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One Drum

Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet
Written by: Richard Wagamese
Narrated by: Christian Baskous
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
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Fans of Richard Wagamese’s writing will be heartened by the news that the best-selling author left behind a manuscript he’d been working on until shortly before his death in 2017.

In One Drum, Wagamese wrote, “I am not a shaman. Nor am I an elder, a pipe carrier, or a celebrated traditionalist. I am merely one who has trudged the same path many of this human family has - the path of the seeker, called forward by a yearning I have not always understood.”

One Drum draws from the foundational teachings of Ojibway tradition, the Grandfather Teachings. Focusing specifically on the lessons of humility, respect, and courage, the volume contains simple ceremonies that anyone anywhere can do, alone or in a group, to foster harmony and connection. Wagamese believed that there is a shaman in each of us, that we are all teachers, and in the world of the spirit, there is no right way or wrong way.

Writing of neglect, abuse, and loss of identity, Wagamese recalled living on the street, going to jail, drinking too much, feeling rootless and afraid, and then the feeling of hope he gained from connecting with the spiritual ways of his people. He expressed the belief that ceremony has the power to unify and to heal for people of all backgrounds. “When that happens,” he wrote, “we truly become one song and one drum beating together in a common purpose - and we are on the path to being healed.”

One Drum welcomes listeners to unite in ceremony to heal themselves and bring harmony to their lives and communities.

©2019 Estate of Richard Allen Wagamese Gilkinson. Foreword © 2019 Drew Hayden Taylor (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Wisdom of the past which is more relevant today

This naration is part of a life learning of Richard Wagamese. He has done an marvelous job taking his life values of the past and explaining them in a contemporary view. His spiritual life principles transcend all religions and are needed today even more.

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Engaging and thoughtful

I really enjoyed One Drum. I like the approach of retelling stories that I have heard since a child, but bringing that thoughtful consideration of how they apply to my modern adult life, looking for ways to become more connected to my culture. The narration is relaxing and comforting. It makes you feel as though you are sitting with a familiar elder.

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Powerful and thought-provoking

It is such a pity that Richard Wagamese did not live long enough to finish this wonderful manuscript with its stories indirect teachings and direct explanations of the seven grandfather teachings of the Ojibwe. The three sections that he did finish are well read/delivered by Christian Baskous.

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Beautiful book of wisdom!

One I will read again and again. I loved listening to Christian Baskous read this enlightening book of wisdom and story. To me it’s like a gem that hasn’t been completely cut...I wish Wagamese had had the time to complete it, but I am glad to have had the chance to read what portion he did finish.

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Baskous and Titles

I really enjoy Christian Baskous' reading. I would enjoy having the titles on the chapters displayed, instead of "chapter 1" for example.