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Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future

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Original Instructions presents the ancient teachings for sustainable living that are safeguarded and maintained by indigenous peoples. With contributions from John Mohawk, Winona LaDuke, Chief Oren Lyons, and others, these voices tell us how to live with a light footprint--in gratitude and with reverence for community and all creation. Booklist...

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Original Instructions presents the ancient teachings for sustainable living that are safeguarded and maintained by indigenous peoples. With contributions from John Mohawk, Winona LaDuke, Chief Oren Lyons, and others, these voices tell us how to live with a light footprint--in gratitude and with reverence for community and all creation.
Booklist (02/15/2008):
This historically and environmentally edifying volume consists of essays and talks presented between 1990 and 2006 at the annual Bioneers Conference, an annual gathering ofnative leaders and eco-visionaries from over 20 nations who collectively seek ways to avert a global environmental catastrophe. Stemming from the indigenous ecospiritual concept that when we corrupt and poison the environment, we make war against Mother Earth, speakers address such diverse issues as the loss of Acoma shrines to coal and gas mines, the impact of mega dams, mines, and deforestation on the land belonging to the Canadian Cree, and the pollution of water sources at the Isleta Pueblo, downstream from Albuquerque. The reader becomes familiar with projects like RAFT (Renewing Americas Food Traditions), which works to protect heirloom seeds and conserve native ecosystems, and the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), which focuses on environmental and economic justice issues affecting indigenous peoples, who are disproportionately impacted and burdened by toxic contamination. These indigenous activists have much to share, and they serve as crucial voices in the worldwideeffort to restore our ailing planet.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

Review Quotes:
"Original Instructions shows how human beings can actually play a richly positive role in the web of life as a keystone species that creates conditions conducive to life for all beings. Here is the sacred geography of a world where all life is revered and animated by spirit."
ECOLOGY / INDIGENOUS WISDOM"Buckminster Fuller once complained that the earth had come without a good operating manual. In fact, though, there are an awful lot of instructions that have stood the test of time. Since we're clearly making a mess of things at the moment, it might be wise to pay some attention."--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and the forthcoming The Bill McKibben Reader"Original Instructions shows how human beings can actually play a richly positive role in the web of life as a keystone species that creates conditions conducive to life for all beings. Here is the sacred geography of a world where all life is revered and animated by spirit."--Kenny Ausubel, author of When Healing Becomes a Crime and coexecutive director of BioneersFor millennia the world's Indigenous Peoples have acted as guardians of the web of life for the following seven generations. They have successfully managed complex reciprocal relationships between diverse biological ecosystems and multitudinous human cultures. Awareness of Indigenous Knowledge is reemerging at the eleventh hour to help avert global ecological and social collapse. Indigenous cultural wisdom shows us how to live in peace--with the earth and one another.Original Instructions evokes the rich Indigenous storytelling tradition in this collection of presentations gathered from the annual Bioneers conference, a yearly meeting of some of the world's most seminal environmentalists and social vision-aries. The book depicts how the world's native leaders and scholars are safeguarding the Original Instructions, reminding us about gratitude, kinship, and a reverence for community and creation. Included are more than thirty contemporary Indigenous leaders--such as Chief Oren Lyons, John Mohawk, Winona LaDuke, and John Trudell. These beautiful, wise voices remind us where hope lies.MELISSA K. NELSON, Ph.D., is an ecologist, writer, educator, and social activist whose work is dedicated to Indigenous revitalization and cross-cultural reconciliation. She is a professor of American Indian studies at San Francisco State University and president of The Cultural Conservancy, a nonprofit Indigenous rights organization. She also coproduced the award-winning documentary short film The Salt Song Trail: Bringing Creation Back Together. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Indians and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Review Quotes:
," . . a remarkable reminder that there are people out there doing critical work to safeguard our very existence. This book contains detailed information about the current programs and teachings from some of the best minds on the subject."

Biographical Note:
Melissa K. Nelson, Ph.D., is an ecologist, writer, educator, and social activist whose work is dedicated to indigenous revitalization and cross-cultural reconciliation. She is a professor of American Indian studies at San Francisco State University and president of The Cultural Conservancy, a nonprofit indigenous rights organization. She also coproduced the award-winning documentary short film "The Salt Song Trail: Bringing Creation Back Together." She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments
About Bioneers
Bioneers and Editor's Statement on Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights
Preface: Remembering the Original Instructions
Kenny Ausubel
Introduction: Lighting the Sun of Our Future--How These Teachings Can Provide Illumination
Melissa K. Nelson
Part One
UNCOVERING THE ECO-SPIRITUAL
VALUES OF THE ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS
1 Listening to Natural Law
Chief Oren Lyons
2 First Nations Survival and the Future of the Earth
Rebecca Adamson
3 Acoma Coexistence and Continuance
Petuuche Gilbert
4 Ethics from the Land: Traditional Protocols and the Maintenance of Peace
Marlowe Sam
5 Indigenous Knowledge as the Basis for Our Future
Priscilla Settee
6 Clear Thinking: A Positive Solitary View of Nature
John Mohawk
Part Two
INDIGENOUS DEMOCRACIES
7 The Iroquois Confederacy
John Mohawk
8 A Democracy Based on Peace
Chief Oren Lyons
9 An Okanagan Worldview of Society
Jeannette Armstrong
10 Peace Technologies from the San Bushmen of Africa
Megan Biesele, Kxao =Oma., and /'Angn!ao /'Un
Part Three
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF KINSHIP
11 Where Is the Holy Land?
Leslie Gray
12 Restoring Indigenous History and Culture to Nature
Dennis Martinez, Enrique Salmon, and Melissa K. Nelson
13 Protecting Water Quality and Religious Freedom at the Isleta Pueblo
Verna Williamson-Teller
14 The Art of Thriving in Place
John Mohawk
Part Four
INDIGENOUS FEMININE POWER:
IN HONOR OF SKY WOMAN
15 She Is Us: Thought Woman and the Sustainability of Worship
Paula Gunn Allen
16 Ethiopian Women: From Passive Resources to Active Citizens
Bogaletch Gebre
17 Powerful Like a River: Reweaving the Web of Our Lives in Defense of Environmental and Reproductive Justice
Katsi Cook
Part Five
YOU ARE WHERE YOU EAT:
NATIVE FOODS AND
TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURE
18 From the First to the Last Bite: Learning from the Food Knowledge of Our Ancestors
John Mohawk
19 Re-Indigenizing Our Bodies and Minds through Native Foods
Melissa K. Nelson
20 Dancing for the Apus: Andean Food and Farming
Julio Valladolid Rivera
21 On the Importance of Our Connection to Food
Jacquelyn Ross
22 Protecting the Culture and Genetics of Wild Rice
Winona LaDuke
23 Cultural Change, Climate Change, and the Future of Civilization
John Mohawk
Part Six
DECOLONIZATION AND GLOBAL INDIGENOUS
STRUGGLES FOR JUSTICE
24 Protecting the Web of Life: Indigenous Knowledge and Biojustice
Tom Goldtooth
25 Return of the Ancient Council Ways: Indigenous Survival in Chiapas
Ohki Simine Forest
26 Front Line of Resistance: Indigenous Peoples and Energy Development
Clayton Thomas-Muller
27 Speaking for the Voiceless
Richard DeerTrack
Part Seven
RE-INDIGENIZATION
28 Re-Indigenization Defined
Greg Cajete, John Mohawk, and Julio Valladolid Rivera
29 El Poder de la Palabra/The Power of the Word: Toward a Nahuatl/Mestizo Consciousness
Francisco X. Alarcon
30 Mending the Split-Head Society with Trickster Consciousness
Melissa K. Nelson
31 Re-Nativization in North and South America
Tirso Gonzales
32 Taro Roots Run Deep: Hawaiian Restoration of Sacred Foods and Communities
Mark Paikuli-Stride, Eric Enos, and Nalani Minton
33 The Power of Being a Human Being
John Trudell
Indigenous Resources
Notes
Bibliography
Contributors

Review Quotes:
""Original Instructions" shows how human beings can actually play a richly positive role in the web of life as a keystone species that creates conditions conducive to life for all beings. Here is the sacred geography of a world where all life is revered and animated by spirit."

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"I highly recommend this book. It's the dawning of an era and we must do our part to ensure a positive future for our children."

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"The general themes running through the writings . . . are all very applicable to current problems, and thought provoking. The book has a wealth of information, and many resources for further research and study."

Review Quotes:
"These indigenous activists have much to share, and they serve as crucial voices in the worldwide effort to restore our ailing planet."

Review Quotes:
" . . . a remarkable reminder that there are people out there doing critical work to safeguard our very existence. This book contains detailed information about the current programs and teachings from some of the best minds on the subject."

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" . . . this book presents 'How To' earth wisdom that should be at the forefront of global efforts to restore the planet."

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" . . . will appeal both to New Age and Native American collections . . . an eye-opening survey of sacred geography and a spirit-driven world."

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"Melissa Nelson, in collaboration with Bioneers, has produced an invaluable resource of Indigenous wisdom. This book is a must-read for every socially conscious political leader, member of the clergy, educator, activist, community worker, and entrepreneur interested in participating in the creation of a new and more ecologically sound worldview, one that will be capable of sustaining society in an era of significant global climate change."

Review Quotes:
"Buckminster Fuller once complained that the earth had come without a good operating manual. In fact, though, there are an awful lot of instructions that have stood the test of time. Since we're clearly making a mess of things at the moment, it might be wise to pay some attention."

Review Quotes:
" . . . cogent advice on how people in the world's old growth indigenous societies conduct their relations with each other and the Earth--are couched here in starkly modern terms as questions of sustainability become global fare. . . . The subject matter of this book is eclectic, ranging from toxic chemicals to global warming, changing roles of women, revival of Native languages, "bio-justice," "bio-ethics," and "bio-democracy."
Indigenous leaders and other visionaries suggest solutions to today's global crisis
- Original Instructions are ancient ways of living from the heart of humanity within the heart of nature
- Explores the convergence of indigenous and contemporary science and the re-indigenization of the world's peoples
- Includes authoritative indigenous voices, including John Mohawk and Winona LaDuke
For millennia the world's indigenous peoples have acted as guardians of the web of life for the next seven generations. They've successfully managed complex reciprocal relationships between biological and cultural diversity. Awareness of indigenous knowledge is reemerging at the eleventh hour to help avert global ecological and social collapse. Indigenous cultural wisdom shows us how to live in peace--with the earth and one another.
"Original Instructions" evokes the rich indigenous storytelling tradition in this collection of presentations gathered from the annual Bioneers conference. It depicts how the world's native leaders and scholars are safeguarding the original instructions, reminding us about gratitude, kinship, and a reverence for community and creation. Included are more than 20 contemporary indigenous leaders--such as Chief Oren Lyons, John Mohawk, Winona LaDuke, and John Trudell. These beautiful, wise voices remind us where hope lies.

Review Citations:
Booklist 02/15/2008 pg. 29 (EAN 9781591430797, Paperback)
Reference and Research Bk News 08/01/2008 pg. 92 (EAN 9781591430797, Paperback)
Choice 01/01/2009 (EAN 9781591430797, Paperback)
Contributor Bio: Nelson, Melissa K
Melissa K. Nelson, Ph.D., is an ecologist, writer, educator, and social activist whose work is dedicated to indigenous revitalization and cross-cultural reconciliation. She is a professor of American Indian studies at San Francisco State University and president of The Cultural Conservancy, a nonprofit indigenous rights organization. She also coproduced the award-winning documentary short film The Salt Song Trail: Bringing Creation Back Together. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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