Often spoken at the end of a prayer, a well-known Sioux phrase affirms that we are all related." Similarly, the Sioux medicine man, Brave Buffalo, came to realize when he was still a boy that the maker of all was Wakan Tanka (the Great Spirit), and ...in order to honor him I must honor his works in nature." The interconnectedness of all things, and the respect all things are due, are among the most prominentand most welcomethemes in this collection of Indian voices on nature. Within the book are carefully authenticated quotations from men and women of nearly fifty North American tribes. The illustrations include historical photographs of American Indians, as well as a wide selection of contemporary photographs showing the diversity of the North American natural world. Together, these quotations and photographs beautifully present something of nature's timeless message.
Michael Oren Fitzgerald is the author and editor of more than fifteen books that have received some two dozen awards, including the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, the Ben Franklin Award, and the USA Best Books Award. His prize-winning publications include Indian Spirit, The Spirit of Indian Women, and Living in Two Worlds: The American Indian Experience. Michael lives with his wife in Bloomington, Indiana. Joseph A. Fitzgerald studied Comparative Religion at Indiana University, where he also earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. A recipient of the Ben Franklin Award and numerous other awards, Joseph has edited ten books on world religion, culture, and philosophy. His works include The Cheyenne Indians: Their History and Lifeways, Illustrated and World of the Teton Sioux Indians: Their Music, Life & Culture. He lives with his wife and daughters in Bloomington, Indiana. Joseph Bruchac is a world-renowned and multiple award-winning Native author and storyteller who has written more than 120 books for both children and adults. His poems, articles, and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, including National Geographic and Smithsonian Magazine. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York.