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To You We Shall Return: Lessons About Our Planet from the Lakota

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“Grandmother, you who listen and hear all, you from whom all good things come…It is your embrace we feel when we return to you…” This traditional Lakota prayer to Grandmother Earth opens Joseph Marshall III's newest work, a meditation on our connection to the land and an exhortation to respect it. Using a combination of personal anecdote, detailed history, and Lakota tales, Marshall takes us back to his childhood and shows us how we, too, can learn to love our planet.
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Overview

“Grandmother, you who listen and hear all, you from whom all good things come…It is your embrace we feel when we return to you…” This traditional Lakota prayer to Grandmother Earth opens Joseph Marshall III's newest work, a meditation on our connection to the land and an exhortation to respect it. Using a combination of personal anecdote, detailed history, and Lakota tales, Marshall takes us back to his childhood and shows us how we, too, can learn to love our planet.
Although he was educated in Euro-American schools, Marshall had the benefit of growing up with wise grandparents who taught him never to walk a path without knowing the trail from which he'd come: that the bow does not make the hunter, and above all, that the earth can be boundlessly generous-if we can learn to accept its gifts.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402736087
  • Publisher: Sterling Ethos
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,387,064
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Hunger 1

Part I Remembrances

1 Smoking Earth 14

2 The Man Who Plants Seeds 25

3 Icewinskas! 35

4 Look Back and Remember 48

5 The Sliver of the New Moon 57

6 Fences 70

7 Buffalo Woman 83

Part II To You We Shall Return

8 The Atomic Age 96

9 Drums 109

10 Away from the Village 123

11 If Only the Land Could Talk 138

12 The Invention of the Arrow 154

Afterword: When We Return to You 169

Acknowledgments 179

Index 181

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