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Capture the beauty, power, and wisdom of the Native American oral tradition with this superlative collection of readings taken from the writings and speeches of people from many different tribes. The collection offers insights into Native American ways of living, learning, and dying, and helps us to feel a reconnection with the land and ourselves. The words of Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Ohiyesa, Black Elk, and others create a powerful listening experience.
(P) and ©1993 New World Library

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Not the right format, and maybe not the right book

This is mostly a collection of short sayings. The collection is very valuable, but listening to them one after another does not really do them justice. This is the sort of book that one ought to pick up in order to read a page or two, think for a minute, and then go on.

If you're looking for a smattering of native American thought (as I was), this will do the job. But at the risk of giving away my imprisonment in a thoroughly Western mind, I could have used a bit more editorial effort to organize the various strands of thought. For example, the tribe of each speaker is given, but there is no explanation of what significance this might hold, or how the tribes related to one another. Dates for the quotations would also have been illuminating. I think most listeners who buy this title because they are curious about native American thought will find their curiosity largely unsatisfied.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Deeply moved by these great words of wisdom

Where does Native American Wisdom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my top ten books to read .

What was one of the most memorable moments of Native American Wisdom?

The quotes read along with native american flutes in the back.

Which scene was your favorite?

The whole book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would like to but there is to much wisdom for one sitting .

Any additional comments?

GREAT BOOK.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • Coppell, TX, USA
  • 05-15-09

knowledge is power

the more you learn about a people, the greater your identification with that people.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wisdom and insight

beutifully done and read with wisdom and insightfulness for all.Needs to be read by all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Lessons

Great insight into honest thought. No hustle and bustle just plain truths for a wonderful life. My 17y/o daughter listens to it sometimes to bring herself back down to earth. Just a calming listening

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  • Nanci
  • Lafayette, CO, USA
  • 05-27-05

Awsome!!!!

This is a wonderful review of Native American spirituality. Very well done!

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Wisdom

This book gave some wisdom on the Native American life and what they see. It's a great book to listen to.

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Great for meditations, not for learning history.

My only real complain is that the book is far far too short. I would have enjoyed more quotations, or at least some historical, geographic, or contextual background information.

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Absolutely Lovely

I am better for having listened to this. I highly respect this wisdom. Absolutely lovely!

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Heavy words to seriously consider

This book contains groups of Native American sayings that can still be applied today. It is broken up by chapters associated with different concepts. Each saying is read by one of three narrators in calm and relaxing tone.