Book Description

From Publishers Weekly With graceful and sure prose, Johnson relays 31 extremely moving Native American stories she collected during a three-year cross-country journey and personal odyssey that began in 1989 after she had a 'vision' in her New York City home. Johnson is a perfect conduit for the voices of the elders she interviews, giving her work immense credibility and spiritual resonance. An elder is defined not by age or gender, but as 'one who carries the knowledge of the tradition and wisdom of the heart, one who walks in truth and dignity no matter how poor, in humility no matter how revered.' The varied tribal voices telling these stories, which span the history of relations with the federal government as well as Native American spiritual and cultural practices, are essentially the voices of the past, present and future brought together. These people clearly touched Johnson's life. She beautifully records in words the same nobility that Budnik captures so well in his candid portraits. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From Library Journal Alienated by the depersonalization of our technological society, many people in the United States are drawn to the teachings of the first Americans. Johnson traveled the country, interviewing revered elders among today's Native American groups; the resulting book is a compilation of what they felt was important to share with the world at large. Their compelling stories encourage the reader to reflect upon personal priorities and marvel that lives so materially poor are so spiritually rich. Some of the elders, such as Hopi spokesman Thomas Banyacya, are known outside their communities. Others are local treasures, accorded the respect elders earn in Native American societies. All have a message we need to hear. For general and Native American collections.Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., N.Y.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews