Grandfather's Song

Grandfather's Song

by Jake George

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Overview

A troubled Lenape Indian asks the Great Spirit for a vision. In Talking Coyote's vision, a giant who calls himself, the Keeper-of-the-animals, visits him. The Keeper tells him all the animals have been saved from mankind in the Old World the Native Americans left behind millennia ago, The Old World, man left behind to come to this world to live with their brothers and sisters the animals, birds and fish. The Keeper tells Talking Coyote that the Native peoples must come back to the Old World to help maintain balance."Grandfather's Song" is the story of the Jefferson and Cornplanter families and Talking Coyote's attempt to find his way to the Old World. Flashbacks to Lenape legends and ancient stories told around campfires tell him the path to take. Along the way he meets other Keepers and people who will help him with his vision. His success in bringing the Native people to the Old World broke up families and tribes along religious lines. Those Native Americans and other ancient peoples who have converted to a religion other than that of their ancestors are left behind when Talking Coyote leads the people to the Old World.The Native peoples return to the Old World to live in the old ways the Great Spirit had taught their ancestors, to live and hunt among the animals, and to live a life of balance and harmony with nature. The indigenous people of the world find themselves free to live as their ancestors had once lived, governed only by their religion and their tribal members.

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ISBN-13: 9781475297584
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/14/2012
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

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Grandfather's Song 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake George has given us a work about Lenape people which purports to be based, in part, on 'ancient Lenape tribal lore.' Unfortunately, there are almost no recognizable Lenape elements anywhere to be found in this book. The Indian names of the months used are none of them Lenape--except that for December (which is probably only by coincidence). The very sparse employment of the Lenape language is terribly flawed. The author writes, 'N'gsisak,' for 'my son.' No such word exists in Lenape. This should be 'gwitet.' He writes 'Ana,' for 'mother.' This is fine when a character is addressing his mother, but not when speaking *about* his mother. The author uses 'his Ana' and 'my Ana.' The correct forms are 'kohesa' and 'gahes,' respectively. George calls Bigfoot, a 'Xinkwelenowak' (literally, 'big men'), throughout the book. This is a plural form, not a singular. (Bigfoot has no place in Lenape lore or beliefs. The 'spider sight' ('...through a thousand little prisms...' - p.2) is drawn from modern biological science--not from Indian ideas! The author's exposition of Lenape beliefs about homosexuality (gays are 'healers' - p.14) is not a Lenape belief. The Lenape of Pennsylvania, in 1702, had not employed the atlatl ('spear thrower') for hundreds of years, by that date, though the author has them using it (pp.22 & 23). There were no moose in Pennsylvania, in 1702, and the Allentown, PA area is not in the natural range of the raven. Both appear there in this work. (pp.23 & 24). The author states that the 'Sioux' are an 'Algonquin' people (p.41). They are not. He thinks, for some reason, that the 'Unami' are native to southwestern Virginia (p.112). They are not. [I suppose he got this idea from the so-called 'Ani-Stohini Unami Nation,' which has a site on the internet but, that group has no discoverable ties to the Unami of the Lenape, whose traditional homeland is southern New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and northern Delaware.] The author's misidentification of the honorific familial terms for various spirit-beings of the Lenape is telling. He calls the Great Spirit and Winter, 'grandfather (pp.164 & 108) and, the Earth he calls 'grandmother' (p.64) To the Lenape, the Great Spirit is 'father,' Winter is not accorded an honorific title, and the Earth is 'mother.' Finally, the whole tale revolves around the magical powers of a few sacred tobacco pipes, which items are NOT a part of traditional Lenape culture and religion. I'm not a literary critic, so I'll pass on commenting on whatever aesthetic worth this book may or may not have, as literature. For furthering the reader's understanding of the Lenape, it has no value. Raymond WhritenourLENAPE TEXTS & STUDIES
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love animals and nature and have even a slight interest in native folk lore, this is a must read. It is an easy reading book that makes you feel like you are right in the middle of the action. The book is based on true native American folk lore and is a hard one to put down once you start reading. But, if you must break away before reading it to the end, the chapters are short enough that you can easily read to the end of a chapter before you leave. I thorougly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to anyone with an open mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake George is a true Native American storyteller. Traditionally, storytelling is one of the most cherished means of instruction for Native Americans throughout this continent, past and present. 'Grandfather's Song' is versed in ancient knowledge and Jake George has given us a gift on behalf of all Native Americans. He does his Lenape heritage proud and it speaks on the pages of 'Grandfather's Song.' My question, after reading 'Grandfather's Song' is 'how can we give back to Mother Earth to repay the damages done her?' (There has come a time when ancient Native ideas are ready to be acted upon...now is that time...Sage Sweetwater) 'Grandfather's Song' is the beginning of a journey of recovery and a powerful voice from Jake George from the native homeland. Well done, Jake! It is an honor to be in your company. I wish you much success and the passing on of your natural storytelling to future generations for the winds of renewal. ~Sage Sweetwater, firebrand lesbian novelist, author of The Buckskin Skirt Oar Traveler and From The Convent To The Rawhide: The Saga of Sadie Cade And Vi Montana~
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting, easy reading, thought provoking book, written by one of those authors whose writing makes you feel you are at the scene being described. The story is well written, realistic, full of surprises and humorous twists. It has a little something for every interest: adventure, love, mystery and more. The short chapters make it excellent for those with little time for reading. You can read some chapters during a commercial on TV or while taking a short break at work. While some readers may be offended by some of the religious ideas and sexual situations, the book is very tastefully written. Any reader with an open mind should enjoy it immensely.