Simply Living: The Spirit of the Indigenous People

Simply Living: The Spirit of the Indigenous People

by Shirley Jones

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Simply Living: The Spirit of the Indigenous People by Shirley Jones

Each of us has a tribal ancestry. We carry within us an ancient identity. Most of us took the technological path from this source: logical, analytical, exclusive, specialized, centralized. A very small minority has remained on the path of their ancestors: holistic, intuitive, inclusive, diversified, and generalized. Their lives are organized along simpler lines, simpler living. While critically endangered in most parts of the world, and disappearing as larger technological cultures surround and dilute them, the last strains of their wisdom live on today. Most of us now are trying to simplify our technological lives, to bring our existence more into line with the wisdom of nature and community. Simply Living gathers wisdom from 240 ethnic groups on every continent about this way of life, seeking to find a voice that harkens back to our ancient identity. This is wisdom based in villages and tribes, wisdom built on awareness of the natural world and awareness of the basic human needs often ignored by modern life. Often funny and eccentric, the quotes offered here avoid glorifying indigenous people and instead seek to show the full texture of human experience while revealing the common truths we share.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608680061
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 02/08/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 893,445
File size: 647 KB

About the Author

Shirley Ann Jones is rooted in diverse living. She has a degree in biology with a chemistry minor and a master's degree in English, specifically the teaching of writing. She has written books that range in content from the history of barbed wire to the wisdom of science to basics of sex education. Shirley was a nutrition educator with the University of California Cooperative Extension and taught a research writing course at the University of the Pacific, with a focus on connecting to the larger design of living. She currently lives with her husband in Lodi, California, and has two grown sons and four grandchildren.

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