The Wind Is My Mother: The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman

Bear Heart, Author, Bear Heart, Author, Molly Larkin, With Clarkson N Potter Publishers $24 (0p) ISBN 978-0-517-70283-3
Bear Heart, a full-blooded Muskogee Creek Indian and one of the last ""trained"" Medicine Men, shares this knowledge, combining it with his more formal, graduate degree in psychology to build a bridge between Native American and modern spirituality. Categorized as an autobiography, the book is nevertheless constructed episodically rather than chronologically, resulting in a lack of fluidity that may distract some readers. The first section describes Bear Heart's family, their beliefs and the calling and training he received to be a medicine man. In the second section, great truths of Native American beliefs and Christianity find parallels. Section three further describes the relationship of human beings to each other, to nature and to the Great Being; the importance of the Sacred Pipe; and the purposes of vision quests. It concludes with this question: ""The word `memorial' does not indicate that someone has died. It symbolizes that someone has lived. What is going to be the living memorial that you're going to leave behind?"" (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 00/00/0000
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