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Grandfather Speaks: A Book of Verse

Grandfather Speaks: A Book of Verse

by Manitonquat (Medicine Story)


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This book contains poems that issue mainly from the poet's experience and perspective as a First Nation Wampanoag member. Raised and educated by his non-native mother, he was also strongly influenced by his Wampanoag grandfather's stories and knowledge of the history of his people. In his thirties he began to travel to learn from elders of nations that lay distant from civilization in Canada and the north and southwest and found from them the wisdom he had found nowhere else. The elders asked him to go where he might be invited and make this wisdom available to all who asked for it, and for five decades, he has continued to travel wherever invited and speak to all who wish to listen.

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ISBN-13: 9781537062365
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 92
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Manitonquat (Medicine Story) is a storyteller, an elder and a keeper of the lore of the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation of Massachusetts. Author of ten published books and a former columnist and poetry editor with the internationally acclaimed journal Akwesasne Notes, he has also edited Heritage, a journal of Native American liberation. He continues to develop tools for creating a more humane society based upon teachings of the elders of the First Nations and the explorations of his camps under the designation The Circle Way. More on The Circle Way and Manitonquat's writings can be found online at

Manitonquat has spoken to peace conferences and groups on 3 continents, was the keynote speaker at the United Nations observance of the 50th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination, directs prison programs for native spirituality, advises a nature school, and, with his wife Ellika, makes workshops and annual international family camps and advises new communities in 10 European countries and the US.

His ambition is to work with like-minded folks to create a community based on the Circle Way of relating and centered on the care and respect for children and elders, a community in which he would be glad to spend the last years of his life with his beloved Ellika.

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