Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions

Written by John Lame Deer

  In Lame deer, Seeker of Visions, John Lame Deer, a Lakota Sioux shaman, ascribes a meaning to life that contrasts sharply with the white man's "square" world, which is defined by acquiring and hording "green frog skins"--a world view that leads to a "no-life.  Rather, the Indian sees the world as round; everything has spiritual significance and everything is connected.

                                                                      A white man might see a coffee pot on a stove as a material artifact, the Indian sees the steam coming from the kettle, the rain from the clouds which brought the water, the labor of the farmer who raised the coffee, the rain that nourished the plant, his grandmother who for years brewed coffee with this pot, the many family members and friends who drank the coffee--in other words, a round, interconnected, meaningful, intrinsically valuable real life.

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