Touch The Earth: A Self- Portrait of Indian Existence

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"We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills and the winding strams with tangled growth, as 'wild. Only to the white man was nature a 'wilderness' and only to him was the land 'infested' with 'wild' animals and 'savage' people. To us it was tame. Earth was boutiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery. Not until the hairy man from the east came and with brutal frenzy heaped injustices upon us and the families we loved was it 'wild' for us, it was that for us the 'Wild West' began."TOUCH THE EARTH is a selection of statements and writings by North American Indians, chosen to illuminate the course of Indian history and the abiding values of Indian life. Together they recount the pain of the Indian as he watched the white man kill the wild herbs and overrun the sacred lands of his ancestors. Mystified at first by the white man's ways, the Indian tone guves way first to anger, then desperation and, finally hopelessness. More than 50 pages of photographs, taken by the American photographer Edward S. Curtis in the early years of this century, complement the text.

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Sally Emerson is the author of several novels, including FIRECHILD, SEPARATION, SECOND SIGHT, LISTENERS, HEAT and BROKEN BODIES. She has written and worked for various publications, including the Sunday Times and Washington Post.

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In words drawn from the leaders and traditions of a number of tribes, this troupe of performers presents short pieces that revolve around themes of respect for the earth and sacred land. Music and sound effects work with the voices of the Native American performers to make the spirit of the words strong and clear. Chorus renditions and interludes provide interesting transitions. This performance art is based upon the bestselling book of the same name. Although quite different from the book, which complemented the text with photographs, this audio performance stands on its own in making a simple but inspiring statement. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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