Wisdomkeepers: Meetings with Native American Spiritual Elders

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With magnificent photographs and powerful words, WISDOMKEEPERS takes the reader into the inner thoughts and visions, the jokes, the healing remedies, and the humanity of Native American spiritual Elders. WISDOMKEEPERS takes you on an extraordinary spirit journey into lives, minds, and natural-world philosophy of Native American spiritual elders, including Sioux, Iroquois, Seminole, Ojibway, Hopi, Ute, Pawnee, Shinnecock, Hoh, Lumbee, and other tribes. The elders tell who they are, how they live and what they believe. Magnificent portraits complement the soaring text. They are the Elders, the Old Ones, the Grandfathers and Grandmothers. Among those profiled are Buffalo Jim, a Seminole who describes the Seminole story of creation as if the Everglade were Eden, talks of his people's individual passage into the afterlife and reveals that every field of wild plants to him a 'medicine garden.' You will, also, meet 'Uncle' Frank Davis (Fancy Warrior), a Pawnee Elder, who describes the 'path to understanding' as a trail filled with scraps of paper, each pieces of a puzzle. Also profiled is Matthew King, a Lakota, who warns of punishments for those who destroy Mother Earth. Readers share the innermost thoughts and feelings, the dreams and the visions, the laughter, the healing remedies and prophecies of the Wisdomkeepers. Above all they offer their humanity which shines through every page.

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Wisdomkeepers takes you on an extraordinary spiritual journey into the lives, minds, and natural-world philosophy of Native American spiritual elders. The elders tell who they are, how they live, and what they believe. Magnificent portraits complement the soaring text. Among those profiled are Buffalo Jim, a Seminole who describes the Seminole story of creation as if the Everglades were Eden, talks of his people's individual passage into the after life, and reveals that every field of wild plants is, to him, a medicine garden. You'll also meet "Uncle" Frank Davis (Fancy Warrior), a Pawnee Elder who describes the "path to understanding" as a trial filled with scraps of paper, each one a piece of a puzzle. Also profiled is Mathew King, a Lakota who warns of punishments or those who would destroy the Earth Mother. Readers share the innennost thoughts and feelings, dreams and visions, laughter, healing remedies, and prophecies of the Wisdomkeepers, whose humanity shines through every page.

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Steve Wall, a documentary photographer, has worked in more than forty countries, primarily for National Geographic magazine and books. His work has been featured in the United States and international publications and exhibited in galleries, museums, and collections in more than eight countries, including The International Center of Photography in New York and the Gallery of the Union of Artists in Moscow, Russia.

Harvey Arden, retired senior writer for National Geographic, produced some of the magazine's most memorable stories during his tenure. Several of his articles have been reprinted in Reader's Digest.

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