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PORCUPINE, SOUTH DAKOTA Russell Means has released his latest book, "If You've Forgotten The Names Of The Clouds, You've Lost Your Way: An Introduction to American Indian Thought and Philosophy, " online.
Russell Means - AIM Leader
Means, who was one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement during the Wounded Knee siege in 1973, released "Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means" in 1995.
His latest endeavor was co-written by Bayard Johnson. "You've Forgotten The Names Of The Clouds, You've Lost Your Way" takes the reader on a journey into the intriguing and little understood belief system and world view shared by many American Indians and other indigenous people around the world.
The American Indian way of living has almost nothing in common with the patriarchal philosophies and religions of Europe and Asia, and this book helps explain the violent clash of cultures that continues to erupt between indigenous and industrial societies whenever they come into contact anywhere in the world.
Few Lakota are still living who heard the true account of their people's beliefs directly from Elders who were born free, whose earliest memories pre-dated the fencing of the Plains and the imprisonment of the Lakota people and culture. Russell Means is one of these.
As a young leader of the American Indian Movement, which helped resuscitate Indian nations throughout the hemisphere, Russell had the privilege of learning traditional Lakota ways and knowledge from Elders who were steeped in these ancient teachings. It is now Russell's turn to pass on this timeless and timely wisdom to a world starved for balance and truth.
Look for "If You've Forgotten The Names Of The Clouds, You've Lost Your Way: An Introduction to American Indian Thought and Philosophy" on Amazon.com
posted July 28, 2012 7:50 am edt