurus and life coaches, invest in this one book, have an open mind and reflect on all that is within it's pages. Amongst the last of earths original peoples their wisdom is far deeper inbedded in "Mother Earth" and the way we should be living and looking after the planet. Forget civilisation and how the politicians tell you to live this is for their own benefit and will cost us all the earth. Civilisations come and go normally through their own self destruction. The native american is still here and his guidance is untainted by greed. A must for everyone who cares about who and what we are.
Read this book it will give you plenty of thought for change and challenge to your own life. And help you to see the possibilitys for your future.
I've found the book to be personally comforting, a go to book when I feel a little under the weather. Native Americans in general, I have found, seem to be able to produce some of the most profound statements in as few words as possible and much of these can be found in the book. This could be down to many of the tribes' emphasis put on listening intently to one's questions but also giving themselves the time to compose an answer. (something most in our culture hate today due to mass attention deficit disorder and general impatience)
Alongside the quotes from various Native Americans, including famous quotes from the likes of legendary figures like Ohiyesa, Sitting Bull, and Tecumseh, We also are introduced (or at least, as a non-American, I was introduced) to Chief Joseph's 1879 speech at Washington D.C in the Lincoln hall before congress, various diplomats and dignitaries to plead for the fair treatment of his people. Learning more about Chief Joseph in this book really made me respect him more than I already did. We are also introduced to the great speeches of Chief Red Jacket and Chief Seattle, which are equally compelling.
I think there really is no greater time for the world to embrace the old ways, the old teachings of many of our native tribes throughout the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a lovely book the Native Americans were very wise; an amazing people.Published 6 months ago by CB
I devoured this book in less than a day, and I can't think of anything that has moved me as much as reading these words. Totally heart-breaking, but so beautiful and eloquent. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Melissa
A very interesting coverage of an aspect of Native American life not usually presented.Published 13 months ago by bob
This book served as an interesting starting point, and an interesting insight into Native American thought that I required for some research. Recommended.Published 24 months ago by Miguelito
Was a useful guide to different Native American myths and beliefs. Would recommend to anyone not familiar with the culture.Published on 8 Feb. 2014 by Sarah A
Not very well written nor very pertinent to the 21st Century. Seems as thoug killing members of other tribes is ok, as they paint their faces black and keep them so for thirty... Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2013 by martin gloyens
This is just a great book I am still reading and absorbing, I wouldn't part with it, ever!!!! so much wisdom in it.Published on 3 Dec. 2013 by Heather
Heavy but intersting none the less and I would recommend it as I found it uplifting!!
One can get a lot from ANY Spiritual book and this gives you food for thought!
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