What is truth in the eyes of Native Americans? What does it mean to be Indian? Do American Indians have a sense of humor? How does their religion differ from other spiritualities? Listen to what Tecumseh, Red Jacket and other chiefs have to say, as well as contemporary elders like Two White Feathers and Donald Panther-Yates. Enjoy the humor of American Indian Movement leaders like Russell Means and Dennis Banks in this miscellany published on the anniversary of a groundbreaking website from the 90s. You will never think of American Indian writers and activists the same way.
With wry humor, irony, wit and wisdom, the authors bring you 15 years of Panthers Lodge. You are introduced t0 the truth of being a 21st century Indian, along with historical Indian perspective. Some of the contributors are J. C. High Eagle, Russell Means, George Starr-Bresette, Brian Wilkes and the authors Anna Kolouthon, Donald and Teresa Yates.
Some interesting post from Panthers Lodge guest book is included.
You are introduced to the top ten reasons to be Indian. The Number one reason on Being Indian, YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AT LEAST ONCE A DAY THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE TO EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE WHAT KIND OF INDIAN YOU ARE, HOW MUCH, AND WHICH PART.
Are you all or part and which part?
So You Want to be an Indian ask you to reflect on reasons such as
Will you take the hatred and misunderstanding along with the mystique?
J. C. High Eagle gives you many examples of Being Indian. Many Funny and profound.
Donald N Panther Yates offers What is Truth in Chapter Two.
Chief Two White Feathers says: “People ask me what they can do about the world. I tell them to stop lying. Tell the truth, to yourself and others.” Donald Panther Yates interviews Chief Two White Feathers and wrote A Memoir of Chief Two White Feathers also found on Audible.
Many other wisdoms are to be found from Chiefs past and present including Tecumseh
Speech to General W. H. Harrison and The REAL Story of Thanksgiving.
Other questions are answered such as why the Clan system was suppressed and musings of William Bartram.
The subject matter is broad and will tweak your interest and desire to read more. Donald Yates is a descendant of Cherokee Chief Black Fox and a tribal Elder. His writings have much to share. I like reflecting on my unknown Cherokee Heritage and the lessons he teaches.
Richard B Rees narrated the book, delivering a pleasant listening experience.
Listening and reflecting on Native Wisdom is very insightful and is best received in a meditative state of mind.
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