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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic work that healed an entire generation
Seven Arrows, the first book published in modern times about the Medicine Wheels, is now the classic volume on the topic. Written while ceremony was still illegal in the USA and the young generation was heartbroken, this courageous work by Storm brought him into the center of the whirlwind of controversary regarding the practice of Native American Spirituality. Seven...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow waters
Praise and blame for this book is at times extreme, so here my bit.

It is obvious that the book is entirely fictitious, and not at all an authentic account of the religion of the Plains Indians. Rather, it very freely reinterpretes concepts like the sun dance and the medicine wheel from a point of view that could be labelled as hippyish mysticism. The plot of...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic work that healed an entire generation, 31 Oct. 1998
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Seven Arrows, the first book published in modern times about the Medicine Wheels, is now the classic volume on the topic. Written while ceremony was still illegal in the USA and the young generation was heartbroken, this courageous work by Storm brought him into the center of the whirlwind of controversary regarding the practice of Native American Spirituality. Seven Arrows is ground-breaking in many ways. It is a prime example of the oral tradition transformed into narrative prose and it is an entirely new novel form. It is classic Native American literature at its very best and is a must read for students of writing, literature, Native American Studies, and the Earth science and spiritual philosophy of the Medicine Wheels. This book has brought Hyemeyohsts Storm into the circle of truly great 20th century American writers. It has also given renewed hope to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to get this book into the schools! Our kids deserve it!, 9 Dec. 1998
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Seven Arrows is a story made for telling. I've heard Storm in person, and you know his stories are aimed at the next generation. This is probably the "Grimms Tales" of Native Americana, in a book. The imagery is specialised to show a tribal world view, just as if it were German or French; gets us the same results, and is as valid as Mother Goose or any-other curriculum for schools. Nothing else is required. The message is getting PEACE. This is done by all people in the same way, but they use differing techniques. That principle must be taught within our schools now so that the future population sees their own vision-quest as a means for life together peaceably with their fellowman. Seven Arrows has many features that could be used to advantage by teachers right here and now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this book, 23 Mar. 2015
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It is lovely to have this book back in my collection
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow waters, 28 Jun. 2011
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Praise and blame for this book is at times extreme, so here my bit.

It is obvious that the book is entirely fictitious, and not at all an authentic account of the religion of the Plains Indians. Rather, it very freely reinterpretes concepts like the sun dance and the medicine wheel from a point of view that could be labelled as hippyish mysticism. The plot of the book is set in the life of the plains indians, and serves as a pretext to tell fable-like stories. It is an easy read, and while not without charme, too lightweight for my taste. The construction of dialogues etc lacks sophistication and the book often reads like a book for kids or teenagers.

The book is richly illustrated. Many of the photographs of Native Americans shown were taken around the turn of the century, and are posed scenes depicting Indians as noble savages. There are further color reproductions of cheesy mandala-like paintings of "medicine shields". Finally there are many photographs of animals and nature. I mention the illustrations as they say something about the text: If the author had confidence in his skills as a writer, he would not need illustrations.

There is some point to the critism that the author - despite his Native American ancestry - repeats eurocentric projections. In any case, the book certainly served as a template for New-Age misrepresentation and appropriation of Native American religions, with ideas of the book having been recycled by legions of "plastic shamans". From that point of view I can understand some of the harsh criticism by Native American activists.

At the same time, this is literature, and bad books have a right to exist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars finally success, 16 July 2009
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I had tried to find this book for over ten years, having borrowed it
from a library but to no avail....after trying various places on the internet, finally caught up with it by pure chance on Amazon....will
continue to search Amazon for any future purchases to save time....plus
great value and prompt deliveries....Thank you Amazon
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