Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future (Paperback)
Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future
Bear & Company, 9781591430797, 359pp.
Publication Date: January 16, 2008
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Praise For Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future…
“Buckminster Fuller once complained that the earth had come without a good operating manual. In fact, though, there are an awful lot of instructions that have stood the test of time. Since we’re clearly making a mess of things at the moment, it might be wise to pay some attention.”
-Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and the forthcoming The Bill McKibben Reader
“Original Instructions shows how human beings can actually play a richly positive role in the web of life as a keystone species that creates conditions conducive to life for all beings. Here is the sacred geography of a world where all life is revered and animated by spirit.”
-Kenny Ausubel, author of When Healing Becomes a Crime and coexecutive director of Bioneers
“Melissa Nelson, in collaboration with Bioneers, has produced an invaluable resource of Indigenous wisdom. This book is a must-read for every socially conscious political leader, member of the clergy, educator, activist, community worker, and entrepreneur interested in participating in the creation of a new and more ecologically sound worldview, one that will be capable of sustaining society in an era of significant global climate change.”
-Gregory Cajete, founding director of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and associate professor of education at the University of New Mexico
"These indigenous activists have much to share, and they serve as crucial voices in the worldwide effort to restore our ailing planet."
-Deborah Donovan, Booklist, Feb 2008
" . . . a remarkable reminder that there are people out there doing critical work to safeguard our very existence. This book contains detailed information about the current programs and teachings from some of the best minds on the subject."
-Kathryn Price, book editor, WomensRadio
" . . . will appeal both to New Age and Native American collections . . . an eye-opening survey of sacred geography and a spirit-driven world."
-The Midwest Book Review, Apr 08
" . . . this book presents 'How To' earth wisdom that should be at the forefront of global efforts to restore the planet."
-Griselda Steiner, Scene4 Magazine, Mar 08
" . . . cogent advice on how people in the world's old growth indigenous societies conduct their relations with each other and the Earth--are couched here in starkly modern terms as questions of sustainability become global fare. . . . The subject matter of this book is eclectic, ranging from toxic chemicals to global warming, changing roles of women, revival of Native languages, "bio-justice", "bio-ethics", and "bio-democracy".
-B.E. Johansen, CHOICE/Current reviews for Academic Libraries, Vol. 46, No. 5, Jan 2009
"The general themes running through the writings . . . are all very applicable to current problems, and thought provoking. The book has a wealth of information, and many resources for further research and study."
-D. Tigermoon, The Pagan Review, May 2009
"I highly recommend this book. It's the dawning of an era and we must do our part to ensure a positive future for our children."
-Vesta Elliott, Alaska Wellness, Nov/Dec 2009