Walking on the Wind: Cherokee Teachings for Harmony and Balance

Walking on the Wind: Cherokee Teachings for Harmony and Balance

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by Michael Tlanusta Garrett
     
 

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In the spirit of the highly acclaimed Medicine of the Cherokee, coauthored with his father J. T. Garrett, Michael Garrett shares with us the delightful, all-ages stories passed down from his great-grandfather and other medicine teachers. Blending his background as an Eastern Cherokee with his skills as a counselor, Michael reveals through these tales how

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In the spirit of the highly acclaimed Medicine of the Cherokee, coauthored with his father J. T. Garrett, Michael Garrett shares with us the delightful, all-ages stories passed down from his great-grandfather and other medicine teachers. Blending his background as an Eastern Cherokee with his skills as a counselor, Michael reveals through these tales how to make sense of our experiences in life, see beauty in them, and be at peace with our choices.

"Michael's blend of traditional Cherokee ways with that of science and psychology illustrates that both Native and non-Native peoples can learn to thrive together...for the betterment of all" --Native Peoples magazine

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
How does one learn from the wisdom of Native American cultures without adding to the violence that has been done to the sacredness and integrity of those traditions? In this volume, Garrett, an Eastern Band Cherokee who teaches education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, provides profound and beautiful answers to that question. As he notes, the book has two goals: to honor his people's vision of a balanced life and to share their accumulated wisdom about health and wellness with the larger, contemporary culture. Each chapter features delightful narratives of Cherokee stories and myths--the love of Moon for Sun, how the animals teach humanity to respect the harmony of nature, why possum's tail is bare, why turtle's shell is scarred, as well as recollections from Garrett's childhood. He notes that his father taught him that it was his task "to discover through the stories--the beauty and lessons offered to us through everyday experience." Garrett discusses lessons learned about how to make difficult choices, how to hear our intuitive sense of right and wrong and how to deal with painful experiences. Also included in this wide-ranging book are descriptions of the purposes of Pow-Wow, Iroquois False Face Societies, managing a modern kitchen in ways that respect the balance of nature and brief discussions about acid rain and greenhouse gases. Written in accessible language, Garrett's book is a useful primer on Native American spirituality. (July)
Steven McFadden
"For the souls of modern people, this book is Good Medicine."
Native Peoples magazine
"[Garrett's] blend of the traditional Cherokee stories and ways with that of science and psychology illustrates that both Native and non-Native peoples can learn to thrive together, and that they have a lot to learn from each other for the betterment of humankind."
Myrtle Driver Johnson
"I am a traditional Cherokee mother and grandmother, and it is my responsibility to teach my children and grandchildren to be at peace with everyone and everything, and how to live as true Cherokee (Tsa la gi), in harmony with all living things. If the Creator (U ne tla nv hi) decided that he needed me more than my children and grandchildren needed me tomorrow, then I can go to him at peace knowing that this wonderful book, Walking on the Wind, was here to teach them the things I didn't get a chance to teach them."
Carol Locust
"I wept as I read--so simple the stories, so powerful the messages! Great truths revealed through storytelling helps the reader see visions and dream dreams through Cherokee eyes."
From the Publisher
"[Garrett's] blend of the traditional Cherokee stories and ways with that of science and psychology illustrates that both Native and non-Native peoples can learn to thrive together, and that they have a lot to learn from each other for the betterment of humankind."

"For the souls of modern people, this book is Good Medicine."

"I am a traditional Cherokee mother and grandmother, and it is my responsibility to teach my children and grandchildren to be at peace with everyone and everything, and how to live as true Cherokee (Tsa la gi), in harmony with all living things. If the Creator (U ne tla nv hi) decided that he needed me more than my children and grandchildren needed me tomorrow, then I can go to him at peace knowing that this wonderful book, Walking on the Wind, was here to teach them the things I didn't get a chance to teach them."

"I wept as I read—so simple the stories, so powerful the messages! Great truths revealed through storytelling helps the reader see visions and dream dreams through Cherokee eyes."

Eastern Band of Cherokee Myrtle Driver Johnson
"I am a traditional Cherokee mother and grandmother, and it is my responsibility to teach my children and grandchildren to be at peace with everyone and everything, and how to live as true Cherokee (Tsa la gi), in harmony with all living things. If the Creator (U ne tla nv hi) decided that he needed me more than my children and grandchildren needed me tomorrow, then I can go to him at peace knowing that this wonderful book, Walking on the Wind, was here to teach them the things I didn't get a chance to teach them."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591439356
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
537,123
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Steven McFadden
"For the souls of modern people, this book is Good Medicine.
Myrtle Driver Johnson
"I am a traditional Cherokee mother and grandmother, and it is my responsibility to teach my children and grandchildren to be at peace with everyone and everything, and how to live as true Cherokee (Tsa la gi), in harmony with all living things. If the Creator (U ne tla nv hi) decided that he needed me more than my children and grandchildren needed me tomorrow, then I can go to him at peace knowing that this wonderful book, Walking on the Wind, was here to teach them the things I didn't get a chance to teach them.

Meet the Author

Michael Tlanusta Garrett, Ph.D., is both a student and teacher of the Cherokee Way, drawn from the ancient wisdom teachings of the medicine elders on the Cherokee Reservation in the Great Smoky Mountains. He is an assistant professor of counselor education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the author of Walking on the Wind, and the coauthor of Cherokee Full Circle and Medicine of the Cherokee.

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Walking on the Wind : Cherokee Teachings for Harmony and Balance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book goes into more detail about living the traditional way, but also the 'natural way,' in harmony with all living things and the Earth (which is all living). The teachings are on following what the Indians would call the good Red Road, as a spiritual path. I am seeking more harmony and balance and more of the 'natural way' as a way of 'being,' and this book really helped. Wisdom like walking 'with the earth' and not 'on it' has really helped changed my flow, increase my in-the-moment acceptance, and release my desire to always push for results. (I gave it 4 stars as I haven't finished reading it yet!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really helps you find your center and like the other reviewer I could feel peace washing over me as I read it. This is a must have book. Very helpful and beautiful. I didn't agree with the Rule of Opposites as a generalisation but I loved the book. I certainly hope Michael Garrett writes more. His work is truly inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading this book, I felt an uncommon peace. I found it both enlightening and mentally soothing. Garrett writes with a special sensitivity that brings the images in his ancesterial stories to life in the mind of the reader. You hear the sounds, smell the forest, and feel connected to the great Cherokee People.
BookLover1308 More than 1 year ago
Walking on the Wind: Cherokee Teachings for Harmony and Balance by Michael T. Garrett is a wonderful book that is full of wisdom. I really enjoyed this book and it resonated very deeply with me. In this book we are shown how to be a helper in the traditional way by never taking more than we need, giving thanks for what we have and what we receive, using all of what we have, and giving away what we do not need. We are introduced to the sacredness of the four directions and what they represent. This book gives us a lot of traditional wisdom to help us live in harmony with all things. We are shown the Rule of opposites and how it emphasizes the role of choice in our lives. We are shown how to stay in harmony with the circle and the four directions among other things. I especially enjoyed the exercises found within which help us create peace for ourselves and harmony in our lives. I recommend this book to anyone who wants more harmony and balance in their lives. There is a lot of wisdom in this book. I especially enjoyed the prayer at the end in Tsalagi and also the prayer to the Four Directions in Tsalagi. I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from Bear & Company Publishing in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of the book.
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