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Spirit of the Earth:
Indian Voices on Nature
editors:Michael O. Fitzgerald and Joseph A. Fitzgerald
foreword by: Joseph Bruchac
Subject(s): Grade Level / Lexile measure

American Indian

8th grade / Lexile measure: 1000L (approximate)

Format: Size / page count:


6" × 7.25" / 136 pages

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Often spoken at the end of a prayer, a well-known Sioux phrase affirms that “we are all related.” Similarly, the Sioux medicine man, Brave Buffalo, came to realize when he was still a boy that “the maker of all was Wakan Tanka (the Great Spirit), and … in order to honor him I must honor his works in nature.” The interconnectedness of all things, and the respect all things are due, are among the most prominent — and most welcome — themes in this collection of Indian voices on nature.

Spirit of the Earth includes over 120 carefully authenticated quotations from men and women of nearly 50 North American tribes. This includes such renowned speakers as Renowned speakers such as Black Elk, Brave Buffalo, Chief Joseph, Charles Eastman, Geronimo, Mourning Dove, Plenty Coups, Polingaysi Qoyawayma, Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Zitkala-sa. Their wise and insightful sayings are paired with over 65 color and sepia illustrations. The illustrations are comprised of historical photographs of American Indians, as well as a wide selection of contemporary photographs showing the diversity of North American landscapes that inspired the First Peoples and that continue to inspire us today.

Together, the quotations and photographs of Spirit of the Earth beautifully convey the spirit of nature’s timeless message. It is a quotebook to be carried and contemplated when surrounded by nature’s majesties, or perhaps gifted to someone special for quiet moments at home.

sample spread from the book “Spirit of the Earth”, by Michael Fitzgerald and Joseph Fitzgerald

A sample page-spread from the illustrated quotebook
Spirit of the Earth: Indian Voices on Nature,
edited by Michael Fitzgerald and Joseph A. Fitzgerald

Another sample spread from the book “Spirit of the Earth”, by Michael Fitzgerald and Joseph Fitzgerald

Another spread from Spirit of the Earth. This is one of many that expresses
the close connection between the First Peoples of America and the animals, plants,
and other occupants of the natural environment that surrounds us all.

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