American Stories of the Sacred
Retold and Annotated by Evan Pritchard
272 pp, ISBN 1-59473-112-8 $16.95
Skylight Paths Publishing
"The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth."
AMERICAN STORIES OF THE SACRED is one of those rare books that
manages to both give deep insight into the spiritual dimensions
of American Indian life while remaining respectful and appropriate.
Not only is its selection of representative stories wide-ranging,
well-told, and carefully chosen, Evan Pritchard's comments on
the stories, oral tradition and the sacred in Native life are
Joseph Bruchac, author of Sacajaweah, and dozens of other
award winning books.
immensely wise and entertaining and instructive book. Pritchard
delivers 100 per cent on his two main points: That Native American"stories"
reveal humankind as standing half-way between heaven and earth;
that a reading of those spiritual journeys helps us discover the
bedrock of our own faiths."
Russell Bourne, author Gods of War, Gods of Peace
book is the real thing! Evan T. Pritchard elucidates the meaning
of these seminal Native American stories and weaves them into
the rich tapestries of diverse cultures and spiritual paths.."
Michael J. Caduto, author of Earth Tales from Around the World,
co-author of the best-selling Keepers of the Earth
Pritchard is emerging as one of the clearest, most authentic voices
in the lore and literature of Native America. In this book he
captures both the playfulness and the narrative genius of Amerindian
Stephen Larsen, Fire in the Mind, the biography of Joseph Campbell;
tapestry of myth and legend enriched by historical and spiritual
insight. The author transcends the subject matter revealing the
ancient message within the tales that is often as meaningful for
as it was before such tales were written down."
Stephen Sora, author of Treasures from Heaven, and Lost Treasure
of the Knights Templar.
is an important book, bringing together vital Native American
stories in the context of their cultural, historical and spiritual
life. What a treasure."
Gioia Timpanelli, author of Sometimes The Soul.
Pritchard has given us a treasury of sparkling myths and deeply
sacred stories that have long deserved to stand beside the sacred
narratives of the world's wisdom traditions. This work, with its
insightful and far-reaching commentaries, will allow this to happen:
it is an important and genuine contribution."
E.H. Rick Jarow Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Vassar
author of In Search of the Sacred, Creating the Work You Love,
Tales for the Dying.
is a wonderful collection of stories. Evan Pritchard's rich personal
background allows him to tell these ancient tales in a fresh way
and show how Native American wisdom deserves its place among the
great spiritual teachings of the world. I was continually fascinated
by his ability to explain Native American traditions in terms
of their counterparts in such various places as the Bible, Tom
Sawyer, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rumi, and
Cowan, author of Celtic Shamanism.
Pritchard is the scout we need to lead us into new territories.
This sturdy work brims with insights into the relevance of Native
American spirituality to the challenges that face us as a nation
individuals embedded in the natural world."
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat,
coauthors of Spiritual Literacy and Spiritual Rx
to be intrigued, amused, and deeply moved by Evan Pritchard's
wise retellings of these sacred Native American stories. If you
search for deeper connection to All That Is, this book provides
Cait Johnson, author of
Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit
and co-author (with Maura D. Shaw) of Celebrating the