Journey to the Ancestral Self: The Native Lifeway Guide to Living In Harmony with Earth Mother


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Author: Tamarack Song 

In paperback (224 pages) containing graphs, exquisite illustrations, and index.

~ Also available on audio at Teaching Drum Digital Media. ~

This book is an unabashed and unsentimental response to our repressed longing: to dance to the drum, to circle the ritual fire, to know healing lore from times when plants spoke. Tamarack Song teaches that the lifeways of all Native peoples are essentially one, sharing not only the same ceremonies and rites, but the same spirit and reverence for life. Regardless of ethnic or religious background, we all are essentially Native people who have lost our original voice. In regaining that voice we discover:

Native lifeways – the Way of the Warrior, the caretaking of children, and reverence for elders – are intrinsic to all human experience (In-depth exercises cover Native skills such as stalking, night vision, adapting to cold.)
Native traditional practices – including moon ritual, seeking a mentor, and honoring male and female energy – encourage hidden spiritual powers to manifest.
There is a native human capacity for healing which can only be had by returning to balance with Earth Mother

In this day, few of us seem able to declare that we are truly and deeply happy. We find ourselves frustrated with life as we know it and on a quest for life as it could be. We thirst for a more intimate physical and spiritual relationship with The Earth, and yearn for the skills to do so. Our senses and intuitions are not as keen as we know they could be; our personal Lifepaths seem clouded and distorted. Somehow our search brings us to explore Native lifeways, for which this book is a timely guide. From its deep philosophy to its everyday yet vital sensitivities and awarenesses, the ways of our Ancestors are explored and experienced. We learn the skills for walking in Balance in the Wilderness, as well as in our daily lives. And we are given the tools to discover the purpose and contentment that is uniquely intended for each of us.

What others have said about Journey To The Ancestral Self…

“There is deep wisdom in this book, written by someone who walks his talk in a beautiful way. Take some quiet time with it, and use it well”
~ Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing

“It awoke in me a yearning to search for my own cultural spiritual being that has long been denied me.”
~ Fay Moseley, Australian Aborigine, director,
Gandangara Aboriginal Land Council

“A workbook for rediscovering and rebecoming our once naturally balanced selves… Refreshing, inspiring and studious… To be used over and over, then passed along to others.”
~ Jim Riggs, Aboriginal skills instructor, author of Blue Mountain Buckskin

“It will inspire seekers and potential Warrior Guardians to take up the cudgel of truth and life… A ‘how to’ for a path of life.”
~ Heart Warrior Cosa, Ojibwa/Cree/Lakota, author of Seven Chalk Hills

“…truth about the planetary heart…a pathway to remember ancient knowledge.”
~ Barbara Hand Clow, Panther Band, Cherokee, author of Eye of the Centaur

“…gems of wisdom and keen observation, and writing that might rank as poetry.”
~ Rhonda Gilman, author and senior research fellow, Minnesota Historical Society

“A real landmark… splendid illustrations.” 
~ Keewaydinoquay, Ojibwe elder and herbalist, author of Direction We Know: Walk in Honor

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