In August the world celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Its purpose is to direct worldwide attention to the situation of indigenous people in such areas as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment and social and economic development.
Indigenous people deserve our esteem as much as everyone else. They maintain their heritage and traditions in high esteem. Living according to their traditions shouldn’t be a reason for receiving less attention and support.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People makes us aware of their situation and creates esteem toward them resulting in understanding and support.
Giving esteem to the world’s indigenous people we can receive esteem through their wisdom of life.
Simply Living: The Spirit of the Indigenous People
- Authors: Shirley Jones, Brooke Medicine Eagle
- Publisher: New World Library; First Edition edition (August 9, 1999)
- Paperback, also available as ebook
- 224 pages
We all carry within us the ancient, tribal identity of indigenous people – people native to their lands. As technology continues to dominate and complicate modern life, many are striving to reclaim that tribal connection by living more simply. Editor Shirley Ann Jones adds a historical contribution to this field with Simply Living, gathering lore from ethnic groups on every continent to find possibilities for downsizing daily life. This collection speaks about native wisdom based in villages and tribes, wisdom deriving from an awareness of basic human needs. Often funny and eccentric, the quotes offered here concentrate on essential truths, healing rituals, and practical strategies for living in harmony with nature, community, and self.
This collection of thoughts from around the world emphasizes that wisdom is not limited to technologically advanced society but, in fact, is often found most profoundly in the simplest of cultures. The editor has assembled words of many people in a manner that shows clearly how related all peoples are, how our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions are not limited by the physical and cultural barriers we normally perceive, and how humor, grace, and insight light up lives in all cultures.
As the number of indiginous societies declines and technology replaces older ways of life, this book celebrates the principles shared by cultures around the world. Editor Shirley Jones has culled bits of wisdom from 240 ethnic groups on every continent, ranging from the restorative power of one’s heritage – to making community.