- By Russell Means Bayard Johnson

If You've Forgotten the Names of Clouds, You've Lost Your Way: An Introduction to American Indian Thought and Philosophy

  • Title: If You've Forgotten the Names of Clouds, You've Lost Your Way: An Introduction to American Indian Thought and Philosophy
  • Author: Russell Means Bayard Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781482068108
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • If You ve Forgotten the Names of Clouds You ve Lost Your Way An Introduction to American Indian Thought and Philosophy In the last months before leaving to join the Ancestors Russell Means felt the need to record in permanent written form many of the beliefs and traditions that he was taught as a boy and as a young l

    In the last months before leaving to join the Ancestors, Russell Means felt the need to record in permanent written form many of the beliefs and traditions that he was taught as a boy and as a young leader of the American Indian

    1 thought on “If You've Forgotten the Names of Clouds, You've Lost Your Way: An Introduction to American Indian Thought and Philosophy

    1. Since my tribe was dispersed nearly 300 years ago, we've lost most of our traditions and beliefs, so I am interested in this topic. I rarely read about it, however, because most books are either by new age wannabes who don't really have a clue or by people from very different tribes and cultures than ours. This book was in the second group: it's about Lakota spirituality and beliefs. Although I greatly respect Means as an elder and as one who has tirelessly worked for native rights, I have to gi [...]

    2. This book consists of lots of 1 to 2 page pieces of lakotah wisdom, spanning many topics of life, from childhood to marriage, family and tribe life, our interconnectedness with all life, history, to how we should view and interact with the world around us, each introduced with a quote of an elder. And i say even though most of it comes from a time before western civilization even set foot in america, many of these teachings are timeless, and there is a wisdom to them that seems to be forgotten i [...]

    3. A Path to Find the Way?Interesting and intriguing. A bit self centered and self justifying. I can believe some of the ideals of the authk, but not his means. Macklin intended.

    4. The only downside to this book is that I wished it would have been longer and more thoroughly explained, while the core of its teachings is golden. It is difficult to find a book on a thorough in depth look at indigenous people's lives, philosophy and traditions written by an actual native, with direct experience. Anthropologists while many have deep respect and connection with the indigenous they describe, tend to overanalyse and interpret, instead of directly transcribing what they feel and se [...]

    5. A fascinating look into the culture of the Lakota. Rich with symbolism. It is easy to get swallowed by our culture. Russell Means provides an alternate perspective full of meaning.

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