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  1. 19.2 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    A sixth-generation North Carolinian, highly-acclaimed author John Ehle grew up on former Cherokee hunting grounds. His experience as an accomplished novelist, combined with his extensive, meticulous research, culminates in this moving tragedy rich with historical detail. The Cherokee are a proud, ancient civilization. For hundreds of years they believed themselves to be the “Principle People” residing at the center of the earth. But by the 18th century some of their leaders believed it was necessary to adapt to European ways in order to survive. Those chiefs sealed the fate of their tribes in 1875 when they signed a treaty relinquishing their land east of the Mississippi in return for promises of wealth and better land. The U.S. government used the treaty to justify the eviction of the Cherokee nation in an exodus that the Cherokee will forever remember as the “trail where they cried.” John McDonough narrates with thoughtful gravity. The heroism and nobility of the Cherokee shine through this intricate story of American politics, ambition, and greed.

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    Trail of Tears

    19.2 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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    6.2 hrs • 12/1/2015

    Agnes Baker Pilgrim, known to most as Grandma Aggie, is in her nineties and is the oldest living member of the Takelma Tribe, one of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. A descendant of both spiritual and political tribal leaders, Grandma Aggie travels tirelessly around the world to keep traditions alive, to help those in need, and to be a voice for the voiceless, helping everyone to remember to preserve our Earth for animals and each other in a spiritual environment. Considered an excellent speaker, she has mesmerized her audience wherever she appears, and now her wit, wisdom, memories, advice, stories and spirituality have been captured for all to hear. Honored as a “Living Cultural Legend” by the Oregon Council of the Arts, Grandma Aggie here speaks about her childhood memories, about her tribe and her life as a child growing up in an area that often didn’t allow Indians and dogs into many public places, as well as about such contemporary issues as bullying, teen suicide, drugs and alcohol, Pope Francis, President Obama, water conservation, climate change, and much more. This is an amazing recording of one of the oldest and most important voices of the First Nation and of the world. Her stories and advice will mesmerize and captivate you, as well as provide a blueprint for how all the inhabitants of the earth can live together in harmony, spirituality, and peace.

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    Grandma Says: Wake Up, World! by Agnes Baker Pilgrim

    Grandma Says: Wake Up, World!

    6.2 hrs • 12/1/15
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  3. 14.5 hrs • 2/24/2015 • Unabridged

    There is a contagious psychospiritual disease of the soul—a parasite of the mind—that is currently being acted out en masse on the world stage via a collective psychosis of titanic proportions. This mind virus, which Native Americans have called “wetiko”, covertly operates through the unconscious blind spots in the human psyche, rendering people oblivious to their own madness and compelling them to act against their own best interests. Drawing on insights from Jungian psychology, shamanism, alchemy, spiritual wisdom traditions, and personal experience, author Paul Levy shows us that hidden within the venom of wetiko is its own antidote, which once recognized can help us wake up and bring sanity back to our society.

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    Dispelling Wetiko

    14.5 hrs • 2/24/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 1.3 hrs • 8/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Too many people today have taken the wrong path. They walk alone, seeking peace and fulfillment in isolation. Countless well-meaning self-help books preach this gospel, as the name “self-help” implies. But this approach will take us only so far. Ultimately, it is in communion with our fellow beings and the natural world that we are made whole. We need to leave the path of Me and follow the path of We. This poetic and evocative audiobook, drawing on the personal experiences of Good Buffalo Eagle, presents the meditations of an ancient Anasazi tribesman who rejects his family and community and walks off into the desert. During his journey, he discovers the seven paths of the Anasazi way, each path teaching a lesson symbolized by an element of the natural world: light, wind, water, stone, plants, animals, and finally the unity of all beings with the Creator, the path of We. By walking these paths, he discovers the roots of his conflict and the way toward reconciliation. For years, this book has been privately distributed by the ANASAZI Foundation, an award-winning nonprofit organization whose work with troubled youth in a wilderness setting has been extraordinarily effective. But there is benefit here for all. The Seven Paths gives access to a source of wisdom and renewal familiar to native people but lost to the rest of us. This audiobook “presents what might be described as a course in healing-seven elements among nature that combine to heal human hearts.”

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    The Seven Paths

    1.3 hrs • 8/1/13 • Unabridged
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  5. 12.4 hrs • 9/21/2012 • Unabridged

    How is it that in America the image of Jesus Christ has been used both to justify the atrocities of white supremacy and to inspire the righteousness of civil rights crusades? In The Color of Christ, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey weave a tapestry of American dreams and visions—from witch hunts to web pages, Harlem to Hollywood, slave cabins to South Park, Mormon revelations to Indian reservations—to show how Americans visually remade the Son of God time and again into a sacred symbol of their greatest aspirations, deepest terrors, and mightiest strivings for racial power and justice. The Color of Christ uncovers how, in a country founded by Puritans who destroyed depictions of Jesus, Americans came to believe in the whiteness of Christ. Some envisioned a white Christ who would sanctify the exploitation of Native Americans and African Americans and bless imperial expansion. Many others pictured a messiah, not necessarily white, who was willing and able to confront white supremacy. The color of Christ still symbolizes America’s most combustible divisions, revealing the power and malleability of race and religion from colonial times to the presidency of Barack Obama.

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    The Color of Christ by Edward J. Blum, Paul Harvey

    The Color of Christ

    12.4 hrs • 9/21/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.5 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    In this fascinating work, associate professor of American studies at the University of Minnesota and Red Lake Ojibwe Nation member Brenda J. Child spotlights the remarkable women of the Ojibwe Nation. A stunning look at a too-seldomly explored subject in history, Holding Our World Together shows how American Indian women have profoundly influenced Native American life—from the days of the European fur trade to the present, in activism, community, and beyond.n

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    Holding Our World Together

    6.5 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.5 hrs • 8/15/2011 • Unabridged

    When young Charles Lummis heard about a job in the small town of Los Angeles more than a century ago, he walked all the way to it from Ohio—across the plains, up Pike’s Peak, down Devil’s Gorge, through the Grand Canyon, and over the desert. It was, by conservative estimate, one of the grandest hikes in American history. With no reason to be modest, Lummis called his “unpretentious” account of it “the wayside notes of a happy vagabonding.”

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  8. 28.7 hrs • 6/1/2009 • Unabridged

    On a hot June morning in 1975, a fatal shoot-out took place between FBI agents and American Indians on a remote property near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in which an Indian and two federal agents were killed. Eventually, four members of the American Indian Movement were indicted on murder charges in the deaths of the two agents. Leonard Peltier, the only one to be convicted, is now serving consecutive life sentences in a federal penitentiary. Behind this violent chain of events lie issues of great complexity and profound historical resonance. In this controversial book, Peter Matthiessen brilliantly explicates the larger issues behind the shoot-out, including the Lakota Indians’ historical struggle with the US government, from Red Cloud’s war and Little Big Horn in the nineteenth century to the shameful discrimination that led to the new Indian wars of 1970s. This powerful book was censored and kept off the shelves for eight years because of one of the most protracted and bitterly fought legal cases in publishing history.

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    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

    28.7 hrs • 6/1/09 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.9 hrs • 7/5/2007 • Unabridged

    With the courage and resilience embodied by their legendary leader Tecumseh, the Shawnees waged a war of territorial and cultural resistance for half a century. Noted historian Colin G. Calloway details the political and legal battles and the bloody fighting on both sides for possession of the Shawnees’ land, while imbuing historical figures such as warrior chief Tecumseh, Daniel Boone, and Andrew Jackson with all their ambiguity and complexity. More than defending their territory, the Shawnees went to war to preserve a way of life and their own deeply held vision of what their nation should be.

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    The Shawnees and the War for America

    5.9 hrs • 7/5/07 • Unabridged
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  10. 3.0 hrs • 2/12/2006 • Unabridged

    North, Central, and South American Indians have a rich religious heritage, though much has been lost since these peoples were conquered by Europeans. Characteristic features of Native American religion included the master of the animals, a protective spirit of a species or of all animals. Shamans, ecstatic medicine men, used supernatural powers to cure the ill. Totemism was a mysterious religious bond between the human clan and their animal guardians. There was a high god as well as many atmospheric gods, such as gods of thunder and wind. The Earth Mother was understood to work silently, influencing all. The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality Series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world’s great religious traditions. It describes a religion’s way of understanding life and its attitude and relationship to society.

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    Native Religions of the Americas by Prof. Åke Hultkrantz

    Native Religions of the Americas

    Edited by Prof. Walter Harrelson and Mike Hassell
    3.0 hrs • 2/12/06 • Unabridged
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  11. 2.3 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    Charles Alexander Eastman, an educated and well-known Sioux, saw both sides of the great divide between Indians and whites, and he wrote eleven books attempting to reconcile the two cultures. Although he was a convert to Christianity, Eastman never lost his sense of the wholeness and beauty of the Indian’s relation to his existence and to the natural world. These six essays on the Indian’s spiritual beliefs and cultural habits, told in very personal terms and coupled with seven folk tales, illuminate the high ethics and morality of a culture that few people know about. The six essays are: “The Great Mystery,” “The Family Altar,” “Ceremonial and Symbolic Worship,” “Barbarism and the Moral Code,” “The Unwritten Scriptures,” and “On the Borderland of Spirits.” The seven Native American tales are: “The Buffalo and the Field Mouse,” “The Frogs and the Crane,” “The Falcon and the Duck,” “The Raccoon and the Bee Tree,” “The Comrades,” “The Runaways,” and “The Magic Arrows.”

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    The Soul of the Indian and Seven Native American Tales by Charles Alexander Eastman
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  12. 4.9 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    “Grandmother, you who listen and hear all, you from whom all good things come…It is your embrace we feel when we return to you…” This traditional Lakota prayer to Grandmother Earth opens Joseph Marshall III’s newest work, a meditation on our connection to the land and an exhortation to respect it. Using a combination of personal anecdote, detailed history, and Lakota tales, Marshall takes us back to his childhood and shows us how we, too, can learn to love our planet. Although he was educated in Euro-American schools, Marshall had the benefit of growing up with wise grandparents who taught him never to walk a path without knowing the trail from which he’d come: that the bow does not make the hunter, and above all, that the earth can be boundlessly generous—if we can learn to accept its gifts. Part memoir, part cultural manifesto, To You We Shall Return offers a comparison between Euro-American attitudes, policies, and history regarding the natural environment to that of ancient native North American beliefs and practices in relating to and living with that same environment. Speaking from the cultural viewpoint of the Lakota of the northern Plains, the author discusses the evolution of native cultures to fit within the environment and adapt to it, as opposed to changing it drastically or wholesale to fit human needs and comforts. He suggests that changing our contemporary thinking in relating to the earth in a less harmful way does not mean a drastic change in lifestyles, but that revisiting the methods of adaptation to and coexistence with the earth will foster a renewed respect which will ultimately benefit mankind as well.

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    To You We Shall Return by Joseph M. Marshall III

    To You We Shall Return

    4.9 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.8 hrs • 12/1/2005 • Unabridged

    A gifted storyteller, historian, and a member of the Sicunga Lakota Sioux, Joseph M. Marshall III has dedicated his entire life to spiritual fulfillment and to teaching others the essence of Lakota wisdom. In The Lakota Way, Marshall shares his own story and many others imparting the wisdom of the Lakota culture. These stories express the heart of his Native American philosophy and the twelve core qualities that are crucial to the Lakota way of living: bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, respect, honor, perseverance, love, humility, sacrifice, truth, and compassion. Rich with storytelling, history, and folklore, The Lakota Way offers a fresh and compelling outlook on spiritual and ethical living.

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    The Lakota Way by Joseph M. Marshall III

    The Lakota Way

    8.8 hrs • 12/1/05 • Unabridged
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  14. 9.6 hrs • 4/1/2005 • Unabridged

    This extraordinary classic has been variously acclaimed as one of the great books of adventure, travel, anthropology, and spiritual awakening. In 1938 and 1939, a French nobleman spent fifteen months living among the Inuit people of the Arctic. He was at first appalled by their way of life: eating rotten raw fish, sleeping with each others’ wives, ignoring schedules, and helping themselves to his possessions. Indeed, most Europeans would be overwhelmed merely by the smells Poncins encountered in the igloos. But as de Poncins’s odyssey continues, he is transformed from Kabloona, the White Man, an uncomprehending outsider, to someone who finds himself living, for a few short months, as Inuk: a man, preeminently. He opens his eyes to the world around him, a harsh but beautiful world unlike any other, and allows himself to be fully immersed in its culture.

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    Kabloona by Gontran de Poncins

    Kabloona

    By Gontran de Poncins, with Lewis Galantière
    9.6 hrs • 4/1/05 • Unabridged
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  15. 2.6 hrs • 3/1/2003 • Abridged

    When Ellen DeGeneres appeared on Oprah and spoke about the profound changes that certain Toltec principles have made in her life, Dr. Susan Gregg suddenly found herself a beneficiary of that marvelous book-selling phenomena, the Oprah effect. Dr. Gregg, author of previous books on shamanism, was deep in the process of writing her latest book. Now in paperback, The Toltec Way is a book created specifically to bring this ancient wisdom to readers in a way that is easily understood and that makes it applicable to modern life. The gift of the Toltec is in being able to transcend ordinary human awareness and achieve personal freedom. Simply put, personal freedom is the ability to choose how to act rather than react to the events in your life. The three Toltec Masteries of Awareness, Transformation, and Intent are the key to transcending your limitations and experiencing yourself as the creator of your life. This book is about change and changing yourself. It emphasizes the need to take personal responsibility for the choices in your life. Included in each chapter are exercises and guided visualizations. And, because the wisdom to be learned is often best encountered indirectly, you will find that some of the most important knowledge is hidden in the parable-like stories that are scattered throughout the book.

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    The Toltec Way

    2.6 hrs • 3/1/03 • Abridged
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  16. 10.9 hrs • 1/1/1971 • Unabridged

    Carlos Castanada was a student of anthropology when he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui shaman and the inspiration for Castanada’s The Teachings of Don Juan. In this controversial work, Castanada relays his experiences being challenged by his mentor on his perception of the world and all living things in it.

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    Journey to Ixtlan

    10.9 hrs • 1/1/72 • Unabridged
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