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Spirit of the Indian Warrior
Spirit of the Indian Warrior
Spirit of the Indian Warrior
Spirit of the Indian Warrior
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Price:  $14.95

ISBN:  978-1-936597-62-8
Book Size:  6" x 7.25"
# of Pages:  120
Language:  English



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Richly illustrated with historical photographs and paintings, Spirit of the Indian Warrior presents the thoughts of some of history’s greatest warriors and tribal leaders. It offers an intimate window into the cultural values of courage, loyalty, and generosity. These values remain strong among their proud descendants. And the words of the Indian warrior continue to live on and inspire the people of America’s First Nations, as well as people across the world.
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Richly illustrated with historical photographs and paintings, Spirit of the Indian Warrior presents the thoughts of some of history’s greatest warriors and tribal leaders. It offers an intimate window into the cultural values of courage, loyalty, and generosity.

When the first Europeans landed in North America, its native peoples faced a challenge unlike any before. Many warriors and chiefs vowed, like Tecumseh, “to resist as long as I live and breathe.” Some eventually accepted treaties of peace, but they soon found, like Chief Joseph, that these were worth little: “What treaty that the whites have kept has the red man broken? Not one. What treaty that the whites ever made with us red men have they kept? Not one.”

Hope for the future, however, remains strong among their proud descendants. And the words of the Indian warrior live on and inspire the people of America’s First Nations, as well as people across the world.



The Editors of “Spirit of the Indian Warrior”

Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald is an author, editor, and publisher of books on world religions, sacred art, tradition, culture, and philosophy. He has written and edited many publications on American Indian spirituality, including Yellowtail: Crow Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief, and was adopted into Yellowtail's tribe and family. Fitzgerald has also taught university classes on religious traditions of North American Indians and lectured widely. His contributions to World Wisdom books and DVDs include:

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Joseph A. Fitzgerald

Joseph Fitzgerald has authored or edited several books on diverse world religions and philosophy that have won more than ten awards, including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award. The subjects include Buddhism, Hinduism, the American Indians, Christianity, the ecological crisis and the Perennial Philosophy. Fitzgerald studied Comparative Religion at Indiana University, where he also earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. He is an adopted grandson of Thomas Yellowtail, one of the most honored American Indian spiritual leaders of the last century. For more than thirty years, Joseph has traveled extensively throughout the American Indian, Oriental and Islamic worlds. He has edited the following books for World Wisdom:

    

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Charles Trimble

Charles “Chuck” Trimble is an American Indian author, journalist, and advocate, and a national leader in Indian affairs. He has written the Foreword to four World Wisdom books: Spirit of the Indian Warrior (June 2019), an illustrated book of quotations; Black Elk, Lakota Visionary: The Oglala Holy Man and Sioux Tradition (April 2018); an abridged and illustrated edition of Frances Densmore’s Teton Sioux Music, retitled World of the Teton Sioux Indians: Their Music, Life, and Culture (September 2016); and an illustrated edition of Charles Eastman’s Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing (June 2016). Mr. Trimble is the author of the book Iveska (Dog Ear Publishing, 2012), a collection of his own memories of his childhood and life, as well as reflections on matters of interest to those who follow American Indian affairs. Charles Trimble was born and reared on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Charles was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2013 and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He is now retired and lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife, Anne.

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Reviews of Spirit of the Indian Warrior

“An absolutely essential and critically important little volume that deftly showcases Native American wisdom and experience, Spirit of the Indian Warrior is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Native American Studies collections and supplemental curriculum lists.”
Wisconsin Bookwatch



“This book is an essential resource for understanding the First Peoples and the spiritual function of the warrior. In a world where the ascendency of violence blindly defaults to a confused and futile strategy of resolving human conflicts through violence, the tradition of the warrior as found across the diverse cultures of the world teaches otherwise. This work reminds us of the timeless wisdom found in the First Peoples’ lifeways and the need to be in balance and harmony not only with other human beings but with the natural world and the entire web of life. This collection of voices from the First Peoples affirms our need to live life fully in the here-and-now with courage, dignity, and respect for all life.”
—from a review by Samuel Bendeck Sotillos in Parabola



“This beautifully designed volume depicts, through carefully chosen quotes and strikingly moving images, the spiritual depth of American Indian life—past and present. In our tribal nations, warriors have always occupied an honored place—not because they are devoted to war, but because they are willing to risk their lives to protect us. Spirit of the Indian Warrior recognizes and honors that role, presenting the words and the faces of those fighters for the people—reminding us of the enduring nature of our cultures and our customs.”
—Joseph Bruchac, author of Crazy Horse’s Vision and Code Talker



Spirit of the Indian Warrior contains notable observations and speeches by some of history’s greatest warriors and tribal leaders. It offers an intimate window into their spirituality, cultural values, and understanding of the tide and time of a brutal history engulfing them.”
—Charles Trimble, founder of the American Indian Press Association and past Executive Director of the National congress of American Indians



Spirit of the Indian Warrior is a wonderful work by award-winning writers Michael Oren Fitzgerald and Joseph A. Fitzgerald. They have provided the profound words by Indian warriors and leaders regarding warfare and the reasons Indians went to war. The current comment used today to our military, ‘thank you for your service,’ is most appropriately applied to Indian nations and their struggles to exist. The book is beautifully illustrated and also contains photographs of contemporary Indian armed service men and women. Both general readers and serious students of Native American history will find this book an enjoyable and thought-provoking experience.”
Raymond Wilson, Professor Emeritus of History, Fort Hays State University, and author of Ohiyesa: Charles A. Eastman, Santee Sioux



“As witnessed by the sun, earth, and winds, whether during peace or warfare, the voices of seasoned statesmen echo to us in Spirit of the Indian Warrior. Their words manifest humility and gallantry against the onslaught of radical change invading their homelands. In photographs, their eyes gaze with a haunting calmness, mirroring the steadfastness and fidelity embodied in a warrior code grounded upon honor and truth. Their vision of the public good gives perseverance to our own way of life.”
Vivian Arviso Deloria, President of the Navajo Nation Women’s Commission and former Executive Director of Education for the Navajo Nation




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