August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Gift. The Book of Elders.

Words to live by

"Understanding comes in its own time." -- Lakota medicine man Pete Catches

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

A gift arrived, bringing with it a flood of memories and emotions. It is, "The Book of Elders: The Life Stories and Wisdom of Great American Indians," by Sandy Johnson with photos by Dan Budnik.

Inside are the words and photographs of so many that I also had the gift of interviewing as a young reporter.

And with each there is a memory, going to Roberta Blackgoat's home, Carrie Dann visiting the Longest Walk, listening to Thomas Banyacya and so many more. There was Mike Haney remembering the early days of AIM.

Some I knew only as legends, like Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and Leon and Audrey Shenandoah.