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The wisdom from these stories can become a companion on your own spiritual journey.Native American stories of the sacred are intended for more than entertainment: they are teaching tales containing elegantly simple illustrations of time-honored truths. From tales of Creation to Why? stories that help explain the natural world around us, these stories highlight the sacredness of all life and affirm that we are each an integral part of all that is holy.Drawn from tribes across North America, these are careful retellings of traditional stories such as Son of Lights quest to win back his captured wife from the monstrous Man-Eagle; humble Muskrats noble self-sacrifice to establish solid land so other beings might live; Water Spiders creative solution for retrieving fire for all the animals; and White Buffalo Calf Womans profound gift of the sacred pipe to the people. Each of the compelling stories in this collection illustrates principles that can guide you on your own spiritual quest.Now you can experience the wisdom of these teaching tales even if you have no previous knowledge of Native American traditions. SkyLight Illuminations provides insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that explains the cultural and spiritual significance of the seemingly mundane objects found in these storiestobacco, gambling, even the exploits of mischievous tricksters such as Coyote and Weaselwhile gracefully drawing comparisons to Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions, among others. Whatever your spiritual heritage, these Native American stories of the sacred are sure to delight and inspire you with the sacredness of all Creation, and remind you that the earth does not belong to uswe belong to the earth.Evan T. Pritchard, who is of Mikmaq and Celtic descent, is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture, based in Woodstock, New York, and is professor of Native American studies and philosophy at Marist College. A musician and storyteller, he lectures frequently around the U.S. and Canada, and is the author of Native New Yorkers and No Word for Time.

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