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About the author:
Joyce Rheal was raised in an Appalachian home that kept traditional Cherokee practices. She recognizes values the importance of keeping one's identity, culture and spirituality intact while honoring the whole of all my ancestors. Her grandmother spoke Cherokee was a recognized by her community as a healer and ceremonial leader.

Brian Wilkes is of mixed Native American ancestry, and became active in the community in the 1990s. He teaches the Cherokee language and has worked to revive use of the traditional Cherokee Calendar.
They are co-leaders of the Four Rivers chapter of the Native American Church, based in southern Illinois.

The Ancestor Honoring Ceremony

Showing Gratitude Across Generations.

Authored by Joyce Rheal, Brian Wilkes

As America increasingly becomes a throw-away culture, it becomes increasingly important to preserve our Ancestors' traditions, whatever their ethnic origin. If we lose them, not only was our Ancestors' learning in vain, but we also mark ourselves for disposal n the near future. By sharing in the traditions of our Ancestors, we gain a sense of continuity with them. Within family, ties of love should be especially deep, and honoring one's own family gives one the solid foundation from which to extend that love to clan, nation, community, world, and across barriers of species.
In this short book, the authors present several Native American patterns for Ancestor Honoring, and encourage the reader to revive such practices within his or her own family.

Publication Date:
1482318768 / 9781482318760
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Ethnic & Tribal

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