Last Chance at Voices in the Stones — the book I always read from when asked to speak of what I have learned from my time with Native people.

The “Dan” trilogy is everybody’s favorite, and it takes you on a wonderful journey. But Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way is the book you need to know (or share) if you want the inside story of what I have learned and what I think we as a culture need to learn from the Native way of life and understanding.

It has the story of my encounter with an old man in a cafe in Spirit Lake, North Dakota, where we talk about the spiritual power and teachings of animals. There is the story of my afternoon with a Nez Perce man, related to Chief Joseph, who speaks of how everyone must be made to feel needed if a culture is to be healthy and whole. There is a recounting of my time experiencing the forces of the unseen on the Bear’s Paw battlefield in Montana.

There are stories about the power of giving, the spiritual power of words, and the honoring of the forgotten dead while I am present at the reinterment of the centuries old bones of a teenage girl on a lonely Minnesota prairie.

In all these stories I do something I rarely do: I speak directly to you, the reader, about the significance these moments had for me and the life lessons we need to learn from them.

This is the book I read from when I am asked to speak about what I have learned from the Native peoples. It talks about us, it talks about them, it talks about where our hearts and lives should meet. One reader said it should be considered the reader’s guide to the trilogy of Neither Wolf nor Dog, The Wolf at Twilight, and The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo.

I look upon Voices in the Stones and Native Echoes as siblings. The one is the narrative explanation of our relationship to the Native peoples, the other is a metaphoric exploration of that relationship. Buy them separately, buy them together. They are both physically beautiful books. I love them both.

Carole has only a few of each left before she closes down for good.  I think you would value them.

Posted on: December 15, 2020knerburn

4 thoughts on “Last Chance at Voices in the Stones — the book I always read from when asked to speak of what I have learned from my time with Native people.

  1. Have just finished the trilogy Neither Wolf or Dog etc. For me it was a “coming home” even though I was born in Denmark, etc.
    I have read many books re the Native peoples and each one brings me “home” in a clean and deep way — and I have met, talked with many of the original peoples — what they have to say plus how they say it — all feels like a ” home” to me. And your books tell me the same.
    I am grateful for your telling and thank you very much. I am an old woman, an elder, now, but feel younger even time I meet someone like you — I can listen for hours!

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