Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies

by Robert Lake-Thom (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Native Americans believe that animal spirits can ultimately influence everyday
lives. Lake-Thom, a healer and a descendant of three Native American tribes,
combines his own experience, work with tribal elders, and readings from folk
tales to explain the significance of good- and bad-luck symbols to these tribes.
For instance, the hummingbird is considered to be a good-luck messenger that can
carry a person's prayers to the Creator; in contrast, the owl is considered a
sign of bad luck and a messenger of death. In a clear and straightforward
writing style, the author defines symbols such as the turtle, bear, and coyote
for Karuk, Seneca, and Cherokee tribes. He also includes several chapters on how
one can get in touch with animal spirits through active participation in
ceremonies and establishing sacred places. There is a helpful index and
accompanying sketches. Recommended for public libraries.

Product Details

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Plume (August 1, 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0452276500



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