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Of Earth and elders : visions and voices from native America
Chapman, Serle.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Missoula, MT : Bear Print, [1998]

Physical Description:
xiii, 218 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 21 x 24 cm
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E77 .C42 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Of Earth and Elders contains in-depth interviews with Floyd Red Crow Westerman (Dances with Wolves, The Doors, The X-Files), Larry Sellers (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman), Steve Reevis (Last of the Dogmen, Dances with Wolves, Fargo, Geronimo), and contributions from Chief Arvol Looking Horse, N. Scott Momaday, Vine Deloria Jr., Joanne Shenandoah, Robert Mirabel, Sonny Skyhawk, Apesanahkwat, Joy Harjo, Tim Giago, Chief Wilma Mankiller, Fern Mathias, Keith Secola, J.C. White Shirt, and many other others, both with and without celebrity, living on and off reservations today. These historical, spiritual, and contemporary reflections, comments, songs, and poetry from Native Americans approaching the twenty-first century are complemented by Serle Chapman's beautiful photography and thoughtful narrative. This book is a strong visual and written testament to the strength, tenacity, and wisdom of America's native peoples.

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Library Journal Review

Chapman is a highly acclaimed author and photographer whose first book, The Trail of Many Spirits (Mountain, 1997), was well received in both the United Kingdom and the United States. His new work, which combines literature and photography in a single written "mirror" for humanity, is one of those rare books that leads readers almost effortlessly to examine themselves and their own outlook on life. A unique format blends the views, opinions, philosophy, and candid commentary of an array of Native American representatives who use song, poetry, stories, and personal reflections to emphasize a central theme: that connectedness with tradition can be a life-sustaining force. The contributors translate the meaning of continuity among all things in a manner that is personal and pleasing. This book, which gives us a window into the Native American experience, should go far to eliminate many of our own misconceptions and misunderstandings.‘John Dockall, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.