Native Wisdom: Perceptions of the Natural Way

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Council Oak Books, 2002 - History - 251 pages
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"Mitakuye oyasin" - "we are all related." This Oglala Sioux saying is the philosophy underlying Native American spirituality and practices, a sense of connection to the entire universe. In Native Wisdom, Ed McGaa (Eagle Man) presents an accessible overview of the religion of his people, in chapters ranging from the philosophical to the detailed and practical.

Each chapter opens with questions that might be posed by those unfamiliar with "the Natural Way" - the Earth-based spiritual practices of the Oglala Sioux. McGaa uses these questions as a starting point to delve into a variety of topics, which taken as a whole present a comprehensive guide to living a life in harmony with nature, as well as a life dedicated to preserving the earth.

Native Wisdom features several informative appendices, including a brief glossary of Lakota words and traditional spiritual songs in English and Lakota.

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Ed McGaa, J.D., was born on the Oglala Sioux reservation in South Dakota and is a registered tribal member. He served in Korea as a Marine Corporal before earning an undergraduate degree at St. John's University in Minnesota. He then rejoined the Marine Corps to become a Phantom F4 fighter pilot in Vietnam, where he flew in more than a hundred combat missions. Upon his return McGaa danced in six annual Sioux Sun Dances. The Sun Dance led him to the seven Mother Earth ceremonies under the tutelage of Chief Eagle Feather and Chief Fools Crow, two Sioux holy men. Eagle Man holds a law degree from the University of South Dakota and is the author of "Red Cloud: Biography of an Indian Chief"; "Mother Earth Spirituality: Healing Ourselves and Our World"; "Rainbow Tribe: Ordinary People Journeying on the Red Road"; "Native Wisdom: Perceptions of the Natural Way"; and the novel "Eagle Vision: Return of the Hoop".

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