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  • A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies
  • Written by: Bobby Lake-Thom
  • Narrated by: Lorne Cardinal
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Written by: Bobby Lake-Thom
Narrated by: Lorne Cardinal
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Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary compilation of legends and rituals about nature's ever-present signs. From the birds that soar above us to the insects beneath our feet, Native American healer Bobby Lake-Thom shows how the creatures of the earth can aid us in healing and self-knowledge.

“There are ancient secrets and lessons hidden in nature. If you seek for guidance, you will discover truth.” (Bobby Lake-Thom)

Much of the ancient knowledge that has been passed down from Native American medicine men, or shamans is in danger of being lost. Bobby Lake-Thom, a Native American healer known as Medicine Grizzly Bear, has sought to preserve this powerful heritage by sharing his wisdom and experience learning from the world around us. 

What does it mean if a hawk appears in a dream? What are the symbolic interpretations of a deer, a skunk, a raccoon? Lake-Thom, who has studied with the elders of many tribes, explains the significance of animal figures as manifestations of good or evil, and shows how we can develop our own powers of awareness and intuition. The first book of its kind, this practical and enlightening resource includes dozens of fascinating animal myths and legends, as well as exercises and activities that draw upon animal powers for guidance, healing, wisdom, and the expansion of spiritual influences in our lives. You'll discover here: 

  • How animals, birds, and insects act as signs and omens 
  • The significance of vision quests 
  • How to make and use a medicine wheel 
  • The role of spirit symbols - and how they affect the unconscious 
  • Exercises for creative dreaming 
  • The power of the earth-healing ceremony 
  • How to increase your spiritual strength and create sacred spaces 
  • And more....
©1997 Bobby Lake-Thom (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“Lake-Thom, a healer and a descendant of three Native American tribes, combines his own experience, work with tribal elders, and readings from folk tales to explain the significance of good and bad luck symbols to these tribes... Clear and straightforward.” (Library Journal)

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wonderful lore

always best to here author's voice. the narrator's voice was second best to listen to. well done!

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Very informative

The information here is great kniwledge and wod be a great place for a native youth to begin to undderstand indigenous culture

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A new way of looking at life.

Beautiful and life changing. My outlook on the natural world has been completely re evaluated by myself after listening to this man speak.

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Spiritually awakening.

if you're an individual interested in waking up to the wonders that are nature this book is an amazing introduction to the ways of our native elders. This rabbit hole will be a life long journey.

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  • Jilted
  • 2021-06-23

Excellent

The narrator was excellent.
I could relate to many of the stories although not Native American. It maybe of interest to the author that as soon as the presentation finished two ravens cawed outside my window for a while. Hmm. Interesting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-03-08

very good source of lost wisdom.

Loved this book. And love the narration. Well worth the money. I would like Audible to put out more books by Bobby Lake-Thom with Lorne Cardinal narrating. I would definitely purchase them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-06-25

Insightful information

I stumbled onto this book and enjoyed my reading experience. It’s filled with some really interesting stories. And gives you a new perspective on life related to nature if your open to receiving it. The authors voice is calming which makes a difference.

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  • 2022-02-02

Deep dive into Native American living spirituality

This is an invaluable source of knowledge on authentic Native American spirituality. Very well written and representative of the diversity found in different Native American tribes and what they have to teach us about Spirit and Mother Earth. Too often as an open minded Euro American I find my quest to learn about the religious and spiritual practices of American Indians to either be anthropological in nature or hints or appropriation and often from a non native perspective. This is authentic and verified indigenous written and even read by an indigenous person. This not only provides a glimpse into Native American mystical connections to the earth but also provides tips on how outsiders can respectfully utilize some of the knowledge to better themselves, this earth, and society in terms of the natural and the spiritual.

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  • Mr_OmiH
  • 2021-03-26

Muy buen audio libro / Geat audio book

Me encantó. La voz es agradable y la narración excelente. Información muy valiosa para cualquier persona que quiera compenetrarse con la naturaleza.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-18

really good book on the spirits of the earth.

I really enjoyed this book and the wonderful information that it has.
I do listen to to earth and spirits. some animals I herd around the house have made more sense.
I read and listened to this book in one day.
I really do have an old soul or ancient soul, from the cosmo's.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2022-01-01

This book was awesome!

Loved it, ordered a paper copy so I can review the different animal meanings, etc. Narration was excellent, and I was sorry the book ended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-01-22

Very great

I love the culture. And there lots of truth. I am connected with the culture by blood.

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  • Mike
  • 2021-12-11

Amazing narration of a wonderful book

so much wisdom being generously shared, thank you dear author for all the hard work and heartfelt sincerity that went into this book.

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  • Jorge
  • 2021-11-05

Beautiful read literature

This book made me realize that the things and stories I heard as a child was actually my family’s native history trying to speak to me. I have been several times removed from the Cherokee and have since lost just about all full blooded members that I know of, and this book makes me feel a sense of urgency to reconnect with it. Absolutely love it.

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