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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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5. Dancing in/with the Spirit of Fearlessness


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The first part of this chapter involves a discussion at a fictional conference in the year 2027 between Four Arrows and two important presenters who know Four Arrows well in real life. Some of the text refers to actual ideas the presenters have previously put forth; while others I have created from my informed-imagination, which may or may not reflect what they might see themselves as saying in ten years. I offer this as a performance1 narrative in order to offer a perspective of what the last years of Four Arrows’ “philosophic” engagement with the world might be from 80 years of age onward.

Currently at age 71, Four Arrows continues to be a front-line Indigenous-based activist/educator and scholar. His ongoing work with the Indigenous worldview and his theory of mind, hypnotherapy, and CAT-FAWN as a fear management soft-technology, are a few major preoccupations of this man, whom I have labeled (in II-4 Dialogue) an ecophilosopher. By strategically locating CAT-FAWN as his greatest dream/vision, intellectual achievement and praxis gift to the planet so far in his career, I have ensured that his work is located in the historical Fearlessness Movement.

Fearless Engagement is about true stories from his life that he has shared to enhance this intellectual biography, and yet I think there is great benefit to include the true stories with a fictional futuristic account. From my research and ← 159 | 160 → understanding, he is not yet fully ready to serve as a...

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