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WALKING THE FOUR DIRECTIONS
Native Spirit in Poetry,
Photography and Commentary
by Stephen M. Sachs
with photographs by Leah M. Ingraham
The deepening world crisis compels people to search for change. There is a great deal in the Native American ways of seeing and thinking that the world needs very much to return to. All traditional Indigenous people consider themselves to be part of nature, in which everything is connected, while each location in time and space is unique. They knew from experience that humans have a responsibility to keep their world in balance.
This book honors the ancient principles of relationship of all peoples, as it unfolds an understanding of ancient ways through the author's experience. The wisdom demonstrated here is important for all of us in these times of great transition, for us and all beings.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen M. Sachs was born in New York City, attended the Putney School in Vermont, received his B.A. from University of Virginia, and received his Ph.D. In Political Science at University of Chicago. He is a Professor Emeritus from the Indiana University/ Purdue University Indianapolis where he taught for 33 years. Since the early 1980's he has participated in many American Indian ceremonies and is inspired and informed by the lessons learned. He is Senior Editor for the online journal Indigenous Policy, available at www.indigenouspolicy.org. He currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Leah and cat, Norskie. See also Circumference of Forever and Poems on the Dance of Life.
from Walking The Four Directions
Meditation on the Breath
I am the healing snake
Zelda Gatuskin comments on Walking The Four Directions in her essay "The Circle Way".
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