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Dreamkeepers - a spirit-journey into aboriginal Australia

Arden, Harvey

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ISBN 10: 0060169168 / ISBN 13: 9780060169169
Published by HarperCollins Publ, New York, 1994
Condition: New/New. Hardcover
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'Brings to life in words and photos the world of aboriginal ancestors. Mint new copy of HB 1st. Laid-in is publisher''s press release for this book.' 6-1/2 x 9-1/2, 219 pp, b/w photos & illus, bronze endpapers. Hardcover in black/bronze boards; in color-photo black jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 29057

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Title: Dreamkeepers - a spirit-journey into ...

Publisher: HarperCollins Publ, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New/New.

Edition: 1st edition, 1st printing..

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The coauthor of the best-selling Wisdomkeepers presents an intriguing look inside the world of the aborigines of Australia, focusing on their cultural traditions, their "spirit-journey," and the ancient metaphysical concept of the "Dreamtime."

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An interesting but nonetheless weak follow-up to Arden's (Wisdomkeepers, not reviewed) work on American Indian spirituality and values. Arden travels to Australia in an attempt to get inside that country's aboriginal culture to produce a volume containing ``Dreamtime'' stories. Dreamtime, or simply the Dreaming, is, for the aborigines, a kind of hybrid: part creation narrative and part physical map. It encompasses the mythic time when the Australian continent was born and its topography turned into a numinous landscape whose every rock and rill has meaning for its indigenous inhabitants. Yet, at the same time, it is contemporary, a place and a state of mind into which believers can enter in the here and now, thus participating in an ongoing creation. From the outset of his trip, the author encounters difficulties. Whereas, he states, his Native American informants were willing, even eager, to talk and share their innermost thoughts, the aborigines with whom he speaks are suspicious and reticent. He is told that the Dreaming is personal and not to be shared with outsiders. Ultimately, he collects very few stories. This volume documents his attempts. Despite this failure, he learns and offers readers a fair amount about people fighting to maintain their traditional culture in the midst of a foreign culture that has overwhelmed them. Though Arden makes a show of doubting the sincerity of his own motives for seeking out the Dreaming (``Get your own Dreamtime,'' one man growls. ``Don't take ours''), he is not so conscience- stricken as to refrain from peddling what he has learned. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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