Seven Arrows

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Harper & Row, 1972 - Fiction - 374 pages
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A heartbreaking story of victory, defeat, and of a spiritual search in a profane world, this is the story of Night Bear and his people. It is the tale of the land they cherish and the lives they hold sacred, lived until the enemy can no longer be stopped, and the dead have few left to weep for them.

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This is a book passed by for decades, but saying Someday you will consult my talking leaves.
If the words don't get you, the achingly majestic photographs will. The veneration of age shown in the
portraits recall an entirely different art and people: the portrait busts of the elders of ancient Rome. (I must find out what the Whitemen photographers thought of their subjects..)
Recipes are promised, however, but not delivered; intentional? I refer to Wheel-based shield design and post Vision Quest naming.
Will I meet someone, I now wonder (perhaps in a bus station), who will say "This is your name. This is your sign."?
Where should this keeper be kept? Among your sacred books? Or the novels? Anthro'? National lore?

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My copy of Seven Arrows was a gift. The outside binding is taped together; as I have frequently opened it for reading just a few pages for daily inspiration stories and/or viewing the beautiful B&W (Sepia) photos and/or Very Colorful Medicine Wheels paintings.
Originally, I read the entire book. The author writes with empathy for his subject matter. He draws the reader into this beautiful and inspiring book with his ability to make his thoughts, visions, and historical references come to live via written language.
Thank you, Janet, for this wonderful gift!.



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