Native American Wisdom

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Kent Nerburn, Louise Mengelkoch
New World Library, 1991 - Philosophy - 109 pages
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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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User Review  - SarLy - Goodreads

I inherited this book when my Nana passed away in 2003 and it has been something I go back to re-read all of the time. There are some wonderful quotes, sayings, proverbs and poems in this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Kristi - Goodreads

This took only a couple of hours to read and it was time well spent. This really isn't a book for entertainment and is more of a philosophical read about Native American spiritualism. But I really can ... Read full review

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Contents

The Ways of the Land
1
The Ways of Words and Silence
7
The Ways of Learning
13
The Ways of Living
23
The Ways of Leading Others
29
The Ways of the Heart
35
The Ways of Believing
39
The Betrayal of the Land
47
The Passing of the Ways
59
The Ways of the White Man
65
The Ways of Civilization
77
Heed These Words
83
Biographical Notes
91
Additional Notes
105
About the Editors
107
Copyright

The Ways of Dying
55

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About the author (1991)

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.

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