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Animal Spirit Guides by Chris Luttichau takes the reader on a journey into the discovery of power animals by inspiring one you to move forward on your life path.

 

Merging American Indian ideals with European customs, Luttichau gives an in depth, first-hand look at all things nature. Detailed descriptions of each animal have been provided to help individuals on their expedition. Luttichau teaches that each animal carries a message of guidance.

 

Explorations of drumming as well as other aspects of Native American culture, such as fire ceremony and dream work, have been combined with the discovery of your power animal.

 

This book is an excellent tool to determining the inspiration that will move you forward on your life path. Luttichau teaches how to connect with the energies that will guide you to contemporary fulfillment of your very own potential.

 

Review by Amanda Morning Star Moore, Manataka Book Review Committee

From the Publisher:

 

All animals, from the wolf to the ant carry a message of guidance and hope. By inviting the spirit of an animal into your life using the traditional rituals of the shaman, you deepen your affinity with that animal, bringing a sense of connection with the world and an opportunity to learn from the wisdom of your animal guide.
 
Chris Luttichau presents a unique insight into Animal Spirit Guides through first-hand encounters with many animals in the wild. As a healer and educator, he communicates his encounters in a way that is immediate and soulful. The gifts, or medicine he reveals about each animal will inspire you to move forward through life and manifest your full potential.
 
Part One, The Path, introduces ways to discover your power animal. The first chapter, Finding Your Animal Guide, explains shamanic techniques such as drumming and dreaming. In Working with Your Animal Guide, you understand animals as teachers and healers, and learn how to communicate and stay connected with their energy when you need to. Ways of the Shaman expounds the esoteric methods of working with Animal Guides, including shape shifting while dreaming and reading signs and omens to receive divine messages that come through animals.
Part Two, Animal Spirit Guides, profiles a range of animals, all of which are fully illustrated, along with personal anecdotes and insights. The final chapter, Animal Guides and your Life's Purpose, looks at the Circle of Allies and how these animal spirits can accompany you throughout life.
 
Beautifully illustrated by Melissa Launay, this insightful guide will introduce you to natural, shamanic ways, and inspire you to work with the amazing energies of your personal Animal Spirit Guide.
 

About the Author
Chris Luttichau has traveled worldwide learning from healers, elders, and shamans living close to the earth. In 1998 he founded the international teaching organization Northern Drum Shamanic Center www.northerndrum.com and has conducted workshops in Mexico, the USA, and Europe.

 

144 pages, Soft Cover, Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6 x 0.8 inches (1906525544)  $19.95 + s/h

 

 

 


 

 

Manataka Recommended Reading

 

 

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Charles Mann

Knopf Publishing Group

Hardcover, 480pp  $26.95 + s/h

 

"In the last 20 years, archaeologists and anthropologists equipped with new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries about the Americas. For example, Indians did not cross the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago, as most of us learned in school. They were already here. Their numbers were vast, not few. And instead of living lightly on the land, they managed it beautifully and left behind an enormous ecological legacy. In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact. Compelling and eye-opening, this work will vastly alter our understanding of our history and lands."  By Peter Johnson.

 

A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.

Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus's landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas was, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong.

In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions. Among them:

• In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe.
• Certain cities- such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital- were far greater in population than any contemporary European city. Furthermore, Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets.
• The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids.
• Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as "man's first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering."
• Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it- a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge.
• Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively "landscaped" by human beings.

Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation. 

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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NATIVE AMERICAN HEALING by William S. Lyon
Huge Resource. This monumental volume explores, explains, and honors the healing practices of Native Americans throughout North America, from the southwestern U.S. to the Arctic. Designed for ease of use with maps, a detailed subject index, extensive bibliography, and cross references, this book is sure to fascinate anyone interested in Native American culture and heritage. Illustrations, maps. Paperback: 373 pages; 88" x 10.26" x 7.28"  ON SALE! Was $33.95  Now only $23.95 + s/h

 

This monumental volume explores, explains, and honors the shamanic healing practices of Native Americans throughout North America. From the Southwestern United States to the Arctic Circle.

Healing traditions in Native American cultures offer a glimpse into a rich and varied world of belief systems and spiritual practices. Covering over 350 years of history. More than 1200 entries in this book introduce readers to renowned Native American healers and to the societies and divisions into which healers were categorized. It describes sacred objects used in healing rituals and how such objects were used, as well as plants used to increase healing powers. Types of healing ceremonies are vividly pictured, and the symbolic motifs used in healing rituals are explained along with the major concepts that formed the many diverse Native American healing traditions. Major scholars of native American healing are introduced, complete with firsthand accounts of their experiences. Entries include:

Helika, the form of supernatural power used by Kwakiutl Shamans for curing. Naitulgai, the Wailaki dream doctors who cured by singing healing songs shown to them in dreams. Aenichit, a powerful Clayoquot Shaman who healed the sick and was known to lift liquid water out of a bucket as though it were frozen.

Designed as an easy to use, comprehensive synthesis of centuries of study, with maps, a detailed subject index, an extensive bibliography, and cross-references, this book will fascinate anyone interested in Native American culture and heritage.

William S. Lyon is a professor of anthropology at the Center for Religious Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and the author of Black Elk: The Sacred Ways of a Lakota.

 

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Voice of the Hawk Elder

by Edna Gordon, edited by Harvey Arden

 

"This book is dedicated to my People, the Seneca Nation, to our kindred Peoples of the Haudenoshaunee, or Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, to all the Indian Nations of Great Turtle Island, and to  all other Indigenous Peoples around this Mother Earth.  I send it out like an arrow of love from my heart to YOUR hearts!

 

If  other folks want to read it too, why, that’s fine by me. Might be you even learn something! This book is FULL of secrets for those who understand'm! But always remember, the BIGGEST secret is Creation itself!

 

YES, THIS IS MY VOICE. These are my words. My good friend Harvey [Arden] has helped me sort and arrange them, like he’s done for lots of good people over the years, even back when he worked at National Geographic. He fixes my spelling and spruces up my grammar here and there, though I tell him, not too much, Harvey! I want folks to know who I am and how I really talk and what I’m really like. Don’t make me some saintly old lady come down from Heaven on a moonbeam spoutin’ high-flown words.

 

Me, I’m just me, Grandma Edna Gordon, Hawk Clan Elder of the Seneca Nation, Six Nations Iroquois. I just turned 85, and am tryin’ my darndest to be a good person. Sometimes I succeed, but don’t stay around me when I get mad! I’m a raging hawk.

 

People’mselves aren’t holy. But what they do can be holy. Living a holy life, that’s what life’s for. Helping others, fighting injustice, standing up for the People—those are holy things to do.  But always be sure to remember, it ain’t you yourself who’s holy. People are just people. If God’d wanted’m to be holy, he’d have given’m wings and set’m up on a cloud somewhere playin’ a big gold harp.

 

ISBN: 0975443712; ISBN-13: 9780975443712, Paperback.  Publisher: Have You Thought Price: $21.95 

 

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