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Waterside Productions Announces Stephen Sachs's New Series, "Honoring the Circle"
The first two volumes, written by leading experts, show how well working inclusive, participatory and mutually supportive Indigenous American societies, wishing good neighbors, Indianized early European settlers. By the time of the Revolution Indian symbols were in wide use and most Americans identified as being a mix of the European and the Indian. Such leaders as Roger Williams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, meeting regularly with Indians, accepted Native values of diversity and democracy in shaping American institutions.
In Europe, from first contact with Indians, a myriad of reports from America that the Natives "had no kings" inspired the idea that rights were inalienable, as Locke, Rousseau, Marx and all major political philosophies were greatly influenced by Indian ways.
Some of the Indian influence in Europe returned to impact American thinking, even as an Indian influenced American philosophy of pragmatism was developing, flowering today with Burnie Sanders and the progressive movement. The Women's, African American and LGBTQ movements all have Native roots and ongoing influences, as does the environmental movement, with increasing Indian leadership, as at Standing Rock, along with growing Indian voices in U.S, public affairs.
Honoring the Circle, volumes III and IV show that U.S. culture has been moving toward Indigenous ways of seeing, while contemporary problems, such as dealing with the environment and with diversity are similar to those Native peoples dealt with successfully, making Indigenous approaches relevant in solving today's major problems. These books unfold how contemporary societies can do much better, with people living well together and with the Earth, by applying Indigenous values: In politics and economics by respecting each person as unique, seeing diversity as a strength, enhancing democracy with contemporary communications, and equalizing political and economic power in equalitarian, people supporting societies; With the environment by understanding that everything is interconnected, but each situation unique; and in education by facilitating the development of unique, whole individuals as holistic thinking, problem solving, members of society.
Get volume 1 today: https://www.amazon.com/
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