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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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Image 1. Five-years-old (1951), riding high on stuffed horse, unknown location. Photo: Courtesy of Four Arrows. ← 193 | 194 →

Image 2. Ten-years-old (1956), with dad (Frank Walter Jacobs, Jr.) and Hans (dog). Photo: Courtesy of Four Arrows. ← 194 | 195 →

Image 3. Eighteen-years-old (1964), with dad (to the right), grandfather (Frank Walter Jacobs, Sr.) (right foreground), and friend Fred Marxer (left foreground). St. Louis, MO. Photo: Courtesy of Four Arrows.

Image 4. Twenty-two-years-old (1968), in US Marine Corps uniform. St. Louis, MO. Photo: Courtesy of Four Arrows.

Image 5. With nine-year-old daughter (Jessica) with Snowflake (horse) in Ride & Tie Race, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of Four Arrows. ← 195 | 196 →

Image 6. With fifteen-year-old grandson (Sage Ryan). Mexico, 2016. Courtesy of Beatrice Jacobs.

Image 7. With Corazon (horse). Tevis Cup Endurance Race. American River Valley, CA, 1978. Photo: Courtesy of Four Arrows. ← 196 | 197 →

Image 8. Mom (Susie Kathryn Jacobs) (c. 1940) on horse. Photo: Courtesy of Four Arrows.

Image 9. Hard Kayaking in Clavey Falls (c. 1981). The Touleman River. Photo: Courtesy of Beatrice Jacobs. ← 197 | 198 →

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