The Native American Book of Wisdom

 
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The Native American Book of Wisdom The Circle of Life is an American Indian symbol for the Four Directions. The four colors represent the four stages of life, from childhood to old age; the cycle of seasons, from spring to winter; and the four races of people. Each of the Four Directions symbolizes a certain power. In this circle, East is knowledge, South is life, West is the power of change, and North is wisdom. The Native American Book of Wisdom examines the belief systems of several American Indian tribes and the power that these beliefs continue to hold for the People. ''From the Great Mystery: Wakan-Tanka'' investigates the complex spirituality of the People from the concept of the Great Mystery, or Wakan-Tanka, to the belief that all life is sacred and interrelated. ''Medicine Man'' is the story of a tribal healer who visits an elementary school. The children are amazed by what he tells them about the traditions and the power of the People. Other titles in the series: The Native American Book of Knowledge, The Native American Book of Life, The Native American Book of Change

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Noted author and lecturer Gabriel Horn was given the name ''White Deer of Autumn'' by his uncles, Meta comet and Nippawanock, and by Princess Red Wing of the Narragansett tribe, Wampanoag nation. He has taught in reservation schools, American Indian Movement (AIM) survival schools, public schools, and junior colleges. He helped develop the curriculum and was head teacher at the Red School House in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was cultural arts director of the Minneapolis American Indian Center from 1980 to 1982 and helped establish the Minneapolis American Indian Art Gallery and the Living Traditions Museum. For his work in Indian rights, he was nominated for the Human Rights Award in the state of Minnesota. Gabriel Horn has a master's degree in English and currently devotes his time to lecturing, teaching, and writing. He is a teacher in Florida as well as a member of the National Committee on American Indian History and an advisor to the Native American national newspaper, Indigenous Thought. He lives on the Florida coast with his wife, Simone, an Ojibway, close to Mother Earth and the natural world that is so precious to him.

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