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Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows

The True Story of an Indigenous-Based Social Transformer


R. Michael Fisher

In times of extreme cascading global crises facing humanity, all responsible humans need to re-evaluate the dominant worldview that has brought us to this point of facing extinction. As a species we need to relearn the "good" ways from our greatest allies in Nature and from Indigenous cultures that lived in relative harmony with Nature. Equally, we need to learn the best ways to think critically and act on the holistic understanding that may guide us beyond our individual and collective trance and illusions cast forth like chains upon modern societies through elites who manipulate fear.

Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows offers a unique strong "medicine" for the reconstruction of a healthy, sane, and sustainable future for all. Utilizing the form of an intellectual biography of Four Arrows (aka Dr. Don Trent Jacobs) and his daring activist life and true teaching stories, the author creates a powerful adventure into the firey philosophy, activism, and emancipatory inspirations of one of the world’s great visionary prophetic educators and social transformers. Through a number of unique experiences, including firefighting, white-water kayaking, wild horse training, world-class athletic competitions, and counter-cultural activism, Four Arrows has become a connoisseur of fear and courage. This book shows how he walks a universal ethical path of Fearlessness at a time when too many remain trapped by their fears.

Among other readers, high school teachers and post-secondary teachers across diverse disciplines will find great ideas, eliciting dialogues and study questions for students, who now face a globalizing world where they can take charge of the future via fearless engagement.

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Part I Study Questions and Practices


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1. What is the significance in this book of using a capital on words like Fearless, or Fear, compared to non-capitalized? Why do you think this was important for the purposes of Part I-1?

2. What might critical literacy mean in the context of the concept of the Fear Problem?

3. What question(s) can you come up with to ask your peers about their knowledge of “fearless” and “Fearless”? Ask a sample of peers and/or others, like family members or professionals your questions as a survey. Analyze the answers and see if you can understand them in new ways using Part I-1 content to help you. What are your findings? Share these with Fisher and Four Arrows for further discussion.

4. What can you imagine a Fearless society would look like? Has one ever existed? Do some research and see what others say about this idea?

5. Research and find out all the different people who say “fearless” is bad, wrong, pathological or evil. Compare the material in Part I-1 as a backdrop for you to analyze what these people are saying about “fearless” and maybe why they are saying it?

6. Think about what you learned and where you first heard the word “fearless” or something like it mentioned by others? Describe it in as much ← 117 | 118 → detail and whether you took it as positive or negative? Research the term “fearless” and see how...

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