Photo: A female shaman from the Clayoquot region of Vancouver Island. Photo by Edward Curtis.
It may be that we shall receive no vision or message from the Great Spirit the first time that we 'lament', yet we try many times, for we should remember that Wakan-Tanka is always anxious to aid those who seek Him with a pure heart. But of course much depends on the nature of the person who cries for a vision, and upon the degree to which he has purified and prepared himself.
'The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America'
By James Wilson (Author)
As far as history books are concerned, Native Americans have been secondary to an essentially Euro-American story. Now James Wilson has produced a rigorously authoritative, beautifully written, comprehensive history that - as Richard Gott wrote in the London Literary Review - "places the 'Native Americans' at the center of the historical stage, abandoning the traditional version of the American past in which the 'Indians' had a subservient role on the periphery of someone else's epic. Drawing not only on historical sources but also on ethnography, archaeology, Indian oral tradition, and his own extensive research in Native American communities, James Wilson sets out to make the Indian perspective on the past and the present accessible to a broad audience.